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Trail plans take new path

Board scouts for alternate route

Salmon found dead and distressed in Deschutes

Biologists believe warm water is to blame

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Beat the heat — Outdoors!

The one thing that I don’t deal very well with is heat and it looks like thermometers in The Dalles will be in the triple digits through July 4. And that makes me cranky. I don’t like hot weather, but after living in the gorge for several decades I have found three sure fire ways to stay cool even when you can fry an egg on the sidewalk:

Hunting class offered in TD

SALEM — The 115 hunters who drew a bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat tag and other interested hunters are invited to an orientation on July 18 at 9 a.m. in The Dalles.

Camp, fish for free on June 6

State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

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Columbia Hills trail reveals hidden secrets

Spring creek creates oasis in dry landscape

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ARCHERY: A sport for all ages

Archery was an important military and hunting skill in the Stone Age, when bows and arrows replaced spear-throwers as projectiles. For thousands of years, warriors used bows in battle and hunters took down big game to feed their families with a steady aim. Although guns eventually replaced archery as the weapon of warfare, thousands of archers are still hunting the forests of the U.S.

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Forest service hosting free fishing clinic for kids

The Barlow Ranger District and Hood River Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest will be hosting free fishing clinics for kids.

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Oregon’s Cape Lookout is ideal for whale watching

TILLAMOOK — One of the fun parts in having children is discovering the ways they reflect you, not just in eye color or the shape of their nose, but in the ways they interact with the world. My daughter, Lucy, is a tiny ball of lunatic energy. At just a few months, she was rolling around our living room. At 5 months, she’s crawling all over the house, seeking out brave new corners of our dwelling like a miniature Starship Enterprise.

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Tired of the lack of snow? Try Utah!

About 183 million years ago most of the Four Corners area was a vast desert covered with sand dunes that were up to 2,500 feet high. Through the ages, the loose sand became sedimentary sandstone carved by both wind and water. And the water carried minerals which gave the sandstone a wide variety of colors. This is the Colorado Plateau which has the greatest number of National Parks in the nation. The plateau basically starts at Bryce Canyon, Utah, and then stair steps down to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

Spring Chinook closure

The popular spring Chinook fishery on the Deschutes River will not open in 2015.

ODFW seeks purchase of Deschutes property

Agency wants to add to existing wildlife habitat

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No snow, but plenty of early wildflowers

Call it global warming. Call it climate change. Call it a whim of Mother Nature. But whatever name you give it this winter has been a disaster for the winter sports industries, wheat farmers and orchardists.

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Magill hooked by new hobby-b

The work is meticulous and requires precision placement of the cork handle, reel seat, end cap and guides, but Lane Magill finds building fishing rods to be a source of relaxation.

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US government to help monarch butterfly

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014. About $2 million will restore more than 200,000 acres of habitat from California to the Corn Belt, including more than 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. The rest will be used to start a conservation fund — the first dedicated solely to monarchs — that will provide grants to farmers and other landowners to conserve habitat.

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