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Boat owners encouraged to register online

Boaters with registration decals that expire on Dec. 31, 2013 will soon be getting courtesy registration renewal notices in the mail.

Oregonians spot fireball

SALEM (AP) — Dozens of people reported seeing a fireball flash across Northwest skies at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, moving east to west. Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told the Statesman Journal it had 165 reports from sky watchers in the Northwest and Canada.

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Century-old dam demolished

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Workers are removing a dam that began when, more than a century ago, a Central Oregon homesteader dumped rocks and logs into a river to divert water to his pasture.

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Skip's Trailhead: Cottonwood Canyon

Spectacular views await at new park Everything about Cottonwood Canyon State Park is impressive. At 252 miles, the John Day River is the second-longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. It is also one of the most productive steelhead fisheries in Oregon. The canyon is home to the largest California bighorn sheep herds in Oregon. The basalt flows came from Idaho and Nevada 15 million years ago and are 4.5 miles deep.

Gillnet fishing rules to remain amid court review

PORTLAND (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals will not put the state’s new gillnet fishing rules on hold during a legal challenge.

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Willamette sturgeon season opens Saturday; Columbia closed

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Anglers will have another chance to reel in and keep a sturgeon Saturday, Oct. 19 when sturgeon retention season opens for one day on the lower Willamette River.

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Point No Point: Not your typical Puget Sound beach

HANSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — I have always been intrigued by the name Point No Point whenever I looked at a map of northern Kitsap County or wrote about how good the salmon fishing was off the point.

Yakama Nation coho restoration hatchery plans move forward

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Tuesday moved forward a proposal from the Yakama Nation that would ultimately involve the spending of nearly $9 million to build hatchery facilities aimed at advancing efforts to rebuild coho salmon returns in central Washington’s upper Yakima River basin.

Oregon anglers to pay more to fund elimination of gill-nets from lower Columbia

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a new fishing endorsement that will be required for anglers targeting salmon, steelhead and sturgeon on the Columbia and Snake rivers, and their tributaries, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

ODFW approves new Columbia Basin regulations

NEWPORT – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved a new fishing endorsement that will be required for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing on the Columbia and Snake rivers, and their tributaries, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Wet and windy weather cause of swallow die-off

SALEM, Ore.―The recent wet and windy weather has taken a toll on Oregon’s Barn and Violet-green Swallows. On Monday, Sept. 30, veterinarians for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received multiple calls from Oregon residents about dead and dying swallows. Reports have come from the Port of Saint Helens to as far south as Junction City.

Bird hunters can access Summer Lake, other state wildlife areas

Bird hunters can access Summer Lake, other state wildlife areas but not national wildlife refuges during federal government shutdown SALEM, Ore.—With many of the state’s bird hunting seasons opening Oct. 5, hunters need to know that national wildlife refuges are currently closed to hunting due to the federal government shutdown.

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Fishing tournament yields whoppers

An overcast, windless day with minimal rain provided perfect weather for the 57 fishermen of all ages who competed in the seventh annual Wasco Salmon and Steelhead Tournament Sept. 28.

Government shutdown impacts hunters, campers

How will federal government shutdown affect hunting? It is ODFW’s understanding that national forests and BLM land are open to hunters, but developed campgrounds on these lands are closed and all other services are unavailable. available. Federal refuges are closed to hunting and all other activities according to a FAQ on their website.

Gorge wildlife presentation at library Oct. 5

Local wildlife expert, biologist and author, Bill Weiler, will give a presentation on Wildlife in the Gorge Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., at The Dalles/Wasco County Library.

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