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Medford woman earns Golden Demon Award from fishing club

A Medford woman's work busting poachers and organizing projects benefitting the Rogue Valley watershed has earned high honors from a local fishing club.

Janelle Dunlevy on Wednesday received the Golden Demon Award from the Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers Association.

The award is considered the association's top honor for a non-member of the club who helps protect and enhance wild fish.

It is named for a traditional summer steelhead fly on the Rogue River. The award itself is a framed Golden Demon fly.

Dunlevy is the fourth awardee since the club began honoring non-members with the award in 2000.

"This award is not easily given," association President Tom Collette says. "It is for someone who goes beyond normal activity in trying to protect or restore our riparian areas, water and fish resources."

Dunlevy was hailed for her work as an Oregon State Police fish and wildlife trooper who retired last summer to spend more time with her family.

While with the OSP, Dunlevy worked on several high-profile poaching cases as well as enforced environmental regulations involving wild salmon and their habitat.

Dunlevy also formerly chaired the Rogue Basin Coordinating Council that helped open communications among the various watershed groups throughout the area. She also was the council's project manager in 2005 when the council helped build a new fish ladder at the Butte Creek Mill diversion in Eagle Point.

The award was presented Wednesday during the association's regular monthly meeting at the Red Lion Hotel in Medford.

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The Medford Rifle and Pistol Club will swing over to the old Camp White grounds in White City on Sunday to host a military rifle match.

Military rifles from any branch of the military and from any country are allowed during the Military Rifle Match set for 9 a.m. Sunday at the Jackson County Sports Park high-powered range off Kershaw Road east of the Jackson County drag strip.

The only requirements are that the weapons have metallic sights (no scopes) and with a magazine capacity of at least five rounds capable of rapid reloading.

Most participants use standard American M-1 rifles, says Jim Rice, one of the event's coordinators. In previous events, however, participants have fired rifles from Germany and Britain, Rice says.

"This is a way to get people out shooting and getting other people started," Rice says. "It's not really designed for experienced competitors.

Participants will shoot 50 rounds for scoring at military-style targets set at 200 yards, 300 yards and 500 yards. Shots will be fired from the standing and prone positions as well as rapid-fire.

Cost is $20, with sign-ups beginning at 8 a.m.

Those who don't bring their own ammunition can purchase bullets at the event, Rice says.

For more information, call Rice at 664-5393 during the daytime or 664-1785 during evenings.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.