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Editors Note: Jess Campbell is a Leavenworth rock climber who works at Riverfront Rock Gym and volunteers at a Firefighting station in Wenatchee. She is an amazing rock climber who has been featured in various climbing magazines. Wenatchee Outdoors (WO) sat down with her for a brief Q/A.

Last week, I felt sympathy toward the Tennessee Titans as the coronavirus swept through the team’s facility and led to multiple players and staff testing positive — forcing the NFL to postpone their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to Oct. 25.

Michael Evans, East Wenatchee, launches an electric RC boat at Putters Lake in Rock Island on Monday. He and Bryce Kruger, Wenatchee, went in together to buy the boat two years ago and, after replacing parts and modifying it, spent Monday afternoon trying it out for the first time this year.

LEAVENWORTH — The Wenatchee Valley is still socked in with smoke and the temperatures are fairly moderate, but it’s time to start thinking about winter and snow — we’ll be there soon enough.

The calls and emails flowed into Jon Snyder’s inbox at Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, and there were times when he felt like a circus juggler trying to weigh the benefits of return-to-play options for youth sports leagues against the risks of doing so in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gems and Busts is Zach Johnson’s Fantasy Football pre-draft column, showcasing which players fantasy owners should target in their Fantasy Football draft over the weekend. The 2020 NFL season begins next Thursday with the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans.

WENATCHEE — When WRAC general manager Evy Gillin was forced to shut down the non-profit fitness center for two weeks in mid-March because of the coronavirus, she anticipated it lasting a while.

EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont Lanes announced Sunday in a Facebook post that it will host a fundraiser featuring a hot dog barbecue, yard sale and silent auction on Aug., 29 and 30 (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in an effort to keep the bowling alley afloat while they wait for the green light from the state.

EAST WENATCHEE — After a three-week hiatus, racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is back Saturday with five classes set to hit the track on Les Schwab Tires Community Toy Drive Night.

LAKE WENATCHEE — With a steady flow of sockeye salmon exceeding preseason expectations, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced this week that Lake Wenatchee will open for a sockeye season Monday, doing so for the first time since 2016.

Zander McLean, 9, East Wenatchee, leaps into the air after sinking a putt during a week-long golf camp at Rock Island Golf Course Tuesday, July 28, 2020. There is a full field of 15 youth at the camp with children from 7 to 13 years old.

LEAVENWORTH — Just outside of Leavenworth up the Icicle Canyon is home to some of the best rock climbing on the west coast. On a normal year, people come from all over to try the challenging climbs in the Icicle Canyon.

Larry Gleave Jr., Spokane, tries to set a rope around the legs of a steer during the first day of the Appleatchee 4th of July Weekend Roping competition Friday. The annual event has been bringing riders to the Wenatchee Valley for over 70 years. 

I don’t think the point of going backpacking is for everything to go right.

Environment, county and health reporter

WENATCHEE — The preseason forecast for sockeye salmon into the Columbia River is 240,000, which has anglers excited as a sockeye fishing season appears to be on the horizon.

Even with softball fields at Chelan County PUD parks closed to organized games, employees continue to maintain them. Cameron Nystrom rakes grass into piles after it is removed from the edge of the infield at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park on Friday. He said if they let the parks go it would be more difficult to get them into shape when the season opens up.