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Mountain visitor

A MOUNTAIN chickadee (Poecile gambeli) pulls a ripe seed from a sunflower in Wasco County Aug. 24.

Archery season to open as scheduled

SALEM — Despite a flurry of internet rumors claiming otherwise, statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 29.

TD hiker found

PARKDALE — Lost hiker David Bullock of The Dalles was located Sunday, Aug. 22, and reported in good condition by the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

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Gun range coming soon

Dallesport will be site of new shooting area

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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.

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