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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Climate change affects Northwest snowpack, study says

Last weekend’s doozy of a storm followed a classic Northwest weather script. Winds gusting to 40 mph blew moisture-rich air from the ocean into the Cascades and Northern Rockies, dumping snow on the mountains while leaving lower elevations bare.

Autumn takes hold in the region

Western larches are the showy paradox of Inland Northwest forests. Each fall, the trees outshine other conifers with a short-lived burst of gold-hued beauty. At Sherman Pass in the Colville National Forest, larch-dominated hillsides attract tourists from as far away as Seattle. The color extends to the forest floor, where wildlife and people trek through a glowing dusting of fallen needles.

Examining the legacy of the 1910 fires

One hundred years after the nation’s largest wildfires blazed across the Northern Rockies, blackening hillsides as far as the eye could see, the question lingers: Could the Big Burn happen again?