BLM reopens comments on monument transportation plan

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument users will have more chances to speak their mind about federal land managers' plans to close or decommission from six to 165 miles of old logging roads within the monument to help preserve the land's biodiversity but retain public access.

The Bureau of Land Management has reopened public comment on its long-awaited draft transportation plan, which grapples with how to address 412 miles of roads that everyone from hunters and birders to wildland...

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Rogue River whitewater park still on course

Rogue River whitewater park still on course

GOLD HILL — Steve Kiesling is discovering there is a reason no one has built an Olympic-style whitewater park — such as the one he envisions for the Rogue River — in a stream with wild salmon in it.

Kiesling was bloodied but still standing after meeting last week with regulatory agencies to discover how many hurdles he will have to clear before he gets permission to reshape part of the Rogue near Gold Hill for the course — including the removal of 300...

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Bear of a dog

Bear of a dog

Barking at bears, romping through the forest, sniffing for poaching evidence, getting petted by a child and maybe cooling off with a swim in the Pend Oreille River ...  it's all in a good day's work for Jax, a 1-year-old Karelian bear dog employed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Angler groups seeing red over the rampant introduction of non-native fish into Southern Oregon waterways are hoping a little green will curb the practice and perhaps lead to someone getting caught in the act.

Three nonprofit organizations of bass anglers — Oregon BASS Nation, The Bass Federation and Oregon Black Bass Action Committee — have created a fund called Turn In Illegal Introductions, or TI3, to provide cash rewards of up to $3,000 for information leading to...

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 20

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: After a lake-like ocean last weekend, ocean anglers will see some bumpier water through the weekend, but it'll be doable for those with fair sea legs. Today's forecast calls for 10-knot winds and seven-foot wells, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and six-foot swells. Sunday looks best with five-knot winds and five-foot swells. No advisories are forecast off Oregon this weekend, but expect rain.

Limits of lings and.....

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Get Out: Friday, May 20

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Spring Thaw

Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22: The annual Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival in Ashland includes cross-country events Saturday and the popular downhill races Sunday. For the full schedule and details, see http://ashlandspringthaw.com or find the festival's page on Facebook.

 

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Tremendous sugar pines in the Applegate

Tremendous sugar pines in the Applegate

The forested headwaters of the Applegate River was a very different place not so long ago.

Prior to the logging boom in the 1970s and the damming of the river in 1980, the upper Applegate was a much wilder watershed composed of old-growth forests and clear, cold creeks. The Butte Fork of the Applegate River in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area is a remnant of the wild forests and intact watersheds that used to be common in the region.

While other major tributaries to the Applegate...

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Sport of Kings — on wheels

Sport of Kings — on wheels

ASHLAND — Two opponents get tangled in the corner when the purpose of their confrontation, an orange ball, squirts toward Eric Michener, who's quickly off to the races.

With short, powerful pedal strokes, Michener glides his bicycle down the tennis court while pushing the ball along with his mallet, circling behind the goal before eyeing a teammate coming into play.

With a hard whack of his plastic mallet, the ball, about the size of a tennis ball, flies toward his...

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Higher water brings more boating obstacles

Boaters in Jackson County lakes are going bump in the day this spring while motoring on reservoirs finally close to full after three years of drought.


In Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes, boaters have been hitting their engine's lower units on humps and stumps where they're not used to seeing obstructions, according to the Jackson County marine patrol.

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Nothing prepares you for your first view of The Wave

Nothing prepares you for your first view of The Wave

It took years, but we finally got to surf the Wave.

The Wave is a Navajo-sandstone rock formation in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah and northern Arizona. It is a surreal landscape with baroque bands of red, yellow, ochre and pink sandstone flowing across the rock in curves so fluid they appear to be moving, like a wave.

The unique terrain is so fragile and fantastic that only 20 hikers a day are...

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