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Archives: Feb. 2011

Feb.
28th

Next razor clam dig will include first morning digs of the season

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this afternoon it plans to open beaches to razor clam digging for several days in March and April if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. The upcoming digs will include the first morning digs of the 2010-11 season.

The March dig is tentatively scheduled to begin after noon March 19, then switch to morning hours March 20-22. Digging will be allowed at four beaches – Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks – on March 19-20, then continue at two beaches – Long Beach and Twin Harbors –

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Feb.
28th

More than 2 feet of fresh snow at Paradise

It seems as if the snowfall of the last few years is repeating itself again at Mount Rainier National Park.

Late winter storms have again raised the snow pack totals after leveling off much of the winter.

According to data available online, nine inches of snow has fallen in the last six hours at Paradise, and more than 25 inches in the last 24 hours. The snow pack has jumped from 157 inches to 175 inches in the last 24 hours.

This year seems to be a repeat of last year. By early February 2010, the snow pack was just

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Feb.
24th

Spring chinook returns to Cowlitz hatchery

In the last week, there have been some second- and third-hand reports that some spring chinook are making their way into the Cowlitz River.

Well, we now have official confirmation.

Joe Hymer, a state fish biologist, just sent an e-mail saying a hatchery adult spring chinook returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery earlier this week.

State officials have also reported seeing more and more boat and bank anglers in the Columbia River in the last two weeks. Still nowhere near the 2,000 boats that can be counted during the peak of the springer run, but it’s evidence more fish are entering

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Feb.
23rd

Former Sonic Shawn Kemp will hit the slopes at Bluewood on Saturday to promote 3BA

If the Reign Man goes outside in winter does he become the Snow Man?

Skiers can find out Saturday at Ski Bluewood, a small ski area near Dayton, in Southeast Washington.  Former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp will be skiing and playing H-O-R-S-E with kids in the lodge on Saturday.

Ski With Shawn Kemp Day was arranged by a season pass holder who is associated with the new 3BA International League, said Travis Stephenson, Bluewood’s general manager.

Kemp will be an assistant coach for the Seattle team in the new 3-on-3 league that begins play in June. The league will

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Feb.
16th

Stevens Canyon Road rehabilitation at Mount Rainier National Park could start this year

From Mount Rainier National Park:

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga and Federal Highway Administration, Western Federal Lands Highway Division officials announce that the planned rehabilitation of  Stevens Canyon Road is tentatively scheduled to begin in early September, 2011 and be completed by late September,  2013.

Federal Highway Administration, Western Federal Lands Highway Division officials will be announcing a pre-solicitation site visit for prospective bidders in early May, 2011.  The contract will likely be awarded by August,
2011 with the project starting immediately following the Labor Day holiday on September 6, 2011.
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Feb.
16th

Stehekin ferry landing work begins Monday

Work is expected to begin Monday on a new Stehekin ferry dock. The new landing will provide universal access for all passengers traveling up Lake Chelan via commercial ferries.

This work is part of more than $2 million dollars in work that has been completed or is planned to improve the accessibility of facilities and services in Stehekin. It also is the most notable improvement to the Stehekin ferry landing in almost 40 years, said a news release from North Cascades National Park Complex.

The tentative construction schedule is as follows:

  • Next week: Mobilize crew to Stehekin, start driving

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Feb.
15th

Clam, oyster season at Penrose Point State Park reopens March 1

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced that sport clam and oyster season will reopen next month at Penrose Point State Park.

The sport clam and oyster fishing season at the Key Peninsula park will open March 1 and remain open until further notice.

Surveys by the agency show the clam and oyster populations will support a three-month fishery. The park tidelands were closed in 2010 due to overharvest in 2009.

The park is located on Carr Inlet.

Feb.
15th

Groen to retire as head of Idaho’s fish and wildlife agency

Idaho’s Fish and Game Director Cal Groen, who once worked here n Washington, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire at the end of March.

Groen, 64, was appointed to the position in January 2007 by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

During his 38-year career in managing fish and wildlife, Groen once served as an assistant director of the fish and wildlife agency here in Washington.

“It has been my privilege to serve as director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game,” Groen said in a prepared statement. “It has been an honor to work in partnership with

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