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Washington recycles 200 million pounds of electronics

Washington recycles 200 million pounds of electronics

From the Washington Department of Ecology:


Washington’s nationally recognized E-Cycle Washington program has achieved a milestone by collecting 200 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for free recycling. Two-hundred million pounds equals the weight of 361 fully loaded Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

 

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

A travel website has included the Palouse Falls in a list of the top waterfalls in the world. The Palouse Falls was listed as number 10 on the list of 15 of the World's Most Amazing Waterfalls by Thrillist.com.

 

Thrillist.com releases daily emails highlighting entertainment, food and travel in large cities including Seattle, Austin and Las Vegas. The website includes a travel section which features fun articles about anything ranging from the best camping gear, new travel apps and even an article on the smelliest cities in the world. The site often produces best of lists, such as the best swim up bars, best travel photos of the year, and the world's most amazing waterfalls.

 

Washington prepares to Drop, Cover and Hold On

On Thursday morning, residents all across Washington will Drop, Cover and Hold On at 10:17 am. The drill is part of the second Great Washington Shake Out to better prepare our state to respond to an earthquake.

In 2012, over 710,000 people across the state participated in the Great Washington Shake Out, and this year over 850,000 people have registered. At 10:17 those people will practice the current procedure in case of an earthquake the Drop, Cover and Hold On. Participants are asked to stop what they're doing, drop to the floor, take cover under a table or another sturdy structure and hold on to it.

One day left to register for River Clean Up

There's one day left to register for the 11th Annual Spokane River Cleanup happening on Saturday morning. The Friends of the Falls are coordinating the event that will clean up the river banks from High Bridge Park to the the University District.

 

Between 800 and 1,000 volunteers are expected to join in the clean up efforts. Most of the work will be done on the banks of the river, but boaters will take to the water to remove trash and debris. This year, the NW Whitewater Association and Spokane River Forum are partnering with Friends of the Falls to extend the clean up to Spokane Valley for an “upriver scrub”.

 

State wide burn ban lifted

State wide burn ban lifted

From the Washington State Department of Natural Resources:

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources today announced that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded. Fire danger is reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR’s action. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning. For local fire restrictions, please visit: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx

Park Rangers lead stargazing tour on Steptoe Butte

Park Rangers lead stargazing tour on Steptoe Butte

Escape the city lights and join Riverside State Park rangers for a night of stargazing from atop Steptoe Butte.

 

Members of the Spokane Astronomical Society will lead the sunset stargazing evening alongside the rangers starting at 7:15pm on September 7th.. Stargazers will be able to view Saturn, Mercury and Venus at sunset. Guides will also provide a tour of the night sky and show visitors how to find the North Star.

 

For more information call (509) 465-5064.  

WDFW invites public comment on proposed sportfishing rules

WDFW invites public comment on proposed sportfishing rules

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding a public meeting in the Spokane Valley to discuss three proposed changes to the state's sportfishing rules.

 

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will be vote on the three proposed changes in December. WDFW is recommending the following three sportfishing rule proposals that would: