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Mt Adams is white with fresh snow Tuesday morning, viewed here from 7 mile road.

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With the recent rain, cooler temperatures and shorter days, fire management personnel on the Hood River and Barlow Ranger Districts of the Mt. Hood National Forest anticipate the start of fall pile burning season to begin next week and to continue over the next several weeks or months, depen…

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Mt Adams is white with fresh snow Tuesday morning, viewed here from 7 mile road.

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Boaters at Pine Hollow Reservoir will soon have new and improved launch facilities, and the years-long effort to replace one boat ramp and repair another was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony.

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Five Pacific lamprey were introduced into the Great Northwest area at the Oregon Zoo in July, and the ancient fish are making themselves right at home, according to zoo officials. The lamprey exhibit will join the salmon, sturgeon, and bald eagle habitats in the cascade stream building.

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Moon Frank of The Dalles sews a new bag for his hoop net in the shade at Sorosis Park.

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Per direction from the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their Aug. 2 meeting, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildllife (ODFW) is closing all fishing (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River around the mouth of the Deschutes River and in the lower Deschutes River from the mouth upstr…

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Three of the four Snake River dams, and McNary Dam on the Columbia River, have fish transport facilities.  At these four dams, juvenile fish that go through the bypass systems can be routed either directly back into the river below the dam, or to holding and loading facilities for loading into barges or trucks for transport.

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The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation are now custodians of 1,200 acres of critical habitat along the Middle Fork John Day River, thanks to a recent land transaction with The Nature Conservancy.

Ownership of the property, called the Dunstan Homestead Preserve, transferred to the Tribes in April. It is located northeast of John Day.

The land’s critical fish and wildlife habitat will remain under perpetual protection and stewardship as a result of the partnerships between The Nature Conservancy, the Tribes and the Bonneville Power Administration.

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The state has asked the Oregon Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling against Walmart, saying it created a “dramatic change” in the way wetlands fill projects are considered.

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WASHINGTON—The federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.

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The OSU Extension is again offering its “Master Naturalist Eco Region” course in Wasco County, as well as in Hood River County. Applications are due by March 15.

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In the wake of last year’s Eagle Creek Fire, a group of citizen scientists ventured out to the Columbia River Gorge with one question on their minds: How are the pikas?

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It was a good year for pikeminnow anglers in the Columbia and Snake rivers. More than 3,000 people registered for the 2018 Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. Combined, they spent more than 23,000 angler-days catching and removing 180,271 of the salmon-eating fish, which helps protect young salmon and steelhead from predation.

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Federal, state and tribal partners have developed an agreement on how much water to spill for fish survival during operation of federal dams in the Columbia River Basin, the Bonneville Power Administration reported last week. The agreement calls for flexible spring spill operation premised on achieving improved salmon survival while also managing costs in hydropower generation, the agency said.

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State officials wrongly granted a wetland fill permit to Walmart for a proposed super-store in The Dalles, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a precedent-setting case. In issuing a fill permit to Walmart in 2013, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) wrongly stated that it was “inconclusive” whether public need outweighed damage to wetlands, the court ruled.

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Bipartisan legislation to protect endangered salmon and steelhead from sea lion predation has been passed by the U.S. Senate. “For too long, predatory sea lions have been taking an unhealthy chomp out of Oregon’s salmon and steelhead stocks,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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A grant request to build a second deep well in Mosier, moving a heavy agricultural user out of a depleting aquifer currently being used by the town, was declined at this time. The Oregon Water Resources Commission told the grant seekers to come back with more information for reconsideration in the next funding cycle.

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The City of The Dalles has applied three times to the state for a $1 million grant to help replace the leaking, wooden, century-old Dog River pipeline, which provides half the city’s water. It has gotten closer to funding each time, and in mid-November, state staffers finally recommended the grant be funded. But then the Oregon Water Resources Commission delayed a decision on the staff recommendation until early next year.

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Following the first facilitated wolf plan stakeholder meeting in The Dalles in August, during which little consensus was reached, the committee met Oct. 9 in Salem. According to a report by Jim Akenson of the Oregon Hunter Association, the second meeting resulted in progress on reaching consensus on radio-collaring efforts, the definition of chronic depredation of livestock, and which agencies and staff could review depredations in the field.

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