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Sailors track season opens

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
The Sailors were among 11 track and field teams at Friday's multi-divisional Warrior Relays at Oakridge High School, where Creswell took the team title. Meanwhile, Mapleton landed 19 placements in nine events, including first place in the high jump for junior Cole Spencer with a mark of 5-feet-4-inches.
"It was exciting to get the win and start the season off

Fish for free throughout Oregon April 22-23

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Anglers and would-be anglers can enjoy a weekend of free fishing on April 22 and 23. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or endorsement.
This free fishing weekend -- as well as to two other free fishing holidays Nov. 25 and 26 and Dec.

Chinook run to be smaller, predicts NOAA

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Fisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests that it may be worse.
According to researchers from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), ocean conditions were historically bad in the spring of 2015, when migrating yearling fish that will

ODFW offers free fishing events, tips

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invites Oregon families to come fishing at one of 28 free Family Fishing events scheduled throughout the state this spring and summer.
The season will kick off April 1, at Canby Pond and events will continue almost weekly into the summer.
At each event, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and

14U Gold goes undefeated

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
The local 14U Gold Lady Viking club volleyball team battled its way to a rare undefeated tournament title last Sunday at Philomath High School.
With only six team members, every player contributed in every game, with players performing at all six positions throughout the tourney with no breaks.
After winning their last tournament, the Lady Viks moved up in

OSMB campaign offers boating safety courses

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
It may still feel like winter, but spring is right around the corner and the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) encourages boaters and passengers to enroll in a boating education course before the kickoff of the boating season.
During the week of March 19-25, as part of the "Spring Aboard -- Take A Boating Education Course" campaign, many course providers

Vikings winding up

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017
On Feb. 27, the leathery sound of softballs and baseballs landing in well-oiled mits began at Siuslaw High School as players for both teams began winding up for the upcoming spring season around the diamonds.
The baseball team is returning a strong group lead by the pitching combination of senior Michael Larson and Mapleton sophomore Gabe Simington. At first base,

Aquarium help raise awareness for endangered porpoise

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017
Newport -- The Oregon Coast Aquarium, in cooperation with WhaleTimes Inc., is using 2017 to raise awareness about the vaquita, the world's most endangered porpoise.
First discovered in the 1950s, the vaquita has become an international symbol for species impacted by "accidental bycatch." The impact on the vaquita has been devastating.
In mid-2016, it was estimated that less

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