Monday, November 29, 2021


Looking for things to do outside? Here's our articles on destinations within the Columbia Basin to go explore.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago

Retired Reclamation surveyor’s guide to recreation in the Basin

Dick Hemore, of the MarDon Resort area, a retired U.S. Bureau of Reclamation surveyor and hunting and fishing gu...

Updated 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Fish and Wildlife extends hours at most wildlife areas in eastern Washington

SPOKANE — Most wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in eastern Washington are open for extended day-use hours: 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Updated 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Wanting to get outside: Discover Pass purchases, state parks reservations rise

Sales of Discover Passes are up since June and so are reservations at state parks, according to data from Washington State Parks.

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Country Cousins Fall Festival begins in Othello

OTHELLO — Five-year-old Josie Johnson was emphatic about what she enjoyed at the first day of the Country Cousins Fall Festival. “Everything!” she said as sh...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Invasive vs. native: Pigeon

Sometimes in the depth of sleep, my mind will wander through the previous day’s activities. More often than not, those activities will cause me a warm feelin...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Final thoughts about backyard education

This week has been a welcome chance to reflect on the backyard, as in everyone’s backyard. We have discussed how anyone’s backyard is a place to teach a yout...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Backyard and beyond

Many an outdoor education began in the backyard. How to build a fire, how to tie knots, how to properly use a knife, survival skills, how to erect a tent wer...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Backyards can offer a glimpse into the Great Outdoors

The backyard, every backyard, can be the entrance to the outdoors for everyone. Yesterday we discussed my participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count with...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
In my backyard

This was the weekend of the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count. It was my duty to conduct at least one count. The rules state the minimum time for a count was 15...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Final thoughts for a successful bird count

The 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count has started. It will continue for the next three days, plus today.

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Count begins tomorrow

The 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count begins tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14 and continues through Monday, Feb. 17. The object is to count the birds in a certain area...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Bird count educational

The Great Backyard Bird Count will take place this weekend, Feb. 14, 15, 16 and 17. This is a world-wide event with the final count used by scientists to get...

Updated 1 year, 9 months ago
Bird Count next weekend

Watching birds and other wildlife has been instilled into my life by my parents. Next weekend is a special event for all birdwatchers, also simply called bir...

Updated 1 year, 10 months ago
Meeting celebs at the SHOT Show

The Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, known as the SHOT Show, is aimed at the hunting and shooting industry.

Updated 2 years, 3 months ago
Exploring Potholes State Park

POTHOLES STATE PARK — As the summer heat bears down, any excuse to find yourself near the water is a good one. A trip to Potholes State Park, just off O’Sull...