• Elk foundation to celebrate anniversary with celebrity caller, banquet

  • The Rogue Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its annual fundraising banquet and auction Saturday, March 31, in Medford.
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  • The Rogue Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its annual fundraising banquet and auction Saturday, March 31, in Medford.
    Kristy Titus, a hunting-show personality on television and champion elk-caller from Bend, will be the guest emcee at the banquet, which will be held at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. The doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m.
    Ticket packages start at $90, and $20 meal tickets are available for children. Ticket packages include a one-year's membership in RMEF.
    Titus is an RMEF member and appears on the Team Elk television show. She recently won second place in the women's division in the 2012 RMEF Work Elk Calling Championships.
    RMEF chapters around the state hold fundraising banquets and auctions like this one to raise money for projects that improve wildlife habitat for elk and other animals. The foundation has taken part in financing more than 700 projects on 706,000 acres in Oregon with a combined value of $41.9 million, according to the RMEF.
    Tickets can be purchased online at events.rmef.org/@FL3. For questions or to order tickets by telephone, call Matt Dunbar at 541-727-1154.
    The first big push of fresh, catchable trout this year comes next week when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ushers in spring with rainbows.
    Lost Creek Lake will get 25,000 legal-sized rainbows next week, its first stocking of the season. The fish, which were raised at nearby Cole Rivers Hatchery, are scheduled to be split Thursday between the Takelma boat ramp and the ramp at Stewart State Park, says David Pease, interim manager at Cole Rivers.
    Emigrant Lake will get 3,500 legals, and Willow Lake will get 4,500 legals, with both stockings scheduled for Tuesday.
    In Josephine County, Lake Selmac is poised to get 5,000 legal-sized rainbows Tuesday, while Reinhart Pond in Grants Pass will get 300 trout Tuesday.
    Water releases will be upped gradually today from Lost Creek Lake into the upper Rogue River as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares for a storm front that's forecast to move through the area today.
    Releases have been holding at the minimum of 900 cubic feet per second most of the year as the Corps has tried to meet its filling schedule for Jackson County's largest reservoir.
    Flows will bump up gradually today to 1,400 cfs by noon, according to the Corps' schedule released Thursday.
    At Applegate Lake, releases will remain at 110 cfs, the minimum winter release from the reservoir into the upper Applegate River, according to the Corps.
    The Siskiyou Sportsmen's Expo will run Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka, Calif.
    The show features more than 70 vendors and includes a gun show, rock-climbing wall and fishing pond. Highlights include the Safari Club International display of mounted big-game animals from around the world that visitors are allowed to touch, and the Turtle Bay Trail, highlighting sustainable forestry practices.
    The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
    Tickets cost $5, but $2-off coupons are available at PremierWest Bank branches throughout Siskiyou County.
    The fairgrounds are at 1712 Fairlane Road in Yreka.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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