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Richard Hikes: Nevada’s Great Basin offers some grand views (1)

August 24, 2014 — 

Our plans for a Lassen Volcanic National Park weeklong hike-fest literally went up in smoke. A really big tower of smoke, to be more precise. After two hours of driving …

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Golf: Roseburg’s Stewart Park course thriving again (2)

August 21, 2014 — 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third story of a series on central Douglas County’s golf courses. At the start of 2013, morale wasn’t good among the players regarding the management …

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Golf: Scenic Myrtle Creek course a test (3)

August 14, 2014 — 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second story of a series on central Douglas County’s golf courses. MYRTLE CREEK — For visiting players, it’s billed as “a peaceful escape.” Indeed, the …

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Golf: Umpqua Golf Resort improved, challenging (4)

August 8, 2014 — 

EDITOR’S NOTE — This is the first of a series on central Douglas County’s golf courses. SUTHERLIN — More attractive? Looks like it. More challenging course to play? Another yes, …

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Cyclists enjoy the sights of Southern Oregon (5)

August 3, 2014 — 

Imagine an 11-day bicycle trip with 24 friends enjoying Lane and Douglas counties, the North Umpqua River, Crater Lake and beyond. That was our recent Wild Oregon and Crater Lake …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Hunters ask to provide tips during upcoming seasons (6)

July 27, 2014 — 

Hunting seasons are here again. Even though there are quite a few weeks of summer left, hunting seasons are beginning. They’ll continue through to the first of the year. This …

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Oakland hikers top out on Mount St. Helens (7)

July 27, 2014 — 

It steams in anger. Sometimes, it even blows its top. Deceptively serene, Mount St. Helens has captivated my imagination ever since it exploded in May 1980. For this reason I …

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Staying fit: Marah Baker’s competitive fire still burns (8)

July 24, 2014 — 

Marah Baker is a mother, student and, still very much, an athlete. The 23-year-old Gresham resident, a 2009 graduate of Roseburg High School, stays active and competitive through a CrossFit …

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Auto Racing: Hein wins Saturday NSRA race, Nickel Cup (9)

July 20, 2014 — 

What a weekend it was for Roseburg’s Matt Hein on the racetrack. Winston’s Andy Alberding fared well Saturday night. Hein won the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association/Western Winged series main event …

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Outdoor Tales: The cry of a child — a Diamond Lake story (10)

July 20, 2014 — 

A young child’s cry echoed against the tall timber lining the rocky point along the edge of the water. The boy’s words carried across the lake. I sat up from …

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Auto Racing: NSRA drivers ready for races in Roseburg (11)

July 17, 2014 — 

“Quick” Rick Brown has been there and done that in Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association circles. The 60-year-old from Springfield — NSRA’s only five-time season champion — will be in the …

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Richard Hikes: Fourmile Lake sojourn includes snuffling, whirring sound effects (12)

July 13, 2014 — 

Oh, the things that go bump in the night! Happily asleep in my tent next to Island Lake, my inner intruder alert detected some creature sneaking stealthily around my campsite. …

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Rock Creek Fish Hatchery and waterfall a fun road trip for students (13)

July 6, 2014 — 

Looking for a fun, cheap adventure for your family? Here’s a suggestion from firsthand experience. A few weeks ago, I was able to take the third-grade class from Umpqua Valley …

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Golf: Teams shoot to front in Abby’s Chapman (14)

June 15, 2014 — 

Jim Schvaneveldt and Matt Scott had a very good opening round in the 37th annual Abby’s/Budweiser/Pepsi Chapman golf tournament on Saturday at Roseburg Country Club. Schvaneveldt and Scott teamed up …

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Richard Hikes: Locator beacon proves its value on Lost Coast Trail hike (15)

June 14, 2014 — 

When personal locator beacons, or PLBs, came into vogue several years ago, they triggered no small debate in the hiking and backpacking community. Some predicted hikers would become careless and …

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Special events planned for Free Fishing Weekend (16)

June 1, 2014 — 

Four special events are scheduled for Douglas County waters during the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend. Activities will be held at Cooper Creek Reservoir east of Sutherlin, Diamond Lake in the …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Even with warmer weather, be cautious around water (17)

May 24, 2014 — 

Summer is here, at least for a few days at a time. We already have had days in the 90s, getting people out to the lakes and rivers. This month, …

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Richard Hikes: Buckeye Lake brings back hiking memories (18)

May 11, 2014 — 

Buckeye Lake is where it all began. Almost two decades ago, when I carried a few more pounds and sported considerably more hair, Mrs. O’Neill and I took a Sunday …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Look, take a photo, but leave young wildlife alone (19)

May 4, 2014 — 

I am not sure if summer is going to be early or not this year, but for the animal world it isn’t going to stop the birthing process. The month …

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Mother knows best, so leave baby wildlife alone (20)

May 4, 2014 — 

It’s that time of year again, when warm weather draws people out into the outdoors to enjoy the amazing spring. Some of those people will stumble onto wild babies that …

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