Loup goes to weekends only; Community Challenge still on

The Loup Loup Ski Bowl is now operating weekends only, General Manager C.P. Grosenick said this week. Grosenick said the spring season pass sale continues.

As of earlier this week, the Loup Community Challenge — a team relay race that includes Alpine skiing, tubing and Nordic skiing segments — was still planned for Saturday (March 12), Grosenick said. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.skitheloup.com. Registration at the Loup begins at 8:30 a.m. and racing begins at 10:30 a.m. Team registration cost is $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For more information, call (509) 557‑3401.

Flyfishers meet Tuesday

The Methow Valley Fly Fishers Club Meeting on Tuesday (March 15) will feature guest speaker Rich Delorenzo, who will give a presentation on fishing for bonefish and giant trevally at Christmas Island. The meeting is free and open to the public, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Liberty Bell High School library. For more information, call 996‑2485.

Free day at state parks

March 19 — the 103rd anniversary of the Washington state parks system — is a free day at all state parks. A Discover Pass is not needed for entrance.The remaining 2015 state parks free days are March 26, April 22, May 8, June 4,: June 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 24 and Nov. 11

Cupp wins academic honor

Methow Valley native Cody Cupp, a student at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, has been named to USA Cycling’s Collegiate Academic All-Star’s Spring 2015 class. The spring 2015 class of riders is composed of 79 riders from 15 different schools. To qualify, an athlete must have attended a USA Collegiate Cycling National Championship and have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for the semester or term.

 WDFW offers turkey hunting clinics 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Hunter Education Division will host free turkey hunting clinics around the state before the April 15 spring turkey season opener. The closest clinic to the Methow Valley is on April 2 in East Wenatchee, at the Sportsman’s Warehouse, 611 Valley Mall Parkway. WDFW staff will teach the clinics with assistance from Hunter Education Instructors, Master Hunters, and members of the National Wild Turkey Federation. For more information or to enroll in a clinic, visit wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/clinics.

Steelhead fishing closures

Steelhead fishing on the upper Columbia River, including the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers, closes one hour after sunset on Wednesday (March 9), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced. The closures are:

  • Mainstem Columbia River from the Highway 173 bridge at Brewster upstream to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.
  • Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.
  • Similkameen River from the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.