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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Details of KCTS program 'North Cascades: People, Places and Stories' - Jan 17, 20, & 31

From our friends at North Cascades Institute:

North Cascades Institute on KCTS, Jan. 17, 20 and 31
Here's some exciting news about an upcoming TV special all about the North Cascades, including a story on our Mountain School program that was filmed at the Learning Center last fall!

KCTS 9 is proud to present the premiere of 'North Cascades: People, Places and Stories', a TV special showcasing the breathtaking park through the words and actions of Washingtonians of all ages. Airdates are Sunday, January 17, at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 31, at 4:30 p.m.

KCTS 9 will also produce a Spanish-language version, which will air on V-Me on Saturdays, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. and January 30 at 7:30 p.m.

KCTS_mtnschool.jpgThree of the stories featured in this program are:

* A look at the North Cascade Institute's nationally recognized education program, Mountain School, where hands-on activities introduce hundreds of students each year to diverse ecosystems.
* A profile of legendary mountaineer Fred Beckey who has been climbing in the North Cascades for nearly seven decades, racking up more "first ascents" than any other climber in history. The 86-year-old is the author of the Beckey Guides, indispensable guidebooks for climbers and hikers exploring the backcountry. 
* The return of wolves to the North Cascades. Scientists and conservationists are tracking two wolf packs, one in the Methow area and the other near Republic. After being hunted to near extinction, the natural return of this iconic predator is exciting news for wildlife biologists -- and a cause of concern for ranchers.
Written and produced by Emmy Award-winner Doug Tolmie and hosted by KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna, "North Cascades: People, Places and Stories" provides an in-depth look at the region and its relationship to the community. More information at

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