The annual Chemult Sled Dog Races are the latest victim of the dearth of early-winter snowfall in Oregon.
Organizers of the race, set for Jan.18-19 in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, have tentatively rescheduled the event for Feb. 15-16.
"We have virtually no snow, like 2 inches, so we're postponing it," says Erin Sutton, the race's organizer. A similarly low January snowpack in 2012 led to the cancellation of the entire Oregon dog-mushing season. That year, the Chemult Sled Dog Races Association did not attempt to reschedule the races like this year, Sutton says.
"We've never tried to postpone it," Sutton says. "We decided to give it a month to see if winter changes."
The race, in its 20th year, features six sled-dog races and two Skijoring races over a two-day span.
Skijoring is the discipline of having a musher on cross-country skis get pulled by one or two sled dogs.
The races are centered around the forest's Walt Haring Sno-Park along Highway 97 about a quarter-mile north of Chemult, which is about halfway between Bend and Klamath Falls.
Mushers from as far away as Arizona, British Columbia and Michigan were scheduled to be at January's event. The races are free to the public, but winter Sno-Park passes are required for vehicles.
The Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers club has moved its meetings from the former Red Lion Hotel in downtown Medford to the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road.
The next meeting for the 40-year-old association is Wednesday, Jan. 15. Fishing guide John Hazlett will give a presentation on how to fish for chinook and steelhead on the Chetco, Elk and lower Rogue rivers.
Hazlett's presentation will include a discussion about flies, techniques, the impact river flows have on angling and timing on each of these rivers.
There also will be a short Trout Unlimited video about fishing on the Elk and Rogue rivers.
A Wet Fly social hour begins at 6 p.m., with a buffet dinner, raffle and club business beginning at 7 p.m.
Dinner tickets cost $22, with other packages available that include raffle tickets.
The public is welcome.
For more information, see www.rogueflyfishers.org.
Bird-watchers, dog-walkers and anglers who park along the edges of White City's Denman Wildlife Area must buy a new parking pass for 2014.
The annual permit for parking at Denman and 14 other wildlife areas run by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cost $22 for the year or $7 for a day.
Six new wildlife areas were added this year to the list of areas that require parking fees, which are used to help upgrade facilities.
The permits can be bought at any of the license outlets around Oregon, as well as at the Denman Wildlife Area office at 1495 E. Gregory Road. They can be bought also online at www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp.