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Downhill biking trail planned at Mount Spokane

Mountain bikers are working with the state to create a downhill cycling route, probably within the downhill skiing concession area, at Mount Spokane State Park. The effort is being spearheaded …


Soaring peaks of Teton National Park offer breathtaking views

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – My cabin was the ultimate in location, location, location. Don’t misunderstand; it was a perfectly pleasant little cabin, if not a bit small (some …


Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 …


Field reports: Alpine Lakes bill back in Congress

WILDERNESS – The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act has been reintroduced in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) , Rep. Dave Reichert …


Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


Surplus land could go to park neighbors

Neighbors near Rocky Hill Park could receive a bigger backyard later this year if the city of Liberty Lake is able to declare as surplus land donated in 2010. The …


Vandalism cleanup ruins Christmas joy for city workers

A phone call from work interrupted Dave Randolph’s Christmas morning. The city’s labor foreman for Riverfront Park was about to watch his grandchildren open presents, only to learn that picnic-table …


State Parks plead for funds; Discover Pass sales leave shortfall

As revenues continue short of projections, state parks leaders are telling Washington lawmakers they can’t do it alone. The Washington State Parks department plans to seek $27 million from the …


Out & About: Mount Spokane cyclists surveyed

Great family outdoor trips Some local families went on normal summer vacations in 2012. Others went the extra mile.


Makeover begins at McEuen Field

An overlooked park in the heart of Coeur d’Alene will be transformed into a recreational showcase over the next 14 months. In the city’s most expensive park project ever, McEuen …


Pool hours cut under 2013 Spokane parks budget

Pool hours would shrink, senior and youth center funding would be cut and about four city employees would lose their jobs under a proposed Spokane parks budget for 2013.


Partners give boost to Riverside State Park

Despite losing 40 percent of its full-time staff in the past two years because of state budget cuts, Riverside State Park has found a way to move forward and even …


Riverfront Park master plan debuts

There was one word Leroy Eadie, director of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, repeated more than any other at last Thursday’s presentation of the Riverfront Park master plan: “draft.” …


Local Trail Angels: Back Country Horsemen

Along with similar groups in Idaho and Montana, Back Country Horsemen of Washington was founded in 1976 by trail- riding horsemen dedicated to preserving the rights of people to use …


Back Country Horsemen tend Pend Oreille park trails

Land managers were in high gear last week, working to get Inland Northwest campgrounds open for Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally ushers out the season’s first big wave of outdoor …


Group aims to keep parks, pools vibrant

The Spokane Parks Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has taken on a new project to keep money flowing to parks throughout the Spokane area. The organization …


Group aims to keep parks, pools vibrant

The Spokane Parks Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has taken on a new project to keep money flowing to parks throughout the Spokane area. The organization …


Field reports: New website details potential wildlife lands

PUBLIC LAND – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled a website, wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions, this week detailing a wish list of properties the state may buy for fish and wildlife …


With 7 national parks nearby, paradise always within reach

Within a day’s drive of Spokane, there are seven national parks – Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades in Washington, Glacier in Montana, Crater Lake in Oregon, and Grand Teton and …


Field reports: State Parks staff to be cut 30 percent

PUBLIC LANDS – Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers are being notified this week they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of …


First Miss Spokane lived in now-restored Craftsman house

The house in the Marycliff-Cliff Park National Register Historic District on Spokane’s South Hill is but one of several lovely Craftsman-style homes gracing the neighborhood, but this one, also listed …


$1 million grant to help pay for YMCA site

The sun was shining Tuesday on Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program if nowhere else. County commissioners learned that a grant will reduce the cost of the YMCA site in Riverfront …


County parks rely on volunteers

Spokane County parks officials are preparing for summer with the assumption that last year’s budget crunch is the new normal. Parks Director Doug Chase is planning a more sustainable austerity …


Budget cuts close Crawford, Peshastin state parks

Two state parks on the east side of the Cascades – Crawford and Peshastin Pinnacles – will not open this season because of state budget cuts, and more closures are …


Dealer redirects plows after snow complaint

A Spokane Valley car dealership said Friday that it will end a longstanding practice of dumping parking lot snow on nearby county park land. A contract crew working for Appleway …


Lake Wenatchee Park partially reopened

Worries about diseased trees have prompted three-fourths of the popular Lake Wenatchee State Park camping areas to be closed for the Labor Day weekend.


New Discovery Playground offers education through play

Kids walking though the splash pad at the new Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley quickly figured out which bump to jump on to get the water started, shrieking with delight …


County finds money to keep park restrooms open

Restrooms will be available at Spokane County parks all this summer despite budget cuts that threatened service at seven parks.


Spokane County seeks park restroom solution

A cost-cutting plan to leave restrooms locked at seven Spokane County parks this summer is getting a second look. Restroom service is to be eliminated this summer at seven county …