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Archives: Jan. 2008

Jan.
31st

Rotator cuff halted Ken Campbell

I got a brief e-mail from Ken Campbell this afternoon.


Apparently that sore shoulder was more than just weariness. Ken wrote that he tore the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, leaving him no option but to halt his attempt to paddle around Vancouver Island.


” I’ll get over it, but it’s hard to put so much prep and time spent aside,” he said.


Ken expects to leave Sayward Friday.


Go to Ken’s blog to see a neat X-ray of his shoulder and his thoughts about the sudden end to his adventure.

Jan.
31st

Tales from the Pass: Driving west in the east lanes and hiking powder

Got this e-mail this morning from John Mohan of Mohan ski school. Be happy if you weren’t skiing at the Summit last night.


Last night we had to wait over an hour to be escorted off the Pass by a State Trooper. We drove west down the “east bound” side of the freeway — a new experience for me. And I have been driving the Pass since 1957. I think we were the second group to escorted off after waiting more than a hour. At first we were told the Pass was going to be closed for the night

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Jan.
31st

The Methow Valley

We featured the Methow Valley in today’s Adventure section. I took a trip to the Methow in December. As an aspiring cross-country skier I found the place to be gorgeous and the perfect place to learn the sport.


Below you’ll find a YouTube slideshow from my trip. As you’ll notice, our professional photographers do a better job clicking pics while skiing than I do. Check out Janet Jensen’s slideshow from a more recent trip here.


Jan.
30th

Coming Thursday

Craig Hill has the big story for Thursday’s section, writing about the popularity of the Methow Valley among cross-country skiers. He even tells you how to properly pronounce “Methow.”


In my column, I look at a program being offered by Metro Parks Tacoma that will help parents come up with ideas to connect their children with the outdoors.


Craig also has his monthly Olympic update, including items on Crystal Mountainer skiers Scott Macartney and Libby Ludlow.


In additon, we’ve got suggestions for snowshoe hikes, tips on buying ski for teen girls and preview of the upcoming state

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Jan.
30th

Fishing regulation changes

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced earlier today three changes in fishing reguations:


Cascade River

The portion of the Cascade River previously closed will reopen to fishing for all game fish beginning Friday. With hatchery winter steelhead broodstock collection complete, the stretch from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to mouth will be open again.


Lake Roosevelt

Anglers will not be allowed to keep any wild kokanee (non-adipose fin clipped) that are tagged with an external red plastic spaghetti tag. The ban runs from Friday through March 21 in Lake Roosevelt, from Grand Coulee

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Jan.
30th

Ken Campbell halts trip

It’s sad to report that Tacoma kayaker Ken Campbell has called off his attempt to paddle around Vancouve Island.


In a blog post yesterday, Campbell wrote “Simply put, for the moment, let’s just say that I am physically unable to complete the trip. So we’re done then.”


Campbell, who has been battling a sore shoulder, made it as far as Sayward on the island northeast flank. He left the town on Monday, but returned yesterday,


“The trip, other than the redeployment, the way back home, is over. It’s a hard thing for me to absorb, to put

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Jan.
29th

I-90 is closed over Snoqualmie Pass

A release from WSDOT:

HYAK- I-90 Eastbound traffic is stopped at North Bend (milepost 34) and westbound traffic is stopped at Ellensburg (milepost 106).

WSDOT and WSP anticipate it will take several hours to clear the highway of natural avalanches, several weather related collisions, heavy snowfall and additional necessary avalanche control work.

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Jan.
29th

Razor clam dig set for February

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this morning that there could be a razor clam dig on two ocean beaches early next month.


Twin Harbors would be open for four late-evening digs Feb. 6-9, while Long Beach would open on Feb. 8 and 9 only. Department officials will approve the digs after marine toxin tests show the clams were safe to eat.


As with previous digs this season, digging will be allowed only during the hours between noon and midnight.


The February schedule includes two extra days for Twin Harbors but no days

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