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Bigfoot debate: Spirit or science?

‘Sasquatch & Spirituality’ presented at Discovery Center

Last Friday night the Discovery Center hosted a lecture by Mel Skahan, called “Sasquatch & Spirituality.” Mel is a forester for the Yakama Nation, and he’s worked outdoors in that postion for over 20 years.

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Sweet Visit

Wanda Fisher is 91 years old and enjoys feeding the birds at her home in the Pomona Meadows. These hummingbirds seem to appreciate her generosity on a cool fall day.

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Fall Float

A fallen leaf floats down Mill Creek south of The Dalles.

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Long nights extend opportunities for stargazing

With the change of seasons, we’re entering that time of year when nights are long and darkness comes early. Starting Nov. 5, it’ll come even earlier with the end of daylight savings time. Our bright planets are no longer high in the evening sky and easy to see.

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Camping rates increase at state parks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is raising state park camping rates by $2 for some types of campsites effective Nov. 1.

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International Space Station visible in Oct. sky

What's In the Sky

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Fall trip features unique waterfall

Fall trip features unique waterfall

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Oregon state park and trail closures ease

CORBETT (AP) — A handful of state-owned trails are reopening after being closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Monday re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.

Wildfires push Oregon hunters and hunted into new terrain

MEDFORD (AP) — Wildfires will displace both hunters and the hunted this fall as burning forests and backwoods public-safety closures push men and beasts into new haunts. Big-game animals such as deer and elk do fine in the face of wildfire, often showing uncanny abilities to stay ahead of encroaching flames or finding green oases amid a fire's roar. Creek anytime soon, they likely will feel at home in the smoky areas immediately around wildfires and closed areas, biologists say.

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Free Bird

A biologist spreads the wing of a wild hawk that had just been banded Sunday at Bonney Butte HawkWatch on the flanks of Mount Hood.

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Gorge trails may be closed for months

TROUTDALE (AP) — Hiking trails affected by an Oregon wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge might be closed for months, authorities said Monday.

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Target shooting, all campfires banned

Wildfires and extreme fire danger have prompted new fire restrictions and closures in the Mt. Hood National Forest. All campfires and target shooting are now prohibited across the forest.

OR lowers bag limits for summer steelhead

Deschutes summer steelhead impacted

PENDLETON (AP) — Opening day won't be an abundant day when summer steelhead season arrives Friday on the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week it's lowering the bag limit to one fish per day on both tributaries.

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Volunteers giving a gift that lasts a lifetime

Fly fishing class opens new horizons for local youth

MAUPIN – What started as a senior class project has turned into a popular physical education curriculum. Back in 2008, South Wasco County senior Kris Belozer organized a fly fishing program to help local youth understand the rules and regulations of the sport, while fishing renown bodies of water across the Pacific Northwest. His goal is to establish a baseline where kids gain a love for an activity that will last a lifetime.

Youth pheasant hunts coming to Tygh Valley

Young hunters, ages 17 and under, are invited to sign up now for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

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