Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday.

Allen Johnson / First Impression Photography and Video

The weather might be nice this time of the year, but the water is not.

Rivers and lakes are connected to mountains. Common knowledge, right? But what people don’t think about is the snowmelt from mountains that runs into our rivers and lakes. Not only does this runoff cause the water levels to rise, but it also lowers water temperatures. Recent open-water temperatures in the Spokane valley were averaging around 50 degrees, but some creeks and rivers are as cold as 36 - not the best conditions for a leisurely swim. In fact, these are perfect conditions for hypothermia.

Reading always turns any season into summer. Maybe it's because I associate my first bouts of time with books with time out of school, with summer afternoons on the back porch when the weather made it too hot to play, and the air seemed just quiet enough that you could focus your early reading skills on the page before you and make a story emerge from the shapes and squiggles printed there. Even for someone as fortunate as I am, someone who reads for a living, summer always feels like a special time.

Corinna Nicolaou: An Ode To Melons

Jun 20, 2012

Today is the first day of summer, and the weather is warm. NWPR commentator Corinna Nicolaou, she’s been waiting all winter long to taste summer, but she’s not craving BBQ!

Grab your picnic basket, blanket and chair and get ready for a great season of summer music festivals around the Northwest! Events range from indoor concerts in theaters and concert halls, to alfresco events set amid the region's breathtaking natural beauty. With a multitude of festivals to choose from, you'll need a scorecard to keep track! Here are some to check out:

Olympic Music Festival  Performances in June, July & August 

Sharing Our Summer Recipes

Jun 3, 2012
Agricultural Research Services, Norsk Power, Paul J. Dauenhauer, Cameron Nordholm

Ah, summer time... when you can smell barbecue cooking and see picnic baskets on blankets in the grass.  These are the times in the northwest when we gather with friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors, good company, and good food.  With this in mind we asked the diligent folks at Northwest Public Radio to let you in on some of their favorite delicacies they like to take to a bbq or picnic:


Beer Can Chicken

By Sandi Billings, Major Gifts Officer

1 whole chicken