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Mount St. Helens’ mysteries still astound scientists 40 years after eruption

Forty years ago on May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., Mount St. Helens erupted.


Then and Now: Aubrey L. White Parkway

The road through Riverside State Park was named the Aubrey L. White Parkway in 1936 after a bookish young man from New Jersey with a head for business and a …


New book details history of contentious Cascade mine

Contingency is an underlying theme in Adam Sowards’ new book, “An Open Pit Visible from the Moon The Wilderness Act and the Fight to Protect Miners Ridge and the Public …


UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2020

Appellate judges say sale of land for controversial smelter near Newport was legal

The $325 million project remains on indefinite hold, however, after Pend Oreille County commissioners rejected a zoning change that would have allowed its construction late last year. The ruling affirms …


Madonna Luers: A retrospective on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a milestone that ironically we won’t be celebrating together because wildlife-human interfaces and pollution have helped set the stage for …


UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Group: U.S. pushing through Idaho grazing plans

An environmental group says U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force through a long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Plastic bags banned, paper bags to cost 8 cents after Inslee signs bill that takes effect next year

Single-use plastic bags at stores will be banned statewide starting next year and customers without reusable carriers will be charged 8 cents for paper bags under a bill signed Wednesday.


Plastic bag ban passes House

Plastic grocery bags would be banned in Washington to encourage reusable bags, and stores would be required to charge 8 cents for paper bags, under a bill that passed the …


Company seeks looser cleanup standards at uranium-processing site near Spokane reservation

Dawn Mining Co. is asking the state of Washington to relax substantially the clean-up standards for groundwater at its long-shuttered uranium-processing mill in Ford, where about 58 million cubic feet …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Exxon outlines its steps to reduce harmful methane emissions

ExxonMobil on Tuesday outlined how it is reducing the methane its operations release into the atmosphere, detailing its efforts as governments around the globe write new rules to regulate the …


Former wastewater director: Spokane’s nearly $200 million sewer overflow tanks not big enough

Dale Arnold, who served as the wastewater director under Mayor Mary Verner and supported a more expensive plan to reduce pollutants in the Spokane River, said the new regime at …


A furniture maker whose pieces tell a sustainable story

Will Phillips checks the humble box. He had been a rising star at Under Armour when he opted to take a 90 percent pay cut to run Sandtown Furniture Co. …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Amazon employees cite ‘moral responsibility’ in speaking out on climate, despite risk of losing their jobs

More than 350 Amazon employees defied a company ban on unapproved external communications to call out what they see as the retail and technology giant’s still-inadequate approach to the climate …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Trump rolls back waterway protections as benefit to developers, farmers and others

The Trump administration is ending federal protection for many of the nation’s millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands


2019: The year outdoors

Another year spent outside, or at least longing to be out there. From the good to the bad to the weird (hot takes on the salmon cannon, anyone?) The Spokesman-Review’s …


2019: Top outdoor stories

The most-read outdoor stories of 2019 presented chronologically:


2019: Transitions and passings

The biggest and saddest outdoor story from 2019 was the death of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley.


2019: Outdoor achievements

From acts of endurance to committed volunteering, Spokane area recreationists, conservationists and adventures inspired in 2019.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation ‘home run’

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.


San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups

A new cafe culture is brewing in San Francisco, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Documents: Idaho mining company writing own environmental report

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Vote on divisive Wolf Lodge Bay project delayed after packed meeting

A decision on a divisive commercial project on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay will have to wait until January, after some 170 people attended a Wednesday night meeting on …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Commissioners reject zoning change that would pave way for Newport silicon smelter

The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to …


Scientists use speakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy, and fish flock to them

The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions.


Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation

The 64-year-old activist seeks justice and community engagement at Superfund meetings, tribal gatherings and even from her chemotherapy chair.


Washington falls slightly in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings

While Gov. Jay Inslee’s emphasis on combating climate change has helped the state land at the No. 10 spot on the list last year, the ranking represented a slight fall …


Big Tech’s eco-pledges aren’t slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Amazon, Microsoft and Google have made ambitious pledges to cut back on their carbon emissions, but they’re not severing their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry.


Faith and Values: Be an aware, active advocate of creation

Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …


Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

Contentious proposals to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state are once again open for public comment.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020.