Rock Chucks

A yellow-bellied marmot, also known as a rockchuck, surveys its surroundings before scampering to another burrow in a dirt lot by Hugh Hartman Elementary School on Saturday.

It’s rockchuck season in Redmond — that time of year that the marmots dig burrows and poke their heads out of seemingly every crack and crevice in town. The little buggers hibernate for roughly eight months a year, making their annual return a welcome summer surprise for Redmond residents.

To help celebrate, send a photo of your back yard/neighborhood/local rockchuck, and if it’s chosen as the “Chuck of the Week,” you can win prizes and prestige. We’ll also get to see photos of a bunch of cute little buggers in each week’s paper — making all of us winners.

Send a photo of your rockchuck and include their assumed name and the general location where you snapped the photo — and maybe a little bit about your captured chuck’s personality. If your chuck is chosen as the “Chuck of the Week,” your chuck’s photo will be printed in that week’s Spokesman and you’ll receive a free one-year subscription to the paper.

Email your photo and information to for consideration. And check out future summer editions of the paper for a peek at your favorite furry neighbors.

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