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Archives: March 2013


Man cited after landing ultralight aircraft on Olympic National Park beach to view Japanese dock tsunami debris

A statement released today by Olympic National Park:

A Forks, Washington pilot was contacted and cited by an Olympic National Park Ranger after landing an ultralight aircraft on a beach within the wilderness coast of the park on March 4.   The plane was observed by park employees who were working on the coast and he was contacted at Forks airport by a ranger and cited.

The man said he landed there in order to look at the Japanese dock which washed up on the beach after the tsunami.

The pilot was also given a written warning by a law enforcement

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Saturday is a free admission day at Washington State Parks

Just to remind folks, especially those people who are looking to take advantage of the warm weather in the forecast, that Saturday is a free admission day.

Saturday is one of 12 State Parks free days set for this year, in honor of the agency’s centennial birthday.

That means you can visit any Washington state park without needing a Discover Pass that costs $10 per day or $30 a year. Click here to learn more about the Discover Pass program.


Local lakes among those stocked with trout for spring break

The state has stocked more than a quarter-million rainbow trout in dozens of lakes across Western Washington in time for spring break.

The trout, measuring 10-12 inches long, were to be released into 47 year-round fishing lakes in Pierce, Thurston, King, Mason, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Island and Snohomish counties.

The Pierce County lakes that were to be planted are (with the number of fish): American (12,000), Bonney (1,000), Bradley (1,000), Florence (3,900), Harts (6,480), Louise (2,340), Spanaway (18,000), Steilacoom (5,000), Wapato (1,680), Waughop (1,500) and Whitman (2,000).

The Thurston County lakes are: Black (25,000), Long’s Pond (2,000), St. Clair (9,500),

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Fishing report: Spanaway Lake producing big trout

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

With good weather in the forecast, there might be a lot of people at your favorite fishing hole. Remember to give each other some room and enjoy the Easter weekend.

The state has put some new fishing rules in place, as an emergency, while the permanent regulations approved in March by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will take effect May 1.


American: The trout fishing has been fair, with the best action close to shore. People are having luck fishing green or yellow

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Crews complete removal of dock from Olympic Beach

Crews today finished removing the 185-ton dock that washed ashore in December near La Push. The dock had been washed out to sea during the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Workers from The Undersea Co. of Port Townsend, removed the last of the dock’s concrete and plastic foam from the beach and the inland landing site. The dock came ashore on Olympic National Park land north of the mouth of the Hoh River.

The work, which began on March 17, was was challenging.

“Imagine opening up a 185-ton concrete package filled with foam packing peanuts while standing near a helicopter

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Fishing report: Weekend outlook filled with sun, warm temps

Good weather in the weekend forecast should bring plenty of people out to local lakes, coastal beaches for a razor clam dig and to rivers looking to hook a steelhead. The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid-60s Saturday and Sunday. Could it be that spring fishing is finally here?

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


Cowlitz: The fishing is picking up, but slowly. People are catching a handful of steelhead and a few spring chinook. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered

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Boat, possibly from tsunami, found on Long Beach Peninsula

Local, state and federal agencies are responding to an approximately 20-foot boat that washed ashore today on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County.

Agency staffers are evaluating whether the boat was swept into the Pacific Ocean during the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. The boat is also being inspected for potential aquatic invasive species. No oil or hazardous materials have been associated with the boat.

Officials from the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission ask that the public stay clear of the boat so the state Department of Fish and Wildlife can take precautionary actions including steam

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