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Archives: June 2010

June
4th

Backstrom, a rising freeskiing star, dies in Peru

Arne Backstrom, a Crystal Mountain product and rising star in the freeskiing community, died Thursday while on an expedition in Peru. He was 29.

Backstrom lived in Tahoe but grew up in Burien where he attended Highline High School. He earned a chemistry degree from Walla Walla’s Whitman College and still made regular visits to Crystal Mountain where his parents, Steve and Betsy, serve on the ski patrol.

His sister, Ingrid, and brother, Ralph, also mastered the family sport at Crystal. Ingrid Backstrom is considered by many to be the world’s best women’s free skier and Ralph Backstrom is a

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June
3rd

U.S. 101 work at Lake Crescent could mean minor delays

Traverlers heading to the north end of the Olympic Peninsual should be aware that road work has started on a 12.2-mile stretch of U.S. 101 along the southern edge of Lake Crescent. Crews will be doing road repairs today through June 18.

The work will be done weekdays between 6 a.m.-6 p.m., and includes measuring sections of the road in preparation for further repairs and chip-seal later this summer. There will be no roadwork performed this coming weekend and June 12-13.

While the repairs are being completed, motorists should expect delays of up
to 15 minutes.

Motorists may also

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June
3rd

Ashford County Park opens Saturday

The public is invited this Saturday, June 5, as

Pierce County’s newest park, a 36-acre recreation area in Ashford, will be dedicated Saturday.

The event at Ashford County Park begins at 11 a.m., followed by the pakr’s opening at noon. The park is located at 29700 state Route 706 E., Ashford.

Use of the site dates back to the Auburn Coal and Coke Company in the early 1900s when coal was mined in the area and shipped by rail to the coking plant in Auburn, according to a county news release. About 20 years ago, local activists persuaded the

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June
2nd

Paradise Picnic Area opening delayed

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park have announced a delay in the opening of the Paradise Picnic Area. Anyone who checks the webcams – facing east or facing west – will certainly understand why. There was 139 inches of snow on the ground as of this afternoon.

The new projected opening date for Paradise Picnic Area is June 25. The area was scheduled to open June 11.

That also is the same projected date for the opening of the Paradise Valley Road.

June
2nd

Grab your camera and enter NWF contest

June 15th is the annual Nature Photography Day, a day when the National Wildlife Federation and other groups encourage people to take a camera and snap some photos of nature at its best.

To help you get started, click here for a collection of tips from the editors at National Wildlife magazine. Suggestions include topics from how to photograph flowers or small animals to how to get a sharper image.

If you are feeling a little competitive, you can enter your nature photographs in National Wildlife Federation’s 40th annual photo contest. The contest offers cash prizes totaling more

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