OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has launched its first Twitter account, which will include state park winter recreation notifications.
The social media site will allow staff of the state Parks Winter Recreation Program to send immediate notifications about Sno-Park closures or openings, grooming trail updates or other pertinent Sno-Park information directly to members of the public.
Followers can choose to have winter recreation tweets sent to their mobile devices in addition to their Twitter account feed.
The winter recreation notifications can be viewed at http://www.twitter.com/WaStatePks_WNTR.
To follow winter recreation program announcements, Twitter users must log in before selecting the "follow" option on the WaStatePks_WNTR Twitter page.
After following the account, users can select the mobile device delivery option in the following settings.
Plan could save endangered sturgeon
BILLINGS, Mont. -- As efforts falter to save North America's largest freshwater fish -- a toothless beast left over from the days of dinosaurs -- officials hope to stave off extinction by sending more water hurtling down a river so the fish can spawn in the wild.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday declared that attempts over the past two years to save the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon had failed.
The prehistoric sturgeon, characterized by its large head and armor-like scales, can reach 19 feet long and top 1,000 pounds.
An isolated population of the species lives along a stretch of the Kootenai that passes through Montana, northern Idaho and southern British Columbia. Fewer than 500 of the bottom-feeding behemoths survive -- and it's been 35 years since they successfully spawned.