Tuesday, October 04, 2022


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

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Fire ban lifted at Mt. Rainier National Park

ASHFORD – Mount Rainier National Park has lifted the parkwide fire ban according to a release on Sept. 16. Ca...

Updated 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Cleaning up history

HARTLINE — On a lonely gravel road somewhere between Hartline and Almira, there’s a small graveyard that is the only tangible evidence of a once-thriving com...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Gamble Sands Golf Resort

BREWSTER — Gamble Sands Golf Resort is a direct descendant of golf courses of old - and a worth-the-trip destination for Columbia Basin golf enthusiasts. ...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Deception Pass celebrates a century

OAK HARBOR - Deception Pass State Park turns 100 this year and in celebration, Washington State Parks will be holding free concerts and community events throughout the summer. “In honor of this momentous birth...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
An ‘ecstatic’ climb

QUINCY - Just off the Old Vantage Highway, between the Columbia River and Interstate-90 is Frenchman Coulee. It is a spot popular for rock climbers and hiker...

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Erratics to host program on kayaking the Columbia

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Erratics of the Ice Age Floods Institute will host a Zoom program June 14 at 7 p.m. entitled “Kayaking down the Columbia River: Evidence of the Missoula Flood from the Perspective...

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Parks Service announces Mt. Rainier open attractions

ASHFORD — Officials with the National Park Service announced on Monday said some portions of Mt. Rainier National Park remain closed and asked visitors to ch...

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Mt. Rainier Nat. Park partially open this weekend

ASHFORD – Many areas within Mount Rainier National Park will be accessible to visitors beginning Memorial Day weekend, despite 13 feet of snow on the ground at Paradise, according to a press release from the Nati...

Updated 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 3 months 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 guide, has been exploring the Columbia Basin fo...

Updated 1 year, 7 months 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, 12 months 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 2 years, 7 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 2 years, 7 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 2 years, 7 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...