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    Kettle River Boat Launch

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used a grant to buy 115 acres along the Kettle River in northern Ferry County and then built a primitive launch for canoes and kayaks there. The boat launch will allow more people to enjoy trout fishing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, and bird watching on the river. There are only three places where the public can get on the 29-mile reach of the river between Ferry and Danville and none with developed boat launches. Buying the land allows the department to conserve for the public important habitat critical to a variety of rare species.

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    Cedar Field

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    Youth Athletic Facilities

    Funding: $341,000

    Recipient: Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department

    Location: Marysville

    The City of Marysville fully renovated its oldest youth baseball field. Cedar Field got new turf, fencing, lighting, and a drainage system. The field is used by boys’ and girls’ T-ball, baseball, softball, kick ball, and other recreational activities.

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    Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Area

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used a grant to buy 150 acres to expand its 277-acre Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Area, north of Reardan and 20 miles from Spokane. The department also built a parking lot and worked with students from Reardan High School to build a kiosk there. This special wildlife viewing spot is used by more than 125 species of birds and is their last stop during spring migration to Canada. In addition to birds, many animals use the land, including many at-risk of extinction.

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    Stevenson Waterfront Boardwalk

    The Port of Skamania is using a grant to develop a park on the Columbia River in Stevenson. The Port is building a waterfront trail and a scenic overlook, a public access point to the river, a restroom, and parking lot. In addition, the Port is renovating the existing restroom and part of a trail and paving a gravel parking lot. The new trail will feature lighting, benches, kiosks with historical information, picnic tables, and a nature-inspired play structure.

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    Lake to Sound Trail

    King County cut the ribbon on 1.2 miles of the Lake to Sound Trail, which eventually will run 16 miles from the south end of Lake Washington to Puget Sound, linking the cities of Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines and connecting four existing regional trails.

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    Middle Fork Newaukum River Fish Passage Project

    Lewis County used a grant to

How To Create A Vacation Vibe At Home

Get my favorite ideas for living at home as though you’re on vacation all year long! Tips and tricks to create a calm, soothing oasis that feels like your favorite luxury hotel. Create your own private getaway, a space that is a calm and relaxing to retreat.

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One of the best parts of vacationing is the calm, soothing feeling of your accommodations, right? Why not recreate that feeling in your own home?

I love sharing simple lifestyle and decorating ideas with my readers. Looking for inspiration? Start here! Check out 20+ ways to start Living a Simple Life, 10 steps to create an outdoor living room, and 15 of the BEST home organizing tips.

I’m going to show you how to create the getaway you’re missing right in your own home! Vacation vibes, coming your way… make yourself a cocktail and create that hotel at home.

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First thing’s first! If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you probably already know what I’m going to say.

That’s right…the first thing you need to do if you want to create true serenity in your life is de-clutter. This is the most important thing you can do to help create an atmosphere that is serene, calm and relaxing at home. 

When you take the less is more approach, both you and your home inevitably feel relaxed.

You know that feeling that you get when you’re on vacation? The one where you instantly forget your to-do lists and you (literally) leave your worries at the door?

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Simplifying your spaces is key. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to organize your entire home overnight. If that’s overwhelming, start small!

Here’s a few of my best tips for decluttering your home and organizing a space to help bring you a sense of calm. You’ll be living your best vacation-inspired life before you know it! 

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Creating a Hotel at Home

One of the things that I always notice in hotels is that the storage and organization is on point. That’s because many items do double duty! benches become luggage racks, desks become a place to eat your room service dinner!

Another great way to embrace this less-is-more uber calm lifestyle is to select items that multi-task. For example, I love folding stools! They can be used as a side table, a place to kick your feet up, extra seating in a pinch and as a luggage rack!

You can even use these folding stools indoors and out! These sling chairs work really well indoors and out as well!

sling chair and folding stool on a dock with lake in background.

The more versatile, the better! We do this throughout our home so that it doesn’t become consumed with “stuff”. 

You don’t have to spend much money to create the upscale feeling of your favorite luxury hotel. In fact, I’ve got all the tips you need right here. Create the look of luxury for so much less!

Did you know that I have a Facebook group dedicated to the art of a

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COVID-19 Virus Update:  Per state and city mandate the Raton Regional Aquatic Center is closed and all its associated programs and activities are suspended until further notice.  


Visit our Climax Canyon Nature Trail recently designated by the National Park Service as a National Recreation Trail.
Located at 900 Apache Ave in Climax Canyon Park. 

Climax Canyon 5k Trail Run/Walk: Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Due to the extension of the Shelter in Place order surrounding the COVID 19 virus through May 15th the Climax Canyon 5k has been CANCELLED. 🙁


The Climax Canyon 5K Trail Run
Who:  Runners and Walkers of all ages
What:  The Climax Canyon 5k Trail Run
When:  Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 10am 
Where:  Climax Canyon Park, 1000 Apache Ave, Raton
Why:  Fun and Exercise, Celebrate the designation of the Climax Canyon Trail as a National Recreation Trail
How: $25 registration fee.  Register in person at the Dept. of Parks and Recreation office  (in the Raton Regional Aquatic Center) or the day of the race.  The Climax Canyon 5 K is part of the RaBa Cinco Race Series. 
​For more information call 575-445-2413.

Raton Beautification Benefit Concert: Sunday, May 17th, 2020


Sunday, May 17th, 2020
Raton Beautification Benefit Concert: Sponsored by Raton Parks and Recreation and the Raton Beautification Coalition
6pm @ the historic Shuler Theater in Downtown Raton
Featuring Acoustic Eidolon with special guests Jaquie Gipson and Zoe Elliott
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Enjoy an evening of fine acoustic guitar music. $10 admission at the door.
All proceeds go to support the summer decorating of Raton with banners, lights and hanging flower baskets and the Summer of Color Signature Event Series. Lodging Sponsor: Raton Pass Inn Meal Sponsor: K-BOB’s Steakhouse.

Vermejo Park Brunch: Sunday, May 10th and Sunday, August 16th, 2020 


The City of Raton Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Vermejo Park Ranch is offering a Vermejo Brunch for 2020
  • This is meant to be a family experience and participants of all ages are welcome. 
  • Participants 13 years old and up are $45.00 for dining room seating or $60 for veranda seating (all prices include taxes and gratuity)   
  • Youth 6-12 years of age are ½ price
  • Children 5yrs and younger are free. 
  • Brunches feature live music and offer tours of the Casa Grande 
  • First Come, First Serve. Limited seating available.  11am and 1:30pm seatings.
  • Reservations become final when payment is received. 

​Make checks payable to The Friends of Raton Recreation

For more info call the Dept of Park and Recreation at 575-445-2413
To Register:  Please contact Jared Chatterley, City of Raton, Department of Parks & Recreation at 575-445-2413 or email jchatterley@cityofraton.com
Please DO NOT contact Vermejo Park Ranch with questions or inquiries as you will be referred back to the Parks and Rec Dept .
Cancellation terms apply.

The Pet Patrol 10k Fun Run/Walk: Saturday, July 11th, 2020


The Pet Patrol 10 Fun Run/Walk
The Pet Patrol 10k starts at the South Boat Ramp of Lake Maloya in

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Working from home is still working. Take your vacation.

In a recent email, a friend lamented that he was “losing a week of vac because there’s no point in taking it right now. Work is the only thing I have to do!”

That’s “vac,” as in vacation. Though his company allows employees to hold over last year’s unused days for several months, this year he’s leaving time off — essentially money — on the table.

For those privileged enough to do so, staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic also means working from home. Whether it’s in a dedicated room, on a bed with pillows for a desk, or at a coffee table with an extension cord, we’re essentially living in our workplaces. Add to the mix children, spouses or partners, and pets, all with their own needs and anxieties, and there’s no defining line between where we live and where we earn a living.

Yet it doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing a suit or sweatpants, working from home is still work. Take your vacation.

We need them more than ever. For those working from home, the length of the average workday in the United States has jumped a stunning 40 percent, from eight hours to 11 hours a day, according to NordVPN, a company that specializes in digital privacy. That’s the greatest increase worldwide since stay-at-home orders became the norm. On average, I now start working about two hours earlier than I did when my days began with having breakfast and making lunch, getting dressed, maneuvering around a bathroom not built for two, and dealing with the capriciousness of public transportation.

When commuting now means moving from one room to another — if at all — that extra time is usually filled with work. However grounding it may seem, it’s can also be an unexpected grind.

Of course, if you have paid vacation time, you should count your blessings. Nearly 25 percent of workers in America have no compensated time off, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Ours is the only nation with an advanced economy that does not federally guarantee paid vacation time. (This country’s dearth of paid sick time for workers is a whole separate shame.)

By comparison, workers in France and the United Kingdom receive 30 and 20 mandated vacation days, respectively. Here, vacation time is negotiated and regarded as a perk bequeathed by employers. Once, I was so excited to get a job I wanted, I forgot to ask about vacation time. I got none.

Even those with paid vacation time rarely take all of it. In a 2019 report, CEPR called the United States “No-vacation nation.” According to the US Travel Association, workers left 768 million days of paid time off unused in 2018, with more than 55 percent of Americans neglecting to use all of their vacation time.

Among the reasons given: fear of bosses’ disapproval, being viewed as easily replaced or unworthy of promotions, and concerns about deadlines piling up.

This fixation with work comes with consequences.

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How to Buy a Vacation Home

Owning a vacation house is pretty much the dream, as more and more Americans are looking to invest in properties. According to 2019 housing statistics, 65.1 percent of the population owns at least one home already, and the appeal of getting a second place—to solely use for getting away and relaxing—is extremely understandable. (Especially in the time of a global pandemic, when getting away is what we’re all dreaming about.)

As you might have guessed, however, buying a second home isn’t an option for everyone. According to Priya Malani, founder and CEO of financial firm Stash Wealth, “there are several aspects to take into account, from the price of the home, to how much you’ll use it, to whether you’re also planning on using it as a rental.” Below, she pinpoints her top tips to consider before taking the plunge and buying that stunning waterfront home you’ve always dreamed about.

Wait, Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House at All?

With businesses shuttering and layoffs becoming more and more commonplace in the wake of COVID-19, it might not be the time for you to invest. “Unless you’re sitting on pretty hefty savings and know your industry won’t be impacted by what’s going on, then you should err on the side of caution,” Amanda Abella, author of Make Money Your Honey: A Spirited Entrepreneur’s Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work & Money, told House Beautiful for our primer on whether it’s a good idea to buy a house during this pandemic at all.

At the very least, you can start saving (skip down to number 4 below to learn more)—and scouting affordable markets—to plot your future purchase. It’s never too soon to start! And if you are ready to take the leap, read on.

1. Know Your “Why”

A vacation home is desirable for a lot of reasons, particularly if the location is very desirable. However, Malani recommends you actually consider why you’re buying the home before doing so: Is it somewhere you’ll actually plan to visit every year? Is it more of a status thing? Are you planning to retire in it or rent it out?

“Knowing the reasons behind the purchase will help you plan your budget and the things you’re not willing to compromise on, which is information you absolutely need before deciding on investing in a vacation home,” she says. We recommend writing down all your reasons first, and then really evaluating your needs based on that list, so that you can look for homes that’ll fit your area, location, and budget.

2. Ask Yourself: Would I Buy This Home as My First Home?

“Sometimes, we see our clients focus their financial efforts on saving for a vacation home before their primary residence,” says