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Feds look to increase water storage in Boise River system

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is hoping to find a way to increase water storage capacity on the Boise River system.


Oregon lawmakers consider potential life jacket law

Officials have proposed a law that would require river floaters in Oregon to wear life jackets. The


National Park Service tweeting again after suspension

The Interior Department began tweeting again Saturday, a day after an employee shared tweets that appeared unsympathetic to President Donald Trump and prompted a temporary, department-wide freeze on tweeting from …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Animals struggle with heavy snow, winter weather in Idaho

While Idaho residents are lamenting heavy snowpack and icy roads, wildlife in the state have been struggling in the backcountry.


Fish and Wildlife approves razor clam dig starting Jan. 27

The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that Copalis Beach will open for five straight days of razor clam digging starting Jan. 27, and both Copalis and Mocrocks Beach …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

National park visits hit record high for third straight year

Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought …


Visit Washington state parks for free Sunday, Monday

No Discover Pass is needed Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Washington state parks.


Avalanche kills Kalispell skier in Glacier National Park

Authorities say a Kalispell man has died from injuries sustained in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Glacier National Park.


Olympic park to allow clamming for first time since 2012

A section of Olympic National Park will open for clamming for the first time in five years.


Ski areas forced to close due to record-low temperatures

Three ski areas in western Montana have unexpectedly closed due to extreme cold and wind.


Now’s the time for whale watching on Oregon Coast

The exodus of gray whales heading south along the Oregon Coast is beginning. Each year, from Mid-December to Mid-January, around 20,000 whales swim from the cold Alaskan seas to the …


Montana wants input on plan to limit motorized watercraft use

A series of public hearings will begin next week on a proposal to limit motorized watercraft use on nearly 50 western Montana river and stream segments.


Recreational crabbing season coming to a close in the Sound

The Puget Sound recreational winter crabbing season is coming to a close.


Skier dies in southwestern Montana avalanche

A skier was killed in an avalanche in southwestern Montana.


Japanese theme park thought it was a good idea to freeze 5,000 dead fish in a skating rink

An amusement park in southwestern Japan has closed its ice-skating rink after public outrage over the rink’s key feature: 5,000 dead fish frozen into the ice itself.


Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor to open lifts Friday

Skiing season in Oregon is set to begin Friday as Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor are both expected to open.


Idaho group renews push for Craters Monument status upgrade

An Idaho group wants state lawmakers to sign off on its efforts to get national park status for a national monument near Arco.


Warm weather stops Oregon ski areas from opening early

Warm November temperatures mean it is unlikely ski resorts in central Oregon will be opening early this season.


Jeld-Wen selling Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg for $5 million

Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg is getting a new owner. Jeld-Wen Holdings Inc., which has owned the resort for 20 years, is selling the North Idaho property for $5 million, …


Teen rescued by helicopter after fall on Mount Si

A helicopter rescued a badly injured teen off Mount Si after he tumbled 90 feet.


Five fires burning in Yellowstone continue to grow

An expected increase in winds along with warm, dry weather has firefighters bracing for more active wildfire growth in Yellowstone National Park.


Yellowstone to begin taking entries for snowmobile permits

Begging Thursday snowmobilers will be able to enter a drawing for permits to ride through Yellowstone National Park without a guide.


Liberty Lake town hall bond fails; Airway Heights bond on track to pass

Voters in Liberty Lake have rejected plans for a new town center after the bond received only 56 percent of votes in favor – four percentage points lower than it …


Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Summer’s right around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is here to remind you that there’s nothing like a dip in a public pool – a …


Little League field, more planned at parks surrounding public pools

The Spokane County Parks Department will begin construction this summer at the Southside Aquatics Center, and secured funds for the northside pool, to add ball fields, paved paths and landscaping …


Shawn Vestal: Giant board games likely coming to downtown Spokane thanks to one man’s energy

In the past couple of weeks, a proposal to bring oversized outdoor games downtown has sped from inspiration to likelihood, thanks to Ryan Oelrich.


Avalanche danger in Cascades is high through this weekend

A forecast for rain and snow at higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains could also cause dangerous avalanche conditions for travelers and recreationists.


Ski areas move past poor season, cheer forecasts

Ski area managers aren’t dwelling on last year, and they don’t want customers to worry about a repeat performance this winter.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 3:59 p.m.

Property taxes rise on Newman Lake to pay for water quality; residents question fairness

Some property owners on Newman Lake will see their property tax bills rise this year to pay for new equipment to improve water quality. But many say the method of …


Idaho weighs private leases of public land

BOISE – State officials are debating if they should allow groups to lease public land in a way that could prevent public access. A half-dozen times over the years, the …