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Anglers encouraged to kick in their two cents on halibut

NEWPORT — Halibut anglers can help shape the 2011 season by participating in a meeting in Newport or commenting by phone or e-mail.

"This meeting is an opportunity for anglers to have a say in what the 2011 Pacific halibut season looks like off Oregon," said Lynn Mattes, sport halibut project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"At this meeting we will discuss the sport fishery structure, such as days open and season timing, for the three sub-areas off Oregon (Columbia River, Central Coast and South Coast). We will review allocation issues and the overall Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific halibut fisheries off the Pacific Northwest."

The meeting will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Holiday Inn Express (south of the bridge), 135 SE 32nd, Newport.

"We will take the comments from these meetings to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's September meeting," Mattes said. "There will be opportunities in October for the public to comment on any proposed changes to the Catch Sharing Plan developed by the council, based on this public input, before final adoption at the November council meeting."

Those who cannot attend the meeting can comment by calling or e-mailing Mattes (lynn.mattes@state.or.us) or Gway Kirchner (gway.r.kirchner@state.or.us) at 541-867-4741 before Wednesday, Aug. 18.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library features monthly rotating exhibits on local history topics, and this month's exhibit focuses on fishing the Rogue River.

Included are historic photos of huge catches of trout, steelhead and salmon, along with some unique styles of fishing. Among the artifacts on display is a monogrammed, leather fishing-rod case owned by early aviator Sealy Hall.

The SOHS Research Library is the largest repository of archival materials related to the history of Southern Oregon. The library, located at 106 N. Central Ave. in Medford, is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. For more information, call 541-858-1724.

Tim VanOrden, an elite endurance athlete and creator of the Running Raw Project, will speak in Ashland Sunday, Aug. 8, about the effects of diet on peak performance. The program takes place at 7 p.m. at 472 Walker St., in Ashland.

VanOrden, 42, began the Running Raw Project in 2005 with the goal of learning whether it is possible to be a top-performing athlete while eating a raw, vegan diet. Since beginning his training in 2006, he has finished first in 42 road, trail, snowshoe, mountain and stair-climb races, setting six course records in the process.

The requested donation at the event is $10. A raw, vegan potluck begins at 6 p.m. VanOrden will be running in the Mount Ashland Hillclimb Run on Aug. 7. For more information about the talk and potluck, contact Leslie DeLorean at 541-326-7600 or e-mail 3267600@gmail.com.

The Full-bore Rifle Shooters of the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club will hold a rifle shoot at Public Range #7 of the Jackson County Sports Park Saturday, Aug. 14, at 8:30 a.m.

The event will include prone, standing, sitting or kneeling shooting at 100-yard targets, and should be a good mid-summer way to improve your shooting ability in preparation for this year's hunting seasons. Entry fee is $15, which covers the Rogue Valley Sporting Sports Association range fee and a barbecue lunch. Shooters should arrive at 8 a.m. Lunch will follow the event. More information and an entry form for the event can be found at www.mrpc.info.

Reach Mail Tribune Features Editor David Smigelski at 541-776-8784 or dsmigelski@mailtribune.com.