Sports and Outdoors

<p align="right"><em>Photo by Linda Baker </em></p><p>Captain Pat Sutton, Callie Krupkat and Kevin Krupkat fishing on Upper Conconully Lake in a youth bass tournament put on by the Bible Faith Family Church.</p>

Youth bass tournaments finish the year at Conconully

CONCONULLY – The Bible Faith Family Church of Oroville sponsored another successful youth bass tournament on Saturday, Aug. 16, one of several they have organized this summer.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>    GOOD DAY TO BE A COWBOY - A little bull pen action was taking place above the chutes. The Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo has attracted cowboys (and cowgirls) over several gener

Chesaw cowboys take top honors at Fourth of July Rodeo

CHESAW – Stewart Leslie and Jake Nelson, both from Chesaw, won Senior All Around Cowboy and Junior All Around Cowboy honors, respectively, at the 66th Annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo last Friday.

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Submitted photo	National Rodeo Champ John Young has local grandfather and great-grandparents.

Iowa rodeo champ has North County roots

IOWA – A national youth rodeo champion has very local roots.

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submitted by Jim Barker	Although it was Kid’s Fishing Day, all ages were allowed to fish during the event. The church provided onshore games, food, poles and rides in boats to help the young angles hook the big ones.

Local church puts on Kid’s Fishing Day

LOOMIS – Bible Faith Family Church of Oroville puts on a Kid’s Fishing Day every year on free fishing day in June.

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Church plans youth bass tournaments

OROVILLE – The Bible Faith Family Church in Oroville has organized a bass tournament open to young people ages eight to 16.

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<p align="right"><i> Submitted by Dick Mayer</i></p><p>There were 37 kids and almost 20 parents on hand to fish in the American Legion Post Fishing Derby June 10 at Round Lake.</p>

Tonasket American Legion sponsors fishing derby

AENEAS VALLELY – The Tonasket American Legion held a fishing derby for local children last week at Round Lake.

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<p align="right"><i> Photos by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>From left, Dave Sunde, Trygve Culp and Tom Winsor dump gravel on a newly-installed turnpike at the Antoine Trail last week. This spot is about a mile from Forest Service road access.</p>

Backcountry Horsemen put in hours clearing trails

ANTOINE TRAIL, HAVILLAH – Digging holes doesn’t immediately come to mind as an activity for a group called the Backcountry Horsemen.

But on one rainy spring day, it was exactly the plan.

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<div align="right"><i> Submitted photo</i></div><p></p><p>Hornet catcher Nathan Thompson was selected for the NCW “B” League First Team All League.</p>

Thompson Named to First Team NCW ‘B’ League

OROVILLE – Oroville senior catcher Nathan Thompson was selected by the NCW “B” League Coaches to the First Team All League. Thompson, who batted .419 in the regular season, was a unanimous choice by league coaches.

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Photos by Amy Veneziano<br>A firefighter continues to set fire while a ponderosa pine burns up in a crown fire behind him. Crown fires can send flames as much as 300 feet into the air.

Prescribed fire a necessary forest tool

TONASKET – Fire.

It’s the dirtiest of the four-letter words for many home owners, farmers, ranchers, recreation seekers and others across the dry, arid west.

It’s the summertime worst case scenario, an out-of-control blaze that eats up miles of forest, towns and homes.

But firefighters and others entrusted with protecting both the backcountry and private lands know that the best way to fight it is with another form of fire, a cleaner version, controlled by those around it.

“We’re emulating what Mother Nature would do,” said Tonasket District Ranger Mark Morris. “If Mother Nature’s happy, we’re happy.”

Last week, the Tonasket Ranger District of the Okanogan National Forest completed work on a 1,000 acre swath of the Upper Aeneas, lighting a fire by hand and chemical-infused ping-pong balls dropped from a helicopter.

But the flames are the result of a long effort in preparing the area for burning.

The Forest Service first arranged a commercial logging effort in the area to be burned, Morris said.

Commercial loggers remove small-diameter trees and logs, a boost for the economy. Once they’re done, the forest service continues to remove “ladder fuels” or the piles of discarded branches, weeds and brush deemed unusable by loggers. At this point, the forest is much less dense.

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The big largemouth bass weighing 1.82 pounds was caught by the team of Jim Barker (left) and Cliff Applebee.

May Fest bass anglers face cold, windy day of tough fishing

OROVILLE – The team of Fred Bender and Claude Roberts took home top honors at this year’s May Festival Bass Tournament with fish weighing a combined 22.46 pounds.

The first anglers showed up that morning at about 4:15 a.m. and were soon joined by 12 more teams coming to register and wait for 6 a.m. to arrive.

“As we waited there was talk of tournaments past and just a little talk about how to catch the big ones on this day,” said Roberts, who also serves as tournament director.

“The day greeted us with cool, windy conditions which made fishing tough, but the weather did not hinder the effort the teams put into their fishing,” he adds.

The results of the tournament were as follows:

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