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.
The Spokane River, and some of its native inhabitants, were in the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday as a wide range of scientists, policy makers and industry leaders convened for the annual Spokane River Forum. The redband trout — the river’s canary in the mineshaft — took stage at Centerplace in Spokane Valley for a couple hours among other presentations. The topics — a delicious assortment to a scientist — ranged from managing sewage overflows to setting fish consumption rates.
Fishing options are blooming all across the state, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca is spot-on for catching salmon. “The chinook fishing at Sekiu lit up like light bulbs on a Christmas tree, and we got our daily limit (one chinook per angler) easily,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, who fished Monday and Tuesday.
I like to imagine myself with Dr. Seuss whenever I spend time in a Pacific coastal rain forest. What strange and marvelous worlds would that man conjure if he spent an hour among the plant colonies thriving on a nurse log or tree branch? Tree-lichen kingdoms and moss-bearded giants would surely find their way into his imagination (and mine) when I stroll with him. It’s not difficult to play the game because temperate rain forests are so rich with unusual nooks and crannies, and chock full of amazing little critters.
Some local year-round lakes are blossoming early for spring trout fishing. “We’ve already stocked fish in three lakes, and have a plan to stock about 97,000 more trout this month,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
A growing number of land managers have a burning desire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. The topic of prescribed fires is hotter than ever following last summer’s major fires near Cle Elum and Wenatchee.
Balloon-tired fat bikes are breaking trail into new Inland Northwest terrain this winter, including nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling routes. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which has opened its nordic trails on a limited basis to snow biking, offers fat bike rentals and even staged its first race for over-snow cyclists in January. About eight riders participated.
State Fish and Wildlife released salmon forecasts last week, and there will be plenty on tap for anglers this summer and fall. Many will be blushing with delight as a strong return of 6.22 million pink salmon are expected to flood into Puget Sound this summer.
OLYMPIA — Anglers will be limited to one salmon per day in Marine Area 9, the portion of Puget Sound stretching from Seattle to Bremerton, starting Wednesday. State fishery managers approved the new limit — down from two fish per day — after they determined the number of chinook salmon kept or released exceeded pre-season projections.
The first indications we’re turning the corner on winter transpired this week in the Lower Columbia River. “There are lots of signs that spring is starting to happen, and we checked another spring chinook to add to the couple of others we saw (last week),” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.