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Archives: May 2010

May
19th

Black River will open to fishing June 5

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife this afternoon announced it will open the Black River in Thurston County to trout and other game fish.

Fishing will be allowed from June 5 through Sept. 30. Anglers can fish the Black River from the mouth of Black Lake and all the tributaries west of Interstate 5, including Waddell Creek, Mima Creek, Dempsey Creek, Beaver Creek, Salmon Creek and Blooms Ditch.

A news release from the department said sufficient fishing opportunity exists for trout and other game fish in the Black River and tributaries to open the sections as identified.

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May
19th

Flaming Geyser State Park reopens to vehicle traffic

The Washington State Parks Commission today reopened Flaming Geyser State Park to vehicular traffic. Most of the park was closed to vehicules in January due to electrical failure and associated public safety concerns. The portions of the electrical system that were of major concern have been turned off.

The park was to reopen to both vehicle and foot traffic. The park can accommodate about 300 vehicles. Parking rules will be enforced, so visitors must park in authorized areas only, said a State Parks news release.

Park visitors will be allowed to picnic near the Green River and have access

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May
19th

Anderson Lake, near Port Hadlock, closed to fishing and swimming

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced high levels of toxin concentrations has forced the closure of Anderson Lake near Port Hadlock to fishing and swimming.

Anderson Lake is undergoing a spring bloom made up predominately of the genus Anabaena, according to a State Parks news release. Tests show this bloom is producing anatoxin-a, a potent neurotoxin. Water samples taken on May 11 show anatoxin-a concentrations at 103 micrograms per liter, which is 100 times more than the proposed safe recreational limit of 1 microgram per liter.

Jefferson County Public Health has been collecting and submitting

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May
18th

Fire danger rating raised for portion of northeast Washington

The state Department of Natural Resources just announced that fire danger ratings will increase from ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ in Lincoln County, Spokane County, and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County, effective at midnight.

The leading causes for debris fires becoming a wildfire are failure to construct a fire break and failure to completely extinguish a burn pile, said the news release. The public is reminded to please be sure they have a fire break around all debris piles they are burning and to be sure they extinguish their debris fire with water and a shovel.

Under the moderate

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May
18th

Park Service website offer summer vacation planning help

The National Park Service has a website ready to help families plan their summer adventures. Here is the press release:

Summer is the time for… climbing the peak … hitting the trail … rafting the gorge …even discovering our history. Before heading out for adventure, all but the most spontaneous traveler spends at least a little time planning an itinerary, negotiating routes and researching the environs. If you’re looking for great places and things to do, we’ve got the site for you.

The National Park Service’s 2010 Summer Adventure trip planning website connects visitors to travel resources, events and services

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May
17th

It’s National Search and Rescue Week

This is National Search and Rescue Week thanks to a resolution introduced by Washington democratic senator Maria Cantwell. Here’s a statement recently forwarded to me from former Mount Rainier lead climbing ranger Mike Gauthier, who is working in D.C.

Today, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) honoring our nation’s Search and Rescue personnel by designating May 16 through May 22 as National Search and Rescue Week. The bipartisan resolution was also sponsored by Senators Patty Murray, Mike Crapo, Jeff Bingaman, Barbara Boxer, Mike Enzi, Lisa Murkowski, and Ron Wyden.

“As an avid hiker

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May
13th

Cle Elum girls takes third in archery program’s essay contest

Carolyn Free of Cle Elum, received $500 towards a college education for her third-place essay about how archery changed her life. The Remington Outdoor Foundation awarded $3,000 in scholarships as a partner in the National Archery in the Schools Program.

The winners were announced at the 2010 NASP National Tournament, the world’s largest archery tournament, held May 7-8 in Louisville, Ky.

“The National Archery in the Schools Program helped change these students’ lives, and now these inspirational young people are poised to do great things themselves,” said Jim Moore, president of the Remington Outdoor Foundation, in a news release.

The

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May
12th

Marine Area 11 to reopen for spot shrimp fishing

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced that recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day on May 20 in Marine Area 11 and May 20 and 22 in the Discovery Bay Shrimp District.

In Marine Area 11, the waters off Tacoma, shrimping will be allowed 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20.

The Discovery Bay Shrimp District will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20 and May 22.

The state said there is sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remaining to allow for more fishing. The standard Wednesday weekday open day is being shifted to Thursday to

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