Outdoors


David Kruse on his first duck hunt in the Sand Dunes area of Potholes Reservoir. Courtesy John Kruse
One of my favorite movies is “The Princess Bride”, a very fun film featuring a great cast of actors, one of whom was Mandy Patinkin who played the part of a Spanish swordsman named Inigo Montoya. Montoya was dedicated to seeking revenge on “the man with six fingers” who killed his father in front...
New Naturalists on the River program this Summer Join WRI and Leavenworth Outdoor Center for a new program this summer. Become a river naturalist as you paddle down the Icicle and Wenatchee Rivers. These are guided trips that will introduce you to the plants and animals of our diverse river area....
WINTHROP - A popular trailhead used by Pacific Crest Trail hikers will close temporarily for construction work in July 2023. Contractors will be working at Harts Pass Trailhead, located 32 miles northwest of Winthrop, in early July as soon as snow conditions allow. The work is part on an ongoing...

Salmon weighed in at a past Wenatchee Salmon Derby. Courtesy CCA WA
Summer Chinook Season Curtailed The Oregon and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced fishing for adult summer chinook from the mouth of the Columbia River to Priest Rapids Dam was closed on July 1. The reason why? It’s because the run is tracking significantly below pre-season...

The is an example of one of the newer style of bottomless arch culverts that allows fish and other aquatic organisms passage under a road. This one is located along the Alder Creek Road #6208 on the Wenatchee Johnson, Wenatchee River Ranger District Fisheries Biologist Photo by McLain Johnson, Wenatchee River Ranger District Fisheries Biologist, USDA Forest Service.
Leavenworth - Five aquatic restoration projects are planned this summer on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. A portion of these projects will require temporary closure of roads, trails, and campgrounds. “We would like to give folks a heads up that it is a busy summer out there. You would be hard...
Mission Ridge Ski Team (MRST) is hosting the 2nd Annual Kids Triathlon Saturday, July 8, in Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee. The event is sponsored by Artisan Flooring and begins at 9 a.m. The event is for kids ages 6-14. Distances for each leg of the swim, bike and run vary by age category....

From beach barbecues to walks in the woods, here’s how to safeguard yourself against ticks and mosquitoes, so you can stay bug-free this summer for whatever takes you outside. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) monkeybusinessimages / iStock via Getty Images Plus
STATEPOINT - Bug bites are not just a nuisance; they can cause discomfort and even pose health risks for some. “Mosquitoes that may carry Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue fever and West Nile virus are always out in full force during the summer months and new evidence suggests that tick populations are...
OLYMPIA – Members of the public are invited to weigh in on longer-term hunting season planning as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) begins its latest three-year season setting effort. Comments received during an ongoing scoping period will be used to inform game managers about...

Nine-year old Will Clarke with one of several shad he caught near the John Day Dam. Courtesy John Kruse
Most folks think of the S&P 500 as a stock market index but on a recent trip to the Columbia River Gorge, I realized it had a fishing meaning as well. Namely, the opportunity to catch 500 shad and pikeminnow over the course of a week. My friend Rusty Johnston and I spent a couple of days...

Hiking into the wilderness. Photo by J. Kruse
As a young Boy Scout who went on monthly hiking and camping trips, the Ten Essentials for survival was drilled into me as the items I always needed to have with me, even if I was on a day hike. In the last few years, Search and Rescue teams have become increasingly busy, in large part because...

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