Good deals, good cause at ski swap

Area skiers eyeing fresh snow on Mount Ashland can get a jump on the upcoming season by upgrading their gear at an annual swap meet in Medford.

The Medford Ski Education Foundation has changed venues for its annual Ski and Snowboard Swap event, set for Nov. 12-14, in which the public can buy and sell winter sportswear and gear, both new and used.

After years of being held at North Medford High School, the event this year will be at the Multipurpose Room at St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Dr.

The room normally used at North Medford already was booked by another organization, says Ron Johnson, who is organizing the swap. After searching for a new venue, St. Mary's came forward as a willing host.

St. Mary's could become the annual host of the swap because the Medford School District plans to charge fees beginning next year to organizations using school facilities, Johnson says.

This year, participating sellers run the gamut from grade-school snowboarders who want to sell boots that don't fit anymore to local winter-sports merchants offering clearance prices on brand-new gear, according to the MSEF.

The action begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, with a seller/merchandise check-in. An early-bird sale runs from 8 to 10 p.m. that night.

Sales continue Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday's close-out will see merchandise discounted up to 50 percent off the regular swap-meet price.

Buyers and sellers looking for more details can check the MSEF website at or call Johnson at 541-621-4699.

The nonprofit foundation uses proceeds from the swap to help make skiing affordable for high-school students in Jackson and Josephine counties. The foundation organizes competitive skiing and snowboarding events for high-school students as well as providing coaching.

Turkey shoot Saturday in White City

The Medford Rifle and Pistol Club is hosting an all-comers turkey shoot beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Jackson County Sports Park off Kershaw Road near White City.

The event is open to the public and will consist of various shooting opportunities at small targets using a .22-caliber rimfire rifle.

Targets will consist of orange clay pigeons, hanging eggs and a break-the-string test at distances of 50 to 100 yards. A special side-event is scheduled for muzzleloaders.

The event consists of no shooting at animals, but winners receive a frozen turkey in this traditional focus of turkey shoots near the Thanksgiving holidays.

Four shooters will compete in simple elimination rounds.

Participation costs $5 per round, and a shooter cannot win more than two turkeys. Shooters should bring their own gun, ammunition and eye and hearing protection.

For more information, e-mail Don Schefcheck at

Recreation sites free on Veteran's Day

People may visit recreation sites on federal lands for free Thursday, Nov. 11, during the annual Veteran's Day waiver in honor of the armed forces and their families.

The waiver applies throughout Oregon and Washington at day-use areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The fee waiver applies everywhere from Crater Lake National Park to recreational trailheads and snow parks that require parking stickers.

Fees for campsites, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions and other permits will not be part of the free package.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail

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