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Veterans saluted during chilly parade

WENATCHEE — Freezing temperatures didn’t stop hundreds of people from lining Chelan Avenue and Mission Street Tuesday for Wenatchee’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

Local fishing hot, profitable in November

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.

Hunting options abound this month in NCW

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.

WDFW works to highlight rec opportunities in the Okanogan

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.

Film events to help you weather November

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.

Ecologist to host program in Winthrop

A community program, “Bears of the Last Frontier” with Chris Morgan, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Winthrop Barn, free and open to everyone.

Snow hits hikers in Enchantment Lakes

LEAVENWORTH — Snow and wind frightened three young men who were hiking in the Enchantments into texting a family member that they needed help on Sunday morning.

Alcoa fined for discharges

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.

Hunt provides memories to make up for empty freezer

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.

Tracy Warner | The salmon feast on the Columbia

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.

Playing field

As the girls soccer teams from Cascade and Cashmere high schools battled in Leavenworth on Thursday afternoon, kids attending the event had a battle themselves, of the toy light saber variety.

Fall leaving

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.

Crane tendencies

Local hobby photographer John Barta shot this image of a Great Blue Heron on Oct. 22 at Walla Walla Point Park.

Climate change temperatures uncertain

NCW — Scientists who released a new report on preparing for the impacts of climate change say projections on how much warmer it will get are uncertain.

Climate change report a blueprint for managing NCW’s public lands

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.

Environmental group picks new leader

LEAVENWORTH — The Wenatchee River Institute has selected Patrick Walker — a former transportation planner for the Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council — as its new executive director.