Spokane attorney Alan Green and local school teacher Britten Jay spent two days fishing the Grande Ronde for steelhead over the President’s Day weekend. Floating the canyon stretch between Boggan’s and Shumaker, the anglers (including Spokane fisherman Kevin, and James from Dayton) managed to hook 18 fish in two days, and land 13 of them. Two of the fish caught by James Brandon were wild fish, one of which weighed an estimated 10 pounds. That’s a sizable steelhead for the Ronde, and quite an accomplishment, considering James had never fished for steelhead with a fly rod before.
All fish were caught using one of a variety of orange, tangerine and multicolored egg and flesh patterns under an indicator. Several of the anglers fished many of the runs swinging leeches with spey rods, however no fish were caught on the swing. With the exception of the inconsiderate guide out of Oregon running a jet boat up the river, the anglers had the river nearly to themselves. You are urged to contact Washington Dept. of Fish and Game to ask that jet boats be banned from the Grande Ronde.
OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate has taken action against distracted drivers, passing a measure Friday that makes it easier for police to ticket people who are driving while either texting or talking on a cell phone without a headset.
On a 33-15 vote Friday, the Senate passed a bill that makes it a primary offense to be caught holding a cell phone to your ear while driving, or to be reading, writing or sending text messages. That strengthens the state’s current secondary offense law, which only slaps drivers with an extra fine if they are pulled over for another infraction, such as speeding.
“It’s becoming an epidemic, people are not paying attention, and it’s extremely serious,” said Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, and sponsor of the bill. Continue Reading →
OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and proposed fishing seasons during a public meeting here March 2.
With the first chinook salmon of the year already arriving in the Columbia River, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts of 2010 salmon returns that will be used to help establish salmon-fishing seasons for dozens of other waters around the state.
The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the General Administration Building Auditorium at 11th Ave. and Columbia St. on the Capitol Campus.
Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to talk to fishery managers about the pre-season forecasts and participate in work sessions focusing on key salmon-management issues in the region.
“Public input is an important part of the season-setting process,” said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for WDFW. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in recreational and commercial salmon fisheries to get involved in these discussions and take part in the development of upcoming fishing seasons.” Continue Reading →
By BRIAN EVERSTINE
Associated Press Writer
OLYMPIA, Wash. —
After 2009 ended in a hail of high-profile gun violence, Washington state’s gun-control advocates are frustrated by an apparent lack of political support for an assault weapons ban, warning that the state will likely face more deadly shootings without it.
The bill comes just weeks after a spate of deadly police shootings, and proponents of the ban say those killings should force politicians to confront gun violence.
“There’s more guns, a repressed economy and a lot of angry people,” said Ralph Fascitelli, board chairman for state gun control group Washington Ceasefire. “You can’t sweep this problem under a rug. Apparently the shooting of eight police isn’t enough to confront gun violence in the state.” Continue Reading →