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Archives: Aug. 2011


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the nation’s 395th national park

The National Park Service formally named the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as America’s 395th national park Sunday – the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The National Park Service also said it will working with the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Foundation to reschedule Sunday’s ceremonial dedication that was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

Here is the rest of the press release:

“Welcoming this memorial to the National Mall honors a heroic man and a critical chapter in our nation’s march toward a more

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Washington’s coastal chinook fishing closed beginning Monday

Perhaps it has been a case of too much of a good thing. But beginning Monday, anglers must release any chinook salmon they catch in ocean waters off the coast.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the rule change because anglers’ total catch of chinook salmon this summer is nearing the overall harvest quota for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters. That requires the change for marine areas 1-4, said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the department.

The requirement to release chinook salmon in those waters does not affect fishing for hatchery coho or other salmon species.

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Fishing lines with hooks strung across some Bellingham mountain bike trails

Here is a rather disturbing story from our sister paper in Bellingham.

Fishing lines, some with weights and hooks, have been strung across three trails on Galbraith Mountain in recent weeks, creating concerns about safety on the network of mountain biking trails there.

You can read the complete story by clicking here.


Gifford Pinchot National Forest raises fire warning level

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials just announced they have increased the fire warning level. The impact on the general public will be minimal, however.

Forest officials said the Industrial Fire Precaution Level has moved from Level I to Level II, increasing restrictions for work on the Forest.

The only effect on the general public is a restriction on the use of chainsaws. The new restriction means chainsaws may not be run from 1-8 p.m.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire danger rating is now at moderate.

Camp fires should be completely extinguished before departing camp at any time. Keep a

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South Sound women set new Washington State free fall skydiving formation record

From the Leap for Lupus Foundation:

On Sunday, August 21, a group of 26 Northwest skydivers set a new women’s free fall formation record for Washington State and the region. The 26-woman group included Valinda Mitchell, Carolyn Chow, Sanet DeLucia, Kasha Bell, Keri Bell, Jessie Farrington, Shayla Dupuy Short, Edirae Thatcher, Jenny Clayton, Rosie Thun, Jan Barry, Shawna Williams, Jill McArthur, D’arcy Kaaua, Gry Kristensen, Debbi Beckhorn and Lesa Matthews of the Puget Sound area; Cindy Stroup of Spokane; Nicole Rocco, Kellye Trant, Meryl Lipman, Frankie Bryant, and Jennifer Gaines of Portland; Valerie Estabrook and Pat Rhodes of

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Former crane operator recalls working on original entrance arch at Mount Rainier

I just got off the phone with Jim Moergeli, who called to comment on today’s story from Mount Rainier National Park.

Turns out that Jim was running the crane that placed the logs for the original entrance arch on state Route 410 at Chinook Pass.

Now 97 years old, Jim said he spent the summer working at the pass before heading to Washington State University to complete his senior year.

“It was beautiful up there,” he said of the work site.

He remembers hot meals being brought to the work crew by pickup truck from the work camp several miles

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Return too low to allow sockeye fishing at Lake Wenatchee

There will be no sockeye salmon fishery in Lake Wenatchee this year.

The return of sockeye to the lake is not strong enough to allow a recreational fishery, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short time ago.

Although more than 185,000 sockeye have passed Bonneville Dam this year, only about 14,000 of them are expected to enter Lake Wenatchee, said Jeff Korth, regional fish manager in Ephrata.

That is short of the 23,000-fish goal for spawning escapement in the lake, Korth said.

“We know this is disappointing news for anglers, especially since the

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Mark Snepp, state fisheries worker, dies during steelhead survey on the Wind River

A fisheries worker for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife died Thursday while helping conduct a steelhead survey on the Wind River.

Mark Snepp, 47, apparently died while walking the bank of the river and recording fish data reported by his diving partner, said Pat Frazier, southwest regional fish program manager for the department.

Team members called 911 and notified the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the cause of Snepp’s death, said the department news release. An autopsy will be conducted within the next few days.

“This is a sad day for the department,” Frazier said in

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