Work temporarily shuts Hood Canal launch

The Skokomish Park boat launch site in Hoodsport will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The closure is necessary to allow work to be done on Tacoma Power’s new sockeye hatchery.

Alternate boat launches in the area include Union Boat Launch, Twanoh State Park, Triton Cove and Mike’s Beach Resort.

The boat launch site where the work is taking place is owned and operated by the Skokomish Tribe.

The ramp will be closed for trenching work near the entrance to the boat ramp, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“We realize this is an inconvenience to boaters,” Lothrop said in a news release. “However, this work is necessary so that construction of the new fish hatchery can continue.”


Club, shop offer group ride for beginners

The Capital Bicycle Club, with assistance from Joy Ride Bikes, hosts a weekly series of rides for people who are new to group rides.

The purpose of the ride is to improve riding skills. Participants may ride any style of bike. The ride usually lasts 1-1 1/2 hours.

The Monday evening rides will run through the end of August.

Participants should meet at Joy Ride Bikes, 1225 Ruddell Road SE, Lacey, at 6 p.m. People who need the most basic skills should meet at 5:30 p.m. for additional training.

The ride leaders are Michelle Kautzman and Jenny Mercer.

For information, call Joy Ride Bikes at 360-491-9551 or go to capitalbicycleclub.org.

Hunting, fishing

Youth Outdoors will hold golf fundraiser

Youth Outdoors Unlimited, which offers guided hunting and fishing trips to physically at-risk and physically challenged youth, is holding a golf tournament fundraiser Aug. 23.

The group’s first celebrity golf tournament will be held at Moses Lake Golf Club, said Cindy Carpenter, the groups’ executive director. It will be a scramble format.

Registration will open at 9 a.m. that day with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

The cost is $500 for each four-person team. That includes a round of golf, use of a cart, driving range balls, lunch, dinner, prizes and more.

Among the youths who have been able to enjoy the outdoors thanks to the group’s efforts is 14-year-old Dariece Steele of Olympia. Born with spina bifida, Steele enjoyed a successful guided bear hunt on the Quinault Indian Reservation earlier this year.

You can learn more about the group at youthourdoorsu.org.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com