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Archives: Sep. 2009


What’s that at Paradise?

For fans of the white stuff, here is an image that should make you smile. It is from the Webcam inside the Henry M. Jackson Memoral Visitor Center at Paradise. I guess summer really is over. Sighhhhhhh.


Accessible fishing site opened at Hoodsport hatchery

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife opened a new wheelchair-accessible fishing site at the department’s Hoodsport Hatchery.

The Hood Canal site includes an ADA-compliant ramp, grated walkways and a new fishing platform with a gate, fencing, handrails and fishing slots.

Only persons with disabilities who permanently use a wheelchair and/or those who have a designated harvest card are allowed to use the site and to fish adjacent waters inshore from the yellow marker buoys to the mouth of Finch Creek, according to a press release.

A designated harvest card issued by the department allows

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Jarvis takes top spot at National Park Service

The Senate late yesterday confirmed Jonathan Jarvis, a former Mount Rainier National Park superintendent, to be the new director of the National Park Service.

"This is a great day for the National Park Service and for the American

public," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a press release. "Jon Jarvis is a career professional who has consistently stood up for protection of national parks. He brings great wisdom and three decades of experience to the job."

Jarvis, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service, has served since

2002 as regional director of the agency’s

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Lava Canyon Trail to reopen Saturday

From GPNF:

This year’s celebration of National Public Lands Day at Mount St. Helens will include the long awaited reopening of the Lava Canyon Trail on the south side of Mount St. Helens. Repair of the trail, which was closed by extensive flood damage, has involved the replacement of a washed out bridge, construction of new steps and walkway, and replacement of damaged railings. Completion of the repair marks the end of a two-year effort financed by an $185,000 grant in 2008 for bridge replacement and a $54,000 grant in 2009 to complete the walkways, railings and bridge approaches.

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What is your favorite national park?

I’ve been talking to folks about the premiere of the upcoming Ken Burns documentary on national parks. I have been asking them which is their favorite park and what national parks mean to them in general.

Here are some comments from folks I interviewed at the Puyallup Fair Tuesday, as well as from Randy King, acting superintendent at Mount Rainier National Park.

If you would like to share your thoughts, you can go to the comment section or send them to me at

Favorite national park: Mount Rainier. There’s no more beautiful mountain in the

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Anderson chosen to lead state Fish and Wildlife Department

Here is the story I just filed for Sunday’s newspaper.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Saturday to hire Phil Anderson as director of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission. A 15-year veteran of the department, Anderson has served as interim director since Jeff Koenings resigned in December.

The commission is recommending Anderson be paid $141,000 a year to lead the department with about 1,380 employees and a budget of more than $350 million.

The commission voted 5-4 to offer the job to Anderson.

The 59-year-old Anderson takes over a department that is still dealing

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A sad story from Lake Roosevelt

This story was just posted on the National Park Service’s Web site. It tells a tragic accident all because a fish took a rod overboard and the anglers were not wearing lifejackets.

The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is run by the Park Service.

Roger Dudley, 67, and a friend headed out from the Seven Bays marina area in their boat to go trout fishing around midday on Aug. 25. They were trolling at just over a mile an hour when Dudley got a bite. The fish pulled his pole overboard and he immediately jumped overboard in an

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Wenatchee cyclist wins 11th stage of Spanish Vuelta

From the Associate Press:

CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ, Spain — American rider Tyler Farrar (of Wenatchee) won the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, and Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde remained the overall leader.

Farrar, who rides for Garmin-Slipstream, finished the 124.3-mile leg featuring several difficult mountain ascents in 5 hours, 11 minutes, 10 seconds.

Belgian rider Philipe Gilbert was second in the same time, ahead of Marco Marcato of Italy.

Valverde finished 14th in the same time to maintain his 7-second overall advantage over Cadel Evans, who was 12th. The Caisse D’Epargne rider’s overall time is

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