Outdoors briefs: Tri-Cities youth places in state bass tournament

MOSES LAKE -- A Moses Lake boy won and a Tri-Cities youth placed second in the 11-14 age group at the Washington State Junior Bassmasters 2009 championships last weekend at Moses Lake.

Tanner Boday, 11, fishing for the Tri-Cities River Runners, had a two-day total of 23.30 pounds. Boday, of Moses Lake, just turned 11 in September to meet the age requirements.

In second was Grant Green, 14, of the Tri-Cities, also fishing for the River Runners. Green's two-day total was 14.06 pounds.

Boday and Chase Heaton of Spokane, who won the 15-18 age division, will represent Washington in the 2010 BASS Federation Nation Western Divisional in May in Arizona.

Wilderness sought for Devil's Staircase

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The U.S. Forest Service has endorsed designation of a new wilderness area in Oregon's Coast Range known for a remote waterfall called the Devil's Staircase.

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would create the Devil's Staircase Wilderness on 30,000 acres of federal land east of Reedsport, and designate Wasson and Franklin creeks as wild rivers.

Red tide causes shellfish gathering closure

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Health has closed much of northern Puget Sound to recreational shellfish gathering after finding dangerous levels of the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Tests found so-called "red tide" toxin levels up to 100 times the closure level.

The closure affects all of Whatcom and San Juan counties; Deception Pass, Fidalgo Bay, Samish Bay, Sinclair, and Cypress Islands in Skagit County; the northern part of Whidbey Island from Keystone Harbor to Strawberry Point; and Discovery Bay in Clallam and Jefferson counties.