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Field Reports: Nature refills Pacific Lake, biologists add trout

For the first time in more than 15 years, Pacific Lake south of Odessa, Washington, is full of water – good news that didn’t escape the region’s fisheries biologists.

Officials withdraw proposed alcohol ban at Eugene city parks

Eugene city officials say they have rescinded their proposal to prohibit alcohol in all city parks except during large, permitted gatherings.

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial …

Riverfront Park pavilion, an icon of Expo ’74, to undergo extensive renovation

The iconic centerpiece of Expo ’74 – the U.S. Pavilion – will undergo an extensive renovation, potentially starting early next year. The Spokane Park Board approved a contract to design …

Field Reports: Wild, Scenic Film Festival highlights rivers, environment

CONSERVATION – Breathtaking landscapes will dominate the picture this week at the third annual Spokane screening of environmental films that feature nature’s beauty, cutting edge environmental issues, humor and more. …

Private landowner sues bulldozer owner for scraping road into South Hill bluff

The owner of about 50 acres of forested land along High Drive Bluff is suing a contractor blamed for digging out dozens of trees and scraping a milelong road into …

Field reports: Film event promotes wild steelhead

The film “Our Two Hands,” which beckons anglers to conserve wild fish, will be presented on Thursday in Spokane as a fundraiser for the Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Proposed Spokane land sale to climbing gym developer flies against recommendations

The proposed sale of city parkland to a private climbing gym developer goes against recommendations made by Spokane’s assistant city attorney in 2008 and 2009.

Oregon parks open 1,000 more campsite for 2017 solar eclipse

State park officials say they are opening 1,000 more campsites for people coming to watch the summer solar eclipse from Oregon.

Polar explorer Will Steger to speak on climate in Spokane

Polar explorer Will Steger will be in Spokane this month to present a free program, “Eyewitness to Climate Change.”

Then and Now: Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden

Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s …

Audubon Park sidewalk aims to increase access, prompts running community concerns

One of the first projects to provide greater pedestrian access into Spokane city parks has drawn some skepticism from runners in the Audubon neighborhood. Park planners and the coach of …

UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Tired of Zag-mania? Can’t handle another squeaky sneaker or dribbling ball? There are lots of other things going on in Spokane today whether you are into yoga, gun shows, skiing or Pokemon

Tired of Zag-mania? Can’t handle another squeaky sneaker or dribbling ball? There are lots of other things going on in Spokane today whether you are into yoga, gun shows, skiing …

Loose-running dogs in parks haunt abiders of county leash law

People who let their dogs run loose with them in the Dishman Hills have prompted at least one neighbor to hike the trails packing bear spray – and sometimes a …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Oregon capital has ticket for off-leash dogs

Escalating complaints about loose-running dogs weighed heavy in the decision by the city of Salem, Oregon’s capital city, to hire its first city parks ranger.

100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office

The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …

‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County

Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …

Looff Carrousel’s new home comes with a $7 million construction price tag

The bid from Walker Construction is about $29,000 more than what was budgeted for the project, according to the Parks Department, but is within contingency reserves for construction. The new …

Park board approves new plan for Sky Prairie Park improvements

Five Mile Prairie residents teamed up with students and staff at Eastern Washington University to come up with a new master plan for Sky Prairie Park.

Oregon parks sell out of campsites for solar eclipse

People eager to see the total solar eclipse next summer have booked all of Oregon’s available campsites for the celestial event.

Out & About: Colfax-Pullman railway trail potential explored

A series of public workshops to gather opinions on the future of the Colfax- Albion-Pullman rail corridor are scheduled in November and December.

Park Board to vote on simplified design process for new Riverfront Park pavilion

If the Park Board approves a different design method for the pavilion than what was used in constructing the ice skating ribbon, the city will have to convince a state …

City testing new style of rope play set at Manito Park

A new style of playset has captured the imagination of kids in lower Manito Park.

Field Reports: Alaska state parks seek crowdfunding support

Alaska state park managers have turned to internet crowdfunding to protect a Delta Junction-area park from Tanana River erosion.

Art in Bloom event returns Friday and Saturday

The third annual Art in Bloom event returns to the Corbin Art Center to raise money for the Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

Hikers live it up at Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

From a backpacker’s perspective, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park has it all. The 79,160-acre gem in the Selkirk Mountains north of Nelson, British Columbia, has enough helicopter-serviced bridges, potties and facilities …

Field Reports: Outdoor workshop for women only

Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills at a September weekend workshop presented by

Spokatopia offers intro to variety of muscle-powered sports

The best opportunity of the year to sample land- and water-based muscle-powered sports in one location is set for Saturday at Camp Sekani along the upper Spokane River. The second …

Field Reports: Idaho fire salvage to close some forest roads

PUBLIC LANDS – About 52 miles of roads in the 2015 Tower Fire area west of Priest River drainage remain closed for safety as salvage logging is scheduled to begin …