EVERETT — Shaughn Maxwell knew he had to head home.A massive wildfire — which would become bigger and fiercer than any he had ever seen in 27 years as a firefighter — threatened the Methow Valley in rural Eastern Washington.It scorched much of...
Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News
Fourth-graders nationwide now can get a free pass to national parks, national forests and other federal lands. The program, Every Kid in a Park, was launched by the Obama administration on Tuesday.Fourth-graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website at
Date: 09/08/2015 | Explore NW
A massive, slow-burning wildfire that has chewed through Sierra Nevada forests for more than a month continues to disrupt end-of-summer travel plans by forcing the closure of campgrounds and prompting health warnings during the Labor Day weekend.The so-called Rough fire...
Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World
Seven minutes after a deputy radioed that the wind from a growing wildfire had shifted direction, dispatchers got a second call: A burn victim needed an ambulance. Five minutes later, another caller said several firefighters were trapped.
Date: 08/27/2015 | Northwest
As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask: Who is paying to put them out? The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the taxpayers of Maryland, Tennessee and New Jersey — as well as those in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana, the...
Date: 08/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists
PORTLAND — The Northwest fire location map displays active fire incidents within Oregon and Washington. It is compiled by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest
Our national forests have long been managed for multiple uses. Congress made the customary practice official in 1960 and specified that...
Date: 08/09/2015 | Editorials
Two recent events have raised the issue of the risks we take when we enter forests, wilderness and state and national parks.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released public comments on
Date: 07/14/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects.
Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World
Dangerous conditions; witness describes ice-cave collapse, injuries
Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News
VERLOT — A video posted on You Tube (warning: explicit language) shows an ice overhang collapsing at Big Four Mountain Ice Caves.
Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News
TACOMA — The U.S. Forest Service program is starting a new program that aims to help non-native English speakers enjoy their visit to national forests.
Date: 06/27/2015 | Northwest
After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again
Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News
GLACIER PEAK — The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking permission to install four new monitoring stations around Snohomish County’s only volcano.
Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News
HAVANA — American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba’s presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats’ freedom to travel and talk to ordinary...
Date: 04/06/2015 | Nation & World
Recently, this paper printed an editorial asserting the Navy should consider more suitable locations for Navy Electronic Warfare training due to a lack of clarity on potential harm to people and animals from...
Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary
BOISE, Idaho — The man tapped by the U.S. Forest Service to come up with a better fire shelter once had to get inside one on the side of a burning mountain and listen to flames roar past sounding like a jet airplane taking off.
Date: 03/29/2015 | Northwest
MONTE CRISTO — The old townsite here and the popular hiking trail leading to it are likely to be off-limits this summer as a cleanup that’s been in the works for more than a decade finally begins.
Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Washington has told the U.S. Navy that it’s not interested in allowing state land on Olympic Peninsula to be used for electronic warfare exercises.
Date: 03/02/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.
Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World
VANCOUVER, Wash.— A Canadian company plans to submit a new application for exploratory drilling northeast of Mount St. Helens after a federal judge invalidated its prospecting permits last year.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Forest Service has decided not to spend $10 million on a five-year nationwide public relations campaign to brand itself as a public agency that cares about people and nature.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An evergreen tree from Alaska will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree next year — a holiday first for the state.
SALMON, Idaho — Hunters participating in a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in east-central Idaho killed 30 coyotes but no wolves.
Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest
The United States Forest Service is offering guided snowshoe walks throughout the next three months. Learn about winter ecology while getting outside and enjoying the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through March.
Date: 01/02/2015 | Explore NW
Permits are now available to cut Christmas trees in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the eastern portions of Snohomish, King, Skagit, Whatcom and Pierce counties. Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees taller than 12 feet require a tall-tree...
Date: 11/20/2014 | Local News
LEWISTON, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has picked a new supervisor for the 4 million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.The Lewiston Tribune reported Cheryl Probert will begin her tenure on Nov. 17. Probert has been serving...
Date: 11/02/2014 | Northwest
"Welcome to Paradise," said Dan Rankin, mayor of Darrington, addressing about 60 people crowded in front of a red ribbon stretched across a two-lane road.His opening line earned a laugh as a heavy rain pelted parkas and umbrellas. But Rankin was being sincere;...
Date: 10/28/2014 | Editorials