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In brief: Little Spokane River shuttle service starts Saturday

The Little Spokane River shuttle service for paddlers will resume for the season on Saturday, running hourly on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through Sept. 3.


Spokane Valley opens first dog park

The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department turned an area of the park at the northwest corner of Mission and Bowdish streets into the city’s first dog park.


Field reports: Newman Lake access to close temporarily for weed control

The public access site at Newman Lake in eastern Spokane County will be closed June 7-9 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other …


National parks centennial gets first-class treatment on postage stamps

National parks will be featured in the mail this summer. On June 2, the U.S. Postal Service will begin celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial just in time for summer …


Calhoun now Valley’s acting city manager

Deputy City Manager Mark Calhoun was promoted to acting city manager at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday night.


Husband and wife quit jobs, devote year to touring national parks

A Missouri couple that quit their jobs to visit all 59 major national parks in one year is in Washington this week during a sweeping journey of the country.


100 years ago in Spokane: Parks leader suggests folks not freak out about dandelions

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan (of Duncan Gardens fame) said that one of the most common questions he received this time of year …


Artists help celebrate CdA Park’s 125 years

Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition is turning 125 years old this year, and the celebrations are getting started this spring.


Little League field, more planned at parks surrounding public pools

The Spokane County Parks Department will begin construction this summer at the Southside Aquatics Center, and secured funds for the northside pool, to add ball fields, paved paths and landscaping …


Spokane County to add new cabin to popular offerings at Liberty Lake

Spokane County Commissioners bought a mobile, trailer-loaded cabin from local nonprofit the Inland Northwest Fuller Center for Housing to add to its offerings at Liberty Lake Regional Park this week.


Spokane Valley hopes FEMA will help cover windstorm damage to parks

Four months after the Nov. 17 windstorm, Spokane Valley takes stock of its trees.


Yosemite Park’s iconic attractions get new names

The prices of Yosemite National Park souvenirs have been slashed in half, and road signs directing visitors to iconic attractions have been switched.


As city expands Drumheller Springs, tribes work to improve the North Side park

For countless years, Drumheller Springs was a popular spot for wayfarers, the only location with clean, fresh water between Spokane Falls and the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers …


Liberty Lake meeting to focus on proposed park

The city of Liberty Lake is seeking public input on the proposed Orchard Park, located in the city’s River District, at a meeting on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at …


In brief: Fee-free entry days offered at state, national parks

State and federal land managers are waiving some visitor fees on holidays this year, including the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday.


Doug Clark: Paul Baker’s civil disobedience comes in a bread bag

Paul Baker is feeding the ducks at Cannon Hill Park. It’s against the rules, but Baker thinks they’re hungry.


Wildfire smoke, electrical problems hinder Spokane County aquatics season

Wildfire smoke and electrical issues are being blamed for lower attendance and revenue at Liberty Lake Regional Park this summer, but county staff were encouraged by the positive response to …


Mica Peak trail system in the works for land acquired through conservation program

Over the past two decades, Spokane County taxes have paid for the preservation of more than 7,600 acres of wildlands that faced private development. Park planners say acquisition of lands …


Out & About: Coeur d’Alene fisherman lands record moonfish

OUTCATCH – A pending state-record moonfish was caught last Sunday out of Westport, Washington, by Jim Watson of Coeur d’Alene. He was on a boat with All Rivers and Saltwater …


Field reports: Wildlife agency seeks public input on priorities

AGENCIES – Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are asking people to share views on the values and priorities that should drive the state agency over the next several years. A …


Lands Council plans restoration of Feryn Conservation Area

Wetlands that are home to a variety of waterfowl along the Little Spokane River will get a bevy of new foliage this fall. The Feryn Ranch conservation area east of …


In brief: State Parks consider Trautman agreement

PARKS – A long-term agreement for managing the 280-acre Trautman property adjacent to Riverside State Park near Nine Mile will be considered by the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission meeting …


Newman Lake conservation area growing

Outdoor enthusiasts will soon have more trails and wildlife to discover on the banks of Newman Lake. Spokane County is in final negotiations to buy 41 acres adjacent to the …


Pickleball a growing social sport in Coeur d’Alene

Pickleball. It’s not the fastest sport in the world, but it is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. “It’s social and a great way to get exercise,” said Pat …


Field reports: Montana State Parks visitation peaks

PARKS – Visitation to Montana State Parks continues to increase and is on track to set another record this year. So far through June, visitation was up 21 percent over …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A group of Eastern park superintendents stopped in Spokane to tour the city’s park system, and their verdict was that Spokane had vast park …


Out & About: State grants boost recreation, wildlife projects

OUTFUND – The Washington Recreation and Conservation office has awarded more than $110 million to 268 projects to build parks and boating facilities, provide access to shorelines, maintain trails and …


Field Reports: Fire threat closes private timberlands

FORESTS – More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger. Stimson Lumber Company has …


Gorge loop trail on south side of river has new life

Plans for a Spokane River gorge loop trail in downtown Spokane were nearly complete two years ago. Then they weren’t. Now, they’re almost done again. Almost.


County to buy parcel adjacent to Riverside State Park

Gary Trautman took a break from cleaning his late father’s ranch near Nine Mile Falls on Tuesday to watch the wind twirl wheels on a weather vane fixed to a …