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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.

Tour de Bloom a huge success

With the abundance of orchards blanketing the region, blooming and North Central Washington are synonymous. To bloom is to bear fruit, to reach fruition and potential.
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Local runners dominate Horse Lake Trail Run

WENATCHEE — In the wide open terrain that is Horse Lake, Christian Wood could see the two runners ahead of him — Cory Feil and Amy Sheehan — for, well, virtually the entire way.

Columbia Valley Girls on the Run to host 5K May 21

WENATCHEE — Columbia Valley Girls on the Run will host its annual end-of-season 5k event on Saturday, May 21 at 9am at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee. This fun run is the culminating event for eight teams of girls in grades 3-5 who participate in the local Girls on the Run program.