Pateros Chamber cancels St. Patrick’s Parade, looks to Easter
PATEROS – The city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 18, has been cancelled for this year owing to a schedule conflict with the Youth Wrestling Tournament that will be held in the Brewster High School gym that same day.
Members of the Pateros Chamber of Commerce voted to forego the parade of green at their regular monthly meeting last Thursday, March 2, but reminds everyone that the Easter Parade is still on for Saturday, April 15, the same day as the opening of fishing season.
Speaking of fishing, businessman, Randy Moore, owner of Lightning Pine RV Park in Methow, addressed the Chamber about steelhead fishing on the Methow River. Moore said he will soon be circulating a petition to gain signatures and support from area businesses, fishermen and fishing guides to request the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to close the popular Miller Hole just above the mouth of the Methow.
“When steelhead leave Lake Pateros and first enter the moving waters of the Methow, they like to find a spot to hang out and get acclimated,” Miller said. “Too many fishermen gang up on the fish there.”
Moore said the intense fishing at Miller Hole does not allow enough steelhead to continue upriver for other anglers to enjoy and the harvest from that one spot in the river shortens the season for everyone.
Those interested in learning more can contact Moore at (509) 923-2572.
In other business, the Chamber was advised that hydroplane racer, Brandon Kushing, injured in a crash in Pateros several years ago, is once again racing and seeking sponsors for his boat. Kushing’s friend, Pateros resident, George Pearson, told the Chamber that Kushing has offered to name his boat “Miss Pateros” this year if he can raise $1,000 from 10, $100 donors.
Since Kushing’s boat will be competing in all the Pacific Northwest circuit races, Chamber members agreed that it will provide great advertising for Pateros.
Anyone interested in being a $100 sponsor can call Pearson at (509) 686-1022.
The Pateros Sign Project is moving forward, though slowly, while the Sign Committee waits for cost estimates for lettering.
Alta Lake State Park and Bridgeport State Park will open April 1, and will offer movie nights under the stars this season. The parks have about eight new events, complete with interpretative speakers, planned for the summer. More event information will be forthcoming soon.
The Alta Lake Golf Resort will open April 1, with the restaurant operating on reduced hours.
Chamber members approved Leigh Anne Barth as a new third board member, joining Jeanette Palmer and John Roberts.
The next Chamber meeting is April 6.