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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 ...
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Traipsing around Camas Meadows

An ecological gem hidden in the Wenatchee Mountains, Camas Meadows (a.k.a. Camas Land) harbors plant species found nowhere else in the world. A sprawling, lush, near-level lawn cradled by lumpy forested ridges, Camas Meadows is a geographical anomaly in the Cascades’ dry extreme eastern reaches.

The dreaded handicap index

If you play more than 20 rounds of golf a year, chances are good you keep a handicap. For those not familiar with the handicap system for golf, it’s defined as a numerical measure of a golfer’s ability — or lack thereof. In stroke play, it is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played during a competition, thus allowing players of different proficiencies to play against each other on somewhat equal terms.
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Merz’s fishing corner: Salmon season invades the Wenatchee Valley

As many of you know, salmon season opened Friday and with as many boats as there were on the water, you would have thought they were searching for gold. Although there were many successful anglers on the water throughout the weekend, I was not one of them. It wasn’t for a lack of trying.
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Locals dominate River Run races

WENATCHEE — A couple of Wenatchee Valley residents captured River Run on the Fourth 10K titles Monday along the Wenatchee waterfront, while Selah and Mill Creek runners took home the 5K crowns.
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Merz’s Fishing Corner | Report on Columbia River Chinook salmon season starts Friday

The salmon are here! In just a couple of short days, fishing for salmon on the Columbia River opens in North Central Washington and anglers are chomping at the bit to get some tasty morsels on the grill or in the freezer. This is the run of the summer Chinook salmon, which is the largest of the species and usually runs from June through August. There are a few good areas in which anglers converge to catch these fish. These areas are at Confluence Park — just below Rocky Reach ...
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Mission Ridge hosts second annual GranDuro race

Racers Jason Walker, at right, and Domenico Futia make their way down the trail between Lake Clara and where the trail intersects with the Liberty-Beehive road. The Mission GranDuro mountain bike race was held Saturday at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. RunDuro runner Craig Vander Hart runs down a steep and rocky section of trail, as biker Joshua Crutcher follows. Starting at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, the GranDuro and RunDuro races on Saturday utilized parts of following trails: Pipeline Trail, Clara Lake Trail, Liberty-Beehive Road, Mission Ridge ...

Anglers eyeing Columbia River salmon

Summer run salmon are pouring up the Columbia River and there will be plenty of them in our region in time for the opening of the season on July 1.
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Swing Away: Golfing on the Olympic Peninsula

Being a so-called ‘golf journalist’ has its perks. I readily admit that I enjoy the opportunity to be invited to play golf at some of the best courses in the northwest and write about the experience. My most recent outing took my photographer and I to Salish Cliffs Golf Club and the Little Creek Casino and Resort on the Olympic Peninsula just off highway 101 near Shelton. It’s a bit of a trek to get there from Wenatchee, but well worth the effort if you enjoy a world class golf ...
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Weekly fishing report: Lake Chelan and Potholes Reservoir

As anglers gear up for the opener of Chinook salmon season, which is July 1, there are many other fishing opportunities to be had throughout North Central Washington. I had the opportunity to fish two lakes this past week: Lake Chelan and Potholes Reservoir.
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Evans captures Idaho Tune Up 150 victory

POST FALLS, Idaho — Patience and experience paid off for Garrett Evans on Saturday night as he picked up the win in the Idaho Tune-Up 150 held at Stateline Speedway. It was the two-time and defending series champion’s third victory of the year on the Northwest Super Late Model Series. In a race filled with plenty of excitement, the current points leader kept a late race lead and held off a hard charging Shelby Thompson by less then a car length to grab the win.
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The initiation: how to fish Lake Chelan

During the course of this fishing season, I will be giving weekly fishing reports on lakes and rivers that are located in the greater Wenatchee Valley.