Our network

Sports & Recreation

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.

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

Grant County Sheriff's Office offering free Boater Education class March 21 in Moses Lake

Grant County Sheriff's Office offering free Boater Education class March 21 in Moses Lake

 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit will offer a free Boating Education Course on Saturday March 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The class will take place at the Grant County Sheriff's Office Sub-Station at 1274 Lowry Street in Moses Lake. No registration is needed to attend.

 

A boater education card is required to operate motor vessels with 15 or more horsepower. The minimum age to obtain the Boater Education Card is 12 years of age, but those born before January 1, 1955 are exempt from the Boater Education Card requirement.

 

All materials and testing supplies will be provided. Questions can be directed to the Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011, or mearney@grantcountywa.gov.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Coach, Mark Few, is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund.

 

However, Coach Few will not be able to win this challenge alone. In order to win the $100,000 the public will need to cast their votes in Coach Few's favor.

 

Few is one of 48 NCAA basketball coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. As of Monday, January 5th, fans have been able to head to www.VoteCoachFew.com to cast their votes to help advance him in the competition.

 

Ryan Floch Memorial Basketball Games will be held at BBCC Jan. 3

The 14th annual Ryan Floch Memorial Basketball Games will be held January 3rd at Big Bend Community College.

The BBCC women host the Alumni at 2:00 p.m., and the men’s team will host an Alumni team at 3:45 p.m.

Local high school teams also will compete in BBCC’s gym Saturday. Odessa-Harrington’s Titans will be the home team against Wilbur-Creston. The boys’ game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the girls wrap up the memorial evening starting at 7:00 p.m.

All gate receipts and donations from these games will go to the Ryan Floch Memorial Scholarship to support student athletes graduating from Class B high schools in Eastern Washington.

Ryan Floch was a basketball standout at Odessa High School. He played for BBCC from 1999 to 2001. Ryan and his brother Drew—a BBCC Foundation scholarship recipient—died with their grandfather and a cousin in a boating accident.

Donations also are accepted in Drew Floch’s name for the BBCC Foundation Scholarship awarded each year to a graduate of Odessa High School.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl opened Sunday, reports ski conditions

Loup Loup Ski Bowl opened Sunday, reports ski conditions

Loup Loup Ski Bowl reported having a beautiful opening day on Sunday with sunny skies and great sliding.

 

On Monday, December 22, they reported that at 6:00 a.m. they had clear skies with a temperature of 27 degrees. In the past 48 hours, The Loup had received 11" of new snow, bringing their total cumulative snowfall to 39" so far this season.

 

The Loup's current groomed runs are Hugh's Run, Race Face, Park Run, Ridge, Double Z, and Loup Run.

 

The Wolf Den day lodge is also open for breakfast and lunch.

 

To stay updated on Loup Loup Ski Bowls current conditions, visit http://www.skitheloup.com/the_mountain/conditions/.

 

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.