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Dave Nichols joined The Spokesman-Review in 2014. He currently is the prep writer covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho high school sports.

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Aug. 2, 2020, 4 p.m.
SEATTLE – This year was always going to feature some growing pains for the Seattle Mariners. The pandemic shortening the season to 60 games (or whatever they end up with) doesn’t do them any favors, baseball-wise (or financial), either.

Aug. 2, 2020, 6 a.m.
When my editors asked if I wanted to drive over to Seattle to cover the Mariners' home opening series this weekend, I honestly had mixed emotions. Of course, I jumped at the chance. But it not without reservation.

Aug. 1, 2020, 10:18 p.m.
There's an old adage that pitching and defense wins championships. While that may be true, you still have to score enough runs to win games. 

July 31, 2020, 9:15 p.m.
SEATTLE – Entering play on Friday, the Seattle Mariners had played seven games, but all were on the road in the unfriendly confines of Houston and Los Angeles – well, Anaheim, California, to be precise.

July 29, 2020, 6 p.m.
On Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine, a large-scale gold and copper mine proposed for the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, the largest sockeye salmon run on the planet.

July 29, 2020, 4 p.m.
A large flock of pelicans circles as it searches for a place to land at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney on July 9.

July 29, 2020, 6 a.m.
Late Tuesday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released a set of revisions to the four-season sports calendar it announced on July 21.

July 28, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
The pandemic has claimed another mass gathering in area athletics. Organizers of the Coeur' d'Alene Ironman 70.3 triathlon announced on Tuesday the race, rescheduled for September, will not take place. 

July 27, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lethally removed an adult, nonbreeding female member of the Wedge wolf pack in Northeast Washington on Monday, reducing the pack to two known remaining members.

July 27, 2020, 6 a.m.
After careful consideration and discussion, and with input from park staff, local businesses and parks already implementing similar systems, Glacier National Park officials have decided not to implement the proposed temporary ticketed vehicle entry.

July 24, 2020, 6:59 p.m.
It was far from the normal opening day, lacking all of the pomp and circumstance, but the Seattle Mariners kicked off their 2020 season against the defending A.L. champion Houston Astros in an empty Minute Maid Park, devoid of fans, trash can banging staffers, or even the zombie-like cardboard cutouts behind home plate we've seen in other venues in the 60-game sprint that is the pandemic version of Major League Baseball.

July 24, 2020, 6 a.m.
“Is this the hardest thing you’ve ever done?” I asked Aubrey, who was slogging across loose scree with an expression of exhausted anguish. Ahead of us was another snow field, although they’d grown less treacherous as we worked our way around the mountain.

July 24, 2020, 5 a.m.
I have to admit, I feel uneasy about the return of baseball – and even writing about it – while positive COVID-19 cases across the country are rising at an exponential rate.

July 23, 2020, 3 p.m.
Like everyone else, Marco Gonzales is anxious for baseball to start. And maybe it’s taken a little more time than anyone expected, but he’ll be on the hill on Friday for the Seattle Mariners when the MLB season gets underway – finally.

July 23, 2020, 2 p.m.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director Kelly Susewind on Thursday, July 23, authorized WDFW staff to lethally remove a wolf from the Wedge pack territory in response to what it called “repeated depredations of cattle on grazing lands” in Stevens County.

July 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.
On Tuesday, coaches across the state of Washington heard the news they’d been waiting for – since March, really.

July 22, 2020, 4 p.m.
Comet NEOWISE, taken west of Spokane, streaks across the sky on the night of July 15. NEOWISE was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye and was also the brightest comet to pass by Earth in 23 years.

July 21, 2020, 6:40 p.m.
With much of the state still mired in “Phase 2” of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase Safe Start Washington plan in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association on Tuesday announced some drastic changes to the high school sports calendar with the hopes of conducting seasons and culminating events for each of the sports it offers.

July 21, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, July 21, for failing to release public records on the termination of a program to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington.

July 20, 2020, 6 a.m.
Field reports: Outdoors businesses urge passage of Great American Outdoors Act; Spokane River cleanup first effort a success.

July 16, 2020, 2:06 p.m.
The Idaho High School Activities Association on Thursday issued guidelines for Idaho schools to begin activities for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

July 15, 2020, 6 p.m.
Briefs: Spokane River access at TJ Meenach opens; Allen Lebovitz named DNR fire liaison.

July 15, 2020, 4 p.m.
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July 15, 2020, 2:20 p.m.
The Center for Biological Diversity initiated a lawsuit on Wednesday, July 15 to challenge the Trump administration’s recent termination of a program aimed at restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. In the past decade, biologists have documented only four grizzly bears in the region.

July 9, 2020, 3:27 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Washington Interscholastic Activates Association delayed the start of practices for fall sports until the first week of September, a holdup of more than two weeks from the original starting time for fall practices.