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Archives: March 2012


Discover Pass can now be used in two vehicles

A single Discover Pass now can be used on either of two motor vehicles, after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation earlier today.

The change takes effect immediately. Holders of previously issued annual passes may enter a second vehicle license number on their existing pass.
Pass transfer between two vehicles also applies to vehicle access passes issued free with purchases of annual fishing and hunting licenses for access to state Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation lands and water- access sites.

The Discover Pass was created by the 2011 Legislature and took effect last July. The pass – required to

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This will be the last weekend to sled at Paradise snowplay area

This is the last weekend to enjoy the snowplay area at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

Sunday will be the last day for snowplay and the guided walks, said Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park.

The snowshoe walks are start at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The walk covers 1 ½ miles and takes about two hours. The walks are are limited to 25 people, 8 years old or older, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center information desk one hour before each walk. A $4 donation

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Trout fishing: Dough bait debate

I’m starting to work on my preview of the lowland lake trout fishing opener, which will be April 28 this year.

As part of the package, I’m going to look at the popular dough baits on the market, including Berkely’s Power Bait or Gulp Trout Dough and Pautzke’s Fire Bait.

I’d like to talk to South Sound anglers who are a fan of either product, or any other dough baits out there.

You can contact me at 253-597-8640 or


Mount Rainier cloud formations get some international attention

Living in the South Sound, we’ve all seen the plate-like clouds build over the summit of Mount Rainier.

On Monday, the Daily Mail newspaper’s website published a series of photos with different cloud formations over the mountain. The images are credited to amateur photographer Tyler Mode.

Here is the link to the Mail’s story.


Saturday is deadline to enter Washington’s multiple-season hunting permit drawing

Just a reminder that deer and elk hunters have until Saturday to enter the drawing for a 2012 multiple-season permit.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will in mid April randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Winners will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern-firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2012. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.

Winners also may apply for any weapon

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FITNESS: 10 Tips for healthier eating

If you read yesterday’s fitness column came here looking for more nutrition and eating tips from MultiCare dietitian Claire Kjeld, I apologize for the technical difficulties that kept us from posting this until now. Nevertheless, here is an article Kjeld wrote about eating better:


Before you eat your next meal, take a moment to look at the food on your plate. Do you have a few food groups on there? Is at least half of your plate full of fruits and vegetables?

If you’re like most Americans, your plate could use a little shaping up.

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Bigfoot trip leader forgets one thing, a park permit

This story came from Buffalo National River in Arkansas. It’s a reminder to make sure you’ve got everything you need, especially when you’re hunting for Bigfoot.

On Feb. 24, National Park Service rangers received information from a concessionaire who reported that there were visitors in the park who were on a “Bigfoot hunting expedition.” 

Rangers Billy Bell and Ben Henthorne proceeded to the Steel Creek Campground to investigate. After questioning numerous people associated with the group, they discovered that approximately 30 people had paid Matt Pruitt, who is affiliated with The Bigfoot Field Researcher’s Organization, to lead them on a

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Washington sport halibut fishing seasons set

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife a short time ago announced the seasons for halibut fishing around the state.

The season will be four days longer in Puget Sound, and more fish will be available for harvest early in the season off the state’s southern coast under catch quotas for 2012 adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Unfortunately, there will be no halibut fishing allowed in the South Sound this season.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Although the state’s recreational catch quota is down slightly from last year, Puget Sound anglers will get an extra

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