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May 6, 2008: Least Deadliest Catch

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Normally Hood Canal is a quiet sort of place--its mirrored surface unbroken by wake of kayak, canoe, or motor boat. But each year, on the first two Saturdays in May, boaters come from near and far to test their wits and wiles against those of one of the Canal's most elusive but delicious inhabitants: the Hood Canal spot prawn. Here's a brief and incomplete tutorial in how to catch Hood Canal shrimp: 1. Make sure your boat makes it to the water. 2. Prepare cans of Friskies cat food to use as bait.   4. Remember: mechanical pot-pullers are for...

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Apr 29, 2008: Beach Combing at High Tide, part 1

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Apr 28, 2008: 25th Annual Fishing Derby

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Nearly 60 kids participated in the fishing derby last weekend. They had lots of fun and made lots of mischief, but unfortunately, between them they only caught 30 fish. Here are some of the lucky fisherkids: The biggest fish caught measured 19 inches. If you didn't catch any fish, then hold up your M&M's! Clearly that's too much gum for a 4 year old to eat all by herself, which is why her brother, in the background, has a gum-eating grin on his face. As at any proper Hood Canal function, there were plenty of oysters to barbecue. And only...

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Apr 8, 2008: Confused Flowers

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Spring is taking its sweet time getting here.

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Apr 1, 2008: Hood Canal History

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Hood Canal, circa 2008. The near dot in the picture is a seal, the far dot is a boat. In the mid 1800s, before Washington was a state, civic minded leaders in the territory decided that they needed to do something to distinguish their homeland and themselves. People on the East Coast still thought of the Washington residents as wild, wooley and completely uncivilized. One astute resident of Union City, Washington, a Mr. Samuel Hood, who'd made a fortune in the shipping industry, took a vacation to New York in 1852 and noticed the considerable fanfare and wealth generated by...

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