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Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington

Last July, the Outdoor Industry Association published a significant report that revealed that outdoor recreation in Washington State generates 26.2 billion dollars in annual spending. “These numbers show that when we invest in public land, the payoff comes not only ...

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Backcountry Fashion: Taking a Few Lessons from French Style

Photo by Katie Botkin.

It’s our second day in a row hiking in the high Pyrenees, and the French woman I’m with is still wearing the chic blue sundress and khaki canvas ankle boots with braid details she wore yesterday. Her bronzed arms are ...

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Lake People: Jacob Rothrock, NIC’s “Lake Guy”

Peaceful evening paddle, with life jackets, near Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene. Photo: Shallan Knowles

“Everything I’ve done as a job since leaving high school has been water-related,” says Jacob Rothrock, North Idaho College’s Outdoor Pursuits program coordinator. Rothrock grew up in North Carolina and attended the state university in Raleigh before moving to Colorado ...

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Lake People: Dusty Klink & Life on the Lake at Klink’s Resort

Photo courtesy of Klick's Resort.

Dusty Klink was only 7 years old when he and his family moved to Williams Lake from Woodinville, Wash. His parents, Jerry and Sandy Klink, wanted a change of lifestyle, and through a lucky set of circumstances, in 1989, the ...

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Down Dog Downtown

Photo of outdoors yoga class in the park by Derrick Knowles.

At the end of a long day, there are plenty of reasonable excuses for skipping a workout: fatigue, evening plans, a growling stomach or simple laziness. But for eight weeks this summer, the cost of a fitness class won’t be ...

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How to Book a Perfect Vacation Rental this Summer

Photo of vacation rental by Shallan Knowles

Banff. Bend. Playa del Carmen. Leavenworth. Whistler. These are among the places we have visited while staying in vacation rentals thanks to our family travel planner, my wife Rachel Peters. While she’s not available to be your travel planner, keep ...

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Building a Cattle Panel Greenhouse

Photo of cattle panel greenhouse by Nick Thomas.

It started with the vision of a plant-filled greenhouse at our South Perry urban lot that would produce an abundance of organic food. It started last fall with finding a house with a large garden space. We’d had small gardens ...

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Making Native Plants Work in Residential Landscapes

Photo by Richard Lambert

Interest in landscaping with native plants is growing. More and more people understand the importance of helping to improve biodiversity on their property, and the right groups of plants provide food and habitat for a range of vital pollinators and ...

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Pend Oreille County Celebrates Return of Tundra Swans at Annual Festival (March 4)

The Winter Solstice has past, and Old Sol returns. The bitter cold temperatures of January and February have been endured. Thankfully, colorful seed catalogues once again choke the post office boxes. And the tundra swans are coming!  The Pend Oreille County Tundra Swan Festival ...

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Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Award-winning photographer Paul Bannick will be in Spokane Sunday, February 19, to present a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and several dozen images from his new book, “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American ...

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