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Archives: June 2013


Body of suicide victim discovered at Mount Rainier National Park

The body of a 58-year-old Kent man was discovered Thursday at Mount Rainier National Park, park officials announced Friday. The man had been missing since Wednesday and his wife reported him missing Thursday morning.

Rangers who responded determined the man committed suicide, the park said in a statement released Friday morning.

“At 2:30 p.m. Thursday … visitors at Mount Rainier National Park reported seeing a body lying near the Wonderland Trail north of Longmire, near the Rampart Ridge Trail,” the statement said. “Rangers responded and determined that the individual, a 58-year-old man, was deceased, and a victim of

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Sunrise opens Friday at Mount Rainier, other areas to follow

The highest point in Mount Rainier National Park that can be reached by vehicle will open ahead of schedule Friday.

Warm weather has helped melt snow, allowing staff to open Sunrise Road and Sunrise Lodge early. The visitor center is scheduled to open July 3.

The Paradise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh and Carbon River ares of the park are already open for the season. The Narada Falls trail is also open, but may close periodically due to construction.

The Cougar River Campground opens Thursday and the White River Campground follows Friday.

Mowich Lake Road is open Wednesday, July 3, but about three

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Fishing reports: Lots of good action these days

Here are some of the reports that will be included in the fishing report that runs in Wednesday’s Sports section:


Columbia: The spring Chinook action was fairly slow last week, based on state creel samples. There were 1,031 bank anglers checked, and they kept 59 adult Chinook and eight jacks, plus 16 steelhead. They released 42 adults and 18 jacks. There also were 605 boaters checked and they kept 39 adults, seven jacks and 22 steelhead. They also released 42 adults and eight jacks. The best action was in the Kalama area. Shad fishing below Bonneville Dam has picked

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The Wonderland Trail: A 93-mile backpacker’s dream

Each year 820 people attempt to hike the Wonderland Trail, the rigorous 93-mile path around Mount Rainier. Last September I hiked the trail with colleagues Matt Misterek and Drew Perine and Graham firefighter Thad Richardson.

Since March we’ve published a series of articles explaining the trails history as well as how to pack and train for this classic hike. On Sunday the 15-story series ends with our tale from the trail.

Here’s a sneak peak courtesy of videographer Joe Barrentine:


Fishing reports: Plenty of good fishing news

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


Black: The afternoon fishing has been pretty good for all species but trout. The crappie and yellow perch action has really improved.

Harts: The crappie fishing has picked up in recent days, while the trout action has been in ther slow side. Mini-jigs in green-white or yellow-white fished under a bobber have been effective for crappie.

Potholes: Perch fishing continues to be excellent. The walleye action continued to improve this week, but still is a bit inconsistent. Some days people are bringing in limits,

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South Sound Running to open new store in Puyallup by July 1

South Sound Running plans to open a new store in downtown Puyallup by July 1, owner Greg Klein said.

The store, located at 115 South Meridian, will be Puyallup’s only running specialty store.

Klein says the store is undergoing final renovations before opening its doors to the public. He says the store is similar in layout to the Tacoma store. South Sound Running also has a store in Olympia.

The store will be managed by Rick Bogatay, an Emerald Ridge High School graduate and 2011 Sound to Narrows champ.

The store is already sponsoring Puyallup races, including the June 22

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Fishing report: Good prospects for the weekend


Cowlitz: The river has been slow to fair for summer-run steelhead in the Blue Creek area. Free drifting eggs from a boat has been most effective, but try back trolling baits or plugs when eggs are not working. The spring chinook action has been best at the barrier dam. Try using eggs and sand shrimp.

Green: People are catching a few steelhead and the water is in good shape. Floats and jigs or spinners are the most popular gear. Try No. 3 size spinners with a black blade and gold body or a gold blade and black body.


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