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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.

Feds release plan for Columbia River fish hatcheries

Feds’ plan released for Columbia River hatcheries

Forest Service eyes eliminating roads

Plan could affect access to recreation

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Incredible Voyage

Unique hovercraft ‘Nemotoad’ takes maiden voyage

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Salmon run among largest on record

Run is forecast at 1.5 million adult and young salmon by year’s end

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