The new law announced during this past weekend, enabling Discover Pass users to transfer its use between two vehicles, comes as great news for every recreationist who uses multiple vehicles to access the outdoors.
When the Discover Pass was created by the 2011 Legislature, it was only good for use with one vehicle. That angered a lot of recreationists who might use their pickup for hunting, their Subaru Outback for family picnics in the Ahtanum State Forest and their SUV for camping at any of the Washington State Parks requiring the pass.
The legislation Gov. Gregoire signed into law last Friday won't solve the issue for those three-vehicle users, but it will work for folks who had to decide between two rigs: The new law, which takes effect immediately, allows pass holders to transfer its use between two motor vehicles. People who bought a pass in 2011 (and that pass is still good until one year after its purchase date) can simply write in a second license number on their existing pass.
Created to help state agencies meet their budgetary requirements, the Discover Pass hasn't lived up to its financial expectations. The amount projected for Discover Pass sales revenue in 2011 was $19.38 million, but actual revenue turned out to be less than half that, $8.2 million.
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Lower Monumental's top closed through May 31
KAHLOTUS -- Lower Monumental Lock and Dam will be closed to traffic across the top of the dam through May 31.
Construction crews are replacing the intake gantry crane on the top deck of the dam. That work includes assembling the new 130-ton-capacity crane, then taking apart and removing the existing 100-ton crane.
Lookout near Darrington must be taken down
SEATTLE -- A fire lookout structure has sat precariously on top of Green Mountain in the North Cascades near Darrington since 1933, surviving winter snows and recently serving as a hiking destination with historical significance.
And now it must go.
Seattle federal Judge John Coughenour has ordered the Forest Service to remove it from the 6,500-foot peak because the structure violates the law governing the Glacier Peak Wilderness.