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TUESDAY, OCT. 24, 2017

A visitor doesn’t have to be a technical rock climber to enjoy easy hikes into Grand Teton National Park’s interior. (MIKE BRODWATER Special to the S-R)

National Parks consider 17 percent fee hike 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The National Park Service is floating a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the West, to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects. Visitors to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and other...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 26, 2017

TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2017

MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017

Traffic backs up behind a "bison jam" in Yellowstone National Park. (Associated Press)

Yellowstone gearing up for gridlock

PARKS – Buses, quotas or traffic jams -- those may be the choices for seeing Yellowstone National Park in the future. Here's the story from the Associated Press: Sometime within the next four to six years, Yellowstone National Park is expected to reach its capacity...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2017

TUESDAY, AUG. 8, 2017

Boats speed up Lake Roosevelt near the Spokane River Arm under smokey August skies. (Rich Landers)

Lake Roosevelt bans open flames as fire danger soars

PARKS -- A near-record stretch of temperatures above 90 degrees has cooked the Eastern Washington landscape to tinder dry conditions and land managers are gradually increasing the restrictions to help prevent kicking off another wildfire. The latest announcement is posted today as Lake Roosevelt National...

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MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017

Ben Parsons competes in the Whitefish Whiteout at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont., in 2016. Parsons, 36, died Jan. 5, 2017, of injuries suffered in an avalanche in Glacier National Park. Parsons was an endurance athlete who competed in mountain bike and ski mountaineering races.  (Greg Lindstrom / Flathead Beacon via AP)

Avalanche kills backcountry skier in Glacier Park

WINTERSPORTS -- An endurance athlete and firefighter who was partially buried in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Montana’s Glacier National Park died as emergency crews tried to rescue him, officials said Friday. Ben Parsons, 36, of Kalispell, was a skilled outdoor adventurer who competed...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016

 Spring Canyon near Grand Coulee Dam is a popular boat launching and camping area along the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. (Rich Landers)

Lake Roosevelt 2017 boat launching permits available

WATERSPORTS -- The 2017 annual boat launching permits for Lake Roosevelt are available, but the National Park Service no longer offers discounts for early purchases. A permit is required for launching any type of vessel at all designated National Park Service-managed launch ramps the reservoir...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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