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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.

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.

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Record salmon run yields a prize

Patrick Cummings of The Dalles used his best skills of persuasion on his wife, Amanda, when he convinced her to take another pass Sept. 18 at the mouth of the Deschutes River.

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Massive 'colon' debuts at health fair Saturday

Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to reduce the high rate of advanced-stage colon cancer in the area with an unusual show-and-tell for businesses and organizations.

Health authorities issue Columbia fish warning

SALEM — Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.

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A thrill ride: Bachelor on a bicycle

Craggy, steep, swooping: a mountain biker’s dream MOUNT BACHELOR (AP) — Time seems to stand still when we let gravity — and our bikes — do all the work.

Cottonwood Canyon opens Sept. 28

CONDON — Cottonwood Canyon State Park, along the John Day River on Highway 206 between Condon and Wasco, will open for the first time Saturday, Sept. 28. The roughly 8,000 acre park includes a small, primitive campground, picnic area, and trails.


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