Poorwills are shy, but they're out there

Poorwills are shy, but they're out there

The heat of a late summer afternoon begs for a nap, and people aren’t the only ones feeling drowsy. Some mammals have already checked out for a summer nap, and they have every intention of rolling the snooze right on through to next spring. The Belding’s ground squirrels of the Klamath Basin are gone except for maybe a few young still trying to pack on a few more ounces before the long sleep. Marmots, too, are settling down for an eight-month slumber. What a life. more »

Spey champ to visit Rogue Flyfishers

A four-time women's spey-casting champion will be in Southern Oregon later this month to talk to the Rogue FlyFishers Association about casting, and she'll hold a casting workshop on the Rogue River.

Whitney Gould is the featured speaker at the club meeting set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Rogue Regency, 2300 N. Biddle Road, Medford.

She will follow that presentation up with a spey-casting class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TouVelle State Park on the Rogue at Table Rock Road. The...

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Youth pheasant hunt sign-ups now available

Youth hunters can sign up for the youth pheasant hunts planned for Sept. 20-21 at the Denman Wildlife Area in White City.
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Applegate Lake's Payette Trail: The ride for the casual mountain biker

Sometimes it's not easy to get your friends onto the trails. To them, mountain biking may conjure images of uncontrolled downhill descents, hitting rocks and going tumbling over the handlebars, especially since all they own is a hybrid bike, or maybe an off-brand budget mountain bike with cantilever brakes and worn-out shocks.

If that's the case, there's still a place you can take them that won't bore even experienced riders. The trail around Applegate Lake is one of the most...

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Dry grass leads to vehicle restrictions

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted some vehicle access to its property along the Rogue River near Gold Hill to curb wildfire danger.
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Preventing trouble is their job at Buoy 10

Preventing trouble is their job at Buoy 10

WARRENTON — When more than 2 million fall salmon are predicted to swim up the Columbia River, thousands of anglers are sure to chase them. A few of those fishermen will get into trouble.
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Oregon Caves expansion bill worries hunters

Some Southern Oregon hunters fear a bill to expand the size of the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold would lead to a ban on hunting on those lands now open to sportsmen, though its authors insist it won't.
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Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest update

Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest update

The second annual Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest is under way, and as of Thursday, 100 photos had been entered.
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Five years later, a trail re-emerges

A hiking route through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is open for the first time in a dozen years, thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the Siskiyou Mountain Club who worked for almost five years to clear the Trans-Kalmiopsis Trail.
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Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

A new Applegate farm puts the "English" in English lavender.
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Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest

Today we're launching Oregon Outdoors' second annual Outdoor Photo Contest.
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Water police will be watching for drunk boaters this weekend

Marine patrol officers will be out in force in Jackson County and throughout the U.S. this weekend aggressively enforcing drunken-boating laws as part of the annual Operation Dry Water awareness and education campaign.
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'Meet me on the trail'

'Meet me on the trail'

The biggest barrier to getting out on the trails can be finding hiking partners. For many, balancing solitary trail time with a more social outing is the ticket.
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Plants grow where the geology is right

The keen observer has likely noticed horizontal bands of different vegetation along the hillsides northeast of our valley. Their presence is in part determined by the underlying geology.
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Annual Black Bird trout derby is Saturday

Seventeen years of helping run the Black Bird Shopping Center's Rainbow $5,000 trout-fishing derby have taught Toni Young an important lesson.
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Big, Fat Feet

Big, Fat Feet

Three and a half years ago, Ashland runner Tamara Ellis had accumulated so many running injuries, her training ground to a halt.
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Marine Board takes fee-increase plea to Medford

The Oregon State Marine Board is coming to Medford on Monday to stump for a proposed budget that calls for the first boater-registration fee hikes in a dozen years.
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Rocket through the redwoods on the Little Bald Hills Trail

It's vacation season, and also fire season. That means it's a convenient time to put your mountain bike on or in your vehicle and head west, away from the perennially smoky valley, to the misty Oregon Coast.
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OR-7 has a growing family

OR-7 has a growing family

Deep in the bowels of eastern Jackson County, John Stephenson quietly pushed his way through dense timber into a small clearing where he spied a blacktailed deer leg and he knew this must be the place.
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Algae bloom scuttles Free Fishing Weekend

A blue-green algae bloom at Lost Creek Lake may or may not be toxic to people and pets, but it proved fatal to a Free Fishing Weekend event planned there Saturday.
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May 23, 2014

Cool Pools

March 26, 2014

Digging in the dirt

January 17, 2014

Hunters face report deadline

January 03, 2014

Rub a dub Tub (Springs)

December 27, 2013

When is a boat wave a wake?

November 29, 2013

Wild Bird Photo Contest update

November 21, 2013

Gold Hill elk hunter found

November 15, 2013

Wild Bird Photo Contest update

September 25, 2013

Corps to test Lost Creek Lake

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