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Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Just in time for the holiday weekend, fire restrictions have been lifted for the Colville National Forest.

“With the wetting rains and cooler daytime temperatures we have been experiencing in the Colville National Forest, the anticipated fire danger is reduced enough to allow visitors to once again enjoy campfires in the forest,” said Fire Management Officer Tim Sampson. “Firewood cutters are also able to run chainsaws after 1 pm.”

Forest visitors must still use caution and exercise sound fire precautions, however, on National forest System Lands. Good fire building and extinguishing practices are advised such as:

  • Keeping campfires small
  • Using existing fire rings
  • Have a bucket, shovel, water and fire extinguisher readily available
  • Attend and fully extinguish all fires

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Leave the firewood at home to keep forests safe

Leave the firewood at home to keep forests safe

The Idaho Department of Lands is reminding outdoor enthusiasts who are planning to camp this Labor Day weekend to leave the firewood at home!

As millions of Americans head into the wilderness for a weekend of fun, many bring their own firewood, not realizing that they put the nation's forests at risk by potentially spreading tree-killing pests. While most of these pests can't travel far on their own, many can hitchhike undetected on firewood, later emerging and starting infestations in new locations hundreds of miles away.

The Don't Move Firewood campaign began in 2007 as a response to the rapid spread of the emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle brought to the US in pre-packaged wood and responsible for killing 100 million ash trees since the early 1990's.

More than 450 other non-native forest insects and diseases are also established in the United States, many spread the same way.

Upcoming construction closing access to airport

Upcoming construction closing access to airport

The contractor working on the Highway 2/Spokane Airport interchange has adjusted their schedule and issued a revised plan for on and off-ramp closures while workers grind out old pavement and lay a new asphalt surface.

The full closures are limited to single-lane ramp sections where the roadway will be blocked during the work. The most intense work will be scheduled during hours when traffic counts are lowest.

During the following days and hours, single-lane segments of on and off ramps leading to and from Spokane International Airport on Highway 2 and Sunset Highway will be fully closed. Signed detours will direct drivers to and from Spokane International Airport. Drivers should expect slow traffic, congestion and delays on the detour routes. Travelers are urged to allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations during these periods to avoid missing flight connections.

There will be no work from 5 am Friday, August 29 until 7 pm Tuesday, September 2.

 

WSU student planners feature rival school on cover

WSU student planners feature rival school on cover

Students at Washington State University did a double-take when they received their free student planners from The Bookie this week. The cover features a picture of a cougar, the iconic Bryan clock tower and a building that was a little harder to identify.

Down at the very bottom of the cover, with beautiful brick and elegant cherry trees is Savery Hall, a building located at the heart of the campus of WSU's sworn rival – the University of Washington.

Distraught manager Leslie Martin at WSU's bookstore The Bookie says they are aware of the problem and are working with the vendor to come to a solution. The planners are no longer being handed out, but the ones that have been released are not being collected.

There is no word on whether the school will receive a refund or whether a reprint with a corrected cover is in the works. Meanwhile, a photo of the planner is quickly making the rounds online drawing amusement and criticism.

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Fans throw tailgate parties for Eastern's home opener

Fans throw tailgate parties for Eastern's home opener

Most would agree that there are three musts when it comes to tailgating: food and drinks, games and good company. At least that seemed to be the case on Saturday morning at Roos Field for the Eastern Washington University football home opener.

"It's just something that my dad and my mom do," Alex Bruder said. "This is what our fall revolves around... coming down for these games and supporting the team."

Alex Bruder and his family were part of the thousands of fans that came out early to celebrate before the game began. At their tent, the barbecue was on and drinks were flowing. While they were waiting for kickoff, cornhole was the game of choice.

"A bag on the board is one point, in the hole is three points and first one to twenty one wins," Bruder said.

While some tailgaters stuck with tradition, others deviated when it came to food.

"We are making breakfast," Brandon Kenworthy said.

EWU prepares to kick off college football at the Inferno

The Eastern Washington University Eagles kick off the college football season for the entire country on Saturday at Roos Field, and a game this big takes a lot of preparation.

To put the scale of the game into perspective, EWU usually reserves 70 parking spots for media on games day. At Saturday's game, there will be that many spots for ESPN alone. In all, the school has reserved 157 spots for media members.

Thousands of yards of cable are running along the field in every direction to bring The Inferno in to millions of homes. It's a games that is both a economic boost for the Spokane area, and name maker for Eastern.

?It's just a tremendous opportunity for the university, and really Cheney and greater Spokane to highlight this region,? said Bill Chaves, EWU Athletic Director. ?The community has been outstanding. We can't be any more thankful, but to have ESPN, the mother ship, here, 100 million homes, should be a lot of fun on Saturday.?

The fun kicks off with festivities in downtown Spokane on Friday night. Tailgating begins Saturday morning in Cheney at 8:30 am, and kick off to the sold out game at Roos Field is 12:30 pm.