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Archives: March 2011

March
31st

State gives OK for next razor clam dig

State shellfish managers earlier this evening announced that the razor clam digs scheduled for next week will proceed as planned, after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

Two ocean beaches – Long Beach and Twin Harbors – will be open on morning low tides Thursday-April 9. No digging will be allowed after noon.

A decision on the second April dig – tentatively scheduled April 19-23 – will be announced after a separate set of toxin tests have been completed, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Ayres reminds diggers

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March
31st

Idaho has a new Fish and Game director

Here is some news from our neighbors to the east that will be of interest to some folks.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today promoted Virgil Moore making him the new director of that state’s Department of Fish and Game.

Here is the rest of the news release:

“Virgil is best equipped to maintain the positive momentum that is currently present at Idaho Fish and Game,” Commission Chairman Wayne Wright said. “He is a highly capable leader who is best able to implement the commission’s vision for the future.”

Moore, 59, is the current deputy director for field operations

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March
29th

FAA, Mount Rainier develop four alternatives to manage air tours

Here is a story I just filed for tomorrow’s paper regarding the development of an air tour management plan at Mount Rainier National Park.

The FAA and Mount Rainier National Park have identified four alternatives for managing air tours over the park, ranging from no flights to allowing 114 flights long varied routes a year.

The release of the alternatives Tuesday is part of the process by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service to develop an air tour management plan for Mount Rainier.

Five operators currently have authorization to provide air tours over and within ½ mile

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March
29th

State adds second razor clam dig in April

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced plans for a second razor clam dig in April.

The state already announced a tentative dig for April 7-9 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Today the department said it hopes to open those beaches for clam digging April 19-23 along with Copalis and Mocrocks April 21-23.

Final approval on the digs will be announced about a week ahead of time, once the results of the marine toxin tests are available.

“The weather was pretty rough during the March opener, so diggers didn’t get as many clams as we thought they

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March
29th

Roads to two Mount St. Helens sno-parks no longer being plowed

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest this morning announced Forest Road 83 to Marble Mountain and Cougar sno-parks will not be plowed for the remainder of the season. The sno-parks are in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

There is currently eight inches of snow on FR 83, and FR 8303 is not
passable to Ape Cave or Trail of Two Forests.

The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District reported 12 inches of snow on FR 25
beyond Benham Creek where plowing stops.

Recreation Lead Jack Thorne recommended Forest visitors exercise extreme caution when deciding to drive on

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March
28th

Man killed in Stevens Pass avalanche may have been a University of Washington student

From the Associated Press:

The 20-year-old Seattle man killed in an avalanche at Stevens Pass may have been a University of Washington student.His identity has not yet been confirmed by the King County medical examiner’s office, but sheriiff’s Sgt. John Urquhart says he was with three other 20-year-old UW students.

They were snowboarding Sunday in an out-of-bounds area of the Stevens Pass ski area known as Cowboy Mountain. The victim went down the hill in a slightly different direction from his friends and was hit from behind by the avalanche. He was carried by the snow into a tree and

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March
25th

Foss Waterway to be site for new festival in June

The Foss Harbor Marina, in partnership with Foss Waterway Seaport, this afternoon announced the creation of Salty Dock Days, a new public event to be held June 11 at Foss Harbor Marina in downtown Tacoma.

Held on National Marina Day, Salty Dock Days will celebrate all the recreational opportunities marinas provide on the nation’s waterways by offering live music; food; boater education classes, speakers, and safety demonstrations; a Saturday Night outdoor movie (weather permitting); and visiting historic vessels.

A special feature, according to a press release, will be Foss Waterway Seaport’s opening of a new exhibit, an extensive collection of

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March
25th

BIGGEST WINNER: You got your Chocolate (milk) in my peanut butter (powder)

In Sunday’s Fitness Column I’ll be exploring the benefits of splurging to spend some time with a personal trainer and a dietitian.

Both typically offer a free consultation, then, typically, your rate will depend on how much service you purchased – usually $45-60 per session. The benefits of tapping into the knowledge of an expert, however, can lead to breakthroughs in the pursuit of your goals.

While participating in the Fitness Challenge at Innovative Fitness in Fircrest I met with registered dietitian Lisa Lovejoy.  Lovejoy specializes in nutrition for those looking to lose weight and improve performance.

While we discussed

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