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Students in the Red's University of Fly Fishing class practice casting at Red's Fly Shop in Ellensburg, Wash. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (JAKE PARRISH/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

Canyon River Ranch hosts outdoors event

Canyon River Ranch between Yakima and Ellensburg will host Red’s Shootout Rendezvous, a hunting and fishing extravaganza to celebrate Saturday’s National Public Lands Day.

A sporting clays tournament begins at 8 a.m. for $25 per shooter with a 50-shot round — ammo not included, with 12 and 20 gauge ammo $10 per box at the gate. Everything else at the event is free, including a pheasant hunt with 35 first-time hunters.

Attendees can learn more about where to hunt and fly fish through multiple seminars starting at 10:30 a.m. with Joe Rotter’s “Public Water Fly Fishing Destination in Central Washington” and concluding at 3 p.m. with “Introduction to Beginner’s Upland Bird Hunting and Pheasant Hunting in Central Washington” with Pheasants Forever.

Fly casting lessons for beginners and kids will also be available, as well as other classes and vendors. You could also win prizes such as a rafting trip for six people, lodging at Canyon River Ranch, free food at Canyon River Grill, cast and blast lessons and sporting clay rounds.

Washington’s state parks will also be free for day-use for National Public Lands Day.

 

Firewood cutting extended around Naches

The Forest Service extended its deadline for those seeking firewood on the Naches Ranger District to Sunday, Oct. 15, according to a release Tuesday.

Several log decks made up of trees removed during recent Norse Peak Fire suppression efforts have been made available for woodcutting at the end of Forest Service Road 1900-760. Cutting is prohibited on a deck of green saw logs in the southwest corner of the barrow pit, which had been marked with spray paint as The Nature Conservancy’s log deck.

Those wishing to cut firewood on the district can obtain a woodcutting permit from the Naches Ranger District office at 10237 Highway 12 in Naches. The minimum purchase for personal use is four cords for $20 and the maximum is 12 cords for $60. For more information, call 509-653-1401.

 

Mountain bike group keeps growing

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance wants to keep building on a record-breaking 2017 in Washington with a membership drive campaign from Sept. 18-Oct. 17.

Only one percent of the estimated 300,000 mountain bikers in this region are currently members of the nation’s largest single-state mountain biking nonprofit, which set a record by creating more than 60 miles of new trail across Washington. More members in seven chapters across the state, including one in Central Washington, could improve Evergreen’s legislative abilities or enhance proposed trail projects.

Evergreen teamed up with Methow-based manufacturing company eqpd — pronounced like “equipped” — to offer membership and an Evergreen LastBag for $60, with the entire profit going to Evergreen. To join the alliance, visit www.eqpdgear.com/eqpdplus/evergreen.

 

BIRD ALERT

With the arrival of cooler temps and the official arrival of fall, the birds of fall have been trickling into a Yakima yard. About a dozen pine siskins showed up for a bath and a drink at the water feature. Other fall arrivals include white-crowned sparrows, song sparrow and dark-eyed junco. Their resident red-breasted nuthatches and black-capped chickadees, which they have year-round, were buzzing around and being more vocal than during the summer.

They started tossing out a handful of peanuts every morning about a year ago, hoping to lure scrub jays in and were surprised when they nested in the neighbors’ hedge. It wasn’t long before the local crows discovered this and started to sit on the power line in front of the house and wait for the morning feeding. They really enjoy watching the interplay between the crows and jays, as the jays bounce deftly around the crows. Now the local black-billed magpies have also shown up to check things out. What fun watching three corvid species interacting. They also had a late rufous hummingbird stop by for a day last week, and have had couple of Anna’s hummingbirds.

Please email your bird sightings to kdturley@embarqmail.com.

— Kerry L. Turley

 

ON THE CALENDER

THURSDAY: The public is invited to see professional photographer George Vlahakis show the photo highlights of his recent trip to Panama at the Yakima Valley Audubon Society membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Yakima Arboretum.

TUESDAY: Organizers for the Selah Base Race, cancelled Sept. 23 for poor air quality, will partner with the second annual Roll N’ Stroll 5K Saturday at Sarg Hubbard Park. Those who signed up for the Base Race can run the 5K and registration money will be donated to The Soldiers Project as originally intended. There will be no half marathon. The 5K events begin at 9 a.m. and the run, walk, stroll or roll portion will start at 10:30 a.m. and loop around the Yakima Greenway.

 

GETTING OUTDOORS

THURSDAY: The Cascadian Pokies will be doing their traditional Snipes Mountain Ramble. The late Pokie Jeanette Werkhoven often led this hike in the early fall. It meanders through orchards and vineyards with a great view of the lower valley at the top. Lunch is at Doc’s Pizza in the immediate area after the hike. Call Libby at 509-837-3609 or Phyllis at 309-837-3563 for meeting time and place as well as to give them a count for the restaurant.

ALSO THURSDAY: Bearded Monkey Cycling hosts its weekly mountain bike ride at Rocky Top, and Revolution Cycles hosts its weekly gravel ride. To join Bearded Monkey, bring your lights and meet at Rocky Top trail head at 6:45 p.m. Call 509-453-6699 for more information. To join Revolution, meet at the store, 3506 Fruitvale Blvd., at 6 p.m. Call 509-453-0063 for info on that ride.

SATURDAY: The Cascadians will go on a family-friendly Saturday Easy Hike of nine miles with 900 feet of elevation gain at Manastash Lake in the Ellensburg area. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Chesterley Park parking lot across River Road from Powerhouse Grill and plan to depart at 8. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent and everyone should bring water, lunch and the 13 essentials. Call Rudy Labernik at 509-248-7304.

SUNDAY: Cyclists looking for a challenge on a beautiful route can join the Yakima Basin Velo Club for a 104-mile ride along the Iron Horse Trail from Cle Elum up to Hyak, through the tunnel (lights required) and down to Rattlesnake Lake and back. There are no major climbs, but be ready for approximately 4,000 feet of total climbing along the Iron Horse Gravel Grinder route at www.mapmyride.com. Meet at Revolution Cycles at 6 a.m. and carpool to the Safeway parking lot just south of the store in Cle Elum, where the group will gather and plan to be on bikes by 7:15 a.m. This is a self-supported ride with water available along the trail, plus a water purifier carried by the group. Pack all the food you’ll need and gear for any possible weather. Afterwards, the group plans to enjoy food and drinks at The Brick in Roslyn.

TUESDAY: The Cascadian Free Spirits will hike Tatoosh Lookout near Packwood, Green Trails Map 302, and the Trekkers will hike Hawkins Mountain in the Teanaway, Green Trails Map 209. Both groups will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot across River Road from the Powerhouse Grill. To join the Free Spirits for an 8-9-mile hike with 3,400 feet of elevation gain, call Mic Powell at 509-248-1268 or Dean Hata at 509-388-6375. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass. To join the Trekkers for an 10-mile hike with 2,000-2,500 feet of elevation gain, call Kim Hull at 509-853-8698. The 13 Essentials are required for both hikes.

WEDNESDAY: Meet the Cascadians at 9:20 a.m. at River Ridge Golf Course Golf Course in Selah for their regular Golf 4 Fun outing. The group usually plays nine holes at various courses on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Call Sharon Liner at 509-697-6896 at least two days prior to the scheduled golf day to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY, OCT. 5: The Pokies will hike to one of their favorite destinations, Naches Peak Loop on Chinook Pass. The day may be extended by hiking around Tipsoo Lake, also atop the pass. It’s a 4-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation gain, mostly in the beginning, with great fall colors and a beautiful view of Mount Rainier at the top on a clear day while you eat lunch. Bring water, lunch, poles and the 13 essentials. Call Dean at 509-388-6375 or Ingrid at 509-453-383 for meeting time and place.