Dispatches for Dec. 6


Jingle Bell run adds second start time

To accommodate more runners at this year’s event, organizers of the Jingle Bell Run in Tacoma will have two start times on Dec. 24.

After a month of holiday shopping, work parties and with the kids out of school, Metro Parks Tacoma will help hit the pause button on the hustle and bustle of the holidays. This is the final race in the 2014 Run the Parks series.

Because the annual event usually sells out, there will be two starting times. The first wave begins at 10:30 a.m., and the second begins at noon.

There also will be a costume contest rewarding the best holiday themes in these categories: best ugly sweater, best overall costume, best group/family costume and best dog costume.

Registration is $10 per person for the 3-mile, chip-timed event. Entry fee includes jingle bells and candy canes. The deadline to sign up is midnight Dec. 21. Day of race entry is $20.

Registration also opens Monday at South Sound Running stores Tacoma and Puyallup. Participants who sign up at South Sound Running will receive their race bib, timing chip and jingle bells at that time.

Learn more and sign up at metroparkstacoma.org/


Fly fishing

Fishing expert shares tips for landing big fish

Bob Triggs will share his techniques for playing and landing big fish on the fly rod during his presentation at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

Trigg’s program will be based on the book "Fish On!" by Dr. Floyd Franke. A fishing guide, Triggs will talk about how fly rods work when playing and landing a big fish, and how anglers can improve their chances of landing large fish. He will offer demonstrations of proper techniques, mistakes and how to optimize rod design during the fight.

Triggs moved to the Olympic Peninsula from New England in 2000, after several previous seasons of guiding anglers in Alaska. Since moving to Port Townsend, Triggs has guided in Alaska and on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. He also has explored the Olympic Peninsula while fishing for searun cutthroat trout, wild winter- and summer-run steelhead, Pacific salmon, river and lake trout, and char.

The program will be at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. An optional $15 dinner will precede the presentation.

Learn more about the group at psff.org.


State reopens hotline for swan reports

A hotline was been set up for people to report dead, sick or injured swans in three northwest counties as part of the effort to assess the impact of lead poisoning on trumpeter swans.

People can call 360-466-4345, Ext. 266, to report dead, sick or injured swans in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Callers should be prepared to leave a message including their name and phone number, and the location and condition of the swans.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife hotline is available 24 hours a day through the end of March.

Some trumpeter swans in those three counties, and in southwestern British Columbia, die each winter from lead poisoning after ingesting lead shot in areas where they feed, according to an agency news release.

People who observe dead, sick or injured swans are advised not to handle or collect the birds. Instead, people should call the hotline.

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