outdoors

Moon Snails
8:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

What's Killing Clams? Solve This Low Tide Mystery

Why did so many healthy clams turn up dead at low tide last week?
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

One of the lowest tides of the year this weekend revealed a "crime scene" at the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.

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Logging Life
6:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Coastal County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Recreation Fees

File photo showing vandalism on Weyerhaeuser's St. Helens Tree Farm.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:48 pm

Grays Harbor County, Washington, is the first county in the Northwest to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The county's commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.

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Team Naturaleza
7:13 am
Wed June 25, 2014

How Washington Is Working To Increase Latino Fishers

Valeria Quinones, left, fishes with her family, Daniel Guerra, Elizabeth Guerra, and Ricardo Quinones during a fishing event geared to get more Latino people fishing.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 1:00 am

WENTACHEE, Wash. -- About 150 people line the shoreline at the Beehive Reservoir in north central Washington. Spanish and English mix, as anglers plunk lures into the lake. And just as quickly as the lures sink to the bottom, rainbow trout bite down on the chartreuse-colored bait.

"You've got a bite," someone on the shoreline shouts.

The small reservoir is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Wenatchee. But Norma Gallegos said it’s a trip made by only a few of the city’s Hispanic residents.

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'Impenetrable Jungle'
4:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Hikers Trapped In Dense Rhododendron Forest

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:50 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of a rhododendron rescue. Who knew a shrub known for its brilliantly colored blooms could be life-threatening? But a couple hiking in Ireland's Knockmealdown Mountains was trapped when they got lost on a hillside so thick with wild rhododendrons, one rescuer told the BBC it was as impenetrable as a jungle - so dense that people could not hear each other, which is why it took five hours to rescue them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Helmet Heads
3:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Head Injury Risk Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

John Rose NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:20 am

Editors' Note: This post has been revised to clarify and correct reporting on the findings of the bike helmet study. The researchers looked at head injuries, not just brain injuries, so the descriptions have been changed to head injuries throughout. The lead researcher said in response to follow-up questions that the study was designed to look at the risk of head injuries as a proportion of all injuries related to bicycling, so the headline and descriptions of the work have been changed to reflect that distinction.

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Health
8:23 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wenatchee Latino Population Encouraged To Hike Outdoors For Health

Hikers Kimberly Carrillo and her friend Lily Esuivel near Wenatchee. Agencies in the area are trying to get more people hiking on nearby trails.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:12 am

Doctors in Wenatchee have been passing out some unusual prescriptions lately – not pills, but mountain hikes. It’s called the Foothills Hiking Challenge.

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Climbing
12:54 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Names And Details Emerge About Mount Rainier Accident Victims

File photo of Mount Rainier

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:14 am

Alpine Ascents International Monday released the name of the second company guide who was killed in this weekend’s climbing tragedy on Mount Rainier. His name was Eitan Green, a Colby College graduate from the Boston area. He was based in Seattle and had guided for Alpine Ascents since 2009.

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Climbing Accident
9:09 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Climbers Mourn Mount Rainier Tragedy, But Climb On

Mount Rainier as seen from the road to the White River campground.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:12 am

Mount Rainier is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the nation, but this weekend, it became the scene of a terrible tragedy -- the second worst climbing tragedy in the mountain's history. Six climbers apparently fell to their deaths.

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Northwest
6:33 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Six Climbers Presumed Dead On Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:05 am

Six climbers who were descending from near the top of Mount Rainier have perished in the worst accident on the snow-capped volcano in decades. 

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Blood-Sucking Bugs
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

File photo of a tick

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:58 pm

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

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Post-Deployment Recovery
11:04 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Fly Fishing As A Meditative, Healing Process For Veterans

Sgt. Kurt Erickson fishing on the Naches River as part of a Rivers of Recovery trip.
Courtesy of Kurt Erickson

For some soldiers, learning to live with physical injuries or post-deployment stress in a clinical setting is a less than conducive atmosphere for making progress.

Rivers of Recovery, a Minnesota based nonprofit group, uses a different approach:  They take soldiers out into the woods and teach them to fly fish. The aim is to provide counseling, camaraderie and self-care tools that soldiers can build on.

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Outdoor Activity
2:00 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

With Warmer Weather, It'll Soon Be Time To Take A Hike

Getting antsy for hiking season? Seabury Blair has recommendations.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Steve Scher talks with Seabury Blair Jr., a local author of hiking books, about where to go in the Cascades and on the Olympic Penninsula when you get an itching to head for the hills.

Blair is author of Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, part of the Day Hikes! series of books from Sasquatch Press.