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Archives: Sep. 2011


Daily trout limit increased on Scanewa Lake

This came in too late for inclusion in Saturday’s fishing report. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife this afternoon announced it was increasing the daily trout limit on Scanewa Lake to 10 fish.

The increase takes effect Saturday and remains in place until further notice

Fisheries managers opted to increase the bag limit on stocked rainbow trout to encourage late-season fishing to boost the overall harvest rate.

Rainbow trout (with clipped adipose fins) are stocked annually in the lake as part of Lewis County PUD’s federal license to operate Cowlitz Falls Dam. Many of these fish remain available for

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest reopens Road 54

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials this afternoon said Forest Road 54 will open tonight.

The road was closed at its western entrance to the national forest due to a major slide and flood event three years ago and was temporarily opened with emergency fixes two years ago.

Permanent repairs were made last month. This included rebuilding fill that was washed out, construction of a very large retaining wall, guardrail and repaving the surface.


Bothell-based Brooks Sports to release next generation of “barefoot running shoes” tomorrow

The PureProject line is the new barefoot shoe from Bothell-based Brooks Sports.

While barefoot and minimalist shoes are the rage in the running world right now, it’s not like you can buy a pair of these things and head out for a 5-mile run. You have to start slow and slowly work your way back to your regular distances. Go too far too fast and your feet are going to hurt.

This “training in” period is pretty standard, but

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Fall Festival coming to Lake Sylvia State Park near Montesano on Saturday

Lake Sylvia State Park will be the site for the second annual Fall Festival celebration Saturday.

The festival runs from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., starting with a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m.

The event includes music, games, an art show in the woods, guided interpretive walks, a farmers’ market, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations and children’s activities, said a State Parks and Recreation news release.

For those looking for something more athletic, the festival also features individual and team triathlon and the duathlon for people ages 13 years and older. Children 12 years and younger may participate in the mini individual triathlon. Registration

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Elwha Dam removal ceremony will be webcast Saturday

From Olympic National Park:

On Saturday, September 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Congressman Norm Dicks, and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles to officially mark the beginning of the Elwha River dam removal project. The event marks a significant milestone for the Elwha River Restoration project which will help increase salmon populations, uphold commitments to the culture of the Elwha Klallam Tribe, and create new opportunities for growth and regional vitality.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. PDT and the streaming of the ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. through the following link: Showcasing the first step in dam removal, an excavator will remove the first concrete from the Elwha Dam.  A big-screen showing of the ceremony will take place at Elwha Central at the Port Angeles City Pier in Port Angeles and at the Mountaineers Outdoors Fest at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

Tom Skerritt, board member of the nonprofit group American Rivers and actor will serve as master of ceremonies. The ceremony will include musical interludes by singer/songwriters Eliza Gilkyson and Dana Lyons, who will each perform an original work.  Students from the Port Angeles High School will also perform and area artists have created original pieces to help tell the story of Elwha River Restoration.

This ceremony is part of the weeklong series of events in and around Port Angeles, Sequim and the Elwha Valley. Hosted by dozens of sponsors, partners and participants, the events are  commemorating the history and celebrating the future of this landmark project, while educating visitors about dam removal and restoration, Olympic National Park and the North Olympic Peninsula. A full schedule of events and more information is available online at

The Elwha River Restoration is an environmental and cultural restoration project which includes the nation’s largest dam removal and will free the Elwha River after nearly a century. Removing the 108-foot Elwha Dam and the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam will allow anadromous fish to access more than 70 miles of protected habitat and help restore the river’s salmon populations from 3,000 to more than 300,000.
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Body of Florida man who fell near Mount Rainier’s Christine Falls recovered

The body of a man who fell Monday while taking pictures at Mount Rainier National Park was recovered this morning, a park spokesman confirmed.

Roger Alan Wagner, a 59-year-old man from Florida, slipped and fell about 40 feet into Van Trump Creek on Monday evening while visiting the park with his son, 31-year-old John Wagner.

Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said it was immediately evident Wagner did not survive the fall.

“He was submerged and not responding,” Bacher said.

Wagner fell about 7:15 p.m. and park officials were able to respond quickly to the scene, but by the time they arrived

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Olympic National Park institutes ban on all open backcountry fires

From Olympic National Park:

Olympic National Park has instituted a ban on all open fires in the park’s wilderness backcountry, effective as of September 10, 2011. The ban is in response to the warmer temperatures of summer and the continued drying out of forest fuels, both forecast to continue in coming weeks.

This ban has been instituted in conjunction with the Olympic National Forest, and is expected to be in place until seasonal rains occur in October.

“With the forecast for warmer than normal temperatures and drier conditions, as well as seeing an increase in human-caused fires in

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Fitness update: Local results from the triathlon and Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Beijing and Vegas

As promised in today’s fitness column, here are the results from some local athletes competing on the big stage.

Henderson, Nev.

Heidi Hubler, a 37-year-old Bonney Lake resident and elementary school teacher, just finished her first appearance at the Ironman 70.3 (half Ironman) world championships in a time of 5 hours, 28 minutes, 7 seconds. She finished 40th in her age group and made up ground throughout the cycling and running legs. She was 49th after the swim and 44th after the bike portion.

Other locals:

Kristi Moen, 48, Burien, 5:45.49, 38th in age group

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