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Everybody Out: Backpacking from Buck Creek Pass to Liberty Cap

Once a year, my good friend Liz and I make plans for a one- or two-night ladies backpacking trip. This is a very sacred, special trip for us because we both have daughters that are three. Our girls are six days apart and have known each other since they were three months old. First comes planning for the trip, which involves asking husbands or relatives to watch our kiddos. Logistics ensue, and luckily we usually figure it out.

Survey on outdoor recreation open to the public

In 2014, a study prepared for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) found that outdoor recreation statewide generates $21.6 billion a year in spending on trips and equipment. Over $477 million of that was attributed to Chelan and Douglas counties. That study quantified what had already been widely acknowledged — that outdoor recreation has become a major player in the world of economic impact in our two-county area. It became evident, through a series of discussions with those connected to outdoor rec here, that there was a need ...

Kicking back at cool Semiahmoo

When folks from the west side of the Cascades have a yearning for sunshine and warm weather, they jump in their cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorhomes and head for Eastern Washington — by the droves, I might add. Conversely, when the temperatures around NCW are inching upwards into the triple digits, we look for cooler environs on the west side of the mountains.

Everybody Out: The Ptarmigan Traverse extended trek, part II

Our eighth day started bright and sunny as we hiked through the Hanging Gardens. The area lived up to its reputation, consisting of a wide ridge with scattered high alpine meadows, flower fields, small lakes, copses of trees, expansive views and many idyllic campsites. Animals like the area, too, and we saw all manners of tracks.

Seahawks hosting fan festival in Wenatchee to kick off season

Get ready fellow 12s! We’ve waited nearly seven months since the cold January day of the ‘Hawks divisional playoff loss in Charlotte to really get excited about football again. Turn west, toward the foothills of the Cascades, and you’ll see blue sky and green trees preparing to wash over the waning golden hills of summer. North Central Washington will soon be awash in the hues of our beloved franchise.

Merz’s fishing corner: A time to bond with family and friends

During the course of the current fishing season, I’ve written about my experiences of fishing on lakes and rivers in the greater Wenatchee Valley. The season in and of itself has been a good one but more importantly, the times that I’ve spent with family and friends while fishing have given me memories that will last a lifetime.

Proszek to step away from AppleSox

WENATCHEE — Fourth-year coach and second-year head coach AJ Proszek announced Tuesday his decision to not return as the manager of the Wenatchee AppleSox for the 2017 season. Proszek will spend more time in Spokane with his wife and family, while dedicating his summer months to time recruiting and managing his pitching staff at the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Velocity picking up speed

Velocity Swimming continued its summer dominance by winning the Inland Empire Swimming (IES) Long Course Championship for the third year in a row. Featuring the best and fastest swimmers out of all Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, the annual championship, held July 28-30 at Memorial Pool in Pasco, featured 16 teams. Velocity finished with a commanding 3,530.5 points, claiming the title of IES Champions. Falling in second was the host team Tri-City Channel Cats, who scored 2,840.5 points. Coming in third was the Spokane Waves with 2,780.5 points.

AppleSox fall to Bellingham in season finale

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox appeared to be on the way to a West Coast League (WCL) series win in their final set of the campaign, but the Bellingham Bells clawed their way back from a three-run sixth-inning deficit, earning a 7-6 victory Sunday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium as the AppleSox closed out their 17th season.

Offense comes alive as ‘Sox win

WENATCHEE — On Friday night, the Wenatchee AppleSox could only muster runs in one inning as they fell 4-3 to the visiting Bellingham Bells. On Saturday, they only scored in two innings, but the overall offensive production was significantly better in the penultimate game of the West Coast League season.

Rams surrender six turnovers, fall to Kings in WWFA title game

After two weeks of hard-fought playoff victories, the Wenatchee Valley Rams ran into a runaway locomotive in the Western Washington Football Association championship game. The defending league-champion Puyallup Nation Kings (11-0 WWFA) took advantage of six turnovers to defeat the Rams 46-13 at Chief Leschi Stadium in Puyallup and claim the league title.

AppleSox fall to Bells in extra-inning affair

Generally, position players don’t pitch in close games. Everyday players are usually only deployed as pitchers in games that are long-since-decided blowouts, or, occasionally, in the very late stages of an extra-inning contest once a team has run out of relievers. Rarely do these fielders have any success in their short stints on the mound.

Rams seeking first WWFA title against Kings

The Wenatchee Valley Rams will play for the Western Washington Football Alliance championship Saturday against the top-seeded Puyallup Nation Kings at Chief Leschi Stadium in Puyallup.

AppleSox bats wake up too late in road defeat to Sweets

WALLA WALLA — After six stagnant innings for the Wenatchee AppleSox’ offense Thursday, the bats came alive in the seventh. Unfortunately for the AppleSox, their outburst wasn’t enough to earn a victory, as Wenatchee stumbled to a 7-3 loss to the Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium.

Everybody Out: Striking gold with a hike to Silver Falls

Silver Falls is one of the more popular family outings in the region. You’ve got waterfalls, cool structures (stone steps, log fences, CCC-styled benches), nice views, and intermittent shade. Recently in 2015, a fire burned through the area, so many of the trees you pass by are burnt. Because of this all of the bridges along the trail were dismantled prior to the fire hitting the trail to avoid further damage. It is hoped that steel bridges will be added back to the water crossings in 2017 to replace the ...

Wenatchee’s Walton earns two All-American nods

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rising Wenatchee High School sophomore Skyler Walton ran in seven races — finishing in the top 10 of three and top eight of two to earn All-American status — at the U.S.A. Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships July 25-31 at Sacramento State University.