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White Pass Ski Area opened for season Saturday

A healthy dose of snow in the Cascade Mountains has ushered the holiday season in early for skiers and snowboarders. Those accumulations meant White Pass Ski Area opened the slopes for the winter season Saturday morning, at least a week and a half earlier than usual.

Outdoors

Get your bird feeders ready

“You have a woodpecker!” My observant visitor was about to open the sliding glass door leading to the deck. There, on a newly hung lard/oatmeal feeder was a downy woodpecker. The day before I had resurrected the feeder and hung it in a new spot. The former location made it too easy for gray squirrels to access the food. It had been down all summer. The downy’s visit was the main reason it was back in use. The new location is perfect and the avian mob is delighted to see their old feeder again.

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Get out: Five urban hikes for South Sound’s rainy season

“One of the great things about living in Western Washington is that you get to hike year round, because the weather is temperate,” said Craig Romano, who’ll speak Friday in Olympia about his guidebook “Urban Trails: Olympia.” “When your favorite hiking haunt is snowed in, there are great places to hike down in the low country.”

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