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Archives: Oct. 2010


Razor clam dig gets final go ahead

Clam diggers have been given the green light to proceed with the season’s second razor-clam dig. The dig is scheduled to start at noon Nov. 5 on five ocean beaches.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. Test showed negligible levels of domoic acid and PCP.

Digging will be allowed at Twin Harbors beach for four days, Nov. 5-8. Four other beaches – Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch and Long Beach – will be open for two days of digging, Nov. 5-6.


Four Puget Sound areas to reopen to crab fishing on Nov. 15

Four areas of Puget Sound will reopen to recreational crab fishing Nov. 15, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced. Following an assessment of this summer’s catch, these area have more crab available for harvest.

At 8 a.m. Nov. 15, marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and 12 (Hood Canal) will reopen for sport crabbing seven days a week through Jan. 2.

Crab fishing also will remain open seven days a week through Jan. 2 in marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), and 13 (south Puget Sound),

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Joe Puryear, a former Mount Rainier climbing ranger, dies climbing Tibetan mountain

Joe Puryear, a former Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger, died Tuesday (Tacoma time) in a climbing accident on 24,170-foot Labuche Kang in a remote region of Tibet.

Mike Gauthier, the former supervisory climbing ranger at the park, learned this morning that Puryear apparently fell 1,500 feet after breaking through a cornice while ascending the peak.

He was climbing with David Gottlieb, the park’s lead climbing ranger, when the accident occurred.

Gauthier said Gottlieb did not see the incident. Apparently Gottlieb ascended to the top of a ridgeline only to find Puryear’s tracks leading to a broken ledge. Gottlieb climbed

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Winter has arrived at Paradise

Winter has arrived early at Paradise.

This first storm of the season has dropped 59 inches of snow at the popular destination at Mount Rainier National Park. There were 38 inches on the ground this morning.

How long it will last is the question.

The forecast for the next storm expected to come through the region beginning Thursday calls for rain at Paradise until Sunday when it will change to snow.


Preliminary razor clam test results show good news

The next razor clam dig is likely to begin as scheduled on Nov. 5 if preliminary test results are an indication.

Released this afternoon, the results from the first round of tests show clams at all five beaches are safe to eat.

The second round of testing for domoic acid and PSP is scheduled for Wednesday with results likely available by Monday.

If tests show the clams are safe to eat, the second dig of the 2010-11 season will be open Nov. 5-6 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch. Twin Harbors will be open Nov. 7-8 as

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Ski instructors save Bluewood

The Tri-City Herald reports that Bluewood ski resort will be purchased by a pair of ski instructors. A source told The News Tribune that had Mike and Kelly Stephenson not purchased the ski area it would not have operated this season.

From the Associated Press:

A Kennewick couple plan to take over the Bluewood ski resort.The Tri-City Herald reports Mike and Kelly Stephenson are hoping to close the deal next month with Stan and Nancy Goodell who are retiring.

Mike Stephenson has worked as a ski instructor at Bluewood for 15 years, and Kelly Stephenson is a Level 1 instructor.

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Chinook fishing in lower Columbia opens Friday

The state is opening the Columbia River downstream of the Lewis River for chinook retention. The opening runs from Friday through Dec. 31.

The opening covers the mainstem of the Columbia from the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, through Red Buoy No. 4, to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said lower river chinook stocks have moved out of the mainstem and there are harvestable numbers of upriver fall chinook available for harvest based on the current run-size projection.


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5 Fall Hikes at Mount Rainier

Taking a hike at Mount Rainier National Park this time of year is a good way to immerse yourself in fall colors. There are numerous options, but we decided to narrow it down a bit. We asked longtime park ranger Kevin Bacher to recommend five hikes. For more information on these and other hikes visit


Miles: 7

Vertical: 1,600 feet

Map: Green Trails 269-Rainier West

Details: This relatively easy hike out of Mowich Lake takes you through the forest and into open meadows that offer some of the most breath-taking views of the mountain in the park.


Miles: 2.6

Vertical: 300

Map: Green Trails 270S-Paradise

Details: Before the roads start closing for winter try to sneak out on this short, easy walk. “Not only great colors, but lots of wildlife this time of year with a chance of seeing bears,” Bacher said. “Be bear aware.” The park offers information on handling bear encounters at each of its ranger stations and wilderness centers.

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