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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
28th

Salmon forecast meeting Friday in Olympia

Just a reminder that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will announce its preseason forecast for salmon runs at a public meeting Friday.

People attending the North of Falcon session also will have the chance to comment on the structure of upcoming fishing seasons in Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m-3 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.

I will post updates on our blog when I can.

Click here for a story I wrote earlier about the meeting.

Feb.
26th

Fishing report: River fishing shows signs of improving

Lakes

Chelan: Anglers are catching a pretty decent number of lake trout one day and struggle the next. The area above the Yacht Club and in the flat below Wapato Point have been the best locations. Trolling at 1.2-1.7mph down within 5 feet of the bottom triggered the bite.

Rufus Woods: People who are still fishing are eking out a few fish, but the action can be very tough. Try using a dough bait like Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American wildfire.

Washington: The south end of Mercer Island is producing some cutthroat trout. People are trolling with herring behind a

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Feb.
24th

Meany Lodge: Washington’s oldest ski area

Hope you read this morning’s article on Meany Lodge, Washington’s oldest ski area. The private ski area opened in 1928 and added one of the state’s first rope tows in 1938. Not much has changed since. The Mountaineers have kept this historic location running much like it did 75 years ago complete with a rope tow powered by an old Chevy pickup engine.

Be sure to check out the multimedia version of the story.

 

Feb.
22nd

Check road conditions before heading to Mount Rainier this weekend

While the lure of playing in fresh snow might be hard to avoid, people planning to head to Mount Rainier National Park should check on road conditions before they leave home.

More than seven inches of new snow has accumulated at Paradise in the last 24 hours. There are now 155 inches of snow on the ground at the park’s most popular winter play area.

But with a winter storm warning in effect through Saturday morning, the road from Longmire to Paradise never opened.

The parks also was requiring vehicles to use tire chains or four-wheel-drive from Kautz Creek to

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Feb.
22nd

Fishing report: Weather could make weekend dicey

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

This weekend’s success – and safety – will largely be predicated by the weather. Rivers were rapidly rising Friday, so if the rain continues it could make water conditions unfishable. The strong winds in the forecast will make fishing Puget Sound difficult and could make for dangerous conditions for the weekend razor clam dig. Wave heights off Cape Elizabeth were at 17 feet Friday morning. State officials warn digs to be extra cautious when waves there top 11 feet.

WEATHER UPDATE 11:40 A.M.

The

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Feb.
20th

Sequestration could mean Mount Rainier does not open Ohanapecosh Visitor Center for season

Here is a story I filed for Thursday’s paper on how sequestration would impact operations at Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park would not open the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center this season if Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach a budget deal by March 1.

The closure was among the proposed cuts planned at 12 major national parks, according to documents obtained and released Wednesday by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Mount Rainier is facing a mandated cut of $604,000 in its annual operating budget should sequestration take place. Olympic National Park’s budget would be

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Feb.
19th

Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team collect national awards

According to a statement released today by the USA Canoe and Kayak today the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team cleaned up at the organization’s annual leadership conversation. They landed three awards. From the press release:

Volunteer of the Year – Missy Hill, Gig Harbor

“Missy Hill has been and continues to volunteer her time and energy as Chair of the Sprint Events Committee; member of the ParaCanoe Committee; official for the National Championships; Olympic Trials and Lake Placid International Regatta. USA Canoe Kayak is proud to present the Volunteer Award to Missy to acknowledge our gratitude for her

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Feb.
15th

Couple who survived deadly Rainier storm getting married tomorrow in Whistler, B.C.

In the last line of a story I wrote last winter about a couple who survived a deadly storm on Mount Rainier, I shared a quote from Josephine Johnson of Lacey about her boyfriend of eight months.

“He is so amazing,” Johnson said of Jim Dickman, who lives in Vancouver, Wash. “I’m going to marry this man.”

Tomorrow she’ll make good on that promise when the couple plans to wed in Whistler, B.C. “Pique,” a Whistler news magazine, profiled the outdoor-lovers on its website yesterday, Valentine’s Day.

After the wedding the couple plans to celebrate with a bobsled ride

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