Month: November 2020

Local Holiday Gift Guide – 2020

By Derrick Knowles & Jon Jonckers 2020 has been a year we won’t ever forget, and local businesses need our support more than ever. Shopping at locally-owned stores helps keep jobs and money in our local communities, and local businesses will work harder to make sure you’re happy with your purchases. Wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and use this …

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A wolverine animal walking through the snow.

Saving Wolverines

In October the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protection for this species under the Endangered Species Act. Many conservation organizations including Earthjustice and Conservation Northwest have been working for over 20 years to get this species listed. With the continued reduction in snowpack, these organizations are concerned that without additional protections the U.S. Forest …

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A wolverine animal walking through the snow.

The Elusive Wolverine

Gulo gulo, the gluttonous one. Wolverines are one the feistiest and most elusive carnivores in the north. Even among fierce predators of the Mustelidae or weasel family, wolverines are above and beyond. They have been known to fend off a grizzly bear from a kill and, when opportunity arises, hunt animals many times their size—like deer.   They are the largest member of the …

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6 Fall-Early Winter Hikes in Spokane & CDA

By Seth Marlin Even with shorter days and falling temperatures, the Spokane region is rich in natural beauty, and whether you’re looking for vibrant colors, or more of a winter-wonderland atmosphere, there’s something for every hiking aficionado. Here are a few of my favorite local late-season hikes.  James P. Slavin Conservation Area – Nature Park Loop – 2.4 miles  Located …

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Man biking through central washington.

Biking Central Washington’s Beezley Hill

It’s cold and the low point in a long, high-pressure system, the kind of doldrums that make winter months stretch on forever. The air in Spokane is stagnant, and the temperature is at that not-so-sweet spot where both the snow and singletrack are sticky. Meanwhile, I’m sweating onto sagebrush and sandy singletrack under full sun and 55-degree temperatures. At Beezley Hill, on the edge of Ephrata in central Washington, it’s T-shirt weather—as long as the wind isn’t blowing.  Mention Beezley Hill to local mountain bikers and it …

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Topographic map of Mount Spokane State park.

Hike the Christmas Tree Loop

Mount Spokane’s Trail 110/140 Loop Those who frequent Washington State Parks are familiar with the way their trails follow a number system and any trail names are colloquial. However, follow this route with a GPS tracker, and you’ll clearly see the reason why I have begun to refer to this hike as the Christmas Tree Loop. Just like any Christmas …

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Topographic map of Mount Rainier national park.

Ultrarunning Fastest Known Times on Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Wash.  With so many races cancelled due to COVID-19, serious ultrarunners in the Pacific Northwest elected to use their fitness for something other than ultramarathons or qualifying for Western States. Fastest Known Time (FKT) is a speed record on any given route, and the Wonderland Trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier is a popular …

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Forested area during the fall with a mountain in the background.

Waikiki Springs Expanded Recreation Area

Spokane, Wash.   The north Spokane recreation area commonly referred to as Waikiki Springs nearly doubles this fall as Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (INLC) announces the purchase of a 95-acre parcel of land adjacent to existing 114-acre Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife property along the Little Spokane River.The land, part of the Waikiki Dairy in …

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