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Archives: Oct. 2008


State to monitor razor clams for PSP

A state official said razor clams will be tested for Paralytic

Shellfish Poisoning toxins prior to a dig scheduled for later this month. This follows yesterday’s announcement that beaches at Olympic National Park will be closed to shellfish harvest because of high levels of PSP.

"We will certainly be testing razor clams for both domoic acid and PSP," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Razor clams don’t seem to accumulate PSP as much as they do domoic acid. However, there have been razor clam closures due to PSP,"

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3 Ghost Stories from Washington’s outdoors


Had we remembered what the woman in white told us 24 years ago, we would have known precisely when Mount St. Helens was going to ooze lava in 2004.

“You are right,” said ghost expert Barbara Smith, her voice wavering momentarily as if she was chilled by the idea (or the snow she was watching fall outside her Edmonton, Alberta, home). “However, people had long since written that story off as an urban legend.”

But urban legends have to start somewhere. And, yes, there are even

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Olympic National Park closes beaches to shellfish harvest

The Olympic National Park Pacific coast will be closed to the harvest of all shellfish starting Satturday because of the presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins in shellfish.

The park’s 73-mile coastline had been scheduled to open for shellfish

harvest beginning Saturday1, but this opening is now delayed until further notice.

The park issued a news release a short time ago.

This closure applies only to the park’s coastline. Toxin levels on the southern Washington coastline have been lower than within the park. However, a decision to close those beaches to harvest may be made separately

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New Mount Rainier Web cams

I noticed this morning that Mount Rainier National Park has a couple of new Web cams operating from the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center.

The camera facing east looks across the upper parking lot toward the Paradise Inn.

The camera facing west looks down the road toward the original visitor center.

Both cameras offer good views of the area, and should give visitors an idea of what conditions are like at Paradise as winter sets in there.


State to put big rainbows into Beaver Lake

Want a chance to catch a large rainbow trout? Put some suddenly cheaper gas in your rig and head toward Issaquah and Sammamish next week.

Your target is Beaver Lake, where the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has plans to release 1,800 hatchery rainbows weighing between 3 to 5 pounds each. That’s about 3 tons of rainbows waiting to be caught.

The department is scheduled to release the fish next week. The trout were part of an educational display at the state’s Issaquah Hatchery, said a news release from the department.

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Summit to install new lift towers Thursday

The Summit at Snoqualmie plans to fly the towers into place for its new Silver Fir high-speed quad Thursday morning.

Starting this season riding the Silver Fir lift at Summit Central will no longer take 10 minutes. The new high-speed quad will shorten the ride to just more than four minutes.

"Hopefully it will expose more people to that area," Summit spokeswomen Holly Lippert said.

The ski area is also adding a new parking lot near the tubing center, a remodeled women’s restroom at Summit Central and new rental gear.


Olympic NP announces winter schedule

This just in from Olympic National Park:

Winter Schedule Set for Hurricane Ridge 2008 – 2009; Tire Chain Requirement to Take Effect November 21

Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge winter schedule has been announced for the 2008– 2009 season.

"I’m eager to experience my first winter in Olympic National Park and look forward to a safe visitor season at Hurricane Ridge," said Karen Gustin, Olympic National Park Superintendent. "Although it’s close to town, Hurricane Ridge is at the top of a mountain and nearly a mile above sea level – planning and preparation for winter conditions are always vitally important."

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