Franz: Abandon park fee hike

The state commissioner of public lands is calling on the federal government to reject a plan to raise fees to access national parks.

Fishermen reel in ‘squawfish’ on Columbia

Fishermen earn money taking squawfish

Bonneville Power Administration paid out $1.54 million this year to fishermen hauling squawfish out of the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Map prices on the rise

Recreationalists are urged to purchase U.S. Forest maps prior to Jan. 1. For the first time in nearly a decade, increasing costs of production, printing and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Forest Service to increase the price of its maps. Prices of paper and plastic coated maps will increase to $14.

Bowling Report

Sunnyside Grid Kids advance to semi-finals

9 year olds to play La Salle, 11 year olds face Ellensburg

Two Sunnyside youth football teams take to Sozo fields Saturday in Grid Kids semi-finals.

Man arrested for PWC offense

A local man was arrested Monday for allegedly operating a personal watercraft in a reckless manner.

Cycling team takes part in fall race

Five Nuclear Goat Heads student cyclists and a coach took part last weekend in the Chinook Cycling Club’s Fall MTB Race No. 2 on the Bennington Lake Trail.

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Yakima River offers some of best fishing

Anglers in the Yakima Valley need not look far for some of the best fishing in the state.

Scooteney, Summer Falls camping areas to close for season

Day-use, boat launch areas to remain open until snow falls

Two federal Bureau of Reclamation recreational facilities in Central Washington will be closing for the winter season.

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Recreationists can return to some trails

Due to decreased risk to public the Jack Creek Fire closure area will be reduced to allow access to recreational areas.

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Fish on!

Anglers from near and far converge on Vernita Bridge public fishing site

The hunt for Chinook is on and a fishing village, comprised of RVs, travel trailers, boats and tents is popping up upstream of the bridge crossing the Columbia River north of Sunnyside.

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Crossfit craze in Sunnyside

Celeste Olivian, a member of Crossfit Lower Valley, competes Saturday at her home gymnasium’s Rally in the Valley.

Bill Hayes memorial raises $5,200

Goes toward scholarships for graduates

With most of the recent forest fire smoke dwindling, Merit Resource Services drew a gracious field for its 16th annual Bill Hayes Memorial Tournament Saturday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Rimrock detour opens Monday

The leaves may be falling, but that’s not stopping crews from getting important work done on US 12 along White Pass.

Jousting part of faire

Columbia Park will be transformed into the land of ladies and lords, knights and wenches for Ye Merry Greenwood Renaissance Fair at 10 a.m. Sept. 23-24.