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Protecting open spaces in the Tri-Cities

By John Trumbo, Herald staff writer

Everywhere he looks, Bob Spaulding sees the big picture for open spaces.

That picture is in the canyons, on the hillsides, atop the ridges and along the rivers. It includes the community’s tree-canopied parks and pockets of hard-to-build-on properties hemmed in by development.

But the picture is getting smaller.

Spaulding, who is chairman of the Kennewick Planning Commission, […]

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Badger Mtn. group falls short in bid to buy additional land

A seven-month campaign to raise enough money to buy 150 acres of ridgetop on Little Badger Mountain and preserve it apparently isn’t going to succeed.

At least not this year.

After receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 500 donors since the campaign launched in May, Friends of Badger Mountain admitted this week that they can’t make their goal, and […]

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Hill climbing’ damages popular Badger Mountain trail

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer

A popular hiking trail and natural habitat on Badger Mountain was severely torn up by a Kennewick man who said he was just out “doing some hill climbing” in his ’85 Chevy truck.

James Dunlap, 30, said he didn’t set out to damage the Benton County park — and in fact didn’t even know it was […]

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Truck to stay on Badger while options considered

By Michelle Dupler, Herald staff writer

A truck stuck on the side of Badger Mountain will remain in a gully while officials discuss how to get it off the hillside without doing more damage.

Adam Fyall, Benton County community development coordinator, said he’ll meet with the truck owner and representatives of the Friends of Badger Mountain on Wednesday, but no decisions will […]

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Group aims to balance development, nature in Tri-Cities

By John Trumbo, Herald staff writer

A new private-public partnership wants to help preserve the ridges and rivers of the Tri-Cities.

“I’m a lifelong resident. There’s great urgency. Just look around and see what’s left,” said Scott Woodward, who helped found the Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network six months ago.

The group’s vision is to have a network of natural features and […]

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Gift aids bid to preserve space on Badger Mountain

By John Trumbo, Herald staff writer
The Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club has donated $2,000 to the Friends of Badger Mountain for preserving open spaces and hiking trails on Little Badger Mountain.
The donation brings the total raised so far by the 60-day campaign of the Friends of Badger Mountain to $105,000, said Sharon Grant, the group’s president.
Grant said they also have several pledges […]

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