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Feds, Oregon defend Sandy river hatchery plans

State salmon-steelhead hatchery management plans for northwest Oregon’s Sandy River basin are moving closer towards the goal of minimizing impacts on protected wild stocks and should be allowed to play out, according to legal briefs filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

States extend winter sturgeon season in Bonneville Pool

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Anglers will have an additional 14 days of winter sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams this year under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

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Winter, spring brings seasonal waterfalls

I think my addiction to waterfalls began when I first saw the Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

States extend winter sturgeon season

CLACKAMAS — Anglers will have an additional 14 days of winter sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams this year under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Smelt fishing returns on Columbia River

CLACKAMAS (ODFW) – After a three-year hiatus, smelt fishing is returning to the Columbia River and two of its tributaries.

States set Chinook seasons for the Columbia River

Seasons are based on a forecast of 227k chinook returning

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Cross-country skiing and dining are good partners

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) — The really fun thing about cross-country skiing in Idaho’s mountains is that you have all the excuses you need to sit down to a hearty meal after getting off the trail. Nordic skiers can burn up to 700 calories skiing at a moderate pace during an hour’s trek, according to Snowlink.com.

NOAA report: Columbia fish plans are working

NOAA Fisheries Service says that a new biological opinion issued Jan. 17 confirms that its plan for improving salmon and steelhead survival through the Federal Columbia River Power System on the Columbia and Snake rivers is working, and efforts to rehabilitate habitat for the fish will indeed help dodge extinction for species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Columbia River smelt, sturgeon show recent increases

Recent trends seem to looking up for both species after years of roller coaster populations impacted by fishing and ocean and river conditions.

Marine Zone wildlife viewing report, Jan 24

Winter gray whale migration The first gray whales of the winter migration are passing by the Oregon coast now. The peak of the migration occurs the last week of December or the first two weeks of January.

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New Columbia fish plan is little changed

PORTLAND — The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement. The court-ordered plan, known as a biological opinion, was released by NOAA Fisheries Service on Friday. Its various iterations have been litigated in court for more than two decades.

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Skip's Trailhead: Find beauty and choices at Catherine Creek

It’s been a tough year to have much enthusiasm about going outside. For us that seldom happens, but this winter the skiing has been awful. On top of that, most days at lower elevations were nothing but dreary and the bald eagles were pretty much a no-show. Last Monday we hit the wall; we had to get out of the house or we would go nuts.

Coyote killing competition planned in Oregon

BEND (AP) — A coyote killing contest is scheduled this weekend in Eastern Oregon.

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Crooked River Gorge: mesmerizing

CROOKED RIVER RANCH (AP) — A hike in the Central Oregon desert often requires some patience. It can take some time tromping through the sagebrush to reach the payoff. And sometimes the beauty of the desert is in the eye of the beholder.

"Beaver" dams aid fish restoration in John Day River drainage

Ecologists and biologists working in a tributary of the John Day River in northeast Oregon are encouraging the building of dams to restore degraded stream habitat – beaver dams, that is.

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