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Archives: Feb. 2012


Husband of Margaret Anderson releases thank you; moment of blessing set for March 3

Eric Anderson, the husband of Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson, who was shot and killed on New Year’s Day, today issued a thank you note.

The note, to all those who have supported and continue to support him and his family, was posted on a National Park Service website. The Andersons have two young daughters.

Anderson, also a law enforcement ranger at the park, said:

“On behalf of myself and my family I want to express my sincere appreciation for the love and support I received from the extended National Park Family after the tragic loss

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More snow falls in the Cascades; boon to ski areas

Heavy snowfall continues to blanket the Cascades.

Paradise received more than 17 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the total on the ground up to 164 inches. Back on Feb. 13, the total was just 124 inches. The current snow depth is 106 percent of normal.

There was no word this morning on the opening of the road from Longmire to Paradise.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center is forecasting considerable avalanche danger above 5,000 feet and moderate danger below that. The danger level will slowly decrease tonight.

Crystal Mountain Resort reported this morning that it received

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WDFW opens seized weapons auction online; live auction March 10 in Packwood

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Police has started taking bids in its seized weapons auction.

There are more than 450 rifles, compound bows, pistols and revolvers on the auction block, said an agency news release.

You can browse and bid online or attend the live auction on March 10 at the Packwood Community Center in Packwood. Preview for the live auction begin at 8 a.m., with auction starting at 10:55 a.m.


Mount Si trailheads remain closed through at least Friday

The closure of Mount Si and Little Si trailheads and trails will continue through at least Friday, the state Department of Natural Resources just announced.

On February 15, a single-engine airplane crashed in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area, which is managed by DNR and is a popular recreation area in eastern King County.

Immediately after the crash, the department closed access to the area to better help teams from the National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies conduct their investigation.

Plans for removal of the wreckage are scheduled to be completed by Friday.

“Depending on weather conditions and

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Mount Rainier crews assessing safety along road to Paradise


Park officials have decided the danger is too great and will keep the road from Longmire to Paradise closed today.

About an hour ago, officials at Mount Rainier National Park said crews were out assessng the road from Longmire to Paradise. Afterwards they will decide if it will be open to the public today due to heavy rain and snow from the past 24 hours.

The road was closed Tuesday because of heavy snowfall and the danger of avalanches.

More than a foot of new snow fell in the last 24 hours, pushing the

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John Otness of Tacoma wins Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby

John Otness of Tacoma landed a 17.6-pound salmon and a check for $10,000 for winning the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby.

Despite strong winds and changing weather, competitors in the weekend derby checked in 217 winter blackmouth. The average weight of checked fish was 8.44 pounds.

The $5,000 second-place winner was Steven Sevilla of Discovery Bay with a 15.5-pound fish. In third place, good for $1,500, was David Hansen of Port Angeles with a 15.3-pound salmon. Fourth place ($500) went to John Calkins of Shelton with a 15-pound fish.

Net proceeds from the annual derby support local emergency services and other

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Extreme avalanche warning issued for Tuesday

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center has rated the risk of avalanche as “high” today in much of the Cascades, but Tuesday the risk with climb to “extreme” in some areas including Snoqualmie, Stevens  and White passes and Mount Rainier.

An Avalanche killed three skiers at Stevens Pass on Sunday and one on Snoqualmie Pass. The NWAC rated avalanche risk as “high” on Sunday.

Avalanche forecasts do not pertain to ski areas, whose slopes are controlled by their ski patrol units.