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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.

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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.

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont Park pump track was paved this week by members of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. It has been a three-year effort on the part of Eastmont Parks and Recreation and the Alliance. 

WENATCHEE — While many are looking forward to the opening of the No. 2 Canyon trail system on April 15, some local non-profit organizations have joined forces to spread the word about being cautious on the trail, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If daily-life was restored to normal, standing on a dewy tee box shortly after sunrise Thursday morning, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player would have continued their annual tradition as “Honorary Starters” and pounded a pair of drives into the green abyss, officially commencing the 2020 Masters.

WENATCHEE — With the “stay home” order in place, people are still able to get out to walk or ride bikes. Some are seeing groups of mountain bikes out on the local trails, which should not be the case.

WENATCHEE — When Kian Korfiatis was 8 years old, he asked his grandpa to take him to the new Riverfront Rock Gym, thinking it might be fun. He loved it and kept coming back. Before too long, he was asked to join the Riverfront Rock Gym Youth Climbing Team.

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Racquet & Athletic Club announced Monday it would have to close down its outdoor pickleball and tennis courts. After an outcry on social media that the club was violating the mandate against having too many people gathered at the facility, WRAC general manager E…

The air whips past me as I lean forward on a pair of skis and try to turn with the trail.

Environment, county and health reporter

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee based S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics team is off to a great start after competing in two invitationals back-to-back to start the season. Their first invitational was the Battle in Bellevue on Jan. 17 to Jan. 20.

For the second time in franchise history, the Wenatchee AppleSox will host the West Coast League All-Star Game.

A golfer hits a drive on the sixth hole at Highlander Golf Course near East Wenatchee late Wednesday afternoon, while the sun begins setting behind nearby mountains. Leaves still cling to some of the local trees but not for much longer as winter approaches.

Any bike rider knows that, as healthy an activity as cycling is, it can also be hazardous to your health.

If you play golf and have not had the pleasure of playing Circling Raven, you are missing out on a five-star golfing experience. This is not hyperbole, it’s a fact. According to Golfweek magazine, CR is the number one ranked golf course in all of Idaho. Here’s a direct quote from a recent ne…

It wasn't just soccer balls going into the net during Green Lightning's practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Lee Elementary School in East Wenatchee. Braxton Reynolds, 6, puts his teammates Marq Sanchez, 7, and Max Winn, 6, into the goal between drills from their coach April Winn. They are in their third week of playing in the U-7 division of the Greater Wenatchee Soccer Club said Winn. She said they have been playing together as a team for four years. They play into mid October.

In this day and age the absence of other humans is a rare commodity, which made my backpacking trip to Glasses Lake west of Lake Wenatchee that much more rewarding.

Environment, county and health reporter

SENECA, Ore. — We were last at Silvies Valley Ranch in June of 2018 and I vowed to return. So, for three days in August this year, we did just that and oh boy, what a trip it was. My long time friend and photographer, Greg Brown, was once again my wing-man. (Come to think of it, I’ve never h…

MONITOR — Michelle Schubert Claussen trained for weeks for this moment. Here she stood on the set of American Ninja Warrior in the Tacoma Dome, with cameras on one side and hundreds of people on the other.