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WENATCHEE - Forest Service crews plan to use prescribed/controlled good fire across 2,400 acres in the Methow Valley Ranger District this spring.   “Prescribed fire and thinning activities could start as early as mid-April, depending upon local weather conditions, and extend through mid-...

Courtesy photo Prescribed burning is a planned or controlled fire used to meet forest health management objectives in a specific area usually designated by officials as an area needing management due to years of fire exclusion.
NCW - As summer approaches, we not only begin to think about backyard barbecue's and outdoor family vacations, but also about the fire season ahead. This is the time of year we begin to examine the areas around our house and property after the long winter and look for ways to protect our home and...

Courtesy John Kruse Tate Webb (left) and Micah Hart won two hourly weigh-ins and the Skeeter bass boat they are standing in front of.
The biggest bass tournament to hit the Pacific Northwest in a long time took place April 10 at Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin. The competition in question was the Berkley Big Bass Tournament and Ground Zero was MarDon Resort, a place that has hosted more than it’s share of fishing...
WENATCHEE - Forest Service crews plan to use prescribed/controlled good fire across 2,400 acres in the Methow Valley Ranger District this spring.   “Prescribed fire and thinning activities could start as early as mid-April, depending upon local weather conditions, and extend through mid-...

Photo courtesy Washington State Parks The Goldendale Observatory will reopen on April 24.
Spring turkey hunting, a reopened state park observatory and hot fishing for non-salmon species in the Columbia River dominate the news this week. PUBLIC LAND TURKEY HUNTING OPTIONS -The general opener for the spring turkey season is April 15. Traditionally, the best region to hunt is in...

Courtesy John Kruse These kids caught a nice stringer of trout while staying at Klink’s Resort at Williams Lake.
Wondering where to go for the Lowland Lakes Trout Opener on April 24? There wasn’t an opening day last year thanks to the six-week spring fishing closure imposed by Washington State at the start of the Covid pandemic. However, we can get some pretty good ideas of where to go by looking at the top...
NCW - This spring, firefighters across Central Washington will once again be putting good fire to work to help restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for restoring public lands and the communities who depend on them.   “As snow...
Wondering where to go for the Lowland Lakes Trout Opener on April 24? There wasn’t an opening day last year thanks to the six-week spring fishing closure imposed by Washington State at the start of the Covid pandemic. However, we can get some pretty good ideas of where to go by looking at the top...

Ready to go kayak fishing. Courtesy John Kruse
You are never too old to eat a slice of humble pie, that’s for sure. My problem is, when it comes to recent fishing expeditions, I’ve been on a steady diet of this less than delicious dessert. If you would have asked me last October what I thought of myself as a fisherman, I would have shared...
WENATCHEE – The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is accepting proposals for forest improvement projects, funded by the Secure Rural Schools program, from now until April 19. Over the past 20 years, almost $12 million dollars has been allocated to projects on the Forest in Okanogan, Chelan,...

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