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Archives: July 2011

July
29th

Rangers need 19 hours to bring injured climber down Mount Rainier

Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, today released this report of a rescue on the upper mountain on Sunday:

On the afternoon of Sunday, July 24, park dispatch received an emergency personal locator beacon signal from a party climbing high on the Kautz Glacier route on Mount Rainier. After determining the location of the signal, climbing rangers from Camp Muir responded on foot to find a visitor with a probable fractured tibia/fibula. The climber was injured after hitting a rock while “glissading” down a steep snow slope.

A team of ten rescuers worked throughout the night to

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July
27th

Forest Service Road 99, leading to Windy Ridge at Mount St. Helens, opens Friday

Forest Service Road 99 on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will open for the season Friday morning. The road provides access to popular east-side Mount St. Helens attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers daily ranger-led activities at sites along Road 99, including “Eruption Talks” at the Windy Ridge Viewpoint. The programs will start Friday.

Interpretive programs offered at Lahar Viewpoint on Road 83 while Road 99 remained closed will continue Fridays- Sundays.

Programs along Road 99 will run seven day a week through the remainder of the

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July
26th

Angler lands 42-pound chinook salmon off Point Dalco

Peter Tarabochia of Burien might wish he waited for an upcoming salmon derby before landing his big fish, but I doubt he has any regrets.

On Friday he landed a 42-pound chinook while trolling off Point Dalco with his dad Don Tarabochia and family friend Jim Holly. Tarabochia said he was trolling a flasher and spoon set up.

“When the fish emerged from the green depths, my first comment was, ‘Is the water magnifying the fish that much?!’ Turns out it really was that big of a brute, Tarabochia said.

In addition to the photos, Tarabochia has another momento from

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July
25th

Mount Rainier whitebark pine trees part of research

This story from The Associated Press just moved:

PORTLAND, Ore. – Biologists say they hope they can breed a disease resistant version of the whitebark pine, a tree found at high altitudes in the West.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that pine cones from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Mount Rainier are being used to cultivate whitebark seedlings with a natural resistance to blister rust, a fungus that is threatening the trees.

Beetles are also infesting the trees, which thrive in bad soil and high elevations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said earlier this month the whitebark pine

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July
22nd

Olympic to open Deer Park Road Saturday

Olympic National Park’s Deer Park Road will open for the summer season Saturday, the park announced earlier today.

Park road crews have cleared the road of snowdrifts and large rocks, and graded and contoured the road. The upper road which leads to the trailhead has also been graded, but motorists are urged to use caution as this section of road may still be slippery due to moisture saturation, said a park news release.

From Saturday to Tuesday , wildlife biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Olympic National Park will be conducting a mountain goat census. Campers at Deer Park

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July
21st

Mowich Lake Road at Mount Rainier opens Friday

Mowich Lake Road in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park will open to the public on Friday.

In average snow years, the road would have been opened by the Fourth of July weekend.

This year, however, has been far from normal. Three to four feet of snow remain in the area, but the parking lot is clear and some picnic tables are melted out, said a park news release.

July
20th

Barbara Murphy, who worked at Mount Rainier and Olympic, dies at age 51

Former Mount Rainier and Olympic national park employee Barbara Murphy, 51, died July 13 of complications resulting from a recent illness and surgery.

Murphy was an employee of the National Park Service for 18 years

Here is the rest of the news release:

She worked in the comptroller’s organization overseeing the administration of the NPS construction program. She worked in the cultural resources division in Pacific West Region from 2007 until coming to Washington in 2010. She also worked in Olympic, Whiskeytown and Mount Rainier.

Barbara went about her administrative duties with an attention to detail and extraordinary

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July
20th

Sockeye fishing on Baker Lake opens Saturday

For the second straight year, anglers will be able to fish for sockeye salmon in Baker Lake. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement Tuesday.

From Saturday until further notice, anglers can keep up to three adult sockeye salmon that exceed 18 inches in length from the log boom barrier at Baker Dam upstream to the mouth of the upper Baker River. All other salmon, as well as bull trout, must be released.

Brett Barkdull, a fish biologist, said this year’s return is expected to meet spawning production goals. As of today, 8,285 sockeye had returned to

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