WENATCHEE — A dry cold front that blew into the region late Friday has helped clear smoke out of the upper Wenatchee River valley and should help lift the inversion that has been holding toxic smoke in the Wenatchee area for the past week. The heavy smoke had suppressed fire activity, but made it impossible to use air support on the fires, said Mick Mueller, Wenatchee Complex spokesman.
LAKE WENATCHEE — After working for the last decade to restore a coho run in the upper Wenatchee River, the Yakama tribe is now embarking on a long-term plan for this late-season spawner. The tribe last month closed a deal to buy 155 acres about a mile south of Lake Wenatchee, where it hopes to eventually build a small coho incubation facility and rehabilitate a dry side channel for juvenile fish.
The Wenatchee River Ranger District plans to hand pull, spray and replant about 300 acres of weed-infested lands on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the mid to upper Wenatchee Valley this summer. Areas scheduled for treatment include Hay Canyon, Nahaham Canyon, Mission Creek, Van Creek, Derby Canyon, Eagle Creek, Camas Creek, Scotty Creek, Shaser Creek, Natapoc Mountain and other selected roadsides and trailheads.
Public officials from other parts of North Central Washington were generally quite surprised by the level of support that voters in both counties gave to the .1 percent tax measure to help pay for the Town Toyota Center. While no one said they were predicting the measure to go down, few thought it would be passing with a 65 percent favorable vote.
LEAVENWORTH — The Wenatchee River Ranger Districts plans to burn 705 acres on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this spring to reduce wildfire risks and enhance forest health. Piles or areas scheduled for burning underbrush include Beaver Valley, Chumstick Valley and the lower Blewett Pass corridor.
Driving up the bumpy, snow-covered road in his F-350 Ford pickup, Hans Trummer admired the landscape as he made his way to the Dead Nat timber sale near Plain, where he and his crew are working this winter.
OLYMPIA — Winter parking passes needed to access state lands at two North Central Washington locations have been changed this year, state agencies announced. Those locations are the Lake Wenatchee State Park and Lily Lake on state Department of Natural Resource lands in Chelan County.
LAKE WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee River Ranger District will begin burning piles of slash from a timber sale near Lake Wenatchee today, and continue over the next few days. About 50 acres along the north shore of Fish Lake and near Meadow Creek will be treated, a news release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest said.
BRIDGEPORT — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are turning to traditional fishing methods to catch some of the tens of thousands of salmon expected to return to the upper Columbia River once Chief Joseph Hatchery is up and running.
Good Grief Center of North Central Washington and The Moyer Foundation are combining efforts to offer Camp Erin Wenatchee for 2011, a camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The camp will take place August 26-28 at the YMCA Lake Wenatchee Camp.
WENATCHEE — Of the seven receiving touchdowns hauled in by Wenatchee’s Connor Black last season, five came on fade patterns, where the 6-foot-3 wideout could use his height and leaping ability to jump over smaller defensive backs. Black, who will begin his senior season for the Panthers in the fall, has shown during Wenatchee’s team camp this week that he’s becoming a more complete wide receiver.
LAKE WENATCHEE — New wildland firefighters will complete training Friday with a controlled burn near Fish Lake that will simulate a wildland fire. The burn will take place about 10 a.m. near the Fish Lake emergency air strip, said Susan Peterson, a spokesman for the Wenatchee River Ranger District.