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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
20th

Board of review releases findings after review of Margaret Anderson shooting

The National Park Service today released the recommendations made by a board of review the investigated the circumstances surrounding the murder of law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson on Jan. 1.

Among the board’s findings was that Benjamin Barnes came to Mount Rainier National Park well-armed and prepared to harm people.

The board also praised “the well-executed response” by park staff, volunteers and partner agencies to the shooting and identified some lessons learned that might help prepare law enforcement staff for similar incidents in the future.

Anderson, 34, was fatally shot in the line of duty on the road to Paradise

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Sep.
20th

Olympic National Forest adds to list of agencies banning campfires

Olympic National Forest officials earlier today announced a ban of open campfires and smoking. According to fire officials, a long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings.

Building and tending open campfires, including barbeques, cooking fires, and warming fires are prohibited until further notice. Permissible sources of cooking and heat are portable stoves, or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. Smoking is

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Sep.
19th

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest bans open campfires

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has banned open campfires and smoking. Forest officials made the decision late Tuesday.

According to fire officials, the long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings. Building and tending open campfires, including charcoal briquettes, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited until further notice.

Allowable sources for cooking or heat include portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum

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Sep.
18th

WDFW imposes campfire ban, limits other activities to reduce wildfire threats

With the persistent dry conditions and wildfires burning in parts of the state, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is prohibiting campfires and other activities on all agency-managed lands.

The emergency order, which is effective immediately, prohibits:

Fires or campfires: However, personal camp stoves or lanterns fueled by liquid petroleum, liquid petroleum gas or propane are allowed.

Smoking: Unless in an enclosed vehicle.

Target shooting: Except at shooting ranges developed by the agency.

Welding and the use of chainsaws and other equipment: Operating a torch with an open flame and equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.

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Sep.
18th

Fishing report: Coho fishing best salmon action right now

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Wednesday’s newspaper:

Saltwater

North Sound: The coho salmon action is red hot, with most people bringing home their limits. Creel samples last week showed people averaged more than a salmon per person. The fishing has been good from Mukilteo down to the Shilshole area.

South Sound: The coho action in the waters off Tacoma are as good as they have been in quite a while. Some of the best action has been in the Redondo area, the slag pile, Quartermaster Harbor and the Gig Harbor shoreline. People have

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Sep.
18th

Reports detail Sept. 8-9 rescues on Ruth Mountain, Mount Torment

A trio of climbers were rescued on Sept. 9 from a crevasse on Ruth Mountain, just outside the northwest boundary of North Cascades National Park.

In a recap of the incident released today, chief ranger Kinsey Shilling said park dispatch was notified there were three injured climbers on Ruth Mountain. The climbers had fallen into a crevasse in mid-morning. One had managed to climb out on his own, reached a location with cell phone reception and dialed 911.
Whatcom County Search and Rescue was notified and alerted park dispatch to the situation. Rangers accepted a request from the sheriff’s

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Sep.
14th

Hiker warning: Crevasses open up on Muir Snowfield

People planning to do the day hike to Camp Muir, or are headed there as they attempt to summit Mount Rainier, should take heed of a warning posted by park rangers.

Be advised that the crevasses on the Muir Snowfield are beginning to open up and pose a hazard to travelers on the snowfield. These crevasses open up every year as the snow melts off, and are deep enough to fall into, cause injury, or be unable to attract help from within. The “bootpack” on the snowfield generally manages to avoid the areas with crevasses, but the “glissade paths” may

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Sep.
14th

Fishing report: Lakes improve, rivers need rain

Here is a look at reports from popular fishing spots around the region. A full report will appear in Saturdays paper.

Rivers

Carbon: While a little on the slow side, people are reporting catching some chinook and coho. Some people are drifting eggs under a bobber, while others are using corkies and yarn in black and pink.

Cowlitz: Like many rivers in the region, a dose of rain would certainly help. Until then, the steelhead and chinook action has been fair at best. People are drifting eggs in the lower river for chinook.

Nisqually: It seems like the catching has

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