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  • Avalanche danger in Cascades is high through this weekend

    A forecast for rain and snow at higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains could also cause dangerous avalanche conditions for travelers and recreationists.

  • Ski areas move past poor season, cheer forecasts

    Ski area managers aren’t dwelling on last year, and they don’t want customers to worry about a repeat performance this winter.

  • Property taxes rise on Newman Lake to pay for water quality; residents question fairness

    Some property owners on Newman Lake will see their property tax bills rise this year to pay for new equipment to improve water quality. But many say the method of …

  • Idaho weighs private leases of public land

    BOISE – State officials are debating if they should allow groups to lease public land in a way that could prevent public access. A half-dozen times over the years, the …

  • 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 …

  • Small dog park in works for Spokane Valley

    A pocket dog park is not just for small dogs. It’s a fully functioning dog park in a smaller space, and the city of Spokane Valley is planning on putting …

  • County’s appraisal will cost Gun Club

    A brazenly calm flock of squawking Canada geese interrupted John Warning and Bill Brooks’ skeet shooting session Wednesday at the Spokane Gun Club in Greenacres. “They don’t understand this business,” …

  • Recreation calendar

    For 10-02-2014

  • Fire danger upgraded in Spokane County amid dry, hot conditions

    Officials warn intense heat and dry conditions will make areas of the Inland Northwest highly susceptible to fire danger through the weekend.

  • Recreation calendar

    For 05-29-2014

  • Recreation calendar

    For 05-08-2014

  • Blazing new trails

    Jeff Alt, a hiking author who’ll be in Spokane this week to talk about trekking with kids, remembers his first “real” childhood hike as a child as both painful and …

  • Judge nixes mining activity along Clearwater River

    LEWISTON, Idaho — An administrative judge has rejected plans by hobbyist miners to set up suction dredging operations along a prized cutthroat trout stream in North Idaho.

  • Centennial Trail’s Friends see path ahead

    The Spokane River Centennial Trail is the envy of cities across the country and a local fixture for walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters, even anglers. But what you see isn’t all …

  • The Dunes reopens after volunteer cleanup

    The Illia Dunes recreation area was reopened today as student volunteers from Washington State University helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clean up trash left by more than 3,000 …

  • Getting There: Funding sought for John Wayne trail

    There’s a chance the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Whitman and Spokane counties could get $1.2 million in improvements as early as 2013. Washington State Parks is seeking a federal …

  • U.S. to unveil new forest rules

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging.

  • Parks staffing in flux as shortfall forces cuts

    Riverside and Mount Spokane state parks likely will be combined and full-time employees reduced by about 40 percent as Washington State Parks officials scramble to slash the agency’s spending. A …

  • County lowers pool fees

    Spokane County’s Northside and Southside aquatic centers will start their seasons Friday with 33 percent lower prices. Admission will drop from $6 to $4 for users 6 and older, from …

  • Resorts closing books on powderful season

    The Inland Northwest’s five ski resorts will end regular operations Sunday, bidding farewell to a season that delivered above-average snowfall and increased business from skiers and snowboarders. “It’s been powder …

  • ‘Powder day after powder day’

    The Inland Northwest’s five ski resorts will end regular operations Sunday, bidding farewell to a season that delivered above-average snowfall and increased business from skiers and snowboarders. “It’s been powder …

  • Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program deserves Olympia’s attention

    Groups as diverse as elk hunters and bird watchers have found common ground on an issue simmering in Olympia. Unfortunately, Gov. Chris Gregoire and lawmakers are slower to recognize the …

  • Some challenges for outdoor recreation this Fourth

    The mountains are waiting for hikers, boaters and campers to arrive on Fourth of July holiday weekend, but not necessarily with open arms. Snow still plugs some of the high-country …

  • 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 …

  • Shoreline plan gets hearing

    The Spokane Valley City Council and the city’s Planning Commission members spent most of the evening Tuesday listening to a lengthy presentation about progress being made on the city’s Shoreline …

  • Boat show brings out the dreamers - and the buyers

    From the bow of a 37-foot luxury cruise boat complete with leather seats, two flat-screen televisions, a full-size shower and bed, Angela Moses’ grin spread wide. From the stern, and …

  • Post Falls boat ramp to close Friday

    The Post Falls boat ramp in Q’emiln Park will close for the season on Friday. The ramp on the Spokane River upstream of Avista Utilities’ dam usually closes in mid-November …

  • Protecting grizzlies could close campgrounds

    Protecting grizzly bears across a 4,560-square-mile swath of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains will require closing hundreds of miles of backcountry roads used by hunters and huckleberry pickers, the Forest …

  • Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale

    What: Motorcycles and accessories from around the world, with Scooter Alley and video motorcycle racing. When: Today, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • If you go: Inland Northwest RV Show

    What: More than $13 million worth of the newest offerings in recreational vehicles for 2009. When: Today-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



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