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Hunting: Boys fill buck tags on opening day (1)

September 21, 2014 — 

At 4:50 Saturday morning, I poked my head into Jack and Clay’s bedrooms and said “Hey boys, do you want to wake up?” They both sprang from their beds and …

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Hunting: Mentor program gives kids an early shot at hunting (2)

September 21, 2014 — 

OAKLAND — Not too many years ago, Brooke Edmonson was playing in the dirt, pine needles and bark around a stump, passing the morning hours while her grandmother sat, waiting …

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Hunting: Oregon deer and elk seasons get a late start (3)

September 20, 2014 — 

The start date for hunting season bodes well for deer and elk hunters this year. Most season dates are based on the deer rifle opener, which is always the Saturday …

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Auto Racing: Matt Hein savors third NSRA season championship (4)

September 19, 2014 — 

It’s not how you start, but how you finish. That was the case for Roseburg driver Matt Hein, who struggled early in the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association season but found …

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A mountain-high experience in the Wallowas (5)

September 14, 2014 — 

“Grant,” I asked the 15-year-old who was climbing the 9,826-foot Matterhorn in northeast Oregon with us, “How come you never complain?” He cheerily replied, “I am too busy trying to …

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Ranger Randy Menke spent 20 years maintaining the North Umpqua Trail (6)

September 8, 2014 — 

As long as there has been a North Umpqua River, it has swollen with spring snowmelt every year and struck the same bank near Toketee with fury. When it came …

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Golf: Historic Roseburg Country Club holds up (7)

September 5, 2014 — 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth story of a series on central Douglas County’s golf courses Roseburg Country Club, the oldest golf course in central Douglas County, offered a picturesque …

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Cyclist finds cruising the river comforting (8)

September 2, 2014 — 

At dawn, in mild 65 degree weather, a group of six bicyclists gathered at the rim of the crater in Crater Lake National Park. Ron Hilbert is turning 70 and …

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PRA: Riley Watson wins West Coast Modified Shootout (9)

August 31, 2014 — 

Riley Watson won the West Coast Modified Shootout race at Douglas County Speedway Saturday night, ahead of Herman Pullyer and Guy Young. Watson leads the modifieds point standings this year. …

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Richard Hikes: Nevada’s Great Basin offers some grand views (10)

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 (11)

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 (12)

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 (13)

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 (14)

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 (15)

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 (16)

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 (17)

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 (18)

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 (19)

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 (20)

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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