Oregon's most eligible Bachelor

Oregon's most eligible Bachelor

Oregon's most eligible Bachelor isn't a 20- or 30-year-old handsome man on a TV show, it's the Mount Bachelor Ski Resort on the stand-alone mountain with great downhill and cross-country skiing near Bend.

On a clear day, Bachelor's 9,065-foot peak is among the dominate snow-covered peaks in Central Oregon's Cascades. From its summit and slopes, the visual feast includes snow-draped Tumalo Mountain, Broken Top and, most dramatically, the Three Sisters — South, Middle and...

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8 tips for surviving a fall through the ice

The U.S. Swim School Association has some tips for winter anglers, cross-country skiers and others who find themselves falling through the ice.

1. Brace Yourself — The shock of cold water will cause you to gasp and could lead to hyperventilation and even inhalation of cold water, which increases the chance of drowning.

2. Keep Calm — The body loses 32 times more heat in cold water than cold air, so don't flail your arms.

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Reporting deadline looms for hunters

Oregon hunters are facing the first mandatory reporting deadline of the year. By Sunday, all of last year's big-game tag-holders must report their success, or lack of, in 2015.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday for those who purchased deer, elk, pronghorn, cougar, bear and turkey tags for hunts that ended in 2015, and many of those who don't report will face future $25 fines, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Holders of 2015 tags for seasons that slop into.....

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Snowshoeing Crater Lake when Rim Village is closed

Snowshoeing Crater Lake when Rim Village is closed

The road to Rim Village in Crater Lake National Park has been closed frequently this winter because of heavy snow. On many days visitors can drive only as far as the Steele Visitor Center, about 3.5 miles short of Rim Village and Crater Lake.

Many snowshoers and skiers don't let that stop them, however, strapping on their footwear and tromping to the rim through the snowy woods.
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Snow fun: Tubing at Farewell Bend

With all the snow in the mountains this winter, people are finding lots of ways to enjoy it, such as tubing on the hills at Farewell Bend Snow Park in Union Creek.

— video by David Smigelski
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Snow remembered Willamette Pass this year

Snow remembered Willamette Pass this year

It was sunny, the powder was deep and untracked and, most surprising of all, we seemingly had the mountain to ourselves.

"There's nobody skiing the powder," my daughter, Molly, gee-whizzed as we rode the Peak 2 chairlift for yet another run on the backside trails of the Willamette Pass Ski Area. "It's wonderful, but it's strange. Where is everyone?"

It might be that downhill skiers and snowboarders have forgotten that Willamette Pass, appropriately located on the summit of...

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They're finally mushing again in Chemult

Mushers will be heeing and hawing through the woods outside Chemult this weekend for the first time in three years as a sound snowpack has allowed the annual Chemult Sled Dog Races to resume.

A dearth of snow caused race organizers to cancel the event three of the past four years. But a healthy snowpack now means the 22nd annual races can resume, much to the delight of area mushers and those who trek to Chemult to see the snowy spectacle of these four-legged athletes towing their...

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Ice-fishing clinic planned for Lake of the Woods

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a family-oriented workshop Saturday, Jan. 30, on how to safely and effectively ice fish at Lake of the Woods.

The workshop is open to adults and kids at least 9 years old who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Agency biologists bill the workshop as a well-timed opportunity to learn the ins and outs of fishing on frozen lakes now that virtually all lakes in Oregon are open to year-round fishing, including Hyatt and Howard...

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Retread steelhead back in upper Rogue

Christmas came a bit late, but it came in force Tuesday for upper Rogue River anglers looking for a fresh infusion of not-so-fresh summer steelhead.

Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians recycled 1,785 excess summer steelhead Tuesday when they trucked the hatchery fish downstream and released them at the TouVelle State Park boat ramp and along the banks of the Denman Wildlife Area.

That brings to 3,377 the number of "retread steelhead" that have been recycled into the Rogue for...

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State parks host New Year's Day hikes

Oregonians looking to start the new year in the woods will again get a chance to take part in free guided hikes to shake those New Year's Eve cobwebs out of their belfries.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is joining with the group America's State Parks to offer guided New Year's Day hikes at state parks across Oregon, drawing close to 1,000 first-of-the-year hikers, according to state parks officials.

In Southern Oregon, the hike series.....

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New piers offer access at Denman's Whetstone Pond

Wheelchair-bound anglers, birdwatchers and others soon now have better access to a Denman Wildlife Area pond, thanks to upgrades funded in part from parking fees at the state-run lands.

Two 50-foot-long, wheelchair-accessible fishing piers now jut into Whetstone Pond off East Gregory Road.

The roughly $62,000 project was paid in part by the wildlife area's cut of $22 annual passes to park at wildlife areas across Oregon.

Wildlife Area Manager Clayton Barber used $15,500...

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New, thinner fishing regs now available

New, thinner fishing regs now available

A more colorful and decidedly thinner Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet has started to appear in sporting goods stores across the state this past week, just as hunters and anglers are getting their first taste of increased license and tag fees for 2016 and beyond.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's new fishing regulations book is the first since this year's efforts to streamline and clarify clusters of regulations that anglers for decades have called too...

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Sport crabbers could return to South Coast today

Sport-crabbers could be back on South Coast bays and off beaches as early as Friday as the latest rounds of tests on Dungeness crab show levels of domoic acid well under safety thresholds.

Preliminary results on crabs sampled last weekend coastwide show a second straight week of Dungeness from Winchester Bay to Brookings with domoic acid levels beneath the alert level that triggered a full crabbing closure Nov. 13 south of Heceta Head near Yahats.

The health advisory against...

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Guided snowshoe walks kick off at Crater Lake

Crater Lake's annual, free, ranger-guided snowshoe walks will begin this year at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

The walks will be offered every Saturday and Sunday through May 1, 2016, with additional outings offered weekdays in late December and early January.

Each walk lasts about two hours and covers a mile of moderately strenuous terrain through forests and meadows along Crater Lake's rim. Participants will learn about the park's plant and animal life, and how they survive during.....

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Young guns can register for deer hunt

Young guns can register this month for a chance at a black-tailed deer hunt of a lifetime at the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 during the Christmas holidays.

Sixteen youth hunters younger than 18 will be chosen in a drawing for these hunts, which have been offered since 2006 at the 9,500-acre ranch as part of the state Access and Habitat Program.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will take applications for the hunts through Nov. 30, and the winners will be...

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Happy trails in the mountains

Happy trails in the mountains

It's a hike through history, but also a challenging trek with spectacular views, thick forests and pristine lakes.
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The building blocks of Kanaka Flats

People think of Jacksonville as a mining town. However the importance of building stones, used to assemble infrastructures in the historic old town, is often overlooked. They’re sort of the “poor children” of geology that pale beside their ostentatious brothers and sisters, gold and silver.

Building stone wasn’t transported far from its source, especially in the past when moving less valuable heavy rocks required more effort. A trip into historic...

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Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap set for Nov. 13-15

The unofficial start of the winter ski season kicks off next weekend in Southern Oregon when the Medford Ski Education Foundation holds its annual Ski and Snowboard Swap.

The event is set for Nov. 13-15, in the multipurpose room at St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford.

Several large merchants will offer deals on new and used ski and snowboarding equipment. They will operate alongside private-party sellers looking for some extra holiday cash or an equipment...

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Limpy Creek Botanical Trail is a year-round gem

Limpy Creek Botanical Trail is a year-round gem

Editor's Note: Day Trippin' is a recurring feature that gives readers a chance to play tour guide and tell us about a nearby getaway.

Just outside of Grants Pass, the Limpy Creek Botanical Trail offers a pleasant, well-marked, 1-mile loop trail that is  tranquil, serene and abounds with natural forest beauty.

It is far enough off the beaten path to give you that wilderness feeling, without taking too much travel time to arrive at its secluded...

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Autumn trip on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a treat

Autumn trip on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a treat

It’s no wonder people flock to the Bend area during summer. Besides its extensive network of well stocked fishing lakes, miles of biking and hiking trails, and rock-climbing walls, this part of Central Oregon boasts no fewer than five Oregon scenic byways, ranging in ecology from high-desert badlands to grasslands to mountain lakes. Yet many of those activities are just as available in the autumn, my favorite season, when the light is more interesting for pictures and the crowds are...

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