With the return of softball in the Wenatchee Valley, Chelan County PUD parks employees are out maintaining the fields at Walla Walla Point Park. Leo Quezada pushes dirt away from first base during a once-a-week grooming process on Wednesday.

Railroad workers add metal grating to the edges of the bridge over the Wenatchee River on April 13. The bridge is used by Cascade and Columbia River Railroad, serving Okanogan and Chelan counties on a line originally built in 1914.

An eagle flies into a nest occupied by its mate Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the Horan Natural Area. Eagle pairs have been spotted in the nest among black cottonwood trees since the winter of 2018 - 2019. The Washington State Parks has closed off a lookout that is close to the nest to keep people from disturbing the birds.

WENATCHEE — The sky was clear and the temperature warm on Saturday morning as people streamed in and out of Earth Day Fair, located in the west parking lot of the Pybus Public Market — and taking place in-person.

YAKIMA — State officials recommend planning early and developing alternatives for those wanting to join the crowds flocking to public camping sites as Washington’s weather warms up.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park will limit the number of visitors this summer during the peak tourist season due to concerns over COVID-19 by requiring advanced reservations for people who visit the park during the day.

WENATCHEE — Ohme Gardens is turning over a new leaf after a year spent closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environment, county and health reporter

EAST WENATCHEE — It’s as simple as a ball, an elastic string and a headband, but for Kevin Strickland, 52, of Wenatchee, it’s a passion that has helped him become as healthy as he’s ever been.

WENATCHEE — Spring is in the air and people are starting to venture outside to visit parks and participate in activities.

Environment, county and health reporter

The last rays of sunshine light up houses and boat docks March 3 along the Columbia River. The scene is in Douglas County north of Orondo.

Vince Duncan and his father Wayne, Wenatchee, enjoy a calm afternoon on Big Bow Pond near Rock Island Tuesday. Vince Duncan said he started fishing earlier and when he landed a few nice trout he called his dad to meet join him.

With the sun going down in front of them, Hallie Huffaker, left, and Jamie Withrow, both of Wenatchee, hit softballs at Walla Walla Point Park's fields on Tuesday. They said they are excited to begin league play again this spring, having been out of games for 1 1/2 years because of COVID-19 restrictions on playing fields. They both play for teams in the Apple Valley Softball league.

Jerry Lyman, Wenatchee, takes advantage Thursday of the new equipment just opened at Chase Park near his home. The city made improvements to the park during the start of COVID-19 restrictions then had to fence them off. Besides new picnic benches, playground equipment and a small climbing rock are available.

The Lake Chelan beach at Don Morse Park gets a new layer of sand on Wednesday. 

On a golden autumn day, the reflection of bright yellow leaves in the river was broken by the movement of dark red fish. Leaning over the rail of a bridge, I could see salmon jockeying for position over the cobbles of the riverbed. Throughout October and well into November, visitors to Leave…

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