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Forest Service

Fire district captain again answers call to fight wildfires

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

All fourth graders can get free pass to national parks, other federal lands

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

Ice cave deaths predicted

Emails reveal efforts to warn of danger

Date: 09/06/2015 | Local News

Humidity slows down big California wildfire

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

Winds shifted minutes before firefighters killed, documents say

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

Are we spending wisely when it comes to wildfires?

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

Current Northwest wildfires map

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

No helicopters in the wilderness

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

Respecting nature and its risks

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

House passes bill to hasten forest projects

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

A body recovered, carefully

Dangerous conditions; witness describes ice-cave collapse, injuries

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News

Video captures earlier collapse at Big Four Ice Caves

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

Forest Service officers interpretive language service

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

A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

Glacier Peak could get more monitors to track seismic activity

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

Cuba-US warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor

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

Training poses no danger to public

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

Forest Service eyes development of improved fire shelter

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 townsite, hiking trail set to close for summer cleanup

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

State not interested in letting Navy use land for exercises

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

Feds plan for Homeland Security shutdown

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

Return of the grizzly?

Bears could be brought back to North Cascades

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

Company to re-apply to drill north of Mount St. Helens

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.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Forest Service yanks $10 million contract to boost its image

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.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Alaska evergreen to be next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An evergreen tree from Alaska will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree next year — a holiday first for the state.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

No wolves killed at Idaho predator derby

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

Forest Service releases guided snowshoe walks schedule

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

National forest Christmas tree-cutting permits on sale

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

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest leader picked

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

Forest road’s reopening welcome news for Darrington

"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

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