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Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Another warning in the face of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend – the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has placed a burn ban on all DNR-protected land east of the Cascades.

Starting July 1 and running until September 30, the burn ban applies to all forestland under DNR fire protection.

“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them and protects forests, habitat and property.”

So far this year DNR has already had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres across the state.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR forestland with two exceptions:

Recreational fires in approved fire pits

Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills

Fireworks and incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are also illegal.

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

If you missed the Hoopfest registration deadline you’re in luck. Hoopfest has extended the deadline through Monday and will allow up to 150 more teams to register.

Route of the Hiawatha opens Saturday

Route of the Hiawatha opens Saturday

The Route of the Hiawatha opens on May 24th and if you’ve never biked the trail plan to add it to your summer bucket list.


The 15-mile trail-to-trail mountain bike ride is accessible to all ages, and is a great day trip for families. The trail uses the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade and takes riders through 10 railroad tunnels and over seven trestles in the Bitterroot Mountains. The 15 mile ride follows a gentle downhill grade with shuttles waiting at the bottom to take you and your bike back to the top.

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

If you want to one of the over 7,000 teams hitting the court for Hoopfest this year, you better register now. The registration deadline for guaranteed entry is Monday, May 5th.


Guaranteed registration for Hoopfest ends at midnight on May 5th. After that, teams will be accepted on a space available basis.

Lookout Pass celebrates end of season

Lookout Pass celebrates end of season

In celebration of the end of a great season, Lookout Pass is ending the year with a weekend full of fun and special deals.


On Friday, lift tickets will be reduced to just $20. Half of the proceeds will be donated to 92.9 ZZU’s Christmas Wish Fund. Christmas Wish works to make a better holiday for local families in need.

Silverwood Theme Park will hire 1,400

Silverwood Theme Park will hire 1,400

Press release from Silverwood Theme Park:

Every summer hundreds of thousands of guests flock to Silverwood Theme Park expecting to have good family fun and none of that would be possible without a happy, well-trained staff to greet them.  This year Silverwood is going to hire and train up to 1,400 seasonal positions at the park.