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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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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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‘Big River’ offers fall adventure

NOTE: The Columbia River is a major river, with commercial traffic, rapid changes in flow and unpredictable weather. Boating the river may or may not be safe on any given day. Exploring a river the size of the Columbia is a daunting prospect for any paddler, and a region famous for its wind seems an unlikely haven for a canoeist. Even the Lewis and Clark expedition, having rested up a bit in The Dalles after crossing the plains, the Rocky Mountains and navigating Celilo Falls, were stalled for a time at what is now known as Crates Point because they were unable to make any headway against the stormy October wind. Only by leaving early the next morning were they able to round the point and proceed downriver.

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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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