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A wrestling report on the Tonasket Apple Pie Jamboree in the Jan. 16 issue of the paper should have said James Smith of Okanogan moved up from 220 to 285, where he finished third.

A girls’ basketball story Jan. 9 should have said Omak’s Payton Abrahamson recorded her first double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, along with 4 assists, and 5 steals, against Manson on Jan. 5.

Wild salmon numbers continue to dwindle despite two decades of efforts to recover the fish, said a Jan. 16 report by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

Regional recovery organizations received 16 percent of the $4.7 billion needed for critical salmon recovery projects, said the report, which stressed adequate funding was needed to turn the tide on the species’ future.

“We must all do our part to protect our state’s wild salmon,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “As we face a changing climate, growing population and other challenges, now is the time to double down on our efforts to restore salmon to levels that sustain them, our fishing industry and the communities that rely on them. Salmon are crucial to our future and to the survival of beloved orca whales.”

The newly released State of Salmon in Watersheds report and interactive website (stateofsalmon.wa.gov.) show Washington’s progress in trying to recover salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The website also features the office’s updated Salmon Data Portal, which puts real-time salmon recovery data and maps at the fingertips of salmon recovery professionals and the public.

Some findings from the report include:

-In most of the state, salmon are below recovery goals set in federally approved recovery plans. Washington is home to 33 genetically distinct populations of salmon and steelhead, 15 of which are classified as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Of the 15, eight are not making progress or are declining, five are showing signs of progress but still below recovery goals and two are approaching recovery goals.

-Commercial and recreational fishing have declined significantly because of fewer fish and limits on how many fish can be caught to protect wild salmon.

Harvest of Coho salmon has fallen from a high of nearly 3 million in 1976 to fewer than 500,000 in 2017, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The harvest of Chinook salmon has followed the same downward trend, with about 970,000 Chinook caught in 1973 compared to about 550,000 in 2017.

The news is not all bleak.

-Summer chum in the Hood Canal are increasingly strong and are nearing the recovery goal.

-Fall Chinook populations in the Snake River are showing signs of progress, thanks largely to improvements in hatchery management, passage at dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers and habitat restoration work.

“It’s not that we don’t know how to recover salmon,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the state Recreation and Conservation Office, home of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, which created the report and website. “We know what needs to be done, and we have the people in place to do the hard work. We just haven’t received the funding necessary to do what’s required of us.”

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The Okanogan County Fly Fishing Club sent out a newsletter that included upcoming meetings.

Next up is a 6 p.m. potluck meeting Friday, Feb. 14, at the Okanogan Grange Hall, said past club president Greg Bennett.

Other 6 p.m. meetings at the hall include March 14, April 11, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.

Fishing meetings are planned for May 18, July 15 at Chopaka Lake and July 20.

Lake/stream ideas are sought for the May 18 and July 20 meetings.

An upcoming regional event includes a fly fishing show Feb. 16-17 in Lynnwood. There is a cost to attend.

A fishing report was made for Rocky Ford Creek, where the pressure is down, and the fish are hungry.

Dry flies worked great on a recent sunny day.

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The Gonzaga University women’s basketball team, which includes Brewster’s Chandler Smith and Okanogan’s Jill Townsend, had a down and up in games last week.

The Zags fell 70-68 to Brigham Young University on Jan. 17, ending a 12-game win streak, and won 86-61 behind Smith’s 18 points (8-11 shooting) over San Diego on Jan. 19.

Against BYU, Smith had eight points, four rebounds (three defensive), two assists, a block and two steals in 30 minute of play (tied for the most with Laura Stockton).

Townsend played 20 minutes and finished with nine points (5-6 free throws), four rebounds (three offensive), two assists, two steals.

Against San Diego, Smith also had two rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes of play, most on the team.

Townsend had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes of play.

Smith, who starts, and Townsend, one of the first players off the bench, are a guard combo averaging a combined 19.1 points per game heading into last week.

Despite the loss to BYU, No. 13 Gonzaga (highest-ever ranking) remains one of the favorites to win the West Coast Conference this year.

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Okanogan’s Jordyn Boesel, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., is seeing limited time on the women’s basketball team.

Boesel has a steal in six games while playing a total of eight minutes for the Gaels (11-7, 4-3 WCC).

As a freshman last season, she was in eight games.

She had two rebounds against Portland and a three-pointer against Pacific.

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The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reduced the daily limit on steelhead to one hatchery fish Jan. 16 for tributaries of the Columbia River near the Washington and Oregon state boundary.

The 2018 Columbia River forecasted return for upriver steelhead was 190,350, said the department.

The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee met Aug. 26 to review the A/B-Index steelhead passage at Bonneville Dam.

The committee downgraded the total expected A/B-Index steelhead run size at Bonneville to 96,500. The run was adjusted again on Sept. 25 to a total of 92,800 A/B Index steelhead with 69,500 clipped and 28,300 unclipped fish.

With continued concerns between co-managers for A run steelhead and impacts to wild fish, the department said it believes it is important to reduce daily limits to protect steelhead within the river network.

Waters affected include Grande Ronde River (from mouth to the Washington/Oregon state line), Touchet River (from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South forks), Tucannon River (from the mouth to the Tucannon Hatchery Road bridge), and Walla Walla River (from the mouth to the Washington/Oregon state line).

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The Oroville-Tonasket Gun Club, led by the 24 of Rick Lind, put up a score of 93 in the third week of the 101st Spokesman-Review Inland Northwest Trapshoot, reports secretary Linda Schwilke.

“Sunday was cloudy and windy but still a good day to shoot,” Schwilke said. “Any day is a good day to shoot.”

After the first two weeks, the club is in seventh place in Division II with a score of 185.

Singles – 24, Rick Lind. 23, Jerry Asmussen, Doug McMillan, Lloyd Caton Jr., Noah Olmstead, Logan Faris. 22, Josh McDaniel. 21, Tyler Sasse, Chuck Gavin, Jeff McMillan. 20, George Miklos. 19, Vern Cole. 17, Al Rise. 16, Josh Brazil. 15, Robert McDaniel. 14, Ken Chapman. 13, Jordon Montanye. 12, Paul Schwilke. 11, Hugh Jensen.

Handicap - 22, Doug McMillan, Lloyd Caton Jr. 20, Rick Lind. 19, Jerry Asmussen, Tyler Sasse. 18, Brian Sasse, Josh Brazil. 16, Josh McDaniel.

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Don Fisher hit 24 out of 25 birds for high score in singles for the Omak Fish and Gun Club on Jan. 20 in the third week of the 101st Spokesman-Review Inland Northwest Trapshoot, said spokeswoman Nancy Nessly.

“Shooters had a rough shoot this Sunday with cold temperatures and icy winds coming from the north at between five and 10 mph,” said Nessly.

After the first two weeks, Almira/Coulee City Gun Club was fifth (190), Omak was seventh (189) and Republic was 14th (186) in Division III, which includes 21 clubs.

Singles – 24, Don Fisher. 23, Roy Wadkins, Randy Clough, Tim Hagerup.

Handicap – 22, Mike Hodgson. 21, Don Fisher, Don Calentine.

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Anyone wanting a child to participate in Okanogan Kid Wrestling must be at an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 in Dawson Gym at the high school.

Those not attending will have to set up a meeting in order for their child to participate in the program.

The young wrestlers will receive uniforms during the orientation.

Team and individual pictures by Tim Patrick Photography will be the same night, after orientation.

Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Information about practices and tournaments will be discussed during orientation.

There is a cost to participate.

Those with questions can contact Lee Morrison at 509-322-1411.

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A bareback and saddle bronc rodeo clinic is planned for March 23-24 at the Expo Arena in Walla Walla.

The two day clinic will include basics, dry work and practice.

There is a cost.

Registration will be taken to March 15 by Stacie Sichelstiel at 208-660-9225 or stacie@nwidaho.com.

Livestock tailored to students will be provided by Corey and Lange Rodeo.

Instructors include eight-time National Finals Rodeo bareback qualifier Ryan Gray, four-time NFR saddle bronc qualifier Jess Martin and Montana Circuit saddle bronc champion Gray Mapston.

Space is limited at the clinic, sponsored by the Gem State Stampede Rodeo Committee of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and supported/sponsored by rodeo committees in the Columbia River Circuit, part of PRCA.

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A fundraiser to benefit five young bowlers will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Golden Eagle Senior Meal Site (old bingo hall) on Appleway in Okanogan.

The benefit is for the Matts – Maesun, Deacon, Malikh, Dawsyn and M’Laden.

There will be blackout bingo, a silent auction and Indian taco feed with drink.

Money raised will help the boys with travel and competing in tournaments.

Those wishing more information can contact Aimee Gorr at 509-322-8824.

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A Brewster cheer camp is planned boys and girls from pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade.

Registration deadline is Jan. 22.

There is a fee, which can be paid at the high school office.

Packets are available at the middle school office.

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Debbie Nuehring and Alvin Wadkins put down 1,000 aces plus had 300 pinochle on Tuesday at the Eagles in Okanogan.

Ida Laurie and Lisa Turner twice had 300 pinochle.

High scores: 8,800, Valerie Murray. 8,600, Debbie Nuehring. 8,510, Lisa Turner. 8,000, Tim Norman.

Partners with 300 pinochle: Tim Norman and Alvin Wadkins; Peggy Myers and Vicki Harlan; Ida Laurie and Boyd Walton; Debbie Nuehring and Alvin Wadkins; Peggy Myers and Tommye Robbins; Debbie Nuehring and Ida Laurie; Gail Norman and Paul Steuermann; Tommye Robbins and Buck Workman; Ida Laurie and Lisa Turner, twice.

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Tri-Rivers Snowmobile Club will host a chili feed Jan. 26 at Parachute Meadow near Tiffany Springs.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hot dogs, chili, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee are on the menu.

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Above the Rim took first place in the Omak Community Center Men’s Basketball League.

The team edged Trouble Makers, 57-56, in the championship game last weekend, said Sonny Sellars.

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Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee finished fourth in the second round of bull riding at the National Western Stock Show last week in Denver.

Proctor put up a score of 77.5 on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Crimes, which led the event after two rounds.

Al Camp is the sports editor at The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com.

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