Bonner County Daily Bee – Sports, Why we love where we live — The how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

In the two-part series “why we love where we live” we’re breaking down the best things about living in each how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar half of the quad, along with some of the not so good, starting this week with the lewiston-clarkston valley. Where some see beauty and opportunity, others may only notice a costco and the strong smell how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of a paper mill (admit it, people of the palouse — it’s what you think, and often say, when someone mentions the valley).

The two rivers and their confluence are central to the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar lewiston-clarkston valley — geographically and otherwise. A hub of both economic and recreational activity, summertime brings the sounds of boat motors, splashing and shrieks of laughter from those willing to brave how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the cold waters of the clearwater or the murky and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar occasionally goose poop-infested waters of the snake. Paddleboarding and kayaking are favorite activities, alongside motorized water sports like jet skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Fishing is popular year-round, whether from the banks or boats.

But it’s not just about what we do in our rivers, we also like looking at them. Many people in the valley get to see these waterways how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar every day, lending a visual respite from the surrounding arid landscape. Even those who won’t dip a toe in the water enjoy watching it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar go by, and hundreds of homes are built with a view.

The rivers also are a source of economic and political how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar controversy. The continued decline of steelhead and other native species of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar fish have some in favor of removing the dams that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar create cheap electricity and favorable conditions for barge shipping, cruise ships and some motorized water sports. Some arguments for removal are that it would make the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar river more favorable to fish and fishing and return some how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar sizeable beaches to the valley. — MS

It’s a sure sign of spring when the levee greenbelt how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar trails come to life with walkers, runners, bikers and anyone else looking to soak up sunshine along how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the river. Built in conjunction with the levee system, the army corps of engineers maintains nearly 19 miles of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar paved pathway that runs along the east and west side how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of the snake river bordering lewiston and clarkston. In addition to human users and their canine companions, expect to share the pathway with seagulls, hissing geese, fishing osprey, yellow-bellied marmots and the occasional friendly squirrel.

Off the pavement, the adventure continues at nearby hells gate state park where how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar miles of trails crisscross the hillsides, taking users to a vantage point looking into hells canyon how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and along the river next to basalt column cliffs. Popular among mountain bikers, horse riders, hikers and runners, the system offers access to protected wild areas and their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar inhabitants, including birds, deer and bighorn sheep. — MS

But the blue bridge, as the barely-four-lane vertical-lift drawbridge is known by locals, wasn’t always blue. Up until 1988, the steel structure was a “vomit green,” as described by donald tuschoff, the clarkston businessman credited with persuading the washington department of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar transportation to paint it a sky blue. According to a lewiston tribune story, he’d seen one in kennewick and thought it might attract how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar attention to the bridge and confluence area. And thus, it became one of only four blue bridges in the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar state of washington.

The bridge’s color was the center of fiery community debate as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar recently as 1999. In anticipation of its re-painting in 2002, asotin county commissioners initially requested gray, tan or beige. After vocal protests to the contrary, the request was rescinded and blue stayed.

The bridge was built in 1939 to allow marine traffic how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to navigate that portion of the river. It replaced a bridge built in 1899, which operated as a toll bridge for a number of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar years. The cost for passage was 5 cents for foot traffic how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and 10 cents for horses or wagons. Before that, the river was crossed at red wolf crossing, seven miles west of clarkston. — MS

For those who like wildlife, the valley offers numerous viewing opportunities in your own backyard how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar — sometimes literally. Deer and elk populate nearby forests, rangeland and some neighborhoods. Every now and then, a moose or cougar wanders into town and makes the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar front page of the newspaper. Bighorn sheep can be seen along hells canyon. Coyotes, wolves and black bears live in the region. Our rivers are home to steelhead, trout, bass and massive 100-year-old sturgeon that swim in its depths. Larger birds include bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, wild turkeys, pheasants, chukars, red-tail hawks and pelicans, and a wide number of smaller species live in or how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar migrate to the valley as well.

The spirit of the west lives on in the 84-year tradition of the lewiston roundup. Rodeo is a competitive sport but also an exhibition of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the skills men and women use in cattle ranching. The lewiston rodeo’s motto is “she’s wild,” and that’s the cry you’ll hear rising in early september when rodeo princesses and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar cowboys ride in the parade through downtown lewiston and compete how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in evening events before crowds of thousands at the lewiston how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar roundup grounds. — JKB

Lewiston’s dogwood festival is largely to credit with the botanical how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar spectacle. The festival began in 1985 as an effort to beautify how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the city, promote arts and culture, boost civic pride and encourage tourism, according to lewiston tribune archives.

The festival has evolved over the years and once included how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar garden tours, festival royalty and dogwood sales. For several years, it also hosted a dogwood judging contest to encourage people how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to plant dogwoods. Art under the elms, now a cornerstone of the festival, was added in 1987, and other community events, like the seaport river run, joined the dogwood festival banner. What began as an eight-day festival in early may now lasts the month of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar april.

The festival owes much of its beginning to deanna vickers, wife of the then-president of lewis-clark state college. She was assisted by others, including sharon taylor-hall of lewiston, who vickers credits with the festival’s theme, according to tribune archives.

An unlikely tree to celebrate in a temperate desert, the dogwood is native to the south and typically finds how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar its home in the damp shade as an understory tree. But several dogwoods were thriving in the valley prior to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the festival’s beginning. Taylor-hall wanted to see more and thought they’d be a suitable festival theme, she said. Nearly 35 years later, the number of dogwoods in the landscape has increased exponentially how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and can be seen along main roads and in every how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar neighborhood. — MS

A christmas star has appeared on the lewiston hill during how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the christmas season since the 1950s. Thanks to civic groups, first the clarkston jaycees and now the clarkston lions who how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar took over sometime during the 1970s, according to lewiston tribune archives. A cross appears in its place in the weeks leading how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar up to easter.

Both the star and cross lay in lines of wire how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and LED bulbs overtop the C that overlooks clarkston. A total of 382 bulbs are used for the star, and 247 are used for the cross. Prior to the installation of electrical lines, the clarkston jaycees would work in shifts to keep a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar generator going so the lights would remain on. Costs of the display are covered by donations to the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar clarkston lions.

The winter spirit light display featuring millions of lights at how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar locomotive park in lewiston began in 1994, largely through the effort of larry kopczynski and a committee how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that made the project possible. Each year, community volunteers come out to put up and take down how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the lights, and area businesses and individuals sponsor power costs of running how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the display. — MS

Players compete for the title baseball champion of the world how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in lewiston, or at least the title of champions of the national how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar association of intercollegiate athletics, which represents the small colleges and universities of north america. The avista NAIA world series takes place at lewis-clark state college, the winningest school in the competition. The college stands in lewiston’s historic normal hill neighborhood, and the multi-day tournament gets underway friday. — JKB

Yes, lewiston and clarkston are named for the explorers lewis and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar clark, who once slept here. That’s a minor footnote in valley history compared to the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar 10,000 years that came before. The valley is home to the nimiipuu, the nez perce people who continue to share their traditional how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar ways of life at community events. Their centuries-old stories are embedded in the landscape, from ancient petroglyphs along the river, to large landmarks like ant and the yellowjacket and coyote’s fish net near the nez perce national historical park how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at spalding outside lewiston. — JKB

This is especially true in the winter. While snow blankets higher elevations just miles away, it may rain in lewiston. When it does snow, it sticks around for a photo and maybe a weekend how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar sled run and then moves along. While palouse neighbors are shovelling sidewalks and trudging through slush, people in the valley are strolling dogs and playing golf how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at courses open year-round. Occasionally, there are winters where the thermometer doesn’t drop below zero.

Like your summers hot? The valley can deliver. At the season’s peak it bakes in 100-plus degree afternoon heat for days in a row, which is why permanent backyard swimming pools are common. Things cool off in the evenings and in long, mild autumns. — JKB

As mentioned in no. 10, the valley is a growing destination for wine lovers because how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar its climate and terrain favor grape growing. The lewis-clark valley american viticultural area is defined by particular geological how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar characteristics, steep river canyons and plateaus, and is home to a growing number of vineyards and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar wineries.

If wine is not to your taste, the valley is home to a vast array of watering how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar holes, including a hearty assortment of dive bars — unpretentious establishments that have stood the test of time and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar quenched the thirst of regulars for decades. Unlike more metropolitan areas, these bars are generally unifested by hipsters seeking novel experiences.

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