Numerous trails in the foothills west of Wenatchee remain closed due to the Sleepy Hollow Fire. Neal Hedges, Stewardship Director with the Chelan Douglas Land Trust says that includes all trails north of 5th Street.
Closed trails include Sage Hills, Horse Lake, Homestead, View Point, , Old Ranch Road, and the Horse Lake Short Loop Trails. Hedges says lots of other great trails remain open, such as Saddle Rock, Jacobson and Castle Rock Trails. He says remember to bring plenty of water.
Your pets should appreciate the ban on fireworks. Dawn Davies, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society says typically the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for animal control officers. That's because of all of the animals who run amok because of the loud noises, lights and sulfur smells from fireworks. While fireworks bans are in place in Chelan and Douglas Counties, sales were not banned and some people will undoubtedly fire them off despite the prohibition.
Some other tips, close the curtains and blinds to block out the flashing lights, try to distract your frightened pets with chew toys and games, or put them with another pet that doesn't share his or her fear of fireworks. Also make sure your pets have ID tags or microchips in case they do run away or get lost.
Parking promises to be at a premium in and around Walla Walla Point Park for the big celebration. Link Transit will provide free shuttles again this year to the July 4th fireworks display. Link officials says shuttles will run from Shopko on Maple Street to the Town Toyota Center starting at eight p.m. Saturday and run until 11-30 p.m. There will be four buses, running every ten minutes or so and and all are wheelchair accessible. There will be no regular Link or LinkPlus service on the 4th. On a related note, officials with the Lets Have A Blast committee are asking for $5 to park at the Town Toyota Center. Funds raised will go to help pay for next year's fireworks display.
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