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Category: Eatonville


Baby fever at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

It’s that time of year at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park where new babies keep coming.

The newest edition is a lamb born Monday to the bighorn sheep herd, bringing that group’s number to 26.

Also new is a female bison calf born April 28, becoming the 17th member of that herd.

“Baby season is always enjoyable because there’s the anticipation of something new each day,” Free-Roaming Area keeper Dave Meadows said. “It’s also fun to watch the little ones show off their innocence while they grow and learn from their mothers.”

On the way are more lambs and a mountain

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Eatonville School Board selects Tacoma schools administrator as new district superintendent

An administrator with Tacoma Public Schools was selected this week to replace the outgoing Eatonville School District Superintendent.

Krestin Bahr, the middle school director for Tacoma schools, was chosen to replace Rich Stewart, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Bahr will take over July 1.

Bahr is the first female superintendent for the school district in Eatonville, and has lived in the Mount Rainier foothills community for about nine years.

“Being the first female superintendent is an honor,” Bahr said Friday. “I take it very seriously and I hope to be a

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Orphaned moose released into Northwest Trek’s free-roaming area

Two orphaned moose brought to Northwest Trek last summer have been released into the Eatonville park’s free-roaming area, where people can now see them from the tram.

The two calves join two adult female moose in the 435-acre forested and meadowed area that is dedicated to Northwest animals that need room to forage for their food.

Moose are herbivores that munch on leaves, branches, roots and twigs.

One of the calves is a 600-pound female orphaned in Alaska. The other is a 500-pound male found dehydrated and malnourished in an Idaho stream.

Veterinarians and zoo staff nursed the calves, who

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Northwest Trek visitors pay on honor system when computers go down

Honesty was the policy at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park on Tuesday.

After the computer and phone systems went down in the middle of the day, employees decided to let visitors who didn’t have cash or checks into the park on an honor system. The 58 people who entered Northwest Trek during that time frame were asked to pay by the end of the day.

All of them did so.

“We told people the truth, that our system was down and we didn’t want to affect their experience,” Membership Coordinator Jeannie Clay said. “Our customers are awesome. One-hundred percent came back

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Volunteers complete projects at Northwest Trek

By Dianne McGinness, Staff writer

Nine AmeriCorps volunteers have finished five weeks of work at Northwest Trek, doing everything from building a rock wall to replacing old fencing and clearing out miles of invasive bushes.

The team was helping get the wildlife park near Eatonville ready for the spring and summer seasons.

The group impressed Northwest Trek staff members, said Jessica Moore, coordinator of the Park Conservation Program.

“Everyone in the park has commented on the tremendous job they’ve done,” she said. “I’m very pleased.”

The team split into two groups, covering virtually every corner of the park. On Saturday,

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Fundraisers set Saturday for injured Elbe-area battalion chief

A series of fundraisers to help injured Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Bill Tylor are planned Saturday at the Eatonville Eagles Hall, 100 Weyerhaeuser Road N.

A pancake breakfast is at 8 a.m., followed by a poker run that takes off from the hall at 9:30 a.m. A spaghetti dinner is at 5 p.m. and a live auction is at 8 p.m.

A silent auction will run throughout the day, and live music starts up at 8:30 p.m.

People also can make donations to Tylor at any First Citizens Bank branch.

Tylor injured his spinal cord in

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Conservation fund set up in name of Northwest Trek’s late deputy director

A conservation fund has been set up in the name of Dave Ellis, Northwest Trek’s deputy director who died last month.

The David E. Ellis Conservation Fund will support animal health care, animal facilities and species recovery.

Ellis led the animal park for nearly 28 years before dying July 17 at age 65.

He was known for his love of animals, kind, adventurous spirit and dedication to showing people how exciting the outdoors could be. Ellis helped Northwest Trek receive and keep accreditation, expand its animal collection and work toward preserving multiple species.

Donations can be made to the Northwest

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Northwest Trek’s deputy director dies on park’s anniversary

The man who led Northwest Trek for nearly three decades died Tuesday on the wildlife park’s 37th anniversary.

Dave Ellis was 65. His cause of death has not been released.

He is remembered as a dedicated wildlife advocate who worked tirelessly to improve the 723-acre park and the experience for all those who visited.

“Every day, he managed the protection of Northwest Trek and the concept of what it was established to be,” said Gary Geddes, director of the Zoological and Environmental Division of Metro Parks Tacoma. “He was unwavering in that commitment.”

Ellis was hired as general curator and

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