The Pacific Northwest forest apparently isn't big enough for the both of them.Across that gorgeous emerald range, federally protected northern spotted owls and invasive barred owls are in a nasty turf war. In a new report from the front lines, a U.S. Geological Survey study...
Date: 12/10/2015 | Northwest
This is how persistent wildfires can be: It was only last week — mid-November — that a wildfire in the Olympic National Park's rainforest, which had been burning since May, was finally extinguished by a series of storms that dropped several feed of rain.The...
Date: 11/24/2015 | Editorials
Conference centers on future of farms, forests, food
Date: 11/12/2015 | Home and Garden
INDEX — Not even scenic mountain lookouts are safe from the greedy hands of copper-wire thieves.The Heybrook Lookout, a hiking destination near Index, has been without a lightning-protection system since...
Date: 10/27/2015 | Local News
The Durfee Hills contain some of the finest elk hunting grounds in Montana. Some 2,700 acres of this majestic country is open to sportsmen, courtesy of the land's owner, the United States government.But "no trespassing" signs could sprout if two rich Texans...
Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists
AUSTIN, Texas — Firefighters in Central Texas are halfway to controlling a wildfire that's destroyed dozens of homes, and authorities said Saturday that enough progress has been made to allow some residents to return to their neighborhoods.The Hidden Pines Fire has...
Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World
LYNNWOOD — Three months after his sister was killed in a collapse at the Big Four Ice Caves, a Lynnwood man also has died from his injuries.David Santana, 25, died Friday. His wife, Skye Marie...
Date: 10/12/2015 | Local News
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