Posts tagged: Ferry County
HUNTING — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife requests information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the killing of a trophy white-tailed deer near Republic in northeast Washington’s Ferry County.
The deer may have been killed near Gibraltar Mountain and Sherman Pass near the end of November.
Contact the WDFW Eastern Region Office at 892-1001.
Information can also be reported anonymously through WDFW poaching hotline, 1-877-933-9847, or online.
FORESTS — Until a bridge is repaired, access to the Barnaby Buttes Trailhead and many prized huckleberry picking patches on the Colville National Forest will require a much longer drive for those used to accessing them off of South Fork Sherman Creek Road.
The South Fork of Sherman Creek Bridge on Barnaby Creek Road, Forest Service Road (FS RD) 2014000, has been closed because of damage sustained in the July 20 wind storm, officials reported today.
Read on for details.
CAMPING — The best part of this camping trip? Nobody was killed.
A Cheney family survived a harrowing evening during the storm that ravaged Ferry County on July 20, 2012.
See their photos above.
See a story about the storm and brief surge of hurricane-force winds swept through the region
OUTDOORS — There's plenty of firewood for keeping warm in northeastern Washington this week, but many People are hurting for other necessities.
With hundreds of families still without power after last Friday's wind storm wreaked havoc in the region, officials in Ferry County are trying to drum up help with a list of basic necessisties people are needing to get back into gear — including a family that lost their home.
“There's a snowballing effect to this Ferry County disaster,” said Bob Whittaker, who lives near Curlew. “Ferry County has Washington State's highest unemployment rate. Everyone has freezers full of deer meat that gets us through the year. Being this rural, all of us shop in bulk and freeze food.
“But without power, its all going bad. I just found out they are still rationing blocks of ice in Republic.
“Keller on the Colville Reservation is even more devastated than North County but we are not hearing about it as much, yet. again, no power.”
FISHING — Next year’s fishing season looks bright at Curlew Lake in Ferry County. About 20 volunteers helped the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department introduce 170,000 rainbow trout, 4-5 inches long, delivered last month to the a net pen tended by the Curlew Lake Association.
Hatchery trucks deposited the fish in predator-proof floating net pens local volunteers constructed and tended from pontoon boats. The fish were allowed to acclimate. Then the nets were slowly towed to the middle of the lake and released where they have a better chance of surviving their initial swim into Curlew without getting ambushed by bass and other predators.
In addition, the volunteers raise about 57,000 rainbow fry from the Spokane Fish Hatchery in net pens near Tiffany’s Resort. The fish are received in May and released in November as 9 inchers with even more capability of avoiding predation. The fish grow about a half inch a month, according to tagging studies facilitated by local volunteers.
Those fish are available to anglers now, but they’ll be about a foot long when anglers start showing up with big expectations in April and even larger for the summer crowds.
The Curlew Lake Association is doing great things for the local community and anglers far and wide by cleaning those pens, tending the fish and other lake improvement projects during the year. They welcome new active volunteers. Info: Bobbi Weller, association president, (509) 755-3690.
TRAILS — A $100,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation will help put railings and other safety features on a 770-foot trestle — one of the jewels in the rough of the rail trail that runs 33 miles from Republic to the Canada border.
The Ferry County Rail Tail Partners group, which received the information this week, is planning a small celebration to be held in conjunction with Rail Tail Ski Day, set for Jan. 15 in Curlew. Activities includ free ski clinics and gear us, along with snowshoeing.
These types of state transportation enhancement funds will be vital for developing the trail into a facility the communities can enjoy and will also draw much needed recreational tourism dollars to the area, said Bob Whittaker, FCRTP president.
The trail runs along a scenic route past Curlew Lake State Park as well as along the Kettle River.