It’s a great service for boaters but no one is taking credit for it — at least not on the record. A North Central Washington resident posted pictures on the golakechelan website that feature large stick figures attached to floating logs. The idea is to make them more obvious to boaters so they don’t hit the logs. Contacted by the Worm, the poster writes in an email: “We can neither confirm nor deny our involvement with the characters found attached to large driftwood/deadheads in Lake Chelan, but other characters we have seen floating down lake over the last few years are Jammin Jiff, Lexi Log and Madison.” He signed his email: The Lake Guardians.
The poster said the Lake Chelan Guardians are from Manson, Seattle and Sun Valley. They’re modest, though, and want to remain anonymous.
A catfish tale: Most fish caught at Meadow Lake near Malaga are 6 to 8 inches long, so Stephanie Carlin was surprised two weeks ago when she spotted something almost two and a half feet long.
“She’d caught a blue gill and, out of nowhere, a huge catfish came up and tried to eat it,” said her husband, Bob Carlin. Earlier this week, she actually caught the critter and yelled for Bob.
“I told her, ‘That’s not something from around here,” he said.
The Malaga couple got online and found a fish that matched the description of the one Stephanie caught. It was a leopard catfish and normally swims in tropical waters.
The Carlins figure the fish was dumped in the lake, maybe after it got too large for someone’s aquarium. They’re puzzled over that theory, though, because leopard catfish are predators.
Dan Klump with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife agrees with the Carlins’ assessment. It was probably dumped there by someone who had the fish, got tired of it, and then didn’t want to kill it. He urges people not to dump fish because non native fish can bring in diseases and introduce predator fish.
“It could offset the entire ecosystem of a waterway,” he said.
Bob and Stephanie dropped the fish in their swimming pool where it lived for two days. Bob thinks the chlorine did it in.
The fish is now in the Carlins’ freezer and Bob is wondering if it’s safe to eat. He’s going to do some more research before cooking it up.
Soap Lake, where locals tout the medicinal qualities of its mud, was featured in The Seattle Times Aug. 17. Times writer Brian J. Cantwell found a very shallow lake, an inn with gnomes, some dandy Ukrainian food, and, of course, mud.
Hosey sphere goes public: Another metal sphere created by the late sculptor Bernard Hosey can now be seen in Seattle.
Hosey, of Twisp, created over 100 spheres, some large, some small, before he died last August at age 64.
Many are in public and private collections across Washington, including one at TwispWorks, and another, titled, “Pre-Mathematics,” in Wenatchee’s Art on the Avenues.
On Aug. 23, a sphere titled, “Companion,” that Hosey sold to a private patron in the Methow Valley, went public when it was dedicated at University Village, a gathering of locally-owned shops and restaurants just north of downtown Seattle.
Hosey’s wife, Christiana Heinemann, said her husband created the 8-foot piece in 2007 as a companion to a smaller, 3-foot sphere he had sold to a woman in the Methow Valley.
The woman moved back to San Francisco and could only take the smaller sculpture with her.
She called Heinemann, who contacted several potential buyers, including the development director for University Village.
“They were thinking about commissioning a piece, and then Bernie died,” Hienemann said.
She said she was happy that the private piece is now public art. “Lots of people going shopping there can see it and touch it. That’s what he wanted,” she said.
Heinemann said about 100 people came to the dedication. “I felt like this was meant to be,” she said, adding, “There was great energy. It was a wonderful day.”
This week’s Worm was compiled by reporter Dee Riggs. Got a tip? Email email@example.com.