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Hot springs offer warm respite

Oregon springs offer variety of soaking options

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Helmets now commonplace on slopes

BEND (AP) — They come in nearly every color scheme imaginable, from camouflage to bright pink. Most skiers and snowboarders on the slopes are wearing them, and if you're not, well, you are not just reckless, you are . GASP! ... unfashionable. "Now I feel like if you go up to the mountain, it almost looks weird if you don't have one on," says Mikaela Costigan, accessories buyer for Powder House Ski & Snowboard in Bend.

Plan for Painted Hills wilderness wins broad support

BEND (AP) — A proposed federal wilderness area encircling Oregon's Painted Hills has won the backing of local leaders, but a lot more needs to happen for it to be created. The Wheeler County Court and the city of Mitchell recently voted to support the Sutton Mountain Wilderness. The federal designation of a wilderness, however, requires an act of Congress and approval by the president.

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Multnomah Falls in the rain

Rainy season a good time to visit the 620-foot waterfall.

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Angler embarks on "Big Fishing Year"

How many species can a man catch in a year?

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Wandering forest roads on hunt for greatest hiking trail

Well, Janet and I have done it again. We have wasted another summer wandering single lane forest service roads looking for the next greatest hiking trail. We have run into our share of road hogs who think they are driving in downtown Portland. We have pointed more than a few disoriented people in the right direction. That said, we have had another great year roaming the trails of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood.

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Day of rainbows on a Cascade lake

LA PINE (AP) — We could see maybe 20 feet in front of us as our boat motored slowly away from the Rock Creek boat ramp on Crane Prairie Reservoir.

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Be on the lookout for elk hoof disease

Hunters and others who spend time in the outdoors in northwest Oregon are asked to be on the lookout for elk hoof disease, a problem for southwest Washington’s elk that could also be affecting Oregon’s elk.

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Vietnam vets team up for buck hunt

Brophy, Filbin fulfill mission to get venison

Study finds ‘alarming levels’ of toxins in Columbia fish

Columbia Riverkeeper recently announced results from the second phase of the group’s “Is Your Fish Toxic Study,” and Riverkeepr reports that the findings show “alarming levels” of heavy metals, toxic flame retardants, cancer-causing PCBs, and endocrine disrupting chemicals in Columbia River fish.

Weekly recreation reports, Oct. 12

Weekend fishing opportunities and links to full Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation reports for the Willamette, Central, Columbia, Northeast and Southeast zones.

Southeastern Oregon rich in ancient rock art

LAKEVIEW (AP) — Viewing Southeastern Oregon's petroglyphs is like stepping into a pre-history rock art gallery.

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Kootenai River projects beckon anglers

MOYIE SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — A new public access on the Kootenai River at the Montana-Idaho border opens the door for anglers to sample recent trout fishery improvements.

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The Dalles hunter wins ‘lottery’

Keith Howe gets once in a lifetime tag

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Montana park has cultural, recreational riches

THREE FORKS, Mont. (AP) — Bill Goold vividly recalls his first trip to Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. He drove the gravel road south of Logan to the park’s entrance and hiked to the top of the limestone bluff that rises over the Madison River valley.

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