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Archives: Oct. 2011

Oct.
12th

Noted angler Bill Herzog to be speaker at Oct. 19 Puget Sound Anglers meeting

Outdoor writer, fishing guide and broadcaster Bill Herzog will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 19 meeting of the South King County chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

In addition to writing five fishing guides and numerous articles, Herzog is co-host of Northwest Wild Country on 950 KJR. The Tacoma resident also spent nearly 20 years as a guide on the Olympic Peninsula and Skagit River.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at IBEW Local 46 Hall, 19802 62nd Ave. S., Kent. The evening begins with hot dogs and chili at 6:15 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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Oct.
12th

Grand Canyon hiker indicted for child abuse

From the National Park Service:

On August 28th, rangers contacted a man hiking with his three juvenile grandsons and found reason to believe that he was physically abusing them. They asked for a special agent to assist and a joint investigation was begun. On September 20th, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a six count indictment against Christopher Carlson, 45, for knowing child abuse committed under circumstances likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. The indictment alleges that Carlson took his three grandsons, ages eight, nine and twelve, on two separate hikes in the park in August when

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Oct.
12th

Orting’s Foothills Trail kiosk will be dedicated in honor of Stan Engle

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. the Foothills Trail kiosk in Orting will be  dedicate in honor of one of the men instrumental in building the structure.

The kiosk will be named in honor of Stan Engle, who led the fundraising effort for the structure as the Foothills Trail Coalition’s treasurer for more than 15 years.  Engle, also a member of the Tacoma Mountaineers and the Audubon Society, died in 2009 at the age of 87.  The structure, which displays a map of the 15-mile Foothills Trail and other information, will be named the Stan Engle Orting Kiosk.

Oct.
12th

Former Olympic National Park employee ends 31-year federal career

Former Olympic National Park employee Dan Pontbriand is retiring as chief of the visitor resource protection division at Isle Royale National Park. His retirement will end a 31-year federal career.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Pontbriand began his ranger career in 1978 as a seasonal lifeguard and ranger at Sebago Lake State Park in his native state of Maine. Prior to that, he had worked in the family hardware store since the age of 12.

His National Park Service career began in 1979 as a seasonal river ranger at Grand Teton National Park, working alongside his identical

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Oct.
11th

White Chuck and Rat Pass roads reopen in the Darrington Ranger District after 8 years

From Kelly Sprute at the USDA  – Forest Service:

Road repairs re-opens White Chuck (FS Rd 23) and Rat Pass (FS Rd 27) in the Darrington Ranger District. These roads provide hiker and equestrian access to the Meadow Mountain and Crystal Lake Trails.

“The roads are safe for public use,” said Peter Forbes, district ranger. In addition, due to several years of inaccessibility, routine road maintenance has also been completed.  “The roads connect to the Suiattle River Road (FS Rd 26) creating a scenic loop from the Mt. Loop Highway through the forest and out at Highway 530 just north

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Oct.
10th

Rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area help in search for murderer

From the National Park Service and report by Kevin Tillman, chief ranger at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

A triple homicide occurred outside the park in the town of Lodge Grass on the Crow Tribal Reservation on the afternoon of October 4th. Rangers were soon notified that the suspect, Sheldon Chase, had been seen on Good Luck Road, travelling towards the Fort Smith area, where park headquarters is located. Chase was believed to be armed with a handgun and possible a high-powered rifle. Fort Smith Elementary School, located in Government Camp, was immediately put on lockdown and rangers responded to

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Oct.
6th

Sport crabbing to reopen in Tacoma, Olympia on Nov. 21

Recreational crabbing in the waters of Tacoma and Olympia will reopen Nov. 21. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this afternoon marine areas 11 (Tacoma) and 13 (South Puget Sound) would reopen at 8 a.m. that day.

Crabbing in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) will not reopen this fall.

If South Sound crabbers cannot wait until November, starting Saturday at 8 a.m. they can set their pots in marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and

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Oct.
6th

Longview man pleads guilty to fossil theft at Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

From the National Park Service:

On September 30th, David Wixon, a resident of Longview, Washington, pled guilty and was sentenced in federal court following his conviction for “depredation of federal property” for excavating and taking a fossilized oreodont skull from the park in 2007. Oreodonts lived 40 to 15 million years ago and are distantly related to present day camels. The sentencing was the result of a lengthy investigation by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management and a subsequent plea agreement between the United States Attorney’s Office and Wixon. Wixon was sentenced to three years of probation,

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