OLYMPIA — Recreational opportunities abound through the fall and winter in the Okanogan region, and leaders from Brewster, Bridgeport and Pateros are promoting them in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Waterfowl hunting action can really start to heat up in the Columbia Basin in November if temperatures drop and bring migrant ducks and geese from the north. Expect large numbers of mallards, wigeon, gadwalls, teal, scaup, redheads and canvasbacks. Early season migrant Canada geese (Lesser and Taverner’s) begin to scatter from their initial staging area at Stratford Lake to alfalfa or grain fields near Moses Lake and the Columbia River.
November can be a very profitable time to fish for many species in some of the region’s waterways, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Northcentral Region Fish Program manager Jeff Korth.
November is a dark, dank, undesirable month that has many of us seeing our motivation sagging like a week-old birthday balloon. With fewer things to do and the need for motivation, ski films, outdoor films and environmental films tend to be popular this time of year. Here in the Wenatchee Valley, for example, all of the following films and festivals are on tap to help get us through the November blahs.
MALAGA — The state Department of Ecology fined Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works in Malaga $6,000 in August for releasing more aluminum into the Columbia River than is allowed in its wastewater permit one day last spring.
Yellow larch needles litter the laundry room floor where I dropped my hunting clothes Sunday night. After devoting 10 days to the pursuit of elk meat for our freezer, I’m reluctant to sweep up the mess. It’s all I have to show for the effort.
What if we invested hundreds of millions in the recovery of a once-disappearing salmon species only to discover nearly half of the fish that return to the Columbia are eaten by rapidly multiplying, out-of-control, ravenous mammals? The fish-eaters simply ignore the Endangered Species Act, dine without regard to regulations and legal protections, care nothing about salmon survival, and spend their days feasting on some of the most valuable fish in the world.
One of the more effective local advocates for developing bicycle-friendly streets, Patrick Walker, is leaving the Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council to take on the leadership of the Wenatchee River Institute.
Falling leaves signal that the end of the season to enjoy the fall colors surrounding the Wenatchee Valley is near. These carpeted the ground along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail near East Wenatchee on Thursday.
NCW — Larger and more frequent floods and landslides expected in the North Cascades due to climate change can be softened, in part, by moving roads away from streams, using waterbars to redirect flows, installing bigger culverts and taller bridges, and closing high-risk roads that provide little access.