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Archives: Aug. 2012


Stevens Pass begins fall pass sale on Saturday

Stevens Pass, which is celebrating is 75th anniversary, announced its 2012-13 season pass fall sale gets under way Saturday. Season passes will be available to purchase online with current pricing valid through Oct. 31.

An Everyday Pass for pepople ages 16-69, which grants unlimited access through the 2012-13 winter season, will be $479 plus tax, a 67 percent savings if purchased by Oct. 31.

A Weekday Pass for ages 7-69, valid Mondays-Fridays as well as seven days a week from opening day through Dec. 16 and March 1 through the scheduled closing, will be $259 plus tax, a 93 percent

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State will allow ocean salmon anglers to keep hatchery and wild coho

Anglers will be allowed to retain both hatchery and wild coho salmon beginning Saturday in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2) and beginning Mondayoff Ilwaco (Marine Area 1).

In addition, anglers fishing off Westport will be allowed to retain only one coho as part of their two-salmon daily limit beginning Saturday, while the coho catch limit in Ilwaco will remain two fish.

Those changes do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4), where anglers can continue to retain hatchery coho but must release wild coho, Pat Pattillo, salmon policy

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Searchers find missing hiker in Olympic National Park


From the Associated Press:

A Mountlake Terrace, Wash., man overdue on a hike in Olympic National Park has been found. A park spokeswoman says 32-year-old Tim Bailey has a broken left ankle.

Spokeswoman Rainey McKenna says ground searchers heard gunshots and directed a search helicopter to check them out. The helicopter found Bailey at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The hiker told rescuers he broke his ankle Saturday when he tumbled about 150 feet down a slope. Despite the injury, McKenna says he is alert and oriented. Ground searchers who have food and medical equipment are with him.

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Ahtanum Campground reopens at 5 p.m. Thursday

The state Department of Natural Resources just announced it will reopen Ahtanum Meadows and Ahtanum Campground at 5 p.m. on Thursday. They will be accessible by the North Fork Ahtanum Road.

The sites were temporarily closed a week ago to assist with fire suppression efforts at the Diamond Butte Fire.

The Middle Fork Road, which accesses Tree Phones Campground and Whites Ridge Trailhead, will continue to be closed during the week, but will reopen from 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. It will be closed on Labor Day.

You can get more details by clicking here.


Hantavirus becomes issue at popular Yosemite area

The deaths of two visitors have led officials at Yosemite National Park to issue a warning to 1,700 people they might have been exposed to hantavirus while staying at Curry Village.

The first person died in June and the second person died earlier this month. Two other people have been infected but are expected to live.

All of them, as well as the people who were warned of the situation Tuesday, stayed in the park’s popular “Signature Tent Cabins” at Curry Village.

Click here to read more about the situation.


Grizzly Bear attacks, kills backpacker in Denali National Park

From Denali National Park:

Richard White, 49, of San Diego, was killed by a grizzly bear on Friday while on a solo backpacking trip in the park. White had been in the Denali backcountry for three nights when he was killed. He may have recently hiked in other areas of Alaska prior to coming to the park, but it is not known at this time if he had previous backcountry experience in Denali. On Saturday afternoon, state troopers assisting rangers and park wildlife biologists shot and killed a bear that was defending the kill site along the Toklat River as

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Lance Armstrong drops fight with USADA, issues statement. Agency to issue lifetime ban, strip icon of record 7 Tour de France titles, Olympic medal.

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Lance Armstrong dropped his protests against the USADA and will be banned for life and be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

Via Twitter Armstrong referred to the USADA’s investigation as a “pitiful charade.” Here’s the statement Armstrong posted on tonight.:

AUSTIN, Texas – August 23rd, 2012 – There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage

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