Outdoors and Recreation


Modern rifles used in Saturday match

Flowers scores best of 468

Plenty of fish greet anglers

Water levels were up a bit and crowds were down for the opening day of fishing Saturday on local lakes.

Run blossoms brightly

Inaugural event draws 200 runners

The idea of running among blooming fruit trees with snow-covered mountains in the distance came to fruition Saturday with the inaugural Omak Orchards in Bloom half marathon and 10K races.

Nespelem rodeo kicks up dust

McMillan captures senior boys crown

Caleb McMillan of Soap Lake edged Chase Nigg of Oroville for the senior boys all-around title at the 37th annual Nespelem Junior Rodeo last weekend, April 26-27.

Okanogan County produces big rainbows on opener

Jorge Jimenez claims first in Conconully Fish Derby

Disabled-accessible fishing pier added at Steamboat Rock State Park

State to dedicate pier Monday on Banks Lake

San Poil takes team title in bowling tournament

Foursome wins Pat Morin Sr. Invitational

Voters say yes to levies, no to recreation district, bond

Preliminary special election tally shows voter overwhelmingly rejecting a ballot measure to create a Methow Valley Recreation District

Lots of fish expected for opening day

Alta, Conconully, Pearrygin hold planted triploids

Anglers can expect to find lots of rainbows in Okanogan and Ferry counties willing to jump on their hooks during the state general fishing-opener this weekend. Anglers can compete in a derby, try a newly opened stretch of Rufus Woods Lake or dip a line in the 67 lowland lakes managed in Okanogan County (representing 18 percent of the state’s managed lakes) or the many more ice-free lakes in Ferry County. If you can’t wait until this weekend to haul in a fish, the Colville Confederated Tribes’ general fishing season is under way, having opened April 12. A tribal license is required. Later this summer, Okanogan County boots out fish in 110 alpine lakes above 4,500 feet. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife planted nearly 16.5 million trout and kokanee statewide, with 2.3 million being catchable trout and nearly 115,000 being jumbo trout that weigh up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 1.5 pounds each. “The lowland lakes season-opener is the biggest fishing day of the year,” said Phil Anderson, director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Lakes in every county are well-stocked, so there should be good fishing opportunities close to home.” Triploid trout planted in Okanogan County include Alta Lake (571) near Pateros, Conconully Lake (357) and Pearrygin Lake (357) near Winthrop. Millions of carry-over trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state. A thorough review of the region’s lakes, from Okanogan to Ferry counties plus the reservation, appeared in The Chronicle’s Fishrapper last week. It’s available at the newspaper office, online or from participating businesses. Those fishing the Conconully lakes can enter a derby with prizes to the Top 3 in the adult division, youth prizes and $50 for a mystery weight. There is a charge to register at the Conconully General Store, 201 N. Main St. The contest is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. A section of Rufus Woods Lake downstream of Grand Coulee Dam to the state Highway 155 bridge recently reopened for recreational fishing. The stretch has been closed since Sept. 11, 2001, for security reasons. Public access has been restored recently and the state and tribe will now permit recreational fishing. Fishing rules and license requirements in effect downstream of the bridge apply to the newly opened section.

Omak FFA guns to the top

Freeman edged by a point for second title in three years

Omak came out on top of a 20-high school field to claim the state Future Farmers of America trapshoot championship Friday. This was Omak’s second state title in three years, adviser Gale Wilson said. The Top 3 members of the team combined for a score of 275 out of 300 birds, edging Freeman at 274. Omak’s Rayce Miller finished third overall out of 195 shooters with a score of 95 out of 100. Jeremy Calentine at 91 was seventh. Other Omak shooters included Cameron Daigneau (89), Clayton Hilton (85) and Ethan Pfitzer (84). Omak’s No. 2 team included Dawson Sachse (81), Tommy McNulty (80), Wyatt Wilson (75), Daniel Barrientos (54) and Cooper Routien (48). “It was a fitting way for the three seniors on the team (Calentine, Pfitzer, Miller) and myself to end a four-year successful run,” coach Wilson said. Wilson started the trapshooting team in 1997 when it was just starting out on the east side of Washington by several FFA chapters. Wilson is retiring after this school year. “I hope that the team continues on the tradition with the new FFA adviser,” he said. The coach thanked parents, community members and businesses for their support and contributions to the team, including making Omak’s March shoot the largest FFA chapter competition. “The sport teaches the shooter discipline, eye-hand coordination, judgment when to shoot and most of all (to be) a graceful winner as well as a graceful loser,” said the coach, who said members will take lessons learned into their adult lives. Omak has placed at state in each of the last six years – first twice, second twice, and third and fourth once. In other state events, Miller won the state Annie Oakley champion trophy while Barrientos was second. Miller finished fifth in the chipper competition. Wyatt Wilson was fourth in the miss-n-out. Pfitzer and Morgan O’Brien from the Tonasket club won the buddy shoot in a shootoff by hitting all 10 of the duo’s birds. Team scores: 1, Omak, 275. 2, Freeman, 274. 3-4, Colville No. 1 and Eastmont No. 1, 268. 5, Kettle Falls, 265.

First blossom run set for Saturday

Riverside site of annual dog run

Roads north and west of the city on the flat will be full of runners Saturday morning for the inaugural Orchards in Bloom half-marathon and 10K races. The races start and finish at RockWall Cellars, 110 Nichols Road. Race start time is 8 a.m. Organizers are encouraging community members to show up on the race course to cheer on the runners or to RockWall Cellars and enjoy the festivities of the event. Entries have been received from around the state and from Idaho, Montana and Colorado, race spokeswoman Racie McKee said. The 10K circles near the business while the half-marathon weaves throughout the area, going as far north as Peacock Lane off Old Riverside Highway and south to Weatherstone Road, spokeswoman Nancy Nash-Mendez said. Omak Fit4Life Coalition, a local community group collaborating to provide free and low-cost health education and wellness activities, is organizing the event. “People can register for the race until the 23rd of April (today) by going to the omakorchardsinbloom.org website to be chip timed,” McKee said. “Late entries are accepted until race day without chip-timing.” Omak Warrior Stampede is providing the timing chips. All finishers will receive a race shirt and finisher medal. Awards include RockWall Cellars wine for first place in 21-and-over age groups. Trophies go to first place for those in under age 21 age groups. Ribbons go to first through third places. Race packets can be picked up 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Peppertree, 820 Koala Ave. Dr. France Cokan, 83 and 10-time Ironman World Champion, will be a keynote speaker 5-6 p.m. during a wellness presentation at the Peppertree. “Dr. Cokan will share his personal journey on how he became a world champion and how he keeps healthy and competition ready, even at his age,” McKee said. Cokan will be running the half-marathon. He has set three world records in the world championships in Kona, Hawaii. “All community members are welcome to attend Dr. Cokan’s presentation,” McKee said. Those wishing to participate in shorter distances can participate in the fifth annual Hoofin’ and Woofin’ 1-mile and 5K routes at 10 a.m. Sunday in nearby Riverside. Participants are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the race, which starts and ends in the city park. Registration can be done prior to the event. For more information about either event contact McKee at 509-826-7680.

Tease photo

Portion of Freund Canyon Trail closed

Logging operations prompt closure of three-mile stretch of Freund Canyon Trail

Bulldogs take shootout with Bears

Tigers run past Pioneers, 6-0

By Al Camp The Chronicle BREWSTER – Okanogan won, 4-3, over Brewster following a shootout in a Caribou Trail League soccer match Tuesday. After a scoreless first half, Okanogan broke onto the scoreboard with a goal two minutes into the second half by Justin Rivas off an assist from Fabian Rodriguez. Brewster tied the match in the 51st minute before Okanogan took the lead again on a goal by Jason Perez on an assist from Rivas. The Bears scored in the 67th and 69th minutes to lead 3-2. “We then tied it up in the 75th minute when Jason Perez scored off of an assist from Fabian Rodriguez,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. Okanogan won the shootout 5-4, with scoring kicks by Rivas, Perez, Rodriguez, Arturo Ramos and Enrique Vargas. “It was a very evenly played game,” Klepec said. Scoring was not received for Brewster, which is tied with Okanogan for second place in the CTL. Quincy is in first at 7-0. Okanogan (6-2 overall, 5-2 league) is at Tonasket (5-5, 3-5) and Brewster (6-2, 5-2) is at Omak (0-9, 0-7) in league play Tuesday. uuuuu OMAK – Tonasket zipped past Omak, 6-0, in a Caribou Trail League soccer match Tuesday. “The guys played hard, but couldn’t keep with the speed,” Omak coach Chris Werner said. “I feel we played smarter soccer. We are getting better and will be playing a better game the second half of the season.” “It was a good game, we scored six goals and played well,” Tonasket coach Jack Goyette said. “They are a very young team and well coached. They played tough D and made us work hard for the goals we scored.” Brewster (6-2 overall, 5-2 league) is at Omak (0-9, 0-7) and Okanogan (6-2, 5-2) is at Tonasket (5-5, 3-5) on Tuesday.

Salmon heading over Wanapum Dam via revamped fish ladder

Trucking fish still an option if ladder doesn't work

Fishing allowed again near Grand Coulee Dam

A section of Rufus Woods Lake downstream of Grand Coulee Dam to the state Highway 155 Bridge opened today for recreational fishing after being closed since Sept. 11, 2001.