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Pikeminnow fishing derby May 17-19

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.

Wenatchee Outdoors: Celebrating a transformative community asset

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 ...

Trail runs to be held in Wenatchee Foothills

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.

Werner claims Tour De Bloom Omnium pro cycling competition

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.
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Wenatchee man wins Apple Blossom race

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.

Looking for a relaxing daytime activity? Take a hike

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.
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WenatcheeOutdoors: Outdoor fun in and around the Wenatchee Valley

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 ...

Kokanee reach new sizes in Lake Chelan

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.
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Runners can still sign up for marathon

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.
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Veteran instructor not ready to hang up the skis yet

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.

State’s wolf repatriation continues to confound

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.

Redbands in upstream battle

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.

Chinook fishing heats up at Sekiu

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.

As spring looms, pacific rainforests explode with color

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.

Lakes stocked with loads full of trout

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.

Prescribed burns becoming hot topic

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.