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How to act in cougar country (1)

January 24, 2016 — 

Though cougar sightings are rare, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates there are 6,000 cougars statewide and 1,400 in Zone B, which covers the Southwest Cascades and most …

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Richard Hikes: So-called sunny California provides a soggy hike (2)

January 24, 2016 — 

So this is the year 2016 and on New Year’s Day weekend, the new year picked up where the old year pretty much left off with southern Oregon entombed in …

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Umpqua River anglers adjust to the weather (3)

January 10, 2016 — 

The December rains were a mixed blessing for fishing guides and anglers.They are aware that after the drought conditions of the past year, the increased moisture is much needed. But …

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More than a view (4)

December 20, 2015 — 

Through half-open and groggy eyes, I looked up to see the walls of our tent leaning dangerously overhead, the rainfly plastered to the tent’s thin mesh walls and the burnt …

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Playing in the snow: 7 ski areas in Oregon (5)

December 16, 2015 — 

Last updated Dec. 17Diamond Lake Resort Open The place Roseburg locals go for fun in the snow, Diamond Lake offers cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and tubing. Hours: 8 a.m. to …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Number of illegal elk kills in Douglas County is alarming (6)

December 13, 2015 — 

The point of the article today is not to alarm you, but to call the public of Douglas County to action. This year our local elk population has taken quite …

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Richard Hikes: Uphill hike to Black Crater provides exercise, inspiring views (7)

November 29, 2015 — 

I’ve been unjustly accused a time or two of enjoying an uphill hike. But I beg to differ, dear readers, because nothing could be further from the truth. Who …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Be on the look out for rutting bucks and poachers (8)

November 15, 2015 — 

I am glad to announce that our drought is over, for this year at least. The well timed rain storms helped increase hunting success at the end of deer season. …

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Commentary: Roseburg mother joins running craze (9)

November 10, 2015 — 

I am not a runner. I own some good shoes, stretchy pants and a top-of-the-line jogging stroller, but I am no runner. Remember that “God Made a Farmer” commercial? Well, …

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Team slogs through Tough Mudder event in Seattle (10)

November 1, 2015 — 

There’s mud and plenty of it along the 10.1-mile course. It can be tough to navigate.That’s why they call this event a Tough Mudder.But a team of 11 were up …

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Sandy hike is no beach party for Roseburg trio (11)

October 4, 2015 — 

Our party of three (Lane Harris, Dale Prohaska and myself) began walking enthusiastically on the beach near Bandon’s Face Rock, our eagerness buoyed by clean skin, recently laundered clothing and …

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Outdoors: Deer hunting season for rifle hunters opens Saturday (12)

October 1, 2015 — 

Oregon’s most popular hunting season opens Saturday with the first day of the deer season for rifle hunters. Deer hunting is forecasted to be good in the Cascade Mountains and …

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Cooler weather a benefit to outdoor recreation in Douglas County (13)

September 27, 2015 — 

I am glad to be writing to you with a much different outlook this month. Last month, the county was on fire and it was hot enough outside to boil …

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Camas Valley family has hunted together for decades (14)

September 20, 2015 — 

In the Dancer family, hunting has been a tradition for most everybody as soon as they’re able to buy a tag and pack a rifle into the woods for the …

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Hunting: City girl gradually adjusts to hunting (15)

September 20, 2015 — 

I first arrived in Roseburg for a weekend stay with three suitcases, high heels and my “rat” dog. I pulled up to where my soon-to-be husband was living. It was …

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Hunting — Roseburg hunter writes final words as life slips away (16)

September 20, 2015 — 

Deep inside Eastern Oregon’s John Day Wilderness I settled on a windfall, unable to move further. As the chest pain intensified the serious tone of my cardiologist rang in my …

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Buckeye, Cliff lakes feature geologic history (17)

September 13, 2015 — 

Tucked away in the thickly timbered recesses of the Upper South Umpqua sub-basin is a deep raw gash of alarming proportion. This impressive landform is an ominous harbinger of an …

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Fish and Wildlife Commission approves fishing regs for 2016 (18)

September 4, 2015 — 

SALEM — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2016 Oregon sport fishing regulations at its meeting in Seaside Friday. Under the regulations adopted, anglers should find it easier …

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Roseburg businessman lured back to Alaska (19)

August 30, 2015 — 

You could honestly say that my latest trip to Alaska started almost 35 years ago.I had built the Alagnak Lodge on a hill overlooking the Alagnak River on the Alaska …

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Vineyard Tour bike rides scheduled for Sept. 12 (20)

August 30, 2015 — 

Umpqua Velo Club’s Vineyard Tour Bike Ride will be Sept. 12.The event will offer five cycling routes, all of them starting and finishing at River Forks Park. The routes, accommodating …

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