Outdoors briefs: Mission Ridge resort plans to open today

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort plans to open today.

Ridge General Manager Mark Milliette said the opening was made possible by snow-making equipment covering the main runs with snow spanning 2,250 vertical feet from the top of the Ridge to the base lodge, according to the Wenatchee World.

The man-made snow is 18 inches deep over 45 acres, covering the runs of Sunspot, Tumwater and Mimi, he said. Chair One and The Liberator Express will be operating; chairs Three and Four will not.

The beginner rope tow, at the base, may not have enough snow to operate, he said.

Milliette said the Ridge should be able to continue making enough snow to open again Dec. 12-14.

The resort had been planning to be open daily from Dec. 12-Jan. 5. Milliette said that schedule may be changed.

Columbia catch-sharing plans to be considered

Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider new catch-sharing plans for Columbia River spring and summer chinook salmon on the second day of a public meeting Dec. 12-13 in Olympia.

The meeting, which will include several public comment periods, will be held on the first floor of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E.

Prior to the meeting, the Washington commission will meet Dec. 11 with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Portland to discuss recommendations developed by a joint working group for apportioning fishing opportunities for chinook salmon between sport and commercial fisheries in the lower Columbia River.

The goal of the plan is to provide greater stability for spring and summer chinook fisheries while meeting conservation goals for wild salmon.

The Columbia River Fish Working Group was created by the two state commissions to develop policy recommendations on joint issues.