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Archives: July 2012

July
31st

Fishing report: Hot salmon fishing at Sekiu

Here are some early reports as I work on the fishing report for Wednesday’s newspaper:

Saltwater

Hood Canal: A few chinook are being caught, but the action is far from hot and heavy, Adams said.

Sekiu: The salmon fishing has been very good, with anglers catching mostly chinook but also a fair number of coho. There were 281 anglers checked by the state at Sekiu docks Saturday and their catch included 111 chinook and 66 coho.

Lakes

Merwin: The lake is fishing well for tiger muskies. The fish are holding amid the growing weed beds and among fallen trees along

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July
31st

Eric Anderson, husband of slain Rainier ranger, announced as National Park Service’s new fire training specialist

Eric Anderson, husband of slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson, was announced this morning as the new structural fire training specialist for the National Interagency Fire Center.

The News Tribune first reported on May 14 that Anderson would receive this position in Boise.

“I feel honored to be working with such a capable and dedicated staff in the NPS Division of Fire and Aviation,” Anderson said in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to contributing my energy and love of firefighting towards the goal of ensuring the safety of our employees and visitors, while protecting our historical treasures.”

The

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July
30th

Rescues, gunshot reports keep Mount Rainier staff busy on July 21

A number of incidents on July 21 had staffers at Mount Rainier National Park busy, according to a report released this morning.

It began when a 42-year old man who had taken a short fall near the Disappointment Cleaver walked into the Camp Muir high camp in mid-afternoon seeking help from the climbing rangers. They immediately provided care and organized a litter evacuation of the climber down the Muir Snowfield.

Fifteen minutes later, park dispatch received a 911 call from a concerned parent who reported that her 16-year-old son was climbing with a church group on the Muir Snowfield

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July
29th

Tacoma businessman Steve Albers dies from injuries sustained during RAMROD bike ride

Steve Maynard reports this morning that Tacoma businessman Steve Albers has died from injuries sustained during an accident Thursday during RAMROD, Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day.

Albers is the ninth person to die in Mount Rainier National Park in the last eight months. A snowshoer died in December. On Jan. 1, ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while trying to stop a motorist suspected in a Renton-area shooting. The shooter was found dead in Paradise River the next day.

In mid January two climbers and two hikers went missing on the mountain during a snow storm.

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July
27th

Mount Rainier National Park sets public meetings for Camp Muir changes

Mount Rainier National Park announced today public comment meetings to present plans for changes to structures at Camp Muir. Local meetings will be 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the Tacoma Mountaineers Clubhouse and Aug. 9 at the park headquarters near Ashford.

Here is the announcement from the park:

The National Park Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment to analyze potential impacts and benefits of proposed alternatives intended to rehabilitate the Camp Muir Historic District, which is located in Mount Rainier National Park. The Environmental Assessment evaluates four alternatives including a no action alternative, and three action alternatives in which historic structures would be retained,

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July
27th

Fishing report: Plenty of good fishing to be had

Here are some early reports as I put together the fishing report for Saturday’s newspapers.

Rivers

Skykomish: The river continues to produce good catches of chinook and summer-run steelhead. Try side drifting eggs, running your bait through the seams and soft edges of water.

Wynoochee: The fishing has been good for summer-run steelhead. The fish are a bit spooky, so stealth techniques are working best. Divers and prawns are working well.

Saltwater

North Sound: Point No Point, Jefferson Head and Mid Channel Bank all have been productive spots for chinook. Find the bait balls and troll a spoon or hoochie

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July
26th

State delays closure of bottomfishing in marine areas 3 and 4

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has altered course, announcing earlier today the recreational bottomfish fishery off the north coast of Washington will remain open through Labor Day, postponing a closure previously set for Friday.

Here is the rest of the news release:

A new regulation approved today will allow sport fishing for rockfish, lingcod, Pacific cod and other bottomfish to remain open through midnight Sept. 3 in Marine Area 3 and the western portion of Marine Area 4 off La Push and Neah Bay.

“This is good news, not only for anglers but also the coastal communities

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July
26th

Salmon fishing off Westport to open seven days a week beginning Aug. 3

Beginning Aug. 3, marine waters off of Westport will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short time ago.

Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator, said the department initially limited the number of days open at Westport to five a week (Sundays-Thursdays) to ensure that the catch would not reach the quota too quickly and require an early closure.

“Because catch rates are stable, we can allow fishing daily off Westport without much risk of having to

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