Oregon snowmobilers are coming to town

About 400 snowmobilers from across the state will descend upon the Rogue Valley next week for the Oregon State Snowmobile Association state convention.

The snowmobilers are planning three days of trail riding followed by the annual convention set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point.

The convention is free and open to the public and will be hosted by the Rogue Snowmobilers, the largest club within the organization.

During the convention, snowmobile dealers will have new machines on display as well as grooming equipment and other winter sports-related vendors.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the association will hold a seminar on avalanche safety, says Brian Gabaldon, president of the Rogue Snowmobilers. That will be followed by a dinner and a 7 p.m. keynote presentation by Idaho snowmobiler Matt Totratz, a former elite snowmobiler who will talk about his recovery from getting caught in an avalanche, Gabaldon says.

Tickets for the dinner cost $25 and will be available at the door.

The association also will hold an auction for a quilt, and the proceeds will go to the local chapter of Candlelighters for Children with Cancer.

The association has scheduled guided snowmobile rides for its members Tuesday at Diamond Lake, Wednesday at the Thousand Springs Sno-Park near Union Creek and Thursday at Lake of the Woods.

The rides cost $30 and are open to the public. Participants will have a chance to buy an $8 hot lunch on the trip. For more information about the rides and the convention, call Gabaldon at 541-621-6990.

FlyFishers talk deep-water trout

An Olympic Peninsula fly-fishing and fly-tying author will be in Medford on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to school the Rogue FlyFishers Association on how to fish in deep water for trout.

Skip Morris will highlight the association's monthly meeting at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave.

Morris has written books such as "Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple" and "Morris & Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes."

The meeting begins with a no-host social "Wet Fly" hour, followed by dinner, club business and Morris' presentation.

The meetings are open to the public. For information on the 42-year-old association, see its website at www.rogueflyfishers.org.

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