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Archives: Nov. 2010


Razor clam dig starts Friday

Razor clam diggers can hit the beaches at Twin Harbors again starting Friday. Four other beaches open to diggers Saturday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced recently.

Twin Harbors will be open Saturday through Monday, while Copalis, Kalaloch, Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open Saturday and Sunday. Digging is permitted only after noon.

All diggers 15 and older must have a license to harvest razor clams. The licenses are available online at or from various vendors around the state. Visit for a list of vendors.

The WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for

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Winter wonderland at Paradise

This is what winter should look like, snow-flocked trees, Mount Rainier in the background – not the mix of ice, snow, spun-out cars and traffic backups that have plagued the South Sound the last few days.

And if you thought it was cold while warming up your car this morning, it was 0 degrees at Paradise and -2 degrees at Camp Muir at 7 this morning. There also was 65 inches of snow on the ground at Paradise this morning.

If you’re looking for a place to play after Thanksgiving, there is snow in the forecast through the weekend at

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More ski areas poised to open this week

While the arctic blast that blanketed the South Sound with snow yesterday might be frustrating for some, it couldn’t be a more welcome site for skiers and snowboarders.

The first installment of the La Nina winter has the ski season inching closer to full operation around Washington.

The Summit at Snoqualmie will open Summit West on Thursday. The ski area will remain open through Sunday then close Monday and Tuesday.

White Pass is set to open Saturday and Crystal Mountain reopens Thursday after a three-day closure.

Mt. Baker is open and Mission Ridge, near Wenatchee, plans to open Friday.


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Mission Ridge opens Friday

Just got this e-mail this morning from Mission Ridge.

Officials at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort have announced that the area is opening for skiing and riding this Friday, November 26th through Sunday, November 28th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

“This early opening will have limited terrain with an excellent surface on the open slopes.  The Ridge’s snowmakers have been hammering the production and making mountains of snow with these low temperatures.  The snow guns are blazing now as they close in on the lower mountain and base area before moving over to the Chair #4 terrain,” said Mark Milliette,

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Lots of snow at Paradise for skiers, boarders and snowshoers

If the road is open, there should be some good snow for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing at Paradise this weekend.

Uwe Nehring, acting chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, said crews worked hard to plow the snow so they could get the road from Longmire to Paradise open earlier today.

With nearly 50 inches of snow on the ground, Nehring said “skiing and snowshoeing activities should be good when we get the road open.”

The groomed snowplay area at Paradise is not expected to open until Dec. 19. Park officials do now want to open the area until there

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Gig Harbor Fly Shop plans move to larger location

The Gig Harbor Fly Shop is moving to a new, larger store, across the street from its present location.

Owner Blake Merwin announced that the shop open in its new spot, 3115 Harborview Dr., on Jan. 1. He said it will be business as usual at the current location, 3100 Harborview Dr., through Christmas.

“The new space is a lot larger. It will expand our retail space by three times,” Merwin wrote in making the announcement. “We already have a list of the new tying materials we’re going to bring into the shop.”

“Not only will there be a

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Ski season debuts Friday at Crystal Mountain

UPDATED AT 2:43 P.M.: Crystal Mountain ski area has announced it will open on Friday, serving skiers and snowboarders with four chair lifts. Tickets will be just $20 for opening day.

After getting 16-18 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, the ski area this afternoon is reporting 16 inches of snow at the base and 35 inches at the summit. The Discovery and Quicksilver chairlifts will open at 9 a.m. and Chinook Express and Forest Queen around 11 a.m., said Tiana Enger, spokeswoman for the area.

Mount Baker is scheduled to open a day later, starting

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Friends of NRA hold poker fundraiser

The Mount Rainier Committee of the Friends of NRA will be holding a poker tournament to raise funds for the various programs it supports.

The Texas Hold ‘em tournament will be held Friday at the Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the tournament begins at 6 p.m.

There is a buy in of $100 per person, with a first place payout expected to be $2,000.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support firearm safety training, hunter education and the shooting sports. In January, more than $290,000 was granted to organizations such as state hunter

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