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Archives: Feb. 2011

Feb.
14th

National Park Service budget request nears $3 billion, $12.2 billion for Interior department

UPDATED AT 3:05 P.M.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget released today includes a request of $2.9 billion for the National Park Service.

I’m trying to find out what this means for places like Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks and the 12 other National Park Service units in Washington.

The park service budget proposal represents an increase of about $140 million over the budget enacted for FY 2010 enacted.

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, in a news release, said national parks stimulate spending and job creation.

“National parks also are tremendous economic engines for their gateway

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Feb.
9th

Next razor clam dig OK’d to begin Feb. 17

The state just announced that razor clam diggers have a green light to proceed with an evening dig that starts Feb. 17 at Twin Harbors and expands to four other ocean beaches the over the next two days.

Twin Harbors, which has the highest number of clams available for harvest, will be open for digging Feb. 17-19. The four other beaches – Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Kalaloch – will be open Feb. 18-19.

No digging will be allowed before noon on any of the five razor-clam beaches.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of

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Feb.
9th

Road to Carbon River entrance at Mount Rainier to be closed two days next week

Folks who are planning to travel to the Carbon River corner of Mount Rainier National Park should be aware of a road closure next week.

Fairfax Forest Reserve Road East that leads to the Carbon River entrance will be closed to through traffic for two days to repair a sinkhole.

The closure will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday. The road is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The closure will occur at milepost 2.5 near the old town site of Fairfax. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Drivers can expect one- to four-hour delays with

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Feb.
8th

Spring chinook, white sturgeon fishing seasons set for Columbia River

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon this afternoon announced the fishing seasons for Columbia River spring chinook salmon and white sturgeon. The fisheries are expected to draw nearly 200,000 anglers to the river this year.

Most of the new rules take effect March 1, when fishing for spring chinook and sturgeon starts to heat up on the Columbia River. Sport fishing is currently open for both species on various sections of the river under rules adopted last year.

Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy coordinator for Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, said fishing seasons for both species reflect

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Feb.
8th

Message in bottle found almost 30 years later

I came across this story out of Georgia on a National Park Service news webpage. I thought our readers might find it interesting:

On their regular rounds on the shores of Cockspur Island, the maintenance staff at Fort Pulaski National Monument recently found a message in a bottle. Written on July 23, 1981, by 11-year-old Kirk Hines, the letter was yellowed with age and rolled in a tube inside a Grolsch beugel type beer bottle with a swing-top cap, along with the pencil that young Kirk had written the letter with.

The staff went about their daily tasks and eventually

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Feb.
7th

Single? Try speed dating on a chairlift at Mount Hood Meadows’ ‘Chairway 2 Heaven’

Perhaps the coolest ski area Valentine’s Day promotion you’ll find in the Northwest. Just announced a few minutes ago by Mount Hood Meadows:

Mt. Hood Meadows presents “Chairway 2 Heaven” – speed dating on its Blue chairlift this Sunday. There will be two “singles” lines – one for women and one for men. In total randomness (which is an awesome way to start a relationship) the singles will be paired up on the Blue chairlift for a nine-minute ride to the top. The couple can decide if they want to take some runs together, go off to another chair lift,

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Feb.
7th

It’s a North Sound sweep of the top prizes at Roche Harbor salmon derby

UPDATED AT 1:42 P.M.

North Sound residents swept the top prizes at the eighth annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, starting with Derek Floyd of Stanwood nabbing the $10,000 top prize with a 28.10-pound fish.

Floyd’s fish set a record for the winning catch, topping the previous record fish of 26.12 pounds caught during the 2004 derby.

But Floyd wasn’t done there. He and his team also broke the best total boat record with 108.4 pounds of salmon, crushing the 2009 record of 88.4 pounds.

Richard Sakuma of Bellingham took the $5,000 second prize with a 22.04-pound salmon,

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Feb.
5th

GUIDE: Get marathon ready in 16 weeks

If you are a recreational runner logging 15 or miles per week, you can be ready for for a marathon in as little as 16 weeks, according to Tacoma City Marathon organizer Paul Morrison.

Morrison offers a 16-week guide training guide that he gives to runners at Fleet Feet Sports in Bonney Lake.

While this won’t get you ready for Sunday’s Tacoma City Marathon, there are many other marathons in the late summer and the popular Portland Marathon in October and Seattle Marathon in November.

Here’s the guide: 16-week Marathon Training Guide