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Archives: Jan. 2012


Road to Paradise opens at Mount Rainier, hiking advisory distributed to visitors

The road to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park opened at 8 a.m. for the first weekend since Jan. 14, when seven people became lost in severe storm conditions.

Three day hikers on snowshoes survived two frigid nights on the mountains, including two featured in today’s News Tribune, while two campers and two mountaineers still have not been found.

The search for the missing four is now considered a “extended, limited, continuous search,” but as many as eight park rangers are searching the Muir Snowfield today for signs of the people.

With the first large group

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Team organizing search for four missing on Rainier departs park

The National Park Service Incident Response Team organizing the search for four missing people on Mount Rainier has left the park, spokesman Kevin Bacher said this morning.

The incident command role has been turned over to Steve Winslow, a district ranger from Black Canyon National Park.

The search for two climbers and two campers more than 10 days overdue has been greatly scaled back. The park visitors were trapped in severe storm conditions on the mountain. It is so far unclear if searchers are taking advantage of good weather today to search.

Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle

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First impressions of the 2012 Washington Sportsmen’s Show

I took a few hours this afternoon to walk around the 2012 edition of the Washington Sportsmen’s Show.

Here are four things that caught my attention as I wandered among outfitter booths, demonstration tanks and manufacturer displays.

Get involved: Even as you look for a deal on a hunt or fishing rod, you can help out. A number of groups are on hand that do good work and could use your financial support. Among them is Outdoors For All, a group that takes special needs children on hunting trips. In their second year, the group is taking five kids on

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Gig Harbor seeks public comment on Wilkinson Farm Park plan

The City of Gig Harbor Parks Commission will host an open house regarding a trail plan for Wilkinson Farm Park on Wednesday.

The open house will be at the beginning of the next commission meeting, from 5-6 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor.

The parks commission is taking public comment on a conceptual trail plan for the park. Elements of the preliminary plan include additional new trails, viewing platforms, footbridges and potential wetland restoration areas.

For more information, contact Terri Reed at 253-853-7640.


Storm keeps road above Longmire closed today, park aims to open snowplay area for weekend

UPDATED 10:29 A.M.

Mount Rainier National Park officials just announced the road to Paradise will remain closed at Longmire today.

The latest winter storm has brought 7-9 inches of new snow to Paradise, and more is expected today. The current National Weather Service forecast is calling for another 12-20 inches of snow today and tonight at Paradise.

Despite today’s closure, the park is planning for Paradise and the snowplay area to be open for the entire weekend, said Chief Ranger Chuck Young.

“The only thing that would prevent that would be if weather and snow is so extreme

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Hope fading fast for 4 missing on Rainier

UPDATE, Tuesday, 9:20 p.m. –

The chances of finding four missing people alive on Mount Rainier are “very minimal, minimum to none,” park spokesman Patti Wold said Tuesday.

Heavy snow and winds gusting faster than 90 mph prevented searching on Tuesday and the park decide Monday to start scaling down the search.

Missing are two campers and two climbers, both more than a week overdue. Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle Trojanowksi, 30 of Atlanta, planned to conclude their camping trip on the Muir snowfield on Jan. 15.

Sork Yang of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin of

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2012 smelt forecast shows signs of improving, but fisheries likely to remain closed

While the 2012 smelt forecast for the Columbia River and its tributaries is favorable, both recreational and commercial fisheries are expected to remain closed this year,
The 2012 run is forecasted to improve from 2011, but is still expected to be at a low level, said Joe Hymer, state fish biologist. He said this year’s run could possibly be better than the past couple of years but will still weaker than the brief rebound years of 2001-2003.

On May 17, 2010, Columbia River smelt, also known as eulachon, were federally-listed as threatened under the Endangered Species

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Three aircraft join search for people stranded on Mount Rainier


Searchers have yet to find any sign of two groups of people stranded on Mount Rainier by the recent storms.

Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said the search crews have yet to return from the field, but they had not reported any findings.


Two helicopters and a plane have joined 40 people on the ground as the search continues today for four people stranded on Mount Rainier for more than a week.

A break in the weather this morning has allowed a Chinook helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a Bell 206 helicopter from

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