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Skip's Trailhead: Area trails offer all ‘universal access’

did my first alpine downhill ski run in 1949 and my wife Janet followed those tracks in 1964. That, my friends, is a combined 117 years skiing everywhere from Pocatello, Idaho’s Pebble Basin Ski Area to Heavenly Valley, in California.

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No hunting?

A watchful hawk perches Thursday on a “No hunting or trespassing” sign in Dallesport. Hawks and bald eagles are in evidence all along the river as the winter migration draws them into and through the gorge and Eastern Oregon.

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‘Idyllic Days’

Will Hearn of Stevenson, Wash., hovers over his pole as a fish nudges bait while he was fishing for sturgeon off rocks in Dallesport. He and his friend Greg Walker had been at the site since morning and caught two small fish. The Dalles pool is currently open for retention of sturgeon 38 to 54 inches in length. "You'd be amazed how many 36 inch fish we catch," Hearn laughed. "It's idyllic to come up here, It's always raining in Stevenson," he said.

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Skip's Trailhead: Essentials make great holiday gifts

Once again it is time for The Trailheads annual gift list for anyone loving to be in the forest: Nordic Skiers, fishermen, hunters and hikers. In the past I have based this list around the 10 Essentials everyone should have in their backpack. But first lets take a closer look at why we need to carry the 10 Essentials: The “Rule of Three.” The rule of three is a simple rule to let us know what our priorities are in extreme outdoor emergency.

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Skip's Trailhead: Upper Bridal Veil Falls? Bring the climbing rope!

I first wrote about Janet’s and my quest to find Upper Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday, April 27, 2014. I wrote about finding an article about the highest year-round waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. I had heard of most of the larger falls but one waterfall stopped me in my tracks; Upper Bridal Veil Falls.

Trail work set to begin

ODOT focuses on key piece of historic route

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Wasco fishing Tourney announces winners

Porreca wins 9th annual Salmon and Steelhead tournament

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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.

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