Marty Wortman of the Requa Smokiní Kings takes a peek at his teamís ribs. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Five teams competed for top prizes for chicken, tri-tip and baby-back ribs in this year’s BBQ Wars Battle at the Beach. Hosted by Palmer Westbrook Ranch, first-place winners received $150 in cash, a trophy and a cooler with Oat Hill Organic Beef. Second-place winners received $50 and a trophy. There was also People’s Choice categories, with the judges being chosen via raffle. The winners split the proceeds of the raffle.
The Pacific Northwest's distinctive madrone trees appear to be dying in droves in Southern Oregon, victims of a fungus blight possibly made worse by the ongoing drought. But in Northern California, where madrones have been known to host a number of problematic fungi, officials are not yet sounding off that anything’s amiss.