Event to showcase fight for tribal fishing rights

Learn more about the Yakama Nation’s salmon fishing traditions and its struggles for fishing rights this Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Theater at Toppenish’s Yakama Nation Cultural Center.

As part of the free event, writer, poet and activist Emily Washines of the Yakama Nation will join Portland-based photographer Intisar Abioto to share their stories and photos from fishing on the Columbia River. Washines will also talk with the Yakama Nation’s David Sohappy, Jr., whose civil disobedience with 13 other Yakama Nation members in the 1960s and ’70s led to a court ruling that resulted in state and federal governments recognizing tribal fishing rights.

The short 1971 documentary “Little White Salmon Indian Settlement” by Harry Dawson will be screened at the event, which is made possible by a grant from Humanities Washington. For more information go to cascadiamagazine.org or email Andrew Engelson via info@cascadiamagazine.org.


While on a geology walk from the west end the Cowiche Canyon Trail, a local bird enthusiast tallied 15 species of birds, including the best bird of the day: a northern pygmy owl, a tiny but ferocious hunter with a taste for songbirds, sitting in the top of the largest tree near the start of the east uplands trail.

A couple of hours spent in Garrett Canyon above the Naches River found some good birding with ruffed grouse, golden eagle, bald eagle, hairy woodpecker, mountain chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, pacific wren, Townsend’s solitaire and fox sparrow highlighting the trip.

A Terrace Heights resident had a good mix of birds in his yard including California scrub-jay, common raven, house sparrow, house finch, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow and spotted towhees that are what probably attracted the sharp-shinned hawk and merlin that are hanging around.

A Sunnyside resident is still being visited by a trio of jays with California scrub, Steller’s and blue jays all vying for the peanuts in the feeder. It’s entertaining to watch the scrub jays as they carefully hide the peanuts around the yard, while constantly on the lookout for thieves. But just as soon as the jay leaves the yard a black-billed magpie will show up and go right to where the peanut was hidden and make off with it.

Please email your bird sightings to kdturley@embarqmail.com and be sure to like us on our Facebook page or visit our yakimaaudubon.org.


THURSDAY: The 10th annual Turkey Trot 5K walk/run with a costume contest and prizes will benefit local nonprofits Camp Prime time and the Yakima Greenway. The race starts at 9 a.m. with registration from 8 to 8:40. Entry fees are $25 for adults, $10 for youth 15 and under, or $22.50 for adult groups of four and $10 for youth groups. For more information and to register, go to the event’s


FRIDAY: Suncadia Resort will host the Running of the Elk 5K at The Swim and Fitness Center. Each runner will be given a pair of antlers to start the race and runners can complete their holiday elk attire along the course with a red nose and a bell. The entry fee is $40 and the race starts at 10 a.m. Register online or find more information at active.com and please bring your ID for registration on race day.

ALSO FRIDAY: Naturalist Bob Chicken will lead a free one-hour Thanksgiving Tree Walk at 10 a.m. at the Yakima Area Arboretum. Participants will learn about how Native Americans and colonists exploited and changed the trees of pre-colonial New England. The walk will be approximately one mile long. For more information go to ahtrees.org.

SUNDAY: The Hard Core Runners Club will host the first of four races in its annual Winter Race Series on a three-mile course at Sarg Hubbard Park. All races start at 1 p.m. and registration fees are $10 for the series or $5 for a single race for club members. Non-members must pay $30 for the series or $8 for a single race. Group rates are available for families and cross country/track teams. For more information and an entry form, go to hcrunners.org.

GETTING OUTDOORSTUESDAY: The Cascadian Free Spirits will hike eight to 10 miles with 1,700-2,000 feet of elevation gain at Reynolds Creek in the South Fork Cowiche Creek area, WDFW Oak Creek Green Dot map, and the Trekkers will go to a destination yet to be determined. Both groups will depart at 8 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot. Those with the Free Spirits should bring micro spikes and snowshoes if there’s been any recent ice or snow, and drivers will need a Discover Pass. Email Kathleen at mrspickerk@gmail.com or Kim at kmccorquodale313@gmail.com with any questions.

THURSDAY, Dec. 5: The Cascadian Pathfinders will hike at Jupiter Dunes in the Kahlotus Area. For more information, including meeting time and place, call Bob at 509-457-2014.

Kerry D. Turley