CASHMERE — Chad McBride had plenty to deal with Saturday in the Red Devil Challenge 25K Trail Run. He maneuvered through some muddy patches, went up hill to the tune of about 3,800 feet, and crossed two streams not once but twice. But it wasn’t what lay before him in the Wenatchee National Forest that caused the most concern. It was what was behind him.
In my “Culture of Conservation” column, I will focus on the Wenatchee foothills as a learning lab and introduce you to some of our valley’s remarkable native plants and animals. I hope to inspire you to get out into the foothills and to notice for yourself the natural history stories unfolding on the landscape. You can take the first steps toward becoming a naturalist by opening your eyes, looking carefully, and recording what you see with a photo, a sketch, or field notes.
Any hunting dog with gift for finding birds also has a nose for trouble. It’s in the contract you accept when a pup joins your world. That’s why I’m always prepared for the day my bird dog sniffs the business end of a skunk.
“Wolves are the most challenging wildlife issue on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s plate this year, bar none,” says Nate Pamplin, assistant director. “And we don’t want to be alone in it.” Wolves also pose the most divisive wildlife issues, he said in a presentation to sportsmen in Spokane last week.
Some of the National ________ (fill-in the blank) Days border on the ridiculous. Who really cares about National Cotton Candy Day or National Stink-Bug Day? One day worth caring about, however, is National Bike to Work Day (May 17). If everyone biked to work and got hooked on the concept, it would change society. While this may never happen, for a moment, imagine all benefits that individuals and society would enjoy if the large majority of Americans did bike to work.
WENATCHEE — If the reaction from runners is an indication, Saturday’s Horse Lake Trail Run will not be the last. The inaugural event in the Wenatchee Foothills northwest of the city came off flawlessly and had participants clamoring for more.
CRESCENT BAR — A northern pikeminnow fishing derby will be held May 17 to 19, sponsored by the Quincy Valley Tourism Association. The derby staging area will be at the Crescent Bar Recreation area boat basin, but contestants will be able to fish anywhere on the Columbia River between Rock Island and Wanapum dams.
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is in the throes of the Wenatchee Valley’s largest-ever conservation campaign as they attempt to raise $8.1 million to purchase key properties in the Wenatchee foothills, build additional trails on those lands and provide more public access (now and forever) to the foothills. Local outdoor junkies already know what a coup it will be to protect the undeveloped lands at the doorstep of the community that allow all of us to hike, mountain bike, dog walk, run, appreciate wildflowers, view wildlife and practice photography. Many local ...
WENATCHEE — Trail runs will be held at the Horse Lake Reserve in the Wenatchee Foothills at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 5-mile and 10-mile runs, organized by RunWenatchee, are fundraisers for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, which aims to purchase and care for key properties and trails in the Foothills.
WENATCHEE — Jeffrey Werner won the overall omnium men’s pro 1/2 cycling competition at the Tour De Bloom Sunday in Wenatchee with a total score of 35. Werner posted a 13 in the time trial, a 13 in the criterium and a nine in the road race segment of the two-day event.
WENATCHEE — Joe Cortez won the Apple Blossom 5K run with a time of 17:17 on Saturday. Daniel Olmstead was second overall with a time of 17:28, Doug Wood was third with a an 18:00, Dean Brim was fourth with an 18:37 and Mike Olmstead was fifth with an 18:39.
Heading out on a trail for a day or even a few hours is one of life’s simplest active pleasures. Craving fresh air, wildflowers, wildlife and healthy exercise? Taking a walk is the universal alternative whether you’re young or old, rich or poor.
With sunshine and pleasant temperatures forecasted for the weekend and with flowers bursting like popcorn in the surrounding hills, here’s our list of outings you should tick off soon:Hike, run, or mountain bike the Sage Hills. Start at the Horse Lake Trailhead about 3 1/2 miles up Horse Lake Road in the Wenatchee foothills and follow one of several loops ranging from 1 to 9 miles in length. This time of year the balsamroot glows like planted sunlight. Hike Sauer Mountain. This 5 1/2-mile roundtrip trail between Peshastin and Leavenworth ...
CHELAN — Kokanee fishing on Lake Chelan is getting more attention and drawing outside anglers after larger-than-normal fish started being reported last season. Those big fish are back this season. The kokanee in the lake used to be 9-to-12 inches typically. Now they’re seeing 14-17 inchers, weighing about two pounds.
Robert Zorb was chagrined at the lack of game on his Whitman County property in 1980 when he invited friends to join him for hunting. “It was a bad year for deer and pheasants and I started looking into what I could do about it,” he said.
WENATCHEE — For anybody looking to sign up for the Wenatchee Marathon, it’s not too late. Online registration cutoff is midnight on Thursday and participants can sign up in person in front of the Wenatchee Performing Arts Center between 4-8 p.m. Friday and before the race between 6-7 a.m. Saturday.
FRISCO, Colo. — Olivia Kesterson had a remarkable finish in a national snowboard competition she almost missed out on. The 18-year-old finished second in the United States of America Snowboard Associates National Championship 18-22 Women’s Jams with a score of 58.
WENATCHEE — It’s hard to keep tabs on Otto Ross. When he’s not teaching lessons at Mission Ridge, the 87-year-old ski instructor’s gliding down the mountain side, breathing the crisp air and soaking in the settle nuances that make for a new experience each time out.
Washington’s moose, elk and deer herds do not yet appear to be suffering heavy losses from the revival of gray wolves, so far, to the best of the Fish and Wildlife Department’s knowledge. Indeed, wildlife managers used qualifiers liberally last week in a contentious Colville meeting regarding wolves and their impact on Washington big game.