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Spokane is in the center of this satellite image wildfire smoke across Pacific Northwest on Aug. 20, 2015.  Origin point of smoke on the left is the 42,000-acre Wolverine Fire in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area near upper Lake Chelan.  Farther east, the 134,000-acre Chelan, 162,000-acre Okanogan, 110,000-acre Colville Indian Reservation, and 90,000-acre Colville area fires all merge and drift east across Montana and into the Midwest. (NOAA)

View from above raises pall of concern 

WILDFIRES -- I flew from Seattle to Spokane this morning after 10 days off the grid in Alaska. Heartbreaking is the first word that came to mind as I watched the smoke rising from east of the Cascades and spreading eastward across the state, mixing...

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

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Chart: Region's snowpack washing away

WINTERSPORTS -- If you like snow, Go East! The snow pack situation around the region is generally below average and continued to deteriorate with the unusually warm and wet pattern of late, says the National Weather Service in today's report. The only location that made...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

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This January 2012 photo shows Mount Rainier taking on a rosy glow near sunset as viewed from Eatonville, Wash. (Associated Press)

Avalanche warning for Mount Rainier, Cascades

WINTERSPORTS -- It's spring, but wintery conditions still have a hold on the Cascades. The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains. Forecasters...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

About 8 inches of snow was recorded Sept. 30, 2013, at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.    (Glacier National Park)

Snow closes Glacier Park's Logan Pass temporarily 

PARKS -- The first serious bout of winter-like weather has temporarily closed Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road today at The Loop on the west side of the park. Weather conditions along the higher elevations of the Going-to-the-Sun Road today have included very windy conditions --...

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MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

The Washington State Department of Transportation says eight mudslides have buried SR 20, cutting off a major east-west route across the Cascades. (Washington Department of Transportation)

Thunder storms put hikers in hot spot

WILDERNESS -- I'm just back from four electrifying days of backpacking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, catching up old news for which I had a front row seat. Mudslides bury North Cascades Highway -- Hikers stranded Monday as storms leave the vital summer passage closed...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a mountain-dwelling American pika. (Associated Press)

Climate change not kind to kindly pikas

WILDLIFE -- Researchers are documenting how climate change is dealing a skimpy hand to the chipper pika, the "rock rabbits" of the high mountain talus slopes, as reported in this Idaho Statesman story. Remember, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protections for...

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