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  • Oregon State Parks Day means free camping Saturday night

  • Free tent and recreational-vehicle camping will be offered Saturday at Oregon State Parks campgrounds across the state as part of the 13th annual Oregon State Parks Day.
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  • Free tent and recreational-vehicle camping will be offered Saturday at Oregon State Parks campgrounds across the state as part of the 13th annual Oregon State Parks Day.
    Visitors will get full hookup, electrical hookup and conventional sites for gratis, but those seeking reservations will still be required to pay the $8 fee, and regular rates will be charged for yurts, cabins, horse camps and group sights.
    Also, day-use fees will be waived at the 26 state parks where parking passes are required, such as TouVelle State Park on the Rogue River near White City and Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake.
    Stewart State Park will be one of several parks that will host camper-appreciation barbecues.
    For further details, visit the state parks website at www.oregonstateparks.org.
    Oregon State Parks Day was created in 1997 by the Oregon Legislature and occurs on the first Saturday in June.
    A Medford-based fishing group will hold a cleanup party Saturday at Expo Ponds in Central Point to spruce up one of the Rogue Valley floor's most-visited angling locations.
    This marks the second cleanup effort that the fledgling Kokanee Power of Oregon has arranged at Expo Pond, at the north end of the Jackson County Expo near Gate 5 off Penninger Road.
    Volunteers will pick up garbage and empty monofilament line-collection containers there, says Greg Graham, one of Kokanee Power's leaders.
    The cleanup is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to noon. A lunch is planned for participants.
    A similar cleanup last November netted vast amounts of monofilament and other garbage collected by about 18 volunteers, Graham says.
    For more information on the group or the cleanup, call Graham at 541-973-4831 or visit the group's website at www.kokaneepower.org/oregon.
    The McGregor Park Visitor Center is now open for the summer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park along the upper Rogue River downstream from Lost Creek dam.
    The center, which is run in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, is free and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the Labor Day weekend.
    A BLM interpretive staff member will be on hand to guide visitors through the various displays about salmon life histories, stream ecology, wildlife, botany, fire ecology and others.
    Programs also are available for groups of 10 to 35 people.
    The center will host the second annual Take It Outside event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, with various free activities planned.
    A Redmond man scored 786 points out of a possible 800 to win the National Rifle Association's Regional Rifle Championships competition held May 15-16 at the Camp White Rifle Range in White City.
    Sean Bell had 34 dead-center shots, called Xs, in capturing the top score. Abraham Kamerman of Eagle Point took second with a score of 777 with 24Xs, and Trent Hering of Corvallis took third with a score of 772-18X.
    Participants shot at targets from 200 yards to 600 yards away while standing, seated and in the prone position. The contests included slow fire and rapid fire without telescopic sights.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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