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Archives: Oct. 2012

Oct.
29th

Deep snow above 3,000 feet in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest are reporting there is 14-18 Inches of snow above the 3,000-foot elevation line.

Substantial amounts of snow have fallen at higher evevations all over the forest, said a news release. This can be an issue for anyone planning to hunt, fish or camp on the forest.

Remember toe take chains or other traction devices when heading into the forest. Carry shovels, water, food and extra clothing. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Oct.
29th

Washington ranks 43rd in country for deer-vehicle crashes

Washington ranked 43rd in the nation for the likelihood that a driver will hit a deer in the next year.

Using its own claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm ranked each of the state’s based on the projected number of deer-vehicle collisons from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and the number of licensed drivers in each state in 2010.

The insurance company said the chance of a Washington drivers sitting a deer in the next 12 months is one in 477. That was based on a projection of 10,700 deer-vehicle

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Oct.
28th

Sid Beckman named fire management officer for National Park Service’s Pacific West Region

From the National Park Service:

Sid Beckman has been selected as the new fire management officer for Pacific West Region, working out of the San Francisco office. He replaces Sue Husari, who recently retired after 39 years of exemplary federal service. Beckman has a strong background in fire management planning, operations and incident management. His experience in prescribed fire and wildland fire management will be an asset to the region.

Beckman has three years of experience working for the National Park Service.  He has been the deputy regional fire management officer overseeing the region’s fuels management program since 2009. He previously served as

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Oct.
28th

Contest: Adventure Guys South Sound Geotours of Tacoma and Olympia

If you read today’s story on Geotouring and want to give it a try here’s your chance. We’ve built a short Geotour of Tacoma and Olympia so you can get a feel for the game. Go to the coordinates and answer the corresponding question. Send your answers to craig.hill@thenewstribune.com or P.O. Box 11000, Tacoma, WA 98411. High scores for the Tacoma and Olympia tours will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

TACOMA GEOTOUR

1. N 047 15.135, W 122 26.316

What is like the new Venice?

2. N 047 15.260, W 122 26.407

How many cans does it

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Oct.
26th

Fishing report: Clam dig this weekend, better salmon fishing

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s Sports section.

Saltwater

Beaches: The next razor-clam dig of the season gets under way at four ocean beaches today. Twin Harbors beach will open for digging after noon Saturday-Tuesday. The other beaches – Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks – are open for digging today and Sunday. The low tide times are: today, 5:57 p.m., +0.2 feet; Sunday, 6:36 p.m., -0.1 feet; Monday, 7:12 p.m., -0.3 feet; and Tuesday, 7:46 p.m., -0.4 feet.

Hoodsport: The chum are coming back in better numbers. Try an anchoive under a bobber

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Oct.
24th

VIDEO: America’s Cup Defender Oracle Team USA capsizes, promises to bounce back

You might have heard that the Oracle Team USA, the America’s Cup Defender, suffered a setback earlier this month when the boat capsized near San Francisco.  Just saw some excellent footage of the incident and the 24 hours following and thought I would share it here.

Oct.
24th

Climbing fees to increase at Mount Rainier on Dec. 1

Mount Rainier climbing fees will soon increase by $1 to $44 for adults and $31 for those 24 and younger, park officials announce this morning.

The increase for the annual passes goes into effect on Dec. 1, said park superintendent Randy King in a prepared statement.

The climbing fee was implemented in 1995 and an increase was approved after a series of public meetings last year. The 2011 increase allows the park to adjust the fee annual based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The climbing fee is a special use fee designed to offset cost of Rainier’s climbing program

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Oct.
23rd

Fishing report: Action slows down

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

Lakes

Dry Falls: The trout fishing has been good, with some fishing reaching 18 inches. Dark leeches and callibaetis nymphs are working well.

Rufus Woods; Black marabou jigs have been effective as of late. If the triploid rainbow trout won’t hit your artificial offerings, try a slip sinker rig with Pautzke’s Firebait in the American wildfire. Remember, the heavier the current, the longer your leader needs to be.

Rivers

Carbon: The fishing has been mixed in recent days, with the action hot one day

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