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Archives: Dec. 2012

Dec.
21st

Mount Rainier snowplay area will not open today, likely this weekend

UPDATE (11 a.m., 12/22): Mount Rainier National Park is reporting that the gate to Paradise at Longmire is open and the snowplay area is open. Tire chains or 4WD/AWD required.

The snowplay area at Paradise will not open today as scheduled.

Following a series of storms in the last week, Mount Rainier National Park road crews have been working this week to remove fallen trees and clear snow from park roads and parking lots. They are today beginning to groom the runs at Paradise.

More than 50 inches of snow has fallen at Paradise in the last week, leaving

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Dec.
19th

Opening of Paradise snowplay area might be delayed

The scheduled Friday opening of the Paradise snowplay area might be delayed as crews work to clear snow off the road from Longmire to Paradise.

Winter storms have kept Mount Rainier National Park plow drivers busy clearing roads and parking areas. More than 54 inches of new snow in recent days has pushed the total on the ground to 126 inches.

The snowplay area is scheduled to open Friday, once the runs are constructed.
The first priority for park crews, however, is safe access to Paradise. These winter storms may delay the start of snowplay, said a park news

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Dec.
18th

Tokul Creek opens Dec. 21 for steelhead fishing

The state announced this afternoon that Tokul Creek will open early for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish. The creek, a tributary of the Snoqualmie River, is east of Fall City in King County.

The creek will be open from the Fish Hatchery Road bridge to the posted cable boundary marker downstream of the hatchery intake for trout and other gamefish. The opening begins at 7 a.m. Friday and runs through Feb. 15.

This section of Tokul Creek is closed in the permanent regulations until Jan.15 to allow for winter steelhead broodstock collection at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. However, the hatchery

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Dec.
18th

Mount Rainier included in National Park Service holiday greetings video

Mount Rainier National Park is among 15 parks included in a “Happy Holidays” YouTube video.

In the video, park staffers extend their holidays wishes in, shall we say, unique ways.

For Mount Rainier’s part, a trio of rangers offer their greetings while sledding down a hill.

Click here to watch the video.

Dec.
17th

No surprise, road to Paradise is likely to be closed all day

Anyone who has been watching the weather reports, or got the blizzard alerts Sunday, will not be surprised that the road from Longmire to Paradise is not expected to open today.

Mount Rainier National Park officials made that announcement earlier this morning.

Some of the reasons: winds whipping to 100 mph at Camp Muir and 44 mph at Paradise, on top of the 33 inches of new snow at Paradise.

According to weather data from Paradise, there is now 110 inches of snow on the ground. That should be good news for Saturday’s opening of the snowplay area, assuming crews

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Dec.
14th

Connecticut school shooting stirs sad memories at Mount Rainier National Park

For Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, tragedies like today’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut stir awful memories.

It was less than a year ago that his staff responded to a gunman in Mount Rainier National Park. When law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson stopped the man, Benjamin Colton Barnes, on the morning of Jan. 1 she was shot and killed. Barnes fled into Rainier’s unforgiving wilderness where he was found dead, drowned in Paradise River, the next morning.

Some, including Young, believe Anderson’s actions may have prevented a Barnes from shooting park visitors at Paradise.

While park

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Dec.
14th

Fishing report: River fishing shows signs of improving

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

As long as we don’t get a lot of rain, river conditions should be good this weekend, although they might be a bit high.

Rivers

Green: People are catching a mix of steelhead and cutthroat trout near Flaming Geyser State Park. People are reporting have success fishing with pink worms or eggs.

Humptulips: People are catching a mix of coho and steelhead, and an occasional late but still bright chinook.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been improving. The Bogachiel has been a good spot

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Dec.
13th

Three more Washington ski areas ready to open

Three more Washington ski resorts announced opening dates today.

Ski Bluewood south of Dayton plans to open Friday.

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club plans to open for cross country skiing on Friday and for tubing on Saturday.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl between Twisp and Okanogan has announced a Saturday opening.

Also, Mount Hood Ski Bowl in Government Camp, Ore., plans to open its tubing hills on Saturday.

Most of the Northwest’s major ski areas are already open.