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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Lightning storms start fires in Washington forests

PUBLIC LANDS --Monday's afternoon thunderstorms led to many lightning strikes across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and surrounding lands starting several new fires, the Forest Service reports. Response crews were dispatched immediately. See the report on small fires also reported on the Colville National Forest. In...

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FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

Lake Spokane Campground closed during wildfire

CAMPING -- The Lake Spokane Campground, formerly operated by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, has been closed by state officials as they fight a nearby wildfire in Stevens County. Other Riverside State Park facilities remain open. See the story. See more details on where...

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TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Lisa Breitenfeldt, owner of a Spokane-based mail-order business called Cache Advance, teaches classes on geocaching – a pastime in which objects are hidden at secret locations for participants to find using GPS coordinates and clues posted on the Internet.  (Colin Mulvany)

Geocaching 101 class offered Wednesday

NAVIGATION -- A free Geocaching 101 Class is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The class is geared to people who want to learn the basics of the engaging high-tech hide-and-seek game using GPS devices and a World Wide Web full of clues and challenges....

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SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars near Stagger Inn Campground northwest of Priest Lake. (Rich Landers)

Stagger Inn Campground closed for tree removal

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Forest Service has begun removing hazardous trees at the Stagger Inn Campground on the Priest Lake Ranger District and work will continue through June 30, says Panhandle National Forests spokesman Jason Kirchner. Stagger Inn and the adjacent Roosevelt Grove of Ancient...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014

Rafting whitewater rapids on the main Salmon River in Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Lifejackets aren't for sissies

WATERSPORTS -- The season's barely begun and already two drownings have been reported from private rafting trips on Idaho's Salmon River. Neither victim was wearing a lifejacket on the RIVER OF NO RETURN, which, forgive me for being honest, is inexcusable.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Fourth-graders from East Farms Elementary  fan out in a field near Stateline looking for their geocache owl named Wisdom. Donna Simon’s social studies class is studying the state of Washington and learning about the cities, towns and geography. The students are using geocaching as a method to learn about the state. (Photos by J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)

Geocaching game launched on region's forests

GEOCACHING -- The Colville National Forest and partners in the Upper Columbia region are setting up a summer geocaching game geared to families. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, a number of easy to access geocaches will be located throughout the Colville National Forest...

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014


Signs along U.S. 395 north of Spokane mark the Dragoon Creek Campground. (Rich Landers)

Dragoon Campground reopening north of Spokane 

CAMPING -- The closure sign for Dragoon Creek Campground was removed Wednesday after this photo was snapped and the campground is scheduled to open Friday in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The campground, managed by the state Department of Natural Resources, has been closed...

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014

Hear sounds under night sky at Steamboat Rock

CAMPING -- In case you've forgotten what it's like to camp out under the stars, Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin reminds us by devoting a sleepless night using his camera and recording night sounds at Steamboat Rock State Park. On a recent night-photography outing I made...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014

Huckleberry Campground on the St. Joe River is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (BLM)

St. Joe River campground host sought 

CAMPING – A campground host is being sought for the Huckleberry Campground along the St. Joe River 30 miles east of St. Maries, Idaho. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Coeur d'Alene District provides the volunteer hosts free camping and utilities for services five days...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

Mica Bay Boater Park closed for tree removal

​ BOATING -- The Mica Bay Boater Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene has been closed temporarily until hazardous trees can be removed, according to the Bureau of Land Management Coeur d’Alene Field Office. Closure of the popular lake access site will continue while operators work...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

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