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Category: Mail Bag


T-Town Climbing Challenge need volunteers

Edgeworks Climbing gym is looking for volunteers to judge and belay climbers at Saturday’s T-Town Climbing Challenge. Here’s the lowdown from the gym:

Edgeworks T-Town Climbing Challenge

Saturday, April 25th, 10am – 5pm

Volunteers Needed:

-Judges: No Experience Necessary

-Belayers: Edgeworks Belay Certification Required

What you get for helping out:

-Edgeworks T-Shirt

-A wonderfully fulfilling lunch supplied by Edgeworks

-A great opportunity to see some of the region’s best climbers. Some of the climbers that will be at the comp are nationally ranked; they’re good!


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Foothills Trail needs volunteers for patrol

From the Foothills Trails Rails to Trails Coalition:

Join the certification training for the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition’s Courtesy Patrol. Keith Lassen with Pierce Transit and a Courtesy Patrolman will present an overview of current first aid practices 9 am, Mar. 14, High Cedars Golf Club, 149th St. Court E. Orting. The Courtesy Patrol was created in 2002 to encourge trail courtesy and provide trail information to users. Members also assist with special events such as the Foothills Dash, Daffodil Classic bike ride, the Rainier to Ruston ultrathon, and relay, and the Run with the Salmon. The Patrol

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At least there’s snow at Whistler

In pursuit of the first turns of the season, my dad headed north to Whistler Blackcomb for the week. Sounds like he got there a few weeks too early.

Here’s the ski report he sent me:

No Snow and above freezing temps at the village. No crossover skiing or lifts between Blackcomb and Whistler.

There is almost no snow below mid mountain on Whistler or below the top of the Wizard chair on Blackcomb.

There are a couple of runs open on each mountain and as of Dec. 2 they are making snow wherever they can.

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UPDATE: Milton’s new trail

I got e-mail from reader M. Mullins recently asking the whereabouts of the new trail in Milton. The paved 2.5-mile multipurpose trail was dedicated Tuesday.

We were unable to run a map of the trail because the City of Milton could not provide us one. Making matters more confusing we accidently left out a box with additional info the trail from Thursday’s section.

This prompted many phone calls from readers like M. Mullins. Thanks for pointing it out.

My bad. Here’s what we meant to say:

Milton Interurban Trail
South terminus: 70th Avenue East
North terminus: South 380th Place
Surface: Asphalt
Parking: A community baseball park at 700 Kent Street offers ample parking along the trail.
The future: Trail planners hope to connect the Milton trail to future sections in Edgewood and Fife.
What’s next? Edgewood Trail Community Meeting, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church.

Diane Kerlin doesn’t live in Milton, but she was as happy as anybody Tuesday morning when the city dedicated a new 2.5-mile multiuse trail.

"This is a great day," said Kerlin, an Edgewood resident who helped plan the trail. "… A lot of hard work went into this."

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Innovative family recreation

Got this picture via e-mail today from avid cyclist Bob Myrick. This is a family that found an innovative way to get everybody out to enjoy the sunshine on the Foothills Trail. Looks like the photo was originally taken by Earl and Glory Mikkelson.


Two readers offer part of themselves to help John Kircher

I’ve got to say, you guys are pretty amazing.

In my 12 years at The News Tribune I’ve written hundreds of stories about hundreds of interesting people and received all kinds of feedback from the readers – some of it even good.

But I’ve never seen reaction like what followed Monday’s feature on John Kircher. Kircher runs Crystal Mountain and the Summit at Snoqualmie and is battling liver disease. He needs a liver transplant.

Two readers, neither of whom have ever met Kircher, called me to say they’d like to donate a portion of their liver

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Reaction to our story on outdoor companies and their environmental impact

We’re getting good response from you guys about our story on what some outdoor companies and park services are doing to limit their environmental impact. Thanks.

One letter comes from a company we didn’t include. Here’s what they want you to know.

Your article in today’s paper is great – thank you for covering what the outdoor industry is doing to help the environment. We’re a little disappointed that we didn’t get to talk to you, as we’re proud to be a local company, still manufacturing the majority of our products at our headquarters in Seattle.

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