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Archives: March 2012


Mount Rainier board reviews winter fatalities, incidents

A number of Mount Rainier National Park and National Park Service staffers, plus commercial guides, are holding a board of review to look at the series of incidents earlier this winter.

Five people died on the mountain in December and January, and another three spent two nights after snowshoeing mishaps.

The board is expected to release a report with its findings and recommendations in about two weeks.

Here is a link to the story I wrote about the review in today’s paper.


FISHING REPORT: Some good news for steelhead anglers

Here is an early peek at Wednesday’ fishing report as I compile information from around the region:

Columbia: The abundance of spring chinook is increasing in the lower river, but catch rates were poor last weekend. In the Portland-to-Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.09 spring chinook per boat, while boat anglers in the estuary averaged 0.07 spring chinook caught per boat. Sturgeon fishing has been slow.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been off and on, but showing signs of improvement. Boaters putting in at Blue Creek are doing well for steelhead and getting a few spring chinook, said Marshall Borsom

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Mount Rainier’s Lee Taylor takes top spot at San Juan Island National Historic Park

Lee Taylor, who has been chief of interpretation and education at Mount Rainier National Park, today has been named superintendent at San Juan Island National Historical Park.

A 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, Taylor replaces former superintendent Peter Dederich who recently transferred to the Service’s Pacific West Regional Office in Seattle. She will assume her new duties April 22.

“Lee has a great deal of energy, creativity and passion and excels at engaging communities,” Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz said in a prepared statement. “She has a collaborative approach that will lend itself well to working

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State plans to stock South Sound lakes for spring break fishing

A number of lakes around the South Sound are being planted with rainbow trout to offer the chance to fish during spring break. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking lakes in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason and Kitsap counties.

Stocking the lakes this month with “catchable” size trout gives students and others an opportunity to hook some nice-size fish during local schools’ spring vacations, said Ron Warren, regional fish program manager for the department.
“We are stocking these lakes with thousands of fish, so fishing should be pretty good over the next several weeks,” Warren said

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Steelhead fishing reopens on Wenatchee, Icicle and Methow rivers

The state has reopened, effective today, selective fisheries for hatchery-reared steelhead on the Wenatchee, Icicle and Methow rivers on a short-term basis.

Anglers also will be allowed to catch whitefish in the Wenatchee and Methow rivers so long as those rivers are open to steelhead fishing.

Steelhead fisheries in all three rivers are scheduled to run through March 31, but could end sooner if fishing impacts on wild steelhead reach annual federal limits, said Jeff Korth, regional fish manager.

“These limited openings are designed to support wild-steelhead recovery by reducing the number of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds,” Korth

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Olympic National Park reopens Whiskey Bend Road, Upper Lake Mills Trail Friday

Olympic National Park has announced that Whiskey Bend Road will reopen Friday, as will the Upper Lake Mills Trail and Upper Lake Aldwell area.

Here are the specific:

Whiskey Bend Road

Repairs to the Whiskey Bend Road are nearing completion and the road will reopen to vehicles Friday.This 4.5-mile gravel road connects the Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road to the Whiskey Bend trailhead.

Repairs were made by Cherokee Construction of Vancouver, Washington and were originally estimated to last four weeks and cost up to $190,000. The project was completed two weeks early and at a total cost of $162,000.

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Clam, oyster season at Fort Flagler to open May 15

The sport clam and oyster fishing season at Fort Flagler State Park, including that portion of the spit west of the park boundary (Rat Island), will open May 15.

The season will now run through Sept. 30.

The Fort Flagler State Park beach is located in Jefferson County on Admiralty Inlet.

Surveys show the clam population has increased, allowing a one-month longer season this year. In 2011 the season ran from April 15-July 31. The delayed opening date avoids conflicts with the seaweed season on this beach, and adds harvest opportunity in the Admiralty Inlet region after other local

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Latest update on Elwha River dam removal

Here is an update from Olympic National Park on the work to remove two dams on the Elwha River:

As steady progress continues on dismantling the two Elwha dams, the canyons once blocked by the dams are coming into view.

Elwha Dam

Crews are nearly done removing the concrete gravity dam that filled the river’s original channel, and will soon begin to slowly return the river back to its original channel.

This final diversion will take place over a number of weeks, as contractors carefully control the flow by positioning and repositioning large boulders in the channel. During the

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