Normal warm summer returns

The Inland Northwest is returning to more typical warm summer weather with highs in the middle and upper 80s for the next few days, making it a good time to get outdoors and enjoy the season. Another hot spell is expected to arrive on Sunday …

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Mountaintop jewel

“Photos don’t do it justice.” That’s what I’d heard from almost everyone I spoke with before embarking on my first trip to Crater Lake National Park. “Eh,” I thought to myself. “A lake is a lake, right?”

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Fire towers worth trek

Getting to any of Glacier’s nine remaining fire lookout towers isn’t a walk in the park. “None of them are real easy to get to,” said David Butler, author of “Fire Lookouts of Glacier National Park.” But most are worth the hike.

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New online map identifies public lands

OUTBOUND – A new online, interactive map of Washington featuring natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies has been created by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The statewide map, located at publiclands.smartmine.com, allows people to click on a location and learn which …

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

Boat-in camps created at Lake Spokane

OUTHOUSE – Ten boat-in camping areas are being developed this month on Lake Spokane in the Spokane River reservoir just upstream from Long Lake Dam. Avista Utilities has installed docks and vault toilets at the campsites and is building concrete picnic tables and fire rings. …

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Canoeing the Boundary Waters

I was in my early 20s when my buddy and I launched our canoe into Seagull Lake off Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail – my first trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Though that adventure was 40 years ago, I remember it vividly: drinking water …

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Landers: Wolf issue should be decided by facts, not fear

The latest rumor about gray wolves in Washington surfaced at a Spokane County Commissioners meeting Tuesday. According to a county cattleman, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been collecting roadkill and dumping the carcasses in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to feed wolves.

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