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Some complaints, some compliments in after-fire review

OKANOGAN — Ed Conger, of Riverside, told Okanogan County commissioners Thursday that he lost his cabin in the Lime Belt Fire after the lightning-sparked blaze was allowed to burn for days. “I’m mad, because you made the same mistakes this year that you made last year,” he said.

Warrior Stampede race benefits fire victims

OMAK — After postponing the annual Warrior Stampede in Omak to this Saturday due to summer wildfires, event organizers decided to donate all proceeds to victims of those fires.

Enchantment Lakes Traverse

If a book titled The 100 Best Hikes in North America were to be written, the Enchantment Lakes Traverse would be the choice put forth to represent Central Washington.

Park Service hosts meetings on two proposals

The National Park Service will host two meetings next week on proposals to relocate buildings in Stehekin, and begin accepting solid waste that is not related to Park Service activities.

Work progressing on hatchery cleanup

LEAVENWORTH — Work is nearing completion on a project to remove more than 800 truckloads of contaminated soil from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

Fire left damages to Chelan Hatchery

CHELAN — Last month’s Reach Fire near Chelan destroyed one building and damaged a water line at the Chelan Hatchery, but officials say no fish or major facilities were lost.

Day-use park passes top 1,400

WENATCHEE — More than 1,450 Chelan County PUD electric customers have received free daytime parking passes for Wenatchee Confluence, Lincoln Rock and Daroga state parks.

Chiwawa River Road reopens

LEAVENWORTH — The Wenatchee River Ranger District planned to reopen the Chiwawa River Road on Saturday. The road has been closed since the Wolverine Fire threatened to advance into the drainage last month.

Some campfire restrictions lifted, reduced

NCW — Campfires are now allowed throughout the North Cascades National Park, including at campgrounds in Stehekin, along Highway 20, and in the Ross Lake area.

WVC professor completes PCT hike

LEAVENWORTH — Rich Brinkman, a Wenatchee Valley College sociology professor, just completed a long walk — and he feels it.

Volunteers needed for Douglas Creek project

WATERVILLE — The federal Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help spruce up areas of the Douglas Creek drainage on Saturday on National Public Lands Day.

Some forest closures relaxed as fire risk falls

ENTIAT — Some areas previously closed by fire risk on the Entiat and Chelan ranger districts reopened Thursday to hunting and recreation as cooler, wetter weather helped decrease the fire threat.

Getting Out

A calendar of outdoor and recreation events

Everybody Out | Squilchuck’s Identity Crisis

The trouble with Squilchuck State Park is that it has lacked an identity. Most state parks have a defining feature that draws visitors — cliffs to climb, lakes to swim, rivers to fish, bays to boat, geologic wonders to probe, ocean beaches to comb, fields to play sports, canyons to walk or spectacular viewpoints to reach.