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Rogue steelhead migration hits the gas pedal

Last weekend's rains hit the Rogue River Basin's migrating winter steelhead like a cattle prod, boosting migration rates in the Rogue and Applegate rivers.

Counts tallied Wednesday at Cole Rivers Hatchery near Trail showed that winter steelhead captured in the trap from this week's migration more than doubled the early-run count so far, hatchery Manager David Pease says.

The 580 winter steelhead counted Wednesday upped the catch there to 1,048 winter steelhead, the highest run to date for March 18 in at least a decade, hatchery records show.

It also got fish moving in the Applegate River, where hatchery winter steelhead smolts are released annually at the base of Applegate Dam.

Another 271 winter steelhead were captured Tuesday afternoon at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife trap at the base of the dam, Pease says.The run into the trap so far has been tallied at 831 winter steelhead, also the highest run to date in at least a decade, records show.

The spike in flows also caused eight very late-run Rogue summer steelhead to limp into Cole Rivers Hatchery's collection pond, Pease says.

Steelhead are known to migrate as water levels start to drop after a freshet.

Siskiyou Mountain Club taking summer intern applications

The Ashland-based Siskiyou Mountain Club still has a few positions to fill for its summer internship program, which focuses on wilderness training and trail projects in Southern Oregon wilderness areas this summer.

The paid internship starts June 19, first with a week of unpaid training in a wilderness setting, says Gabe Howe, the club's executive director. After that the crew goes to work on four 10-day work details, working on trails projects in the Soda Mountain, Wild Rogue and Kalmiopsis wilderness areas.

Interns complete curriculum in writing, American literature, and natural resources as well as on-the-ground work.

The crew reads every day and members each keep a journal used for blog content.

Crew members also participate in a nature- and journal-writing workshop upon entry, and upon their exit complete a workshop in drafting resumes and cover letters.

Interns receive a $40 per diem, which is paid out monthly, and a $1,600 scholarship for tuition and fees after completing the program successfully, Howe says.

Applicants should be in good physical shape and able to walk for 10 miles over rough terrain carrying packs up to 50 pounds.

Crew members must be dynamic in remote environments and be comfortable with no access to cellphones or other technologies while in the field.

Applications will be accepted until April 1, and Howe says hiring decisions will be made by May 1.

For more details, call Howe at 541-708-2056 or email him at gabe@siskiyoumountainclub.org.

To apply, go to www.siskiyoumountainclub.org/wcc2015.