Stories tagged: state parks
Sun., June 18, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Handy man on Mount Spokane: Can-do state park manager Steve Christensen retiring
For 17 years, Mount Spokane State Park has been blessed, according to numerous testimonials, with a manager who’s handled user issues and conflicts as deftly as he’s dealt with power …
Thu., June 15, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Hikers relish Little Spokane River Natural Area, new trail additions
The Little Spokane River Natural Area has been a haven for flora, fauna and people who appreciate them for decades, and a vastly improved hiking trail system is enhancing the …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017
Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane
For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …
Sun., May 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Popular Spokane-area hiking trails expanded, improved
Hikers and mountain bikers are out for a pleasant surprise when they make their next visit to some of the Spokane area’s most popular trail systems.
Sun., May 21, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
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 …
Fri., April 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Ranger Rick celebrates 45 years with Washington State Parks
Millions of people call Deception Pass State Park home, albeit for a day, maybe two, or perhaps a week. For assistant park manager Rick Blank, the rocky coastline, swirling salty …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 1:40 p.m.
Reader photo: Palouse cliff dwellers
On the edge: Yellow-bellied marmots take a stand on a cliff above the Palouse River and falls at Palouse Falls State Park. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos for …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 2:30 a.m.
Spin Control: Washington Senate to John Wayne Trail: No park bond money for you
John Wayne Pioneer Trail would be shut out of money from $500 million park restoration bond issue.
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Reader photo: Heavenly colors
Light by night: Rainbows are common, but have you ever seen a “moonbow?” Spokane pastor and photographer Craig Goodwin took advantage of a cold, clear night and his aversion to …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Priest Lake State Park cabins well located bargain for winter sports enthusiasts
On a whim last month, Dan DeRuyter loaded his fat-tired snow bike and drove from Spokane to Priest Lake, where he found a little piece of heaven off the East …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Visit Washington state parks for free Sunday, Monday
No Discover Pass is needed Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Washington state parks.
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 9:14 a.m.
Ice climbers test nerves of Palouse Falls State Parks staff
Spokane photographer Rika Ream traveled to Palouse Falls State Park near Washtucna during last weekend’s bitter cold weather to marvel at the ice around the 185-foot Palouse River waterfall. The …
Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, 10:28 p.m.
Curbing illegal ATV entry constant job at Mount Spokane State Park
With nagging persistence, off-road vehicle riders continue to assault a small but prized natural area of Mount Spokane State Park.
Sun., July 3, 2016, 12:53 a.m.
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 …
Sun., July 3, 2016, 12:11 a.m.
Mount Spokane Park Road closing for summer construction
The summer closure of the Mount Spokane State Park Road, which is set to start around July 11, is required for safety during road repairs and resurfacing, says Steve Christensen, …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 12:41 p.m.
State parks exceed goal in securing business sponsors
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has received $40,000 in corporate sponsorship since getting legislative approval nearly a year ago to reach out to businesses to help offset the …
Wed., June 8, 2016, 2 p.m.
Wednesdays in the Woods programs highlight outdoor topics
An interactive activity on basic camping skills will kick off this summer’s free Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park. In weeks to follow, a wide range of …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Out & About: Mount Spokane road closure… Free fishing days….
Road construction is scheduled to block public vehicle access into Mount Spokane State Park, although trails will still be open to nonmotorized use.
Sat., Jan. 30, 2016, 5:10 p.m.
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail on track for a state park strategic plan
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail – the eastern portion of a cross-state abandoned Milwaukee railway purchased by the state in 1981 – is on track for a state park strategic …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
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.
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
National Forest, Mount Spokane Park routes clogged with trees
Blowdown trees from the Nov. 17 windstorm are affecting roads and trails throughout the region’s forests as well as Mount Spokane State Park.
Wed., Nov. 11, 2015, 5:25 p.m.
John Wayne Trail irreplaceable asset for Eastern Washington, advocates say
Recreationists, landowners work toward compromise on maintaining the John Wayne Trail on an abandoned railway across Eastern Washington.
Sun., July 26, 2015
Out & About: Some trails reopen at Little Spokane River
OUTBLAZED – Hikers and paddlers are regaining most, but not all, access to the Little Spokane River Natural Area after trails and a trailhead were closed by a 176-acre wildfire …
Sun., July 19, 2015
Time is ripe for hounding huckleberries
The same weather that brought a thin snowpack, early runoff and an explosive wildfire season has delivered something that is infinitely more positive: an early and flavorful huckleberry crop. Berries …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Volunteers clean up, widen area trails
About 100 volunteers turned out last Sunday to brave the heat and dust as they put their muscle into upgrading Trail 100 in Riverside State Park. The National Trails Day …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Field reports: Majority support grizzly restoration in Cascades
ENDANGERED – A majority of people and organizations who commented on an environmental impact statement studying the restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades favor the return of the …
Sun., June 7, 2015
Loose dogs growing issue at Mount Spokane
I go hiking at state parks prepared for the possibility of getting charged by a moose. I’m OK with that. But I have a right to be safe from a …
Thu., June 4, 2015
In brief: Federal officials propose plan to aid bull trout
Federal officials have released a plan to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the fish. The U.S. …
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015, 6:17 a.m.
Skijoring: enjoy winter with man’s best friend
Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs’ pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that’s finding a niche in the Inland Northwest. Skijoring – derived from a Norwegian word that means …
Sun., Nov. 30, 2014
Mount Spokane transitions to winter
OUTGOING – The change from Discover Passes to Sno-Park permits is one of the transitions underway at Mount Spokane State Park as snow begins to pile up and road plowing …