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Archives: Sep. 2010


Puyallup and Carbon rivers will close early

The Puyallup and the Carbon rivers will be the next to close to salmon fishing as Puget Sound coho runs fail to meet expectations.

The Puyallup, from mouth (11th Street Bridge) upstream to the mouth of the Carbon River, will be closed from Monday through Oct. 31.

The Carbon, from the mouth upstream to the mouth of Voights Creek, will be closed Monday through Nov. 30.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife, in a news release, said the coho run is low and the Voights Creek Hatchery has not collected enough fish to meet its egg-take goals.

The Puyallup

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Lack of coho forces more fishery closures

Low or late coho runs continue to have an effect on area fisheries. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced several closures.

These waters are being closed, the state said, because coho runs are lower than expected and hatcheries might not be able to collect enough eggs to meet egg-take goals.

The fisheries are expected to reopen if egg-take needs are met.

Here are the most recent closures:

Lake Washington: Saturday through Oct. 31

Lake Sammamish: Saturday through Nov. 30

Quilcene River: Close the river from mouth to the electric weir at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery; Saturday through

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Puyallup River coho run dismal so far

Here is a tidbit from my fishing report I just filed for tomorrow’s News Tribune and Olympian:

Anglers know the coho salmon run on the Puyallup River has been slow. It has been so bad, however, that the Puyallup Tribe of Indians has shut down its commercial fishery until further notice.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife also is discussing a possible closure, said fish biologist Steve Thiesfeld, but a decision had not been made as of press time.

As of Friday, only 10 coho had returned to the Voight’s Creek Hatchery. There should have between 350-600 coho by

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North Cascades’ Kelly Bush wins regional ranger award

North Cascades National Park Ranger Kelly Bush is the winner of the 2010 Pacific West Region , The award honors outstanding national park rangers.

Bush has been a park ranger at North Cascades National Park since 1979 and the Wilderness District Ranger since 2002. She is known for her skilled leadership and consistent high standards for visitor service, said a news release announcing the award. This is the second time that she has received this prestigious award – the other being in 2000.

Each of the seven regions of the National Park Service annually selects a regional Yount award winner

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Initial razor clam test results show they’re safe to eat

The first round of two required tests show razor clams on the state’s ocean beaches are safe to eat.

If the clams remain safe to eat, the first dig will start at Twin Harbors beach area Oct. 7-10, with additional dig set for Oct. 8-9 at Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.

The second round of testing is scheduled for Thursday with results likely available by Oct. 4.

Before any of the five beaches can open for digging, state Department of Healthprotocol requires that all clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action levels of 20

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Father-daughter triathletes earn top 4 finishes at Worlds

A father-daughter triathlon combo from Tacoma each earned top four finishes in their age groups at the World Championships earlier this month in Budapest.

Doug Hill, 55, and Alycia Hill, 21, leave for Tuscaloosa on Thursday to compete for a spot in the 2011 World Championships in Beijing.

Doug, who has been competing in triathlons since 1985, won the bronze medal in his age group.

Alycia, a nursing major at Seattle University, finished fourth in her age group in Budapest.

“Given that she has two more years in her age group in which she should get even stronger she has

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Fort Worden’s lower campground to close for sewer system work

The lower beach campground at Fort Worden State Park will be closed for almost six weeks starting Friday, while sewer improvements are made and a new comfort station is built.

A State Parks and Recreation news release said beach campsites 1 through 50 will be closed with an expected reopening on Nov. 17.

The comfort station in the lower beach campground will be closed through December. Visitors to the beach area will be able to use the restrooms in the Cablehouse Canteen or the upper campground comfort station until the new comfort station is completed in January. The park

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Work at Olympic National Park wilderness campground means trail closures at

Restoring the wilderness camp area at Lake Angeles will involve helicopter flights early this week, as well as a trail and trailhead closure at Heart O’the Hills in Olympic National Park.

The Lake Angeles-Heather Park Trailhead will be closed, along with the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trails. Hikers may still access Klahhane Ridge from the Switchback and Klahhane Ridge trails, but both the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trails will be closed between Klahhane Ridge and Heart O’the Hills, said a park news release. The Heart O’the Hills Campground will remain open, although campers should be aware of high

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