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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A farmhand at Rock Island, near Wenatchee, told his fellow workers that he dreamed he had “seen” the body of Hollan Swearinger, who had drowned six weeks earlier. He said the body was in a particular stretch of the Columbia River. The other farmhands ridiculed him. Swearinger’s drowning had occurred in the Okanogan River, many miles upstream. His body was never found despite an extensive search of the Okanogan’s banks.

Pend Oreille River to hit lowered flood stage

Warm weather starting today is expected to trigger renewed runoff from the higher elevations of the Rockies, sending the Pend Oreille River above flood stage next week, forecasters said Thursday. Because of flooding problems downstream from Newport, Washington, in recent years, the federal government announced Thursday that it is lowering the threshold flow for minor flooding on the Pend Oreille from 100,000 to 95,000 cubic feet per second. The mean flow in 2013 was 24,590 cfs.

Field reports: Fish weir installed on Okanogan River

FISH – A temporary picket-style salmon weir recently has been installed on the Okanogan River about 15 miles upstream from its confluence with the Columbia River near Brewster, the Colville Tribe reports. The structure spans the Okanogan River, but leaves room along the west bank for small watercraft to pass.

Recent rains worsen region’s flooding

An inch and a half of rain and up to seven inches of snow fell over the past couple of days in some parts of the Inland Northwest, exacerbating current and future flooding problems. However, cooler temperatures also have helped diminish the immediate concern in some areas, said John Livingston, who runs Spokane’s National Weather Service office.

Okanogan Valley Guide Services caters to fishermen in any weather

People who wait for perfect weather miss a lot of good fishing,” said Jerrod Gibbons, blowing warm breath on his numb fingers Tuesday after releasing a bright, fat steelhead in the Okanogan River. A storm had moved in that morning, covering his boat and gear with snow, but the steelhead and Gibbons were unaffected.

Sockeye surprise

BREWSTER, Wash. – A record run of sockeye salmon surging up the Columbia River this summer has delighted folks in this apple-growing region just east of the Cascades. ”We caught seven yesterday, five the day before,” said Kimberlee Ann Woods, of Ephrata, Wash., while waiting to launch her boat at Brewster in late July.