Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Tule Lake NWR, Modoc County
Healthy sandhill cranes have nothing to fear from coyotes when they can simply jump into the sky.


Klamath salmon on the rebound
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Van Duzen River

We’ve got a long way to go, but it looks like the worst may be over for the run of fall kings on the Klamath. In 2016, the number of returning Fall Chinook adults to the Klamath River was estimated at 27,353. At the time, those were the lowest returns ever recorded. In 2017, CDFW predicted the numbers would go...
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A deer tag that’s good for three months statewide and a Leupold rifle scope valued at $690 are among the prizes 22 lucky hunters have won for taking part in the 2017 Take a Friend Hunting Contest. The contest was launched in spring of last year to encourage experienced adult hunters to take out other adult friends and family members who...
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Due to inclement weather in the Portland metro area, a public meeting to discuss a proposed seasonal ban on the use of alcohol within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area has been rescheduled for next week. The new meeting time is Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sauvie Island Grange Hall, located on the island at 14443 NW Charlton Rd., Portland,...
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Concerning forecasts for runoff into the Rio Grande and the Colorado River are just the start of the bad news for the West as California and other southwestern states face warm weather, below average precipitation and paltry snowpack. THE DRIEST DECEMBER in California’s recorded history was followed by a relieving gush of rain in January, when it seemed there was a chance the...
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ODFW’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet by conference call on Friday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. The agenda includes review of an emergency request for monitoring on the Chetco River following the recent fire and discussions related to R and E Program planning efforts. Members of the public listen in to the meeting from the Steelhead Room at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr....
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The Magic of Plastic
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 17, 2018

Chetco River

With the Chetco River flowing at just about 1,000 cfs and dropping, and low flow rates of other rivers like the lower Rogue and California’s Smith rivers, anglers are temporarily giving up on catching steelhead and are heading for the ocean in search of bottom fish such as rockfish, greenling and lingcod. And while it is true that a lot of...
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