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Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.

Vote Spokane number one for Best American Riverfront

Vote Spokane number one for Best American Riverfront

Each week USA Today teams up with 10Best to bring you a new travel poll on the top destinations in America. This week the theme is Best American Riverfront, and Spokane has made the list!

According to the poll a great waterfront can “define a city” when they make the most of it. They chose their candidates based on urban planning and green space, public access, beauty, popularity and ability to handle special events.

They finally narrowed the field down to just 20 contenders, including Spokane. The poll says Spokane is home to the second largest urban waterfalls in the country, and highlights its footbridges, platforms and the SkyRide for providing breathtaking views.

Spokane is currently the number two city according to votes, only behind Dubuque, Iowa. You have until Monday, October 20th at noon to vote for your favorite city. You can find a link to the poll here, and no registration is necessary.

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park.

The following are combined under one draft environmental impact statement which considers the potential impact of:

  • The expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park, adding one ski lift and seven ski trails in a 279-acre area.
  • A formal land classification and reclassification of a portion of the state park known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The deadline for comments is September 15.

You can find more information on the proposals, the draft environmental impact statement documents and a link to submit your comments here.

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is just one week away, and excitement is ramping up. It kicks off with Kid's Day on Friday, September 5 with free admission for everyone 17 and younger.

Hosted by Dave Smith Motors, their booth will be a wonderland of fun for kids including games, photos and giveaways including free passes to the Beck's Harvest House Corn Maze!

Photoboxx will have a booth up and running all day long to snap photos and post then on your instagram with the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.

There will also be a huge 22 foot piano for kids to dance on like the one in the classic movie, Big.

Of course the fair also features much more for kids and adults alike, and to help they have put together top 10 lists of things to do, see and eat.

 

Top 10 Free Things to Do and See:

  1. Over 15,000 entries in arts & crafts, agriculture, livestock, floral and grange displays and more.

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

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, August 25 is a state parks “free day,” Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.

State free days are part of the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual of $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required. The pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and Fish and Wildlife.

The free days apply only to day use, and not to overnight stays or rental facilities.

The next free days coming up on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.