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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

Beautiful time-lapse video of Yosemite

Get ready for some nature ogling. I'll let Shawn Reeder, who made this insanely gorgeous video, take it away: "Yosemite, the High Sierra, and the Eastern Sierra are some of the most beautiful places on earth. Ever since I serendipitously won a trip to Yosemite...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

National Parks Subway Map

As visiting season approaches, check The Sierra Club's fun 'subway-style' map of U.S. national parks. It serves as a great reminder of how many national parks there are in this country. What is your favorite? Check this full list of all our national parks and...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

Time lapse video of the Spokane River

This short but sweet video serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are to live near the treasure that is the Spokane River. Also, bonus points if you can name that song. Timelapse around the Spokane River - Spokane, Washington from Silly Goose...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Spokane County Regional Trail Plan needs your input

​Here's a good opportunity to speak out on an important regional asset: Spokane County Parks and Recreation, working in collaboration with the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition (INTC), has updated the Spokane County Regional Trail Plan and wants your input on it. The Plan identifies policies...

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Huntington Park gets a facelift

Have you noticed all the construction below the southern side of the Monroe St bridge and up to City Hall? Avista and the City of Spokane are working on a new public plaza that will replace the parking lot immediately north of City Hall. That...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

The Inland Northwest Bicycling Event Guide

The Spokesman Review has compiled a Bicycling Calendar for 2013, featuring an expanded list of events that now include everything within a 300-mile range of Spokane. Check it out, geek out, and get ready for a number of fantastic events that highlight the best way...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012

Tuesday Video: Cutest bear attack ever 

Time for some levity. In this clip, an adorable baby bear roughhouses with a visitor in a Russian wilderness park. (Insert Yakov Smirnoff "In Soviet Russia, bear...." joke.) Of course, by the time this bear reaches maturity, it will weigh a much as a ton...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

30 tourists get too close to Old Faithful 

Don't get too close is what the warning signs tell you - you'll get cooked. The water is 240 degrees of pressurized heat, after all. But that didn’t stop some 30 tourists from taking a way-too-close look at Yellowstone’s famous Old Faithful Geyser. The AP...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

Boots, camera, action!

Conservation Northwest is known for keeping it wild... with a little bit of fall hiking and tree-planting. There are two guided hikes to proposed wilderness for free and include an 8 am carpool option from Spokane. Enjoy great camaraderie and writing a letter for wilderness...

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010

Meet Me At The River

“I was - enchanted—overwhelmed—with the beauty and grandeur of everything I saw. It lay just as nature had made it, with nothing to mar its virgin glory.” James Glover 1873 upon first seeing the Spokane River. Things are a bit different now with seven dams...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009

Meet me at the river

Image Courtesy of The Spokane River Forum. Looking to get out on the river this summer? Now’s the time to sign up for the 14 remaining trips on the “Meet Me at the River Raft and Kayak Expeditions,” from the Spokane River Forum. They range...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

Tuesday Video

Yvon Chouinard is a legendary name in rock climbing circles. Founder of Patagonia, he also helped pave the way for environmentally friendly business. Now comes a film (soundtracked by Modest Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins), titled 180 degrees south: Documenting An Adventure For...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009

Friday Quote

“Interacting with nature (at least when compared to a hectic urban landscape) dramatically improves the cognitive function. In particular, being in natural settings restores our ability to exercise directed attention and working memory, which are crucial mental talents. The basic idea is that nature, unlike...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009

Restoring an ecosystem

The Pack River Delta used to be a rich eco system only to be drained after the Albeni Falls Dam was built in 1955 for Lake Pend Oreille. Check Becky Kramer’s article here. Now, a restoration project is underway and the Idaho Department of Fish...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

Down To Earth

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