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Pickleball a growing social sport in Coeur d’Alene

Pickleball. It’s not the fastest sport in the world, but it is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. “It’s social and a great way to get exercise,” said Pat …


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 …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A group of Eastern park superintendents stopped in Spokane to tour the city’s park system, and their verdict was that Spokane had vast park …


Out & About: State grants boost recreation, wildlife projects

OUTFUND – The Washington Recreation and Conservation office has awarded more than $110 million to 268 projects to build parks and boating facilities, provide access to shorelines, maintain trails and …


Field Reports: Fire threat closes private timberlands

FORESTS – More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger. Stimson Lumber Company has …


Gorge loop trail on south side of river has new life

Plans for a Spokane River gorge loop trail in downtown Spokane were nearly complete two years ago. Then they weren’t. Now, they’re almost done again. Almost.


County to buy parcel adjacent to Riverside State Park

Gary Trautman took a break from cleaning his late father’s ranch near Nine Mile Falls on Tuesday to watch the wind twirl wheels on a weather vane fixed to a …


In brief: Comment on county parks

Spokane County Parks planners are asking the public to help prioritize the many improvement projects waiting on the sidelines until funding is available. Public meetings are being held this week …


Field reports: Lake Roosevelt fees to increase Feb. 9

PARKS – Camping and boat-launching fees will increase starting Feb. 9 at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The area is among numerous National Park Service units where fees will be …


Council names plaza for Spokane Tribe

The new plaza next to Spokane City Hall has a new name: the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place.


Popular cabins at Liberty Lake boost County Parks’ revenues

A long, hot summer and a pair of popular cabins on the banks of Liberty Lake were a boon to Spokane County’s Parks Department this year, as aquatics revenues hit …


Freddy Park in legal limbo over construction of a road

A forested park in the Wandermere neighborhood gifted to the county by retail company Fred Meyer will stay undeveloped for now. Earlier this week appellate judges kept in place an …


Field reports: Washington dumping steelhead into lakes

FISHING – About 340,000 steelhead raised at hatcheries to be released in Puget Sound streams will instead be stocked in Western Washington trout lakes this month. A lawsuit filed by …


Out & About: Ski swap season is time to gear up

OUTDEAL – Used gear will be coming out of closets for great deals at annual ski- and winter-gear swaps. The following fundraisers help finance area ski patrols and racers:


Out & About: Fishers back home in Olympics

OUTFIELD – Once locally extinct, fishers are bounding all over the Olympic Peninsula. First released into Olympic National Park in 2008 in an effort to repopulate the native carnivore, they …


Spokane voters to decide on polishing Riverfront Park, fixing streets

There was little controversy at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting, where discussion centered on two big tax measures: to revitalize Riverfront Park and continue funding for street maintenance. Voters may …


The Rock Doc: Seize the day and visit a park

This is the time of year to get outdoors and observe Mother Nature in all her glory. With a simple field guide to trees or birds and a Sunday afternoon …


Spokane County proposes $45 million park levy

Spokane County officials want to team up with other local agencies to seek $45 million in park and sports facility improvements through a ballot measure next year. About half of …


Out & About: Fly fishing vets… Mt. Spokane passes

OUTRULE – It’s transition time at Mount Spokane State Park. Grooming on the nordic ski trails will end for the season on Monday.


Field reports: Lawmakers back wolf protections

WILDLIFE – Federal lawmakers pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday to drop the administration’s plan to end federal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states. …


Oregon’s Niagara Falls a ‘true hidden gem’

WILLAMINA, Ore. – Just the words, Niagara Falls, provoke an immediate response. Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest or South, the iconic waterfalls straddling the New York and …


Work of  Art: skier Bookstrom reinspires childhood on Mount Spokane

It’s the skinny skier’s version of venturing off-piste at Mount Spokane’s Cross-Country Ski Park. Unannounced by signs, a discrete series of orange diamonds leads into the forest off the groomed …


County updating five-year plan for parks

Spokane County expects to have $23 million over the next five years to pursue Conservation Futures land purchases, park improvements and recreation projects countywide. An update of the county’s parks, …


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to decide what value we place on parks

Is it too soon to declare our state parks a complete failure and call in the profiteers? Or should we cut their budgets further first? Maybe to zero? We are …


Out & About: Permit rules change at Mount Spokane State Park

OUTGOING – Transitions are underway for nordic skiers and snowshoers at Mount Spokane State Park. Grooming is set to begin this week on the nordic trails as snow allows and …


Landers: Death of Valleyfest fish senseless

Several dozen rainbow trout large enough to please any angler are on their death bed at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. The fish are leftovers from the September Valleyfest …


Landers: Great outdoors needs refs, custodians

The great outdoors is the sports stadium of the people. It’s the arena that invites all of us, regardless of age or gender, to take our best shot.


Landers: Convention Center project affects trail, boat access

Tree-lovers, Centennial Trail users and Spokane River paddlers will be the first to notice if preliminary construction for the $55 million Spokane Convention Center Completion Project begins as scheduled next …


Vestal: Can we get a park with that?

We have talked about a “great gorge park” in Spokane for a hundred years, and sometimes it feels like a million. But we may be on the cusp of a …


Blizzard of beargrass brightens mountain slopes

Reports are coming in from Mount Spokane to Glacier National Park and beyond of beargrass blooming in such profusion the patches resemble banks of snow. The name of the lanky …