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Archives: Nov. 2010


Feeling glum, check out this waterfall video

Are you already stressing out over the holidays – and pending arrival of relatives? Does a looming project deadline at work have you under the gun? Does the wind, rain and threat of snow have you feeling a bit glum?

If so, this link from the Student Conservation Association is worth clicking on.

Titled “Havasupai Indian Waterfall,” the video is a 3:09 look at the waterfall on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona.

I watched it to start my work day today, and my mood is a bit better.


State OKs weekend razor clam dig on two beaches

Two coastal beaches will be open this weekend for a razor clam dig.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Tuesday approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams at Long Beach and Twin Harbors are safe to eat.

All other coastal beaches will remain closed to razor-clam digging that weekend.

“This dig is scheduled only at Long Beach and Twin Harbors , because they have the largest number of clams available for harvest,” Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. “We’ve tentatively scheduled another dig in early December at all five

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Approaching storm leads WSDOT to shut Cayuse and Chinook passes today

With heavy snow in the forecast, the Washington State Transportation Department has closed Cayuse and Chinook passes for the winter, the Associated Press has reported.

The passes at Mount Rainier typically close for the winter this time of year. They were shut for the season at noon.

The National Weather Service says the snow level will fall below 2,000 feet, and a storm is expected to drop 6 to 20 inches of snow in the Olympics and Cascades through Wednesday.

The forecast for the northeast corner of the park calls for the bulk of the snow to fall on Wednesday.


TIME TO SKI: Whistler Blackcomb opens Friday

Just got this from Whistler Blackcomb:

Whistler Mountain will open six days early, on Friday, November 19 with five lifts including Creekside Express. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 25, Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day.

“Couple the great natural snow with the truly incredible snowmaking infrastructure, hosting the Games afforded us, we’ll have a great opening weekend at Whistler,” says Doug MacFarlane, mountain manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “Early season conditions will apply, and we want to remind people, though opening weekend is full of excitement and fun, guests need to pay attention to and obey all mountain signage so we have a safe start to the season.”

Whistler Mountain will open on Friday, November 19 at 8:30am with access from the Creekside Gondola and the Whistler Village Gondola. Skiing and riding will be available from Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz Chair. A collection of parks features will be at the top of Emerald as well as a beginner area for those guests in a lesson. Detailed information regarding terrain and services available opening weekend will be announced Thursday, November 18. Check out throughout the season for the most up-to-date operations information.

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Road to Paradise closed because of fallen trees, staffers hear rumble of quake

The Longmire-Paradise road is expected to be closed all day at Mount Rainier National Park as crews deal with fallen trees blocking the road. Park spokeswoman Donna Rahier said crews were working this morning, hoping to clear the road from the Nisqually entrance to Longmire. Once that work is complete, they will do their best to clear the road to Paradise.

Rahier said there was a lot of debris on the road as she drove to work at park headquarters outside Ashford.

For updated road conditions, check with the park at 360-569-2211 or click here to go to

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Who is going to make first tracks?

There is fresh snow at Paradise, but no tracks yet.

I don’t know if the road is closed this morning, or just that no one has made it that far at Mount Rainier National Park. Not even a critter, like one of the foxes that live in the area, have trekked across the fresh snow.

Paradise has received 10 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the total on the ground to 26 inches. While a far cry from the four feet that was on the ground earlier this month, it’s a good start to the weekend.

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Tacoma Mountain Rescue founder dies

Sad news from Tacoma Mount Rescue this morning. Just received this e-mail from unit director Gus Bush:

Tacoma Mountain Rescue Unit, four words with over fifty years of history behind them. In 1958 Lee Tegner, John Simac and about ten other climbers got together and decided whom better to help rescue mountain climbers than other climbers. They didn’t do it out of greed or some ego trip that they were the best climbers around. Climbers for the most part take responsibility for their actions. John, Lee and the other climbers who formed that early unit went to the

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Boaters should take a moment to check fire protection

The folks from Boat Owners Association of The United States sent out a press release with a link to spectacular video of a sportfishing boat catching fire.

The incident took place Tuesday on the Intercoastal Waterway in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. The video was taken by Capt. Clayton Tieman of TowBoatUS Tampa Bay.

Tieman arrived less than five minutes after the first mayday call. He reported by that time the vessel’s deck was hot enough to burn the mate’s feet before Tieman was able to evacuate the captain and mate.

The press release points out that after discovering the fire,

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