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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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The eagles are back!

Hey, the bald eagles are back and their numbers are increasing daily. Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge are on the migration route for bald eagles from everywhere from Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, California and Arizona.

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Can ‘selfies’ save lives?

Posting ‘selfies’ before leaving for backwoods could help searchers if something goes wrong

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Tips for winter, from Southwest Idaho for winter fun

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Winter is here, and it's a season that some people savor and others endure like a bad cold.

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Food banks gain from large salmon runs

CLACKAMAS — Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food banks in communities across the state.

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Another wandering wolf in Cascades

Trail camera snaps photo near Keno

GRANTS PASS — Another wandering wolf has found its way to the Cascades of southwestern Oregon, where OR-7 has established his pack after trekking thousands of miles in search of a mate.

Cycle of Life

A PAIR of steelhead trout spawn in a pool on the north fork of Mill Creek over the weekend. Fifteenmile and Mill Creek are home to the easternmost population of wild winter steelhead in the Columbia Basin, and represent the edge of the range for the winter-run life history, according to a 2007 report by the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District. Hatchery fish have never been introduced to either stream, making the runs genetically valuable for the long-term survival of the species.

ODFW hosts hunting workshop in Maupin

SALEM — ODFW and Sage Canyon Outfitters have joined together for a pheasant hunting workshop in Maupin on Jan. 17 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Dog days of winter

Tips for keeping your dog safe during winter’s cold

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Backcountry skiing offers solitude, powder

Backcountry skiers avoid cost, crowds

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Mirror image

STILL WATER reflects a small sailboat moored in the guest moorage area of The Dalles marina as the sun sets Tuesday evening.

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Group plans for female warriors

Organizers expand mission to honor veterans of both genders

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