Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Wildlife Commission changes meeting site

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has changed the location of its meeting on Friday and Saturday to provide more seating.

The nine-member commission will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Columbia Room of the state Legislative Building, 614 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W.

The citizen panel, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, will get briefings on high-profile issues including wolf management, proposals to restructure salmon and sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River and changes to Puget Sound shrimp fisheries.

A briefing on improvements proposed for Klickitat Salmon Hatchery is scheduled at 9:35 a.m. Friday. Regional director Guy Norman will brief the commission the Columbia fisheries restructuring at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

For directions to the building, go online to http://www.ga.wa/visitor/direction.htm.

Boat ramp upgraded at Hathaway Park

WASHOUGAL — Boaters have an improved ramp for launching and loading at Hathaway Park on the Washougal River.

City officials dedicated the reconstructed ramp on Saturday.

The project cost approximately $125,000 with the money coming from the Recreation Conservation Office, Washington Wildlife Recreation Program and the City of Washougal, said Paul Greenlee, a city council member.

Cabela’s opens Yakima-area store

UNION GAP, Wash. — Cabela’s opens its new Union Gap store at 11 a.m. today.

The 40,000-square-foot store will be an anchor of Washington Plaza, a new shopping center on East Washington Avenue adjacent to Valley Mall.

The store will include trophy wildlife and outdoor memorabilia displays.

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