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Archives: Jan. 2012

Jan.
31st

Tacoma Mountaineers finally get green light for building expansion

After a delay of several months, the Tacoma Mountaineers have received the building permit and are proceeding with the group’s clubhouse in Old Town.

Branch president Geoff Lawrence said the group received the permit Friday and work has already started on the site preparation and hazardous material remediation.

The Mountaineers are going to add a second floor to their clubhouse, at 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma. The group is moving forward with the $1.25 million renovation to create the South Sound Program Center. Not only will it house Tacoma Mountaineers operations and programs, the group will also make it available

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Jan.
31st

Kent’s Kyle Miller masters splitboard mountaineering on way to the big screen

 

FreeRider Trailer – Featuring Kyle Miller from Crest Pictures.

Aaron Swaney, an Everett Herald and Outdoor News Group writer, recently profiled Kent-native Kyle Miller. The trailer from Miller’s movie is above.  Here is Swaney’s feature:

As a boy growing up in Western Washington, Kyle Miller didn’t have a lot of time for the outdoors. Instead of enjoying the majestic mountains looming not far from his door, he grew up sitting around watching TV, playing video games and living a fairly sedentary lifestyle.

Then he discovered snowboarding.

As a 19-year-old, Miller ventured up to the mountains with some

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Jan.
31st

First chinook of season passes through Bonneville Dam


UPDATED 3:12 P.M.

The first chinook of the season have passed through Bonneville Dam.

According to staffers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, an adult chinook went through the video/viewing area just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 25. Seconds later a jack chinook swam past the window.

That is one day earlier than the first chinook came through in 2011.

The debate among Fish and Wildlife staffers is whether the fish are fall chinook or springers. Both fish were unclipped and bright, and both had white chins, but a number of people believe they are not

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Jan.
31st

3 maintenance workers at Amistad National Recreation Area save park visitor

From the National Park Service:

Amistad National Recreation Area (Texas) maintenance division employees Jeff Larsen, Charlie Medina and Robert Trevino have been credited with saving the life of a Canadian visitor who was staying in the park. On the afternoon of January 25th, Larsen saw a man down on the ground next to an RV and ran to him. When the man did not respond to attempts to revive him, Larsen began CPR. He was soon joined by Medina and they began two-person CPR. As instructed by responding protection ranger Steve Krisko, Trevino retrieved an AED from a nearby contact

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Jan.
31st

A painful, emotional month winds down at Mount Rainier National Park

Perhaps nobody will be more excited to turn the page on their calendar tonight than the staff at Mount Rainier National Park.

“I would say if there was one word to describe (how the staff is feeling) it would be ‘weary,’” said park volunteer and outreach manager Kevin Bacher. “I’ve heard so many people say, ‘I can’t wait for this winter to be over.’ ”

January has been one of the most tragic months in the 113-year history of the park, but it’s also had some incredible moments. But through the ups and downs it has been consistently emotional.

On

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Jan.
30th

South Sound residents among WTA photo contest winners

Four South Sound residents were among the winners in the 2011 Northwest Exposure photo contest held by Washington Trails Association.

The winners of the ninth annual contest were announced in the January-February issue of Washington Trails magazine. Sixteen of the winning images are included in the magazine.

Here is a link to Sunday’s story about the local winners.

You also can see the winning photos by clicking here.

Jan.
30th

Final portion of Nisqually refuge boardwalk reopens

The last 700 feet of the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail reopened to public use today.

This stretch of the boardwalk includes the Puget Sound Viewing Platform.

That portion of the 1-mile boardwalk had been closed since Oct. 22 for waterfowl hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on the refuge and adjoining state Department of Fish and Wildlife lands on McAllister Creek and to the north on the Nisqually tideflats.

The vieiwng platform gives visitors great views of Puget Sound, the western edge of the refuge and the top of Mount Rainier on a clear day.

The hike from the

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Jan.
30th

Fresh dump of snow at Paradise

Checking the webcams at Paradise this morning, I came across this rather stunning scene, drifting snow blanketing the upper parking lot.

The Paradise area at Mount Rainier National Park has received more than 20 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the on-the-ground total to 139 inches.

According to the park, the road from Longmire to Paradise is not expected to open before 11 a.m. today. The park’s snowplows have yet to make it to Paradise.