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BLM celebrates National Public Lands Day with free day-use access
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/19/23 10:51 AM

PORTLAND, Ore, — The Bureau of Land Management is waiving recreation day-use fees for visitors on September 23, 2023, in celebration of the 30th annual National Public Lands Day. NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. To recognize 30 years of care and community and increase recreation access to public land, BLM leaders invite people to explore our unique and diverse natural landscapes and visitor facilities.

“National Public Lands Day serves as a connection between people and public lands,” said Barry Bushue, BLM Oregon and Washington State Director “Whether it’s your first time on public lands or your hundredth, we invite everyone to get outside and enjoy these national treasures across Oregon and Washington.”  

Within Oregon and Washington, the BLM’s standard amenity day-use fees will be waived at the following:

The standard amenity fee waiver does not guarantee admission to some busy recreation areas where reservations for day-use, group sites, and overnight camping are recommended. Please contact the local BLM office if you have any questions about a recreation site you are interested in visiting. 

You can search all available BLM recreation opportunities to explore on your public lands at https://www.blm.gov/visit.

Want to join one of BLM's events and help restore America’s public lands? You can find a volunteer event near you at https://www.neefusa.org/npld-event-search.

Know before you go:

Be fire aware. Check for local fire restrictions and active fire closures.

Practice Leave No Trace principles and leave your public lands cleaner than you found them.

The fee waiver only applies to standard amenity fees for day-use at the recreation sites listed. The waiver does not apply to any expanded amenity fees for overnight camping, group day-use, and cabin rentals or individual Special Recreation Permit fees along permitted rivers.

Fee-free days occur each year in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday, Juneteenth National Independence Day, Great American Outdoors Day, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.

The remaining fee-free day in 2023 will be on November 11 in celebration of Veterans Day.

For more information about the BLM’s recreation fee program, please visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-fees.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Washington Man Sentenced to 168 Months' Imprisonment for Crime Spree Involving Multiple Shootings and a Robbery in Eastern Washington
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 09/20/23 6:35 PM

Spokane, Washington – Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today that Dylen Joseph Swan, age 22 of Inchelium, Washington, has been sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country and Robbery Affecting Commerce. United States District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice imposed a sentence of 168 months in federal custody to be followed by three years of supervised release. Swan also was ordered to pay $21,515.75 in restitution. In imposing the sentence, Judge Rice noted the seriousness of Swan’s crimes. 

According to court documents and information disclosed during the sentencing hearing, Swan orchestrated a three-day crime spree involving a car chase, at least two shootings, and an armed robbery in August 2021. Swan saw his first victim (hereafter Victim 1) outside the Twelve Tribes Casino in Omak, Washington during the early morning hours of August 19, 2021.  Swan then drove up to Victim 1, called him over to his vehicle, yelled profanity at him, and shot Victim 1 in the stomach. A passenger inside the car and eyewitnesses reported that Swan shot Victim 1 with a red pistol.  Victim 1 was rushed to the hospital, where he needed two full bags of blood transfusions to survive, as well as multiple hours of surgery to repair his shredded intestines and bladder. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet from Victim 1’s stomach, and Victim 1 lives with these injuries to this day. 

This was just the beginning of Swan’s criminal activities. The passenger inside Swan’s car (hereafter Victim 2) stated that Swan threatened her at gunpoint, directing Victim 2 to stay with him after the shooting. Specifically, Swan pointed the gun at Victim 2 and demanded that she “go with him or else.” The very next day, Swan drove Victim 2 to the Rosauers Supermarket in downtown Spokane. Swan went inside and grabbed multiple items from the store, including toilet paper and a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.   When the store manager attempted to confront him, Swan removed the same red pistol he used to shoot Victim 1.   Swan then pointed the red pistol at the manager’s head. Fearing for their safety, the manager let Swan leave, all while Swan continued to point the firearm at the manager. After the robbery, Defendant went to a Walmart, bought red spray paint, and spray painted the car he used during his crimes, all in an effort to disguise the car from law enforcement. 


The next day, Swan’s crime spree finally came to an end, but not before Swan harmed yet another victim. On August 21, 2021, Swan went to a McDonalds, located near 1625 West 4th Avenue in downtown Spokane. There, Swan pointed the same red pistol at yet another victim (Victim 3).   Swan demanded money, and when Victim 3 victim reached for an airsoft gun to try to protect himself, Swan shot Victim 3 in the arm. 

When Spokane Police responded to the scene of the shooting, officers spotted Swan’s car speeding away. During the ensuing chase, Swan and other people with him swerved dangerously and raced through controlled intersections, cutting off other cars. During the pursuit, the red pistol Swan used to shoot Victims 1 and 3 was thrown from the car.  The red gun, however, was later recovered by Spokane Police. Ultimately, the pursuit ended when Swan’s vehicle crashed into another car next to a Spokane residence.