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Archives: Nov. 2012

Nov.
30th

Sandy River steelhead topic of presentation at Puget Sound Fly Fishers meeting Dec. 6

The public can attend a free presentation on how to catch steelhead on Oregon’s Sandy River Thursday. Veteran Oregon angler, fly shop owner and guide Mark Bachmann will speak at the meeting of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

“Wild steelhead and wild steelhead rivers are my passion. I have been catching steelhead with flies since 1963,” Bachmann said. “There is no substitute for experience. Nothing teaches more about fishing than catching fish. My goal as a fly fishing guide and instructor is to impart my experience so that you can be successful.”

Bachmann owns and operates The Fly Fishing Shop

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Nov.
30th

Fishing report: Trout lakes continue to fish well

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

Lakes
American: Look for the rainbow trout holding among the weeds in shallow water. Try using yellow Power Bait on a 4-foot leader. Some of the fish are topping 20 inches long.

Munn: The lake is still fishing well for trout. Go with white leeches fished on an intermediate- or fast-sink line.

Offut: The fishing for trout has improved, with most people catching their limits of rainbow trout. Some people are catching their limits in close to an hour. Dock anglers are using worms and

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Nov.
28th

House passes bill to name Eatonville post office after Margaret Anderson

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed legislation that would name the Eatonville post office after slain Mount Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson.

The bill, H.R. 5788, would name the post office National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office. The measure awaits action in the Senate.

The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) to honor Anderson who was shot and killed Jan. 1 while on duty at Mount Rainier National Park. She was fatally shot by Benjamin Colton Barnes, a suspect in an earlier Seattle shooting. Anderson set up a road block to stop Barnes after he had driven

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Nov.
27th

Fishing report: River levels dropping

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

Rivers

Minter: The chum fishing has been very good, with people catching some bright fish among the darker fish. There are lots of fish in the creek, making it hard to not foul hook some.

Nisqually: The reports have shown the fishing has improved along with the weather. People are catching some limits of bright chum.

Olympic Coast: The first of the winter-run steelhead are showing up in the rivers around Forks and the action has been pretty good.

Puyallup: Anglers are

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Nov.
21st

Skiers, snowboarders brave one-hour line for opening day at Crystal Mountain

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – The line for the gondola Wednesday morning at Crystal Mountain wrapped around the base lodge, but after the hour wait skiers and snowboarders were rewarded with a valley full of fluffy snow.

“It’s pretty good for opening day,” said Tiana Enger, Crystal Mountain’s spokeswoman.

Enger said the ski area was taken by surprise by the number of people who turned out early for the first day of ski season. Ski area crews scrambled to open a second chair lift to shuttle visitors to the upper mountain and by 11 a.m.

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Nov.
19th

Ski Season starts Tuesday at Stevens Pass, Wednesday at Crystal Mountain and perhaps Mt. Baker

UPDATE, Nov. 21, 9:50 a.m. Crystal Mountain has opened, as seen by the eager skiers in the photo above.

UPDATE, Nov. 20, 12:37 p.m.: More ski areas have announced opening days.  49 Degrees North, north Of Spokane, will open Friday at 9 a.m. and Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood is currently operating. Timberline remains open year round.

UPDATE: Stevens Pass has just announced it will open Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. It will open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crystal Mountain ski area plans to launch the 2012-13 ski season with a partial opening at

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Nov.
19th

Charges pending in North Cascades National Park helicopter crash.

The National Park Services released a statement this morning regarding the Oct. 3 helicopter crash in North Cascades National Park.

On October 4th, rangers received a report that a leased Robinson 22 helicopter had crashed the day before in a remote area of the park about six miles south of the international border with Canada. Rangers located and interviewed the pilot and passenger, who were uninjured in the crash and had hiked out over 20 miles to the nearest road. After several days of poor weather conditions and some rough off-trail travel, rangers documented the scene with agents from Homeland

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Nov.
16th

Mount Rainier officials announce Paradise road will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

This notice was posted earlier this evening on the Mount Rainier National Park Facebook page.

Beginning Nov. 27, the road between Paradise and Longmire will be closed to public travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Longmire and the park remains open seven days a week, barring major storm events.

The Longmire visitor information center will also be moving from the Longmire Museum across the street into the historic Administration Building. That is the large building that houses the Wilderness Information Center in the summer. The information center will be open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

“We are strategically

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