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Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Pesticide to be applied to trees in Downtown Moscow

Pesticide to be applied to trees in Downtown Moscow

 

The Moscow Parks and Recreation Department will apply Quil-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSB insecticide as a soil drench to certain trees in the downtown area in order to control aphids and scale. They'll also apply Surflan at the same time for weed control purposes.

 

These application will be made in the early morning, commencing on or around March 2, 2015, and continuing through the week of March 20, 2015 depending on weather conditions. Trees to be treated will be marked with white flagging tape and areas marked with signs. According to the Park Department, the Quil-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSB product is mixed with water for application directly into the soil around the tree trunks. The Surflan will be sprayed on top of the same soil. The department said there is no risk of danger to humans or pets after the application is dry, but it is recommended to keep children and pets away from the treated areas until they are dry.

 

Questions or concerns should be directed to Tom Grudin, Parks & Facilities Manager at (209) 883-7098.

Colfax State of the City Address to take place March 17

Colfax State of the City Address to take place March 17

 

Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek will join the Colfax Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon lecture series for the annual State of the City Address at noon on Tuesday, March 17th at the Colfax Library.

 

The State of the City Address is the most popular of the Colfax Chamber of Commerce's monthly guest lecture series. During the address, Mayor Vanek is expected to go over the current city economy, work plans, and updates that will affect the city. The Mayor and city administrator Mike Rizzitiello have additionally just returned from the capital. 

 

This meeting is free and open to the public. However, lunch can be purchased for $12.60 on eventbrite.com, colfaxchamber.org, or $11 in person at the Chamber office. The Colfax Library is hosting the event and lunch will be catered by the Palouse Hyde Out featuring a baked potato bar. Attendees should RSVP to the event by March 13th.

Moscow Farmers Market seeks musicians and performers

Moscow Farmers Market seeks musicians and performers

The Moscow Farmers Market is seeking musicians and performers for the 2015 Market season.

To apply for a non-paid performance time slot at the Market please return a completed application by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Applications are available at Moscow City hall, or can be obtained by emailing DJ Scallorn at dscallorn@ci.moscow.id.us.

Performers should note that this time slot can only accommodate solo / duo performers or performance groups who require minimal equipment set-up. Tip jars and CD sales will be allowed in lieu of payment. The Moscow Farmers Market runs every Saturday, May – October and the non-paid performance time slot is 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Those who have any questions or would like to obtain an Application can contact DJ Scallorn, Arts Assistant at dscallorn@ci.moscow.id.us or 208-883-7000 ext. 7204.

 

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.

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.