Sportco, OE Announce Holiday Specials
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Outdoor Emporium Has Holiday Savings
Fife, Washington’s Sportco and Seattle’s Outdoor Emporium have announced their “12 Days of Christmas” holiday savings which feature between 12- to 25-percent off most merchandise on select days in early December. In addition, several special events have been scheduled, including their three-day Black Friday sale (November 25th to November 27th) and both stores’ annual customer appreciation events; the Outdoor Emporium 10th Annual Customer Appreciation Day is Sunday, December 3rd (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and the Sportco 17th Annual Member Appreciation Night is Tuesday, December 6th (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.).
For complete details on the “12 Days of Christmas” and Black Friday sales, click here.
Twin Harbors Reopens to Clam Digging
Razor clam diggers can return to Twin Harbors beach for a three-day opening that begins Nov. 26, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced. The WDFW approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests confirmed clams from the beach are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.
Diggers had plenty of success last weekend at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Not only were most folks digging their limits but they were harvesting some good-sized clams,” Ayres said.
The upcoming dig is approved at Twin Harbors on the following dates and low tides:
- Nov. 26, Saturday, 4:47 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors
- Nov. 27, Sunday, 5:24 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
- Nov. 28, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.
NMTA Announces “Grow Boating” Grants
The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) has announced a grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region. The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program; since 2003, NMTA has spent more than $1.5 M to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships and programs.
The NMTA will award multiple grants up to $20,000 by April 15th, 2017. The application can be downloaded at: www.NMTA.net/grant.
“We are very excited to make these grants available to help promote boating in the region,” said George Harris, NMTA’s president, in a written statement. “Our own efforts and programs have introduced boating to well over a million people since 2003. These grants should help us build new partnerships in the community to spread the benefits and joys of boating to even more.”
Applications are accepted in one of three categories: Youth Boating, Discover Boating, Boating Education / Safety. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2017.