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‘Proof of Life’ documentary showing Friday at REI

A documentary film following Spokane’s Brad Thiessen’s recovery from brain cancer will be shown Friday at REI (1125 N. Monroe St.)


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

REI reports more sales, income, and members – but also higher costs (and it still needs a new CEO)

Despite a business environment that is increasingly hostile to physical retailers, REI is delivering impressive results.


REI leader resigns over undisclosed relationship

Officials say the president and CEO of outdoor retailer REI has resigned for failing to disclose a relationship he had with the head of another organization in the outdoor industry


Outdoor retailers expand political fight with climate push

Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure – though its impact is difficult …


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.


REI hosts pray for snow party, film showing

REI will host a Pray for Snow party on Nov. 11. Those in attendance can wear retro ski outfits and have a chance at winning prizes from REI.


REI gives $15,000 to climbing, biking projects in Spokane

REI has given $15,000 in grants toward mountain biking and climbing projects in the Spokane area.


REI rolls out rigorous new sustainability standards for suppliers

By the fall of 2020, every tent REI sells will be free of harmful flame-retardant chemicals. Sunscreens will not contain coral-reef-bleaching oxybenzone. Wool or down products will come from humanely …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Bike helmets, ski goggles swept up in gun control debate

Public pressure against companies connected to the gun industry following last month’s school shooting in Florida has hit an unlikely target: REI, the outdoors co-op better known for its public …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Interior head says Patagonia claim about public land ‘a lie’

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday accused outdoor retailer Patagonia of lying when it said that President Donald Trump “stole your land” by shrinking two national monuments in Utah by …


REI unveils new program to sell returned, inspected, approved gear

Finding quality outdoor gear at a price that won’t cause shock seems nearly impossible nowadays. Advancements in durability, weight reduction, and tech invariably push retail costs higher.


REI aims to get more women outdoors

REI has announced a refocus on women. The company, full name Recreational Equipment Inc., is a co-op with millions of members and billions of dollars in revenue.


Doug Clark: REI’s zombie-survival lessons could come in handy after Election Day

REI’s classes in “Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse” could come in handy the day after Election Day.


REI to close again for Black Friday

NEW YORK – Specialty outdoor retailer REI will keep its stores closed on the day after Thanksgiving for the second straight year, even though it’s one of the busiest shopping …


SpokeFest moves to Kendall Yards

SpokeFest on Sunday will move its start and finish lines to Kendall Yards because of construction in Riverfront Park.


‘You gotta bring cheese’ – and other tips for elevating campsite cuisine

Avid campers share their best advice for gourmet camp meals.


REI plans to move headquarters to Bellevue from Kent

Officials with REI say they’ve chosen Bellevue as the site of their new headquarters.


REI reaches new peak in revenue and dividends

Fueled in part by more than a million new members, REI reported record revenue in 2015 and a record amount given back to its members.


As REI thrives, does it have members or merely shoppers?

REI’s original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp as the Seattle outdoor gear co-op copes with rapid growth.


Some families avoid the Black Friday shopping crush and head outdoors

Many Inland Northwest residents headed outside Friday to celebrate the region’s natural beauty. Some were inspired by outdoor retailer REI, which closed its stores so employees could take a paid …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 8:21 a.m.

Live ones hear how to remain that way at REI

So it turns out dealing with the end of the world as we know it might be a lot like coping with a decidedly less exotic disaster. At least that’s …


Whittaker legend lives on 50 years after Kennedy climb

On Tuesday, Bobby Whittaker, 48, was driving from his Seattle home for a morning workout on Mount Si when he answered the phone. “It’s a 4-mile grunt with 3,150 feet …


Spin Control: Spokane Valley spits centrist bit

Picking up a slightly dated copy of USA Today last week made me wonder if I’d been away from Eastern Washington so long a seismic shift in the body politic …


Obama’s Interior pick is REI boss

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s choice for Interior secretary is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast from the Seattle area who likes to bike, ski and climb mountains. As president and chief …


Out & About: 238 bird species tallied in Spokane County ‘Big Year’

OUTCOUNT – Unless there’s a stray report still to come in, Inland Northwest Birders and Spokane Audubon tallied 238 species in their 2012 Spokane County “Big Year” effort to spot …


Field reports: Volunteers spiff up Spokane River, Dishman Hills

OUTSTANDING – Volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day in a big way last weekend with hard-working turnouts for two major annual events: • Dishman Hills Service Day – About 60 …


Out & About: Chapman Lake may not reopen

OUTCRY – Chapman Lake, a popular trout, kokanee and spiny ray fishing lake south of Cheney, may not reopen for public access this season. The family-operated Chapman Lake Resort did …


Tips for buying modern snowshoes

Modern snowshoes with light aluminum frames and easy-entry bindings with crampons for traction are a pleasure to use with virtually no maintenance. Here are some factors to consider when buying …


An outdoorsman’s guide for putting satellite navigation to work

Maybe you’ll get a GPS device as a holiday gift. Or maybe you were given one last year, but you still haven’t figured out how to use it to navigate …


Record rainbow caught in Idaho

FISHING – Michelle Larsen-Williams of Pingree, Idaho, broke a 61-year-old state record on July 29 when she landed a 20-pound rainbow trout on the Snake River just above American Falls …