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In brief: Library checks out state park passes

Library users can now go to Spokane County Library branches to check out a Discover Pass, which allows people to park their cars at all Washington State Parks.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

Washington Discover Passes will be available for checkout in Spokane-area libraries

Spokane-area libraries are adding to their growing collection of outdoor gear.


Washington State Parks announces 2019 free days

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer 12 free days next year. On free days, visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.


Get out! No Discover Pass needed Saturday

No Discover Pass is needed on Washington State Park lands Saturday. The free day is in honor of the National Park Services’ 102nd birthday.


No Discover Pass needed this weekend, plus free fishing

A Discover Pass is not required Saturday or Sunday in honor of National Get Outdoors Day and Fishing Day respectively


Field reports: Montana State Parks visitation peaks

PARKS – Visitation to Montana State Parks continues to increase and is on track to set another record this year. So far through June, visitation was up 21 percent over …


Seasons transition at Mount Spokane; summit road closing

Mount Spokane State Park rangers and volunteers are busy as the fall colors begin to show in the foliage and a hint of the coming winter season is in the …


Sales of Discover Pass for parks soar

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new report shows revenue collected from sales of the Discover Pass was nearly $1 million higher than the year before.


Signs of state parks’ neglect reflect years of cuts

SEATTLE – As Washington state’s park system enters its 100th year, budget cuts have begun to take a heavy toll. Many of Washington’s 117 parks, 700 historic buildings and 33 …


Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 …


Out & About: Permits in transition at Mount Spokane

OUTPAY – A Discover Pass is still needed for parking a vehicle in most areas of Mount Spokane State Park, but the requirement soon will transition to a Sno-Park permit. …


State Parks plead for funds; Discover Pass sales leave shortfall

As revenues continue short of projections, state parks leaders are telling Washington lawmakers they can’t do it alone. The Washington State Parks department plans to seek $27 million from the …


Partners give boost to Riverside State Park

Despite losing 40 percent of its full-time staff in the past two years because of state budget cuts, Riverside State Park has found a way to move forward and even …


In brief: Vehicle passes required at fishing access sites

Vehicles parking at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing access sites must display a Vehicle Access Pass or a Discover Pass. Both passes are transferable to two vehicles starting …


Mount Spokane gets $300,000 for new nordic ski trail groomer

Washington’s Winter Recreation Advisory Committee has approved $300,000 to purchase a larger snowcat groomer to maintain the 30 kilometers of nordic trails at Mount Spokane State Park. George Momany, the …


More portable Discover Pass aim of bills

OLYMPIA – Washington residents quickly discovered something they didn’t like about the Discover Pass when it was introduced last year to raise money for parks and other state lands: It …


State parks’ pass is on ice for weekend, so you’re free to frolic

Washington State Parks began charging for access last year after millions of dollars in budget cuts, but access is free this weekend. “I think it’s perfect,” said Amanda Haan, who …


Cash-strapped state parks banking on Discover Pass, new approach

The Washington State Parks system, the fourth oldest in the nation, is at a brink of uncertainty in the state’s lingering budget crisis. After 98 years, officials are looking at …


Out & About: Parking pass requirements confusing at Mount Spokane

OUTPAY – Washington’s new Discover Pass is not a substitute for Sno-Park Permits at Mount Spokane parking areas for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and nordic skiing – a rule that caused considerable …


Park pass not raising expected revenue

TACOMA – Sales of a new Washington state park parking pass – the Discover Pass – is not raising the cash officials expected. Lawmakers have mostly cut off parks from …


Discover Pass now required

Washington’s new Discover Pass, required on vehicles accessing most state lands, might impact some sportsmen even though they get a parking permit when they buy their hunting and fishing licenses. …


Field reports: Group buys land for grizzly migration

WILDLIFE – A conservation group bought 71 acres in the Yaak Mountains in northwestern Montana near Troy with the goal of improving migration corridors for grizzly bears and other wildlife …


Little Spokane River a top attraction

The Little Spokane River Natural Area, managed in north Spokane by Riverside State Park, is one of the region’s top outdoor recreation attractions. Its trails lure scores of dayhikers.


Wash.’s new Discover Pass slow to be discovered by masses

Despite statewide media reports for the past several months, people are still showing up at Washington state parks with no clue that a Discover Pass has been required for vehicles …


State employee paychecks shrink a little

Happy new fiscal year, Washingtonians. Forget about making resolutions, but remember to get a new tab for your boat, or a Discover Pass if you plan to be spending time …


Recreationists may need more than one vehicle pass

People who recreate outdoors in the Pacific Northwest must tune in more carefully to requirements for vehicle passes – not only on state lands, but also on private and federal …


Discover Pass: Answers to frequently asked questions

Where is Discover Pass valid? Starting in July, Washington’s Discover Pass offers access to nearly 7 million acres of state recreation lands, including about 100 developed state parks.


Washington will require vehicle pass for state parks, other lands

Washington State Parks rangers and managers of other state lands are gearing up for the debut of the Discover Pass, which will be required for motor vehicle access to most …


Fees approved for state’s parks, recreation areas

OLYMPIA – Planning on driving to a state park or recreation area for some fun in the great outdoors after July 1? It’ll cost you. The same for visiting a …


Discover Pass will be ticket to state land access

The Discover Pass – expected to raise up to $64 million in two years for state parks and other lands – is a done deal in the Washington Legislature and …