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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.

CHELAN — It was a spectacular weekend for the annual Chelan Man Triathlon this past Saturday and Sunday in Chelan. For starters, the weather was absolutely perfect to welcome 1,600 racers.

WENATCHEE — Now in its sixth year, the Wenatchee Panthers annual youth football camp has become a mid-July staple for kids (grades second through eighth) in the valley.

I pitched my tent on the side of a windy cliff, a deep curving basin falling below me with one of the most perfect twisting alpine creeks cutting through a meadow I’ve ever seen.

Environment, county and health reporter

I want to give a big thank you to Wenatchee Outdoors and our community for being so supportive for our new Outdoor Recreation fitness class. This year has been a huge success and I cannot be more grateful. This years student received lessons on rock climbing, camping, hiking, fishing, wilder…

ORONDO — Two red-tailed hawk parents circle above a nest that sits on a cliff face, screeching at three human trespassers.

Environment, county and health reporter

A wave of runners comes over the Riverwalk Bridge and onto the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail during the 2nd annual Solstice Run Thursday, June 20, 2019. Over 200 people pre-registered for the event, a number more than last year. Proceeds go to help pay for the new Pybus Plaza now being built.

WENATCHEE — With temperatures expected to soar into the mid-80s and a handful of events scattered around the valley the rest of the week, get outside and enjoy some of the sunshine over this Summer Solstice weekend.

WENATCHEE — Even the best of tennis players had to start somewhere. Roger Federer was not naturally born with a killer forehand. Tennis camp provides a way for beginners to learn the game while having a bit of fun.

Brooks Koepka fell short in his attempt to win his third consecutive U.S. Open on Sunday, but the four-time major champion has already been installed as the early favorite to win next month's Open Championship in Northern Ireland.

On Saturday I sat on the edge of a lake, at the bottom of a basin, surrounded by a cathedral of distant waterfalls.

Environment, county and health reporter

As much as we all enjoy the peaceful experience of having the trail to ourselves, chances are we’re likely to be sharing the trail with others, many of whom use different modes of travel.

LEAVENWORTH — Billed as the largest rock climbing festival in the state, the 2019 Leavenworth Rock Fest is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Leavenworth. The event, which draws around 250 climbers from around the state each year, is sponsored by the non-profit Leavenworth Mountain Ass…

For you non-golfers who may have never heard of a ‘mulligan’ before, it’s basically a do-over after a bad shot on the golf course. According to Wikipedia, “A mulligan is a second chance to perform an action, usually, after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. It’s the b…

Pickleball is one of the easiest games to learn and play, yet if the game is played at competitive levels, there are strategies that players seek to master. In this column, we will talk about a strategy known as “Stacking.” Let’s get ready to talk pickleball and the use of stacking and the p…

WENATCHEE — The 10th-annual Turkey on the Run 5K, 12K and Kids Race takes place this Thanksgiving morning in Wenatchee and organizing group RunWenatchee is asking motorists to be aware of runners and walkers along the courses.

The Wenatchee Valley Summer Swim League Championship (Champs) meet at the Wenatchee City Pool was an exciting celebration of the greater Wenatchee area swim leagues’ 20th season. League teams from Leavenworth, Quincy, Waterville, Ephrata, Cashmere and the WRAC showed up in force for the penu…

This winter, I’d heard about the chip seal fiasco on the road to Mission Ridge and the subsequent scraping of the road to remove the tar. At the time, it never registered to me that I should be concerned about its effect on me.