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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.

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Registration opens for June 14 Gorge Ride

Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway have announced the eighth annual fundraising Gorge Ride, scheduled June 14, 2014.

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Cycle Oregon to roll into Wasco County

The Dalles will serve as event start and finish

Wasco County to host Cycle Oregon stays

Wasco County communities have been chosen to host Cycle Oregon’s 2014 week-long ride as its starting and finishing location. The route was unveiled by Cycle Oregon last night at the Portland Art Museum. The Dalles, Dufur and Tygh Valley will all host overnight stays.

States set Chinook seasons for the Columbia River

Seasons are based on a forecast of 227k chinook returning

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Gravel roads catch on with Oregon cyclists

Organizer posts GPS coordinates for unsanctioned bicycle rides

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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.

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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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TD featured in fishing show

‘Skullbound TV’ focuses on Columbia sturgeon

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