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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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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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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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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.

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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

Salmon returns at Bonneville break modern-day records

BONNEVILLE DAM —Northwest salmon fishery managers have plenty to celebrate this fall: The region’s salmon runs shattered modern-day records this year, returning to the Columbia River Basin in the highest numbers since fish counting began at Bonneville Dam more than 75 years ago.

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