Giant lions, wolves and more found in cave

Giant lions, wolves and more found in cave

LOVELL, Wyo. — Out of the darkness of an ancient cavern near here, light is being shined on the last ice age.

“It is an impressive site for ice-age paleontology in North America,” said Julie Meachen, 38, professor of paleontology at Des Moines University in Iowa. “But with the work we’re doing now, it’s become even more consequential.”

Last spring Meachen authored a research paper showing that wolf bones recovered from expeditions.....

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Property owners rent luxury tents to Bend tourists

Property owners rent luxury tents to Bend tourists

BEND (AP) — A queen-sized bed. Wi-Fi. A home-cooked breakfast.

These amenities aren't usually found at the average campground, where campers are often responsible for bringing their own toilet paper and are lucky to access a shower.

But in the midst of peak summer tourist season, property owners are pitching luxury tents, teepees and campers on private property and offering them to Bend's tourists. The rentals cost anywhere from $15 to well above $100, with some that boast....

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Ice age explorers

Ice age explorers

LOVELL, Wyo. — For portions of the past two summers, Kacia Cain — an otherwise easygoing high school biology teacher in Des Moines, Iowa — has discovered her wild side in the dry foothills of north-central Wyoming.

“I’d never done anything at all like this,” she said, noting that camping in an RV at a KOA used to be her idea of roughing it. “But this was such an opportunity to come out and dig in an ice-age cave.”

Cain, 51,.....

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Pacific Crest welcome wagon

Pacific Crest welcome wagon

Jacksonville barber Ed McBee takes special pleasure in sitting along the Pacific Crest Trail and surprising weary hikers with hot dogs, melon, chips, nuts, jerky, pop and beer as they enter the much-longed-for state of Oregon, a huge milestone on the trek for people hiking from Mexico to Canada.

“It’s kind of like fishing. You throw your line into the stream and wait for them to come by,” says McBee, author of a book called “Oregon Backroads Guide to the...

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Get Out: Friday, July 22

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The Up & Down ride

Saturday, July 23: The Up & Down is the inaugural ride on the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, designated by the state as one of the best rides in Oregon. The Siskiyou Velo Club, Ashland Parks, Jackson County Parks and the Ashland Visitor & Convention Bureau are teaming up to present this 51-mile...

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All about dragonflies and damselflies

All about dragonflies and damselflies

SELMA — Like Zorro making his mark, Jim Johnson whipped his long-handled white butterfly net through the air, seemingly at nothing.

"I think I got it," he said, reaching his hand into the net, and coming out with something small and delicate between his fingers. "Yep, it's an eight-spotted skimmer. See the black markings on the wings?"

The eight-spotted skimmer is a type of dragonfly and Johnson is something of a dragonfly expert. He's been studying them — and their....

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Great views and solitude on hike to Mount Baldy

Great views and solitude on hike to Mount Baldy

I’d be lying if I said that I dream of making an epic backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Yes, I know that marching from dawn until dusk with a load on one’s back has become the in thing to do, ever since Cheryl Strayed ballyhooed the PCT in her book “Wild” (2012), which spawned a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

But I prefer day-hiking bits and pieces of the PCT, a few miles here and there, picking up the trail at various spots close to the.....

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Kiwi visitors on the coast

Kiwi visitors on the coast

A fresh wind blows off the Oregon Coast. A Kiwi rises above the crest of a wave, banks and drops into the trough, wingtip almost skimming the backside of the wave.

The New Zealander to which I refer is a sooty shearwater. I trust you weren’t thinking I was referring to the flightless Kiwi.

Each summer and fall we are visited by a variety of Kiwis, Aussies and Chileans. They make incredible journeys from the waters near Antarctica to Japan, Alaska and the West Coast on...

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Mud Lake no more

Mud Lake no more

It’s difficult to imagine now, but there was a time when one of Oregon’s most beautiful lakes was officially known as “Mud Lake.”

Given the lake’s crystalline water today — so clear you can see trout swimming below your boat — you have to wonder whether the original namers were blind or drunk when they applied that less-than-flattering handle to this Central Oregon body of water.

Turns out, they were neither.

It was once a...

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The fall and rise of white-tailed kites

The fall and rise of white-tailed kites

In 1966, a young birder looked through the air disturbed by heat rising over the agricultural fields in Monterey, California. It was difficult to make out the shimmering form of the white bird sitting on the ground, but it belonged to a white-tailed kite.

It wasn’t a great look, but it was the first I had ever seen. I recorded the sighting in my growing life list in less than tidy handwriting. I still have that list.

The white-tailed kite is a small, elegant bird of prey...

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