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Archives: April 2012

April
25th

Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association breaks tradition to honor 3 Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center meteorologists

From the Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association:

Last evening, the membership of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) broke tradition and presented three Forest Service Partner of the Year awards – one each to Garth Ferber, Kenny Kramer, and Mark Moore.  The Partner honor is reserved for a USDA Forest Service employee who significantly and decisively helps to improve the quality and safety of Pacific Northwest winter sports facilities.  Ferber, Kramer, and Moore are meteorologists employed by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) – a unit of the USDA Forest Service.  In recognition of their nearly

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April
24th

Bassmaster magazine ranks 2 Washington locations among nation’s top bass fishing lakes

Bassmaster magazine announced this morning its list of the top 100 bass fishing lakes in the United States. Two popular Washington locations made the list.

The Columbia River was No. 20 and Lake Sammamish was 91st.

Texas’s Falcon Lake, famous also for deadly attacks by Mexican pirates, topped the list.

The list was determined by a panel of professional anglers and fishing writers. According to a statement released today by the magazine, “The 100 Best Bass Lakes list was ranked using a variety of qualifiers. Department of Natural Resource representatives provided the five most productive lakes in each state

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April
23rd

Tacoma woman sentenced for Mount Rainier vehicle break ins

Crime reporter Stacey Mulik posted this story earlier today. I thought it would be of interest to our Adventure readers as well.

A 25-year-old Tacoma woman convicted of breaking into cars parked at Mount Rainier National Park was sentenced to two years in federal prison today.

Pamela N. Williams pleaded guilty to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Prosecutors alleged Williams and her accomplice, Matthew Mortinson, smashed car windows and removed truck canopies to break into vehicles that were parked at various trailheads. The two stole backpacks, purses, wallets, laptop computers, passports, outdoor tools and

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April
23rd

Ranger uses Facebook to catch vandals at El Morro National Monument

From the “Be careful what you post on Facebook” file. These vandals from the University of New Mexico were caught by a crafty El Morro National Monument ranger who tracked them down using Facebook. Now they owe $30,000 in fines.

From the National Park Service:

On March 21st, two South Korean foreign exchange students attending the University of New Mexico on student visas pled guilty to charges of disturbing an archeological site. On October 13, 2011, park employees discovered two names – “Super Duper Dana” and “Gabriel” – illegally carved into the sandstone bluff known as Inscription Rock. After ascertaining that

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April
20th

There is plenty to do outdoors this weekend

With warm temperatures and partly cloudy skies in the forecast, this is a good weekend to get out and enjoy nature. If you need some extra incentive, consider these options:

National Park Week: It began yesterday and runs through April 29. It features free park admission. Mount Rainier National Park will be holding a special Junior Ranger program from noon-4 p.m. at the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise. You can get details by clicking here.

Washington Coast Cleanup: More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to help clean up derbis and garbage Saturday from Hobuck Beach to

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April
20th

Lyrid meteor shower peaks Saturday night

While the Lyrid meteor shower is not the biggest each year, it provides some astronomical viewing during the spring. It also is the oldest known observered shower, having been identified back at least 2,600 years. The shower is created as the Earth passes through the tail of Comet Thatcher.

The Lyrids usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak, which will be Saturday night-Sunday morning this year. Observers can expect to see some meteors through Thursday.

With no moon to get in the way this year, seeing the meteors should be easier. This meteor shower can produce bright

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