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Woman crisscrosses West to fulfill acquaintance’s last wish

Nancy Zingheim barely knew Rita Poe when Poe approached her office at the Washington state RV park. Poe, a shy registered nurse, had a request for the RV park business manager: Could Zingheim help her with her will? Weeks later, the 66-year-old Poe died of colorectal cancer. In her will, she left nearly $800,000 to a dozen national wildlife refuges and parks, mostly in the American West. She named Zingheim the executor.

Public lands: what’s at stake in Trump administration

PUBLIC LANDS -- President-elect Trump has been sending mixed signals on how his policies will treat treasured public lands. His son, Donald Trump Jr., said the Trump administration will be a good steward. But some Republicans are champing at the bit to seize federal public...

Obama creates largest protected area on the planet

PUBLIC LANDS -- Using his executive authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act, President Obama on Friday created the largest ecologically protected area on Earth -- a Pacific Ocean sanctuary so remote few people will travel there; a place with a name that will boggle your...

Volunteer work party Saturday at Turnbull Refuge

NATURE -- The annual community work party to plant trees and shrubs and other projects at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney is set for 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 30. The Spokane Audubon Society and Friends of Turnbull are helping the refuge's ongoing...

Presidents played key roles in public lands legacy

PUBLIC LANDS -- Every president of the United States plays a role in managing the country's wealth of public lands, for better or worse. Eight presidents are especially noteworthy for their efforts or milestones in conserving parks, forests, range lands, marine areas and refuges, according to the Department of Interior...

Trumpeter swans back at Turnbull Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- In what's become an expected annual event, trumpeter swans beckoned by ice-free waters have returned to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a Valentine's Day (Sunday) report from reader Barbara Morrissey: Six trumpeter swans arrived 2/14/16 afternoon at about 4 p.m., with their...

Malheur Refuge occupants offer to leave if not charged

PUBLIC LANDS -- Armed militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon are trying to make a deal with authorities, seeking immunity for leaving peacefully. Here's the latest from the Associated Press. BURNS, Ore. – One of the last holdouts in the armed takeover...

News from the federal lands takeover front

PUBLIC LANDS -- Here are a few end of the week news stories dealing with the drumbeat to transfer federal lands to state, local or private jurisdictions. Donald Trump talks guns, hunting, conservation with Field & Stream The Republican presidential candidate talks to a sportsman's...

Public lands supporters rally in Spokane, other cities

PUBLIC LANDS -- Peaceful rallies in support of continued federal management of public lands have assembled in cities around the Northwest today, including Spokane, where no firearms were observed. More than 100 birdwatchers flocked to the Idaho Capitol in Boise today in particular to protest...