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Medford camp-host couple honored for their work

A retired Medford couple who have spent the past 21/2; years hop-scotching among Oregon State Parks campgrounds and volunteering their time have received an award as one of the state's best camp-host teams.

Gloria and Harold Bartol were one of five host teams to earn Gen Angdahl Memorial Host Award honors by the parks department.

The Bartols and others were lauded for their "safety-first" attitudes while helping visitors and keeping the area clean and safe for campers.

The Bartols sold their Medford home in September 2005, bought a fifth-wheel trailer and stay in state parks campgrounds to help rangers and the public.

Their first stop was at Emigrant Springs State Park near Meachum.

"We've been living it ever since and having a ball," Gloria Bartol said in an interview from Sunset Bay State Park, where the couple currently is hosting.

Other stops have included stays at Bullards Beach, Tugman, Valley of the Rogue and Collier state parks and campgrounds.

"It's fantastic," she says. "We meet people from all over the place."

Award winners were nominated by state parks managers from throughout the state. In choosing the Bartols, parks officials cited their 4,000 hours of volunteer work at Tugman State Park near Reedsport.

There, they took on tasks ranging from raking campsites and cleaning fire pits to installing and painting new siding on parks buildings.

The awards were given out during the parks department's annual Host Rendezvous held April 20-25 in Salem.

The biennial award was named for Genevieve "Gen" Angdahl, a longtime state parks volunteer from Salem.

Hunters are reminded that they have until 11:59 p.m. May 15 to submit their controlled-hunt applications to local license agents or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The easiest way is to go to the Point of Sale license outlets. However, orders can be faxed by the deadline to 503-947-6117, or 503-947-6113.

ODFW officials were expecting about 400,000 applications for the big-game hunting tags the agency allots each spring through the random drawing. As of April 21, however, the agency had received fewer than 83,000 applications, and hunters who wait for the 11th hour run the risk of not getting their applications in on time.

Last year, 64,561 applications were processed on May 15.

Specific tag proposals are now available online at www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2008/april/041608.asp.

The random computer drawing will be held after the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission sets tag numbers at its June 6 meeting. Results will be available no later than June 20.

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