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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Change or perish: Hill’s Resort at Priest Lake transitions to next generation

“Our family goal, stated at all our meetings, has been to see Hill’s Resort stay in the family.”


Longtime Mountain Gear store manager John Schwartz retires, reflects on changed industry

It started in 1990 with some boredom, a tent and a tight budget.


Get Out Fest deemed success for Ferry County

The inaugural Get Out Fest in Republic, Washington, was a success, at least judging from attendance numbers.


People who spend more time outdoors lead more fulfilling lives, new research shows

It’s been established that people who spend more time in parks and other natural settings tend to report higher levels of health and happiness, but new research shows there’s actually …


In its fifth year, Spokatopia adds a day, offers even more outdoor play

Entering its fifth year, Spokatopia will be bigger and better than ever. Spokane’s annual outdoor festival will be a two-day event, said event organizer Derrick Knowles.


Heber Hatchets helps those interested to take aim at new sport, family fun

The smell of sawdust wafted out the open roll-up door, and the satisfying thunk of an ax sinking into wood could be heard from the sidewalk. Ax throwing, an activity …


Ferry County outdoor festival aims to bring recreation, money to one of Washington’s poorest counties

Emily Burt knows the dollar value of sweaty and thirsty outdoor enthusiasts better than most. As the co-owner and founder of Republic Brewing, Burt is used to seeing trail weary …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Park Board approves cost increases for U.S. Pavilion, promenade in Riverfront Park

Another $634,000 was approved for construction of the new pavilion building and surrounding grounds Thursday, as the attraction inches closer to a planned fall opening. Park officials say the now …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Agreement staves off steelhead season closure

Idaho’s steelhead season won’t close as scheduled Saturday.


Study finds that Spokane is in top 50 cities for outdoor access nationwide

Spokane has been ranked one as of the best U.S. cities for outdoor access.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:45 a.m.

New study finds BLM lands contribute billions from recreation to Idaho, Washington, other western states

Amid pressure in some states to transfer federal public land to state management and control, a study commissioned by several wildlife-related groups finds that federal land contributes billions of dollars …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Hunters, recreationists urged to think ahead with fires raging in Washington, Idaho

With fires still roaring across the West, hunters and recreationists may find themselves out of luck when they head out. For hunters, the most important consideration is whether the land …


The Inland Northwest’s best parks for outside activities

Whether you’re looking to hike to the top of a scenic bluff or tumble down the side of a hill on a sled, there’s something for everyone in the region’s …


Officials offers safety tips during water recreation

Whether it’s fishing, rafting or taking the family on the river or lake for a nice afternoon, watersports are a seasonal mainstay in the region. However, dangers can lurk in …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Two Spokane County recreation projects receive $1.5 million in grant money

Spokane County recreation projects received about $1.5 million from the


Report: National Forest visitors spent roughly $290 million in Washington communities

In Washington, National Forest visitors spent roughly $290 million in nearby communities and supported 2,130 year-round jobs, according to a new report.


Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.


Ice skating rink coming to Oregon’s capital city

An 8,400 square-foot ice skating rink is coming to Oregon’s capital city in the fall.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Governor removes chairman of Parks and Recreation board

Montana’s governor has removed the chairman of the State Parks and Recreation Board, asked the vice chairwoman to resign and is directing the new board to focus on the long-term …


Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …


Yellowstone visitation down in July and for the year

More than half way through the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has seen about 5 percent fewer visitors so far this year.


Bellingham climber’s body to remain on glacier

The body of a Bellingham woman will remain on a North Cascades National Park glacier indefinitely after a recovery team decided a mission to the site would be too dangerous.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

Woman becomes first to swim length of Flathead Lake and back

A Montana attorney has become the first person to swim the length of the West’s largest freshwater lake and back.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

University of Idaho professor killed by lightning strike in Swiss Alps

Faculty and staff at the University of Idaho began mourning one of their own Monday when it was announced Samantha Ramsay, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Margaret Ritchie …


Outdoor recreation becomes top money generator for Montana

A new report by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that the state’s outdoor recreation has become one of its top economic sectors.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 1:56 p.m.

Bike sharing set to return to Seattle

Two private bike-share companies will likely soon have 1,000 shareable bikes on Seattle streets.


Big win for supporters of new Moscow ice rink

In August, the Moscow City Council expressed its support for a new Palouse Ice Rink and its willingness to donate $1 million from the city’s Hamilton Fund to help pay …


Oregon rivers see historically low counts of steelhead fish

Fisheries managers say steelhead fish in Santiam and Willamette rivers in northwestern Oregon have hit low levels not seen in over 40 years.


Crews searching for man who fell in Snake River

Search crews say they are still searching for a 42-year-old man who reportedly fell out of a boat and into the Snake River over the weekend.


Difficult hiking conditions on Mount Pilchuck prompt warnings

After conducting four rescues in one week, Snohomish County officials are warning the public against hiking on Mount Pilchuck unless they are well trained for steep snow conditions.