By The (Vancouver) Columbian
WENATCHEE — Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Hilary Franz is coming to Wenatchee on Monday to chat with journalists at The World.
SEATTLE — Washington’s wildfire seasons are arriving earlier, and that’s probably not good news for anyone hoping to avoid a repeat of the sun-choking smoke that has afflicted Seattle and much of the rest of the state for the last couple of summers.
YAKIMA — The largest and longest-running water rights court case in the state of Washington has come to an end.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill to put Washington state permanently on daylight time Wednesday afternoon, clearing one more hurdle in efforts to eliminate the twice-yearly clock shift.
WENATCHEE — The Kiwanis Methow Park revitalization project is moving forward, with groundbreaking set for next month and construction expected to finish by October.
What did you like best about spring break camp? Making new friends. The food. Dissecting salmon. Wait, what?
OLYMPIA — A bill that would have increased hunting and angling fees for the first time since 2011 was not approved by the Washington Legislature.
LAKE WENATCHEE — The recently approved state capital budget doesn’t include funding for a Nason Ridge community forest pilot program, but the project could still become a reality.
There is a serious rift in Leavenworth over a proposal to develop a $6 million adventure park — a fight that is raising critical questions about the future of the Upper Valley.
LEAVENWORTH — Beer bottles, sunglasses, the remains of a box spring mattress and a spray can.
WENATCHEE — These students know their way around a tree.
CHELAN — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is performing a prescribed burn near Lake Chelan.
Dusty Dunham with the Washington Department of Fish And Wildlife watches as 1,200 trout are released into Pit Lake in Rock Island Wednesday. Pit Lake is open year around but restricted to children under 15 years of age and senior anglers. Most of the trout are about half a pound and 100 are …
WENATCHEE — The Millerdale Irrigation district will be letting the water flow around April 26.
CHELAN — The National Resources Conservation Service will host a workshop to discuss local natural resource issues.
NCW — The Columbia River will be closed for summer chinook and sockeye fishing in 2019.
NCW — Salmon forecasts this year that predict poor returns are impacting local fishing businesses.
Basalt cliffs form canyons filled with aromatic sagebrush, small lakes, and cascading waterfalls.
WNPA Olympia News Bureau photo/Emma Epperly
LEAVENWORTH — Icicle Creek is known for the towering granite boulders that whip the snow-fed waters of Icicle Creek into a frenzy.
LEAVENWORTH — The Leavenworth Disc Golf Club is hosting the first Leavenworth Disc Golf Spring Open Tournament this Saturday. Nearly 100 disc golf players from all over the Northwest are slated to participate.
WENATCHEE — Each year, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust asks volunteers to spend a few hours shoveling and raking the thin dirt strips that zigzag through the Wenatchee foothills. It’s simple but important work that improves trail health, and the time to do it is in the spring when soils are ma…
WENATCHEE — Director Jason Browning has several ideas for sprucing up Ohme Gardens, which opens for the season Monday.
NCW — It’s official: A wolf pack is living in the area between Blewett Pass and Mission Ridge near the Kittitas-Chelan county line.
WENATCHEE — The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail is getting a little longer.
WENATCHEE — Don't worry if you see ATVs on Saddle Rock next week.
NCW — Fishermen should get their khaki vests ready, lowland lake trout season will start on April 27.
Spring has arrived and that means that the outdoor pickleball season has begun. What’s that? You don’t know what pickleball is? Well, pull up a chair and let’s talk pickleball.
The Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Committee of 2019 has selected seven species with smaller yards and more open spaces in mind.
PULLMAN — With no less than five television cameras pointed at Marvin Cannon, and a few more voice recorders sprinkled in, the beads of sweat started forming on the Washington State sophomore's hairline, rolling onto his forehead and all the way down to his cheeks.
NCW — State officials are considering requiring fishing guides to report the fish they catch.
Members of the public are invited to a wildfire safety meeting Wednesday in Leavenworth.
EAST WENATCHEE — For the first time in close to 10 years there may not be any sockeye or summer chinook recreational fishing this spring on the Columbia River up to Chief Joseph Dam.
Tom Dawson, 70, East Wenatchee, gathers a flock of 56 goose decoys from his front yard Wednesday afternoon, getting ready for spring. The hunter, who grew up in Quincy, says he put them out this winter to see how his newest additions, the wind-sock decoys, worked. It could be quite a success…
WENATCHEE — First Tee is a nationwide nonprofit organization that teaches golf and values to kids. This program, which has been around for 20 years, is now being introduced in Wenatchee, thanks to the efforts of some locals.
WENATCHEE — The Sage Hills trails west of Wenatchee will remain closed until at least April 5 to protect migrating mule deer and because of muddy conditions caused by late-season snow.
MISSION RIDGE — On March 16 and 17, Mission Ridge Ski Team hosted the 2019 Squirrel Cup at Mission Ridge Ski Resort. On Saturday, the athletes raced giant slalom and on Sunday they raced Super G. Giant slalom is usually more technical and quicker turning with gates closer together. In super …
LEAVENWORTH — When Bruce Merighi was 12, his uncle bought him gear and showed him how to fly fish.
Sandhill cranes fly over a corn-stubble field about 5 miles southeast of George. The birds pass through the area every spring as they migrate north to their breeding grounds in Alaska. Othello hosts the 22nd Annual Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend. For more information on the event see o…
OROVILLE — State biologists reported that a male bighorn sheep in Okanogan County died due to pneumonia.
PLAIN — A game camera in Plain earlier this month captured the first evidence of a fisher in Chelan County in decades.