WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charles “Chuck” F. Sams III is one step closer to becoming the first Native American to lead the National Park Service after senators began formally considering his nomination.

Sunlight hits the rim of the mountain overlooking Mission Ridge, illuminating golden tamarack trees Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2021. A light dusting of snow remains on the rocks from the night before.

A Paddle-tailed Darner dragonfly hovers over a swath of water lilies near Rock Island Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. The lilies are located at the east end of Hideaway Lake.

When the shakes started, I thought this can’t be happening to me. I was trained as a Boy Scout, forester/logger, EMT, Marine, and National Ski Patrol member, to “be prepared” and rescue those foolish enough to ignore their surroundings and environment.

A camper walks her dog at the Wenatchee River County Park early Wednesday morning. The campground near Monitor along the Wenatchee River closes at the end of October.

Caroline Moser, Leavenworth, lops off a sagebrush branch to help clear the Glacier View trail during a volunteer work morning on Tuesday in the Wenatchee Foothills. Six volunteers joined two Chelan-Douglas Land Trust employees to work on three trails in the Horse Lake Reserve area. Moser says she used to be a member of the Northwest Youth Corps, performing trail maintenance about 10 years ago. After attending a local birding event this spring, she decided to help the land trust by volunteering. "I'm astounded by the people who take the time to volunteer," said coordinator Olivia Shilling. For future volunteering opportunities check the land trust's website at cdlandtrust.org.

Nicole Rishel, Wenatchee, kneeling, and her three daughters Jade Montford, Saige and Harper Rishel, feed birds at Walla Walla Point Park on Monday.

The afternoon sun goes below Grizzly Peak above Glasses Lake on the Chelan County side of the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area west of Lake Wenatchee, on Sept.

OLYMPIA — Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative and the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative are among nine organizations splitting $425,000 in state Department of Natural Resources grant funding aimed at increasing forest health an…

Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else. Nationally, big fires were treated as another freak of Western violence, like a grizzly bear attack, or another California quirk like Esalen and avocados.

Julian Rodriguez, Servan Gomez, and Abraham Garcia move rocks in the new "E" they built west of Eastmont Junior High School on Thursday. The 70-foot-wide symbol has a metal border and contains three kinds of rock. Rodriguez and his crew from Anderson Landscaping of Wenatchee took a week to put it together. The area around the emblem will have ballast rock over the ground and be fenced in. The hillside used to be covered in grass and has been a popular winter sledding area.

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BELLINGHAM — As the snow piled up in the North Cascades this winter, amassing to about 2 feet higher than average on Mount Baker, Luke Baugh sprang into action. There was little doubt in his mind that it would be a high-flow season for the region's rivers, which are fed by snowpack, and Baug…

A dog gets a ride on a trailer of a bicycle on the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail on Wednesday through Riverfront Park.

A Chelan County PUD lineman walks past a juvenile osprey that his crew rescued on Monday. A passerby called the PUD reporting the bird hanging below a nest, its legs snared in trash wrapped around its feet. The linemen cut the bird down and untangled its feet before leaving it on the ground below its nest on a utility pole. The bird's parents were seen circling the area when they left. PUD biologist Kelly Cordell said chicks occasionally get tangled in trash that adults use to build the nests. The public should stay away from the area to let the parents care for the chick, she said. The crew's bucket truck couldn't reach the nest to put it back but Cordell said chicks seen at the site earlier had been learning to fly.

WINTHROP — The state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reopened Highway 20 on Monday morning for the first time in roughly a month after two large wildfires started near the road.

On Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, Valian Hurtado, 2, Cashmere, throws rocks at the Confluence State Park swimming area. With Columbia River water levels low, the area at the park has been reduced to a puddle.

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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