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Archives: April 2012

April
30th

2 bodies found in Grand Canyon

Two bodies were found in the Grand Canyon last week according to a pair of statements released recently by the National Park Service. Here are the statements.

Missing Man’s Body Found Below South Rim
Last Thursday afternoon, rangers received a report from a Peregrine Fund staffer of a possible body below the South Rim in the Mather Point area. Due to poor weather conditions and the late hour, rangers had to wait until Friday to confirm the report. They spotted the body that morning and rappelled 500 feet to the victim’s location. The body was retrieved by helicopter and

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April
30th

University of Puget Sound grads nearly finished rowing around Vancouver Island

UPDATE, 5/1, 9:41 a.m.: Just got a text message from Greg Spooner aboard the rowboat. He says they’re expecting to arrive in Vancouver late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Also the crew posted a 3D rendering of their boat online this morning. http://oarnorthwest.com/explore-oar-northwest-boat/

UPDATE, 5/1, 7:20 a.m.: Looks like the OAR Northwest team just shoved off from Sidney, B.C., where they appear to have waited out some nasty weather in a marina last night. They expect to arrive in Vancouver today.

UPDATE: Talked to Greg Spooner via cell phone hours ago as the team rowed past Victoria. He says the

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April
29th

Washington couple misses bronze medal at curling world championships in Turkey

UPDATE: Brady and Cristin Clark of Lynnwood lost 12-7 to Austria this morning in the bronze medal match at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Turkey. The husband-wife team won the national championship to earn the right to represent the U.S. at worlds. Earlier today they beat China 8-2 in the quarterfinals and then lost 9-7 to Switerzland in the semifinals. Switzerland beat Sweden 7-6 to win gold.

 

A husband-wife team from Lynnwood is playing for the World Mixed Doubles Championship today in Turkey.

Brady and Cristin Clark and play China this morning in the quarterfinals

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April
27th

WDFW plants bigger trout for Saturday’s popular lowland lake opener, 300,000 anglers expected

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife promises Saturday’s lowland lakes season opener will be big in more ways than one.

As usual they’re expecting it to lure more anglers (300,000 or more) to the waters than any other opening day. Also, according to a statement released earlier this month, the trout will be “two to three inches longer than last year.”

The WDFW released 3 million hatchery-reared trout averaging 11-13 inches. WDFW director Phil Anderson said earlier this month that the department is responding to “anglers who really enjoy catching larger fish.”

Mineral Lake and Offut Lake resorts are

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April
25th

Last razor clam dig of season takes place May 5-7 at Twin Harbors

Twin Harbors beach will be the only beach open for the last razor clam dig of the season. Digging will be allowed May 5-7 if marine toxin tests show the clams there are safe to eat.

The four other coastal beaches will be closeduntil a new season is announced in fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Twin Harbors is the only beach with razor clams still available for harvest after the two openings in April,” Ayres said in a news release. “Assuming the marine toxin tests are favorable, this will be

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April
25th

Seattle team undefeated at World Mixed Doubles Championship in Turkey

From Tom Fitz Gerald of Seattle’s  Granite Curling Club:

Team USA’s Brady Clark and Cristin Clark (both of Lynnwood, Wash.) picked up two more wins today to better their record to 3-0 at the 2012 World Mixed Doubles Championship at the Milli Piyango Curling Hall in Erzurum, Turkey.

Team USA earned a 7-4 win over Germany’s team of Manual Walter and Ann Kathrin Bastian earlier today and held off Japan in the evening session to keep their record unblemished.

“I love curling with Brady and we’re best friends too. We communicate well and we get each other’s thinking …

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April
25th

The Elwha Dam is gone

The Elwha Dam no longer exists. That’s the news from Olympic National Park.

Here is the news release:

Crews continue to excavate the river channel just upstream of the former Elwha Dam, slowly lowering the river bed to its original elevation and draining the remaining reservoir. The material being excavated now is primarily rock and gravel, much of which was added to the channel after the dam failed in 1912. Contractors have another ten feet to go before they reach the original elevation of the river bed of 100 feet.

Material excavated from the channel is being used to

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April
25th

Get ready for bike month Saturday at the Tacoma Bike Swap

Need a bike so you can get the most out of Bike Month? The Tacoma Bike Swap is scheduled for April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound. Vendors and individuals plan to sell new and used bikes. The event includes beginner bike maintenance clinics. For more information or to register to sell a bike or equipment, email bikeswap@cityoftacoma.org.

The Tacoma and Olympia REIs are staging free Cyclefest events 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 5. The events offer opportunities to sign up for commuter challenges and information about local clubs and recreational rides. Experts are scheduled to

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