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Archives: Feb. 2010

Feb.
25th

Tree thinning will cut weekday access to Ira Spring Trailhead

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest officials will close Mason Lake Road (Forest Service Road 9031) at 8 a.m. Monday.

The closure, starting at milepost 2.5, is needed for commercial timber thinning. The road will be closed 8 a.m. Mondays through noon Fridays through the end of April.

Mason Lake Road parallels the north side of Interstate 90 and is off Exit 45. The closure will block access to Ira Spring Trailhead during the week. Hikers can still reach the Talapus Trailhead.

Forest officials are thinning 350 acres of western hemlock, Douglas fir and western red cedar, cutting trees 60-75 years old

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Feb.
25th

Hurricane Ridge Road to reopen Saturday

Good weather has allowed crews to complete repairs a week early, allowing Olympic National Park to reopen Hurricane Ridge Road Saturday.

As long as weather cooperates, the road will reopen Saturday at 9 a.m., park officials just announced. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors traveling to the ridge Saturday and Sunday.

The road has been closed since Jan. 18 when a slope below the roadway slid downhill, taking with it most of both travel lanes along a 100-foot long section of road.

Port Angeles contractor Bruch & Bruch Construction, Inc., began repairs Jan. 22. The total cost of

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Feb.
25th

Sturtevant’s named best ski shop by SKI Magazine

SKI Magazine’s Gold Medal Shop Awards, has named Bellevue’s Sturtevant’s as the national shop of the year. Sturtevant’s also was named the regional shop of the year.

“We are incredibly honored to be the recipients of Ski Magazine’s retailer of the year. To be recognized on a national level is a tribute to our employees for their dedication and hard work,” Sturtevant’s owner Tracy Gibbons said in a news release. “We’d like to thank Duncan Campbell for the 30 years he spent building and leading this company, and for giving us this opportunity to continue providing our customers with a

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Feb.
25th

Endangered species listing of Southwest Washington coastal cutthroat trout rejected

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a short time ago it will again withdraw its proposal to list as threatened the Southwest Washington/Columbia River distinct population segment of coastal cutthroat trout.

Initially proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1999, the service withdrew the proposal to list this population in 2002 after determining the trout were more numerous than previously known and not declining in number as had been thought. A district court upheld this decision in 2005, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court. In July 2008, the

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Feb.
24th

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation funds Washington projects

Wildlife conservation projects in 17 Washington counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this year.

The grants, totaling $186,270, will help with work in Pierce, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Jefferson, King, Kittitas, Lincoln, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman and Yakima counties.

Since 1984, the foundation’s annual grants have helped complete 433 different projects in Washington with a value of more than $101 million, said a news release.

Here are the projects that were funded:

Asotin County: Reduce decadent grasses and improve elk forage by prescribed burning 932 acres in the

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Feb.
24th

Summit honors police, firefighters, emegency personnel this weekend

The Summit at Snoqualmie will host a Law Enforcement Appreciation Weekend, honoring police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services staff and their families.

“We are grateful to those brave men and women who help keep our community safe,” Dan Brewster, general manager, said in a news release. “Given the stress of their positions, we’re very happy to provide a fun, relaxing outing that their entire family can enjoy.”

Discounts of up to 40 percent on lift tickets, rentals, lessons, tubing and more will be offered with the presentation of work ID at Summit lift ticket windows. Reservations for tubing and child

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Feb.
24th

Do you take part in questing?

I was reading the National Parks Traveler blog and came across this story about a questing program being put together at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

I read the story because I grew up about 15 minutes from places that are now part of the park.

But questing has me intriqued. Apparently it is an off shoot of letterboxing, with a touch of geocaching. Questing uses a series of written clues to give participants a sense of history, nature or culture and leads them to a cache that has a stamp and log book. The idea is to give people

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Feb.
24th

Penrose Point clam and oyster season ends Monday

The sport clam and oyster fishing seasons at Penrose Point State Park will close Monday until further notice. The park is located in Pierce County on Carr Inlet.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said surveys show the shellfish population will not support a recreational season in 2010. The closure, in effect until further notice, is for all clams and oysters.