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Archives: June 2011

June
24th

Sturgeon fishing extended in lower Columbia, Bonneville Pool

Anglers have more time to catch and keep white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary and in the Bonneville Pool.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon Thursday made the decisions after assessing catch data for both fisheries.

Anglers now will be allowed to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon between the mouth of the Columbia River and the Wauna powerlines near Cathlamet through July 31, or until the harvest guideline is reached.

The fishery, which opened in May, was originally scheduled to close Monday and then re-open for four more days of fishing from July 1-4, the news

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June
24th

Effort to find missing climber becomes ‘continuing limited search’

Mount Rainier National Park officials this afternoon said the search for a missing climber – believed to be 50-year-old Rob Plankers of Olympia – has been scaled down to a “continuing limited search.”

Climbing rangers believe Plankers slid to his death on Liberty Ridge last week.

Earlier search efforts provided distinctive clues that indicate the climber fell from his exposed bivy at 13,600 feet, said a park news release.

Search efforts focused heavily in areas where the fallen climber would have likely come to rest. Much of the search area is composed of icefall debris, several heavily crevassed areas

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June
24th

Search for Olympia man on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge scaled back again

From Patti Wold at Mount Rainier National Park:

The search has been scaled down to a “continuing limited search” for the climber, presumed deceased on Liberty Ridge last week.  Earlier search efforts provided distinctive clues that indicate the climber fell from his exposed bivy at 13,600 feet.  Search efforts focused heavily in areas where the fallen climber would have likely come to rest.  Much of the search area is composed of icefall debris, several heavily crevassed areas, and the Carbon Glacier bergschrund.  High objective hazards from ice and rockfall continue to severely limit search efforts on the ground and initial

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June
23rd

Agencies on look out for people boating under the influence

Boaters should be aware that federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down this weekend on people boating under the influence
Taking place Friday-Sunday, Operation Dry Water is an annual education and enforcement effort aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.

According to U.S. Coast Guard data from 2009, alcohol was a primary factor in 16 percent of fatalities from recreational boating accidents.

Held each year the weekend before the Fourth of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the states,

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June
23rd

Chinook Pass outside Mount Rainier finally opened today

Chinook Pass finally opened for the season today. That’s about a month later than it normally takes the Washington State Transportation Department to clear snow from the 5,430-foot-high pass on state Route 410 between. The pass provides access between Enumclaw and Naches and serves as the northeast entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.

Meanwhile, park crews have cleared the road to the Sunrise visitors center. But park staff and volunteers are still digging out the snow from around the buildings and working to restore power and water service.

Superintendent Dave Uberuaga told the Associated Press he can’t say for sure

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June
18th

Fitness Column: TRX and VIPR work the whole body

Tomorrow’s Fitness column is about TRX Suspension traps, a device that is growing in popularity and provides an excellent full body workout. Some local gyms are even offer group TRX training.

I also mention Vipr, another new device at least one local trainer thinks will be the next big thing. Here are a couple links to video to show you how the devices work.

TRX:

 

 

Vipr:

June
16th

Kahlotus Ridgetop among new national natural landmarks

This announcement was made Wednesday, but I was out of the office much of the day and I’m just getting around to posting it.

Washington is home to one of six new national natural landmarks. There are now 591 national natural landmarks in the system.

Kahlotus Ridgetop National Natural Landmark is a remnant of the Palouse Prairie located about four miles north of Kahlotus, in southeast Washington. The Palouse Prairie is the most endangered and the most altered landscape in the inland Pacific Northwest, said a U.S. Department of Interior news release. Approximately 1 percent of the original prairie remains

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June
16th

State posts online the winners of special-hunt permit drawing

The results of the drawing for 2011 special-hunt permits are available on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

The results of the were verified Tuesday and are now available for viewing. Click here to go to the site.

Holders of the special permits can hunt at times and locations beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

This year’s application forms included a range of hunting options for deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep, said Dave Ware, game division manager. Like last year, hunters were allowed to submit applications in multiple categories, boosting the total

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