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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Park Board approves cost increases for U.S. Pavilion, promenade in Riverfront Park

Another $634,000 was approved for construction of the new pavilion building and surrounding grounds Thursday, as the attraction inches closer to a planned fall opening. Park officials say the now …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Agreement staves off steelhead season closure

Idaho’s steelhead season won’t close as scheduled Saturday.

Study finds that Spokane is in top 50 cities for outdoor access nationwide

Spokane has been ranked one as of the best U.S. cities for outdoor access.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:45 a.m.

New study finds BLM lands contribute billions from recreation to Idaho, Washington, other western states

Amid pressure in some states to transfer federal public land to state management and control, a study commissioned by several wildlife-related groups finds that federal land contributes billions of dollars …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Hunters, recreationists urged to think ahead with fires raging in Washington, Idaho

With fires still roaring across the West, hunters and recreationists may find themselves out of luck when they head out. For hunters, the most important consideration is whether the land …

The Inland Northwest’s best parks for outside activities

Whether you’re looking to hike to the top of a scenic bluff or tumble down the side of a hill on a sled, there’s something for everyone in the region’s …

Officials offers safety tips during water recreation

Whether it’s fishing, rafting or taking the family on the river or lake for a nice afternoon, watersports are a seasonal mainstay in the region. However, dangers can lurk in …

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Two Spokane County recreation projects receive $1.5 million in grant money

Spokane County recreation projects received about $1.5 million from the

Report: National Forest visitors spent roughly $290 million in Washington communities

In Washington, National Forest visitors spent roughly $290 million in nearby communities and supported 2,130 year-round jobs, according to a new report.

Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Ice skating rink coming to Oregon’s capital city

An 8,400 square-foot ice skating rink is coming to Oregon’s capital city in the fall.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Governor removes chairman of Parks and Recreation board

Montana’s governor has removed the chairman of the State Parks and Recreation Board, asked the vice chairwoman to resign and is directing the new board to focus on the long-term …

Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …

Yellowstone visitation down in July and for the year

More than half way through the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has seen about 5 percent fewer visitors so far this year.

Bellingham climber’s body to remain on glacier

The body of a Bellingham woman will remain on a North Cascades National Park glacier indefinitely after a recovery team decided a mission to the site would be too dangerous.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

Woman becomes first to swim length of Flathead Lake and back

A Montana attorney has become the first person to swim the length of the West’s largest freshwater lake and back.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

University of Idaho professor killed by lightning strike in Swiss Alps

Faculty and staff at the University of Idaho began mourning one of their own Monday when it was announced Samantha Ramsay, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Margaret Ritchie …

Outdoor recreation becomes top money generator for Montana

A new report by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that the state’s outdoor recreation has become one of its top economic sectors.

UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 1:56 p.m.

Bike sharing set to return to Seattle

Two private bike-share companies will likely soon have 1,000 shareable bikes on Seattle streets.

Big win for supporters of new Moscow ice rink

In August, the Moscow City Council expressed its support for a new Palouse Ice Rink and its willingness to donate $1 million from the city’s Hamilton Fund to help pay …

Oregon rivers see historically low counts of steelhead fish

Fisheries managers say steelhead fish in Santiam and Willamette rivers in northwestern Oregon have hit low levels not seen in over 40 years.

Crews searching for man who fell in Snake River

Search crews say they are still searching for a 42-year-old man who reportedly fell out of a boat and into the Snake River over the weekend.

Difficult hiking conditions on Mount Pilchuck prompt warnings

After conducting four rescues in one week, Snohomish County officials are warning the public against hiking on Mount Pilchuck unless they are well trained for steep snow conditions.

Cultus Lake Campground could reopen for part of summer

After receiving criticism, the U.S. Forest Service now plans to reopen Cultus Lake Campground for at least part of summer.

Spring chinook fishing closed in Clearwater Basin

Idaho fisheries managers pulled the plug on spring fishing in the Clearwater Basin on Monday after giving the beleaguered season a brief second life.

Georgia fisherman drowns after falling into Montana creek

A 60-year-old fisherman from Georgia has drowned after falling in a creek in south-central Montana.

Dead trees force summer closure of popular Oregon campground

Deschutes National Forest officials have closed the Cultus Lake Campground and Day-Use area for the entire summer because dead or diseased trees pose a safety hazard.

Paraglider rescued by military helicopter in Grant County

MOSES LAKE – A paraglider who was trapped on a cliff face in Grant County had to be rescued by a military helicopter. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says a …

Man presumed dead after vanishing into snow at Asgaard Pass

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says a 19-year-old man is likely dead after vanishing into the snow beneath the summit of Asgaard Pass.

Coroner identifies man who died while scuba diving in Hood Canal

A man who died Sunday morning while scuba diving in Hood Canal near Lilliwaup has been identified as Patrick Jack Kokos, 70, of Yoncalla, Oregon, according to the Mason County …