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Grazing permits blocked for ranchers in Oregon land dispute

A federal judge has blocked the grazing permits issued to father and son ranchers who were the focus of a battle about public land.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

With less than 10 percent of Spokane County designated public land, our region’s backdrop is at risk

Flip through any promotional material selling the Spokane lifestyle and one theme quickly emerges. Easy access to nature. As permanent, as baked into our civic being as that backdrop may …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside U.S.

Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting …

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands

The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane – a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during …

Ask Dr. Universe: How does land affect the weather?

We get different weather patterns depending on a few conditions, such as how much sun the land gets, if the land is near mountains or ocean, and how air circulates …

Couples win bid for chunk of the Palouse near butte

The resident of Bellevue, Wash., and a Pullman native, was participating in the 2018 Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz. The event, organized by botanist Steve Riser, was designed to collect herbarium …

Constantine wants to leverage conservation fund to buy 65,000 acres of ‘last best places’

King County farmlands, forests, shorelines, trails, urban green space and natural areas are a target of a conservation initiative by the county executive.

UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018

Perched on a platform high in a tree, a 61-year-old woman fights a gas pipeline

A 61-year-old mother of three is perched on a platform 32 feet in the air between two oak trees, trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from coming through land …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Group buys land to prevent break in Pacific Crest Trail

A group dedicated to preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail has purchased private land in western Washington state to prevent a break in the path.

Cantwell says Hanford Reach no longer under federal review

Sen. Maria Cantwell says the Hanford Reach National Monument in eastern Washington is no longer under review for possible changes to the protections created for the natural landmark.

Lawsuit will determine if Spokane developer can build road through Freddy Park

A Spokane developer is determined to build a 220-unit apartment complex in the Wandermere neighborhood, but first he’ll need to see the end of a lawsuit over a proposed access …

Washington DNR deciding whether to add aquatic land to Cherry Point reserve

The state of Washington is deciding whether to protect 45 acres of aquatic lands that had been set aside for a proposed coal-export shipping terminal at Cherry Point.

Newman Lake conservation area growing

Outdoor enthusiasts will soon have more trails and wildlife to discover on the banks of Newman Lake. Spokane County is in final negotiations to buy 41 acres adjacent to the …

Tom Kelly: Do homework when considering vacant land

While real estate typically is a solid long-term investment, investors and vacation-property buyers should be cautious when buying vacant land or raw land even if there clearly is marketable timber …

Former N. Idaho forest employees blast land trade

Seven former administrators of the Palouse Ranger District are blasting a U.S. Forest Service plan to trade 28,000 acres of managed forest for about 39,000 acres of logged-over timber company …

Group Petitions Idaho To Take Federal Land Tenth Amendment Provides For State Ownership, Group Says

An association based on the Tenth Amendment is starting a petition drive aimed at persuading Gov. Phil Batt to declare state ownership of the millions of acres of federal land …

State Places Davenport On Pollution List Department Of Ecology Says Oil Underneath Hotel Is A Possible Health Hazard

Spokane’s “crown jewel” hotel shows up on the state’s list of potentially polluted sites. The state Department of Ecology calls oil beneath the Davenport Hotel a possible hazard to public …

Feds Reclaim Priest Lake Island Cabins Area Families Losing Their Long-Held Refuges

Dick Russell will soon have to abandon his cabin on Bartoo Island. Russell was supposed to leave in 1986, but had to stay in order to use up $8,000 in …

Counties Say They Can Better Manage Forest Lands But State Officials Say Transfer Could Hamper Fire Efforts

State lands officials say a proposal to transfer 500,000 acres of state forest to Western Washington counties could harm firefighting efforts statewide. County officials supporting the plan say they can …