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Langlois Public Injured birds are cared for in Bandon Library scheduled events in January

BANDON — Free Flight, in Bandon, is the only bird rehabilitation organization on the Southern Oregon coast. Orphaned and injured birds are rescued and rehabilitated year around. Free Flight also provides a comprehensive educational program for the schools and the public. As a nonprofit organization, donations and memberships are essential to the continuing operation of Free Flight. Many expenses are incurred to efficiently operate the center which is run entirely by a nonpaid staff of committed volunteers.

LANGLOIS — Free programs and presentations at the Langlois Public Library are offered in January. Langlois Public Library is located at 48234 U.S. Highway 101. ■ A Trip Around the World 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 — This ongoing children’s program focuses on a different country or region each month. For January, The Congo will be featured with great presentations, crafts and snacks. ■ Interesting Langlois 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 — Interesting Langlois is a continuing monthly series. The January presentation will be by Mary Johnson of “Washed Ashore,” a nonprofit community project dedicated to education and awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution. For more information, see their website at ■ Movie Night 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 — This month’s film is “The Secret of Roan Inish,” a magical take of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life. ■ Favorite Readings 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 — Bring your favorite passages of prose, poetry or original work and share with the group. For more information, call the library at 541-348-2066 or email

To donate items for the annual garage sale fundraiser, call 541-347-4561 or 541347-2950. Clothing, large furniture or large appliances cannot be accepted. Anyone who would like to volunteer should call 541-347-3882.

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On the cover: This undated file photo provided by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah shows one of four bald eagles that was brought into the center, but eventually died. State wildlife officials say West Nile virus appears to be the mystery illness that’s caused more than two dozen bald eagles to die in Utah. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says results of laboratory tests on some of the first birds found indicate they died from West Nile. Officials say dozens of bald eagles have died and six others are being treated at a wildlife rehabilitation center. DWR says in a statement that it believes the eagles ate grebes that were infected with the virus. The agency says the migration of the aquatic birds should be over soon, so eagle deaths should stop. They say the birds do not pose a risk to human health but people should not handle eagles if they find them.

Bird enthusiasts meet at Coos Bay Public Library COOS BAY — The Cape Arago Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Myrtlewood Room at Coos Bay

Public Library. We will view “Fishing for a Living,” a segment of David Attenborough’s fascinating series titled “The Life of

Birds.” Learn about the ingenious methods birds have developed to reap the rich bounty of our planet’s waters.

Bring a brown bag and listen to some local authors COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library will be holding a free brown bag local author panel. Four Coos Bay authors will present their works before opening the floor to audience questions. Afterward, authors will offer their books for sale and to sign. This event will be held noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Myrtlewood Room at the Coos Bay Public Library. All members of the public are invited to bring your lunch and enjoy some literature. Carlene Dater will discuss her humorous mystery, “Roman Circus.” Carol Sanders will present the first volume of a projected trilogy, “Spy on Clinton Street.” Jo Ann Gilbert Stover will showcase her fantasy series including “Karielle and the Gift of Magic” and “Karielle and the Return of Magic.” Shinan Barclay will share chapters from her forthcoming memoir “Arctic Heart: My Transformation among the Iñupiat Eskimos of Kotzebue, Alaska.”

COOS BAY — Five teens and six miss ladies will compete this summer for sc h o l a rs h i ps a n d t h e chance to compete for the title of Miss Oregon and more scholarships. The 2014 show takes place Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The show will be packed with great talent, foot-tapping, hand-clapping production numbers and special guests Miss Oregon Allison Cook and M iss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen Harley Emery. Special tickets will be available — not only attend the show, but get in early for

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a special meet and greet, a complimentary program book and premium seating selections. T ickets are available at Painted Zebra in North Bend and Katrina Kathleen’s in Coos Bay. Advance tickets are $10 or

$15 at the door. The special Meet and Greet tickets are $20 each. Prior to crowning their 2014 successors you can meet with celebrity guests Quinlyn Deming, A ly We l c h a n d K a rl i Kennedy.

Foreign Film to be shown Friday COOS BAY — The “Friday Foreign Film” series at Coos Bay Public Library continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. The multiple award-winning festival favorite Attenberg (Greece, 2010) is this month’s feature. Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, Attenberg is an offbeat coming-of-age film. Marina, a sexually inexperienced 23-year-old woman, lives with her terminally ill architect father, Spyros, in an industrial Greek town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she

keeps her distance. Instead she stubbornly observes it through the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough and the music of electropunk pioneers Suicide. While preparing for her father’s impending death, Marina discovers her own sexuality through lessons from her only friend, Bella, and a visiting engineer. Part abstract performance art, part family melodrama, Attenberg gets down in the emotional muck where life, death and sex intertwine. This film about disconnectedness

that combines intellectual and emotional rigor with a sardonic, often black humor, exudes both a refreshing innocence (despite being brutally frank on the subjects of death and sexuality) and bracing sense of discovery. The “Friday Foreign Film” series, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library, is normally held on the second Friday of the month and is free to the public. Many of these films are not rated and parental discretion is advised. For more information call 541-269-1101.

Connect the Boardwalks to meet COOS BAY — CONNECT! the Boardwalks will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay Campus, in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, Lakeview Room G. CONNECT! the Boardwalks is a “Friends” association supporting the creation and improvement of the Coos Waterfront Walkway through public

awareness. Volunteers are needed to prepare for the hike on June 21 in support of the Coos Waterfront Walkway. Needed volunteer services include: Printing and copying services for flyers, posters, and brochures; shuttle support and Tshirt production for hikers. This hike is being offered together with the hiking group South Coast Striders. The intention is

to have a fun hike and at the same time showcase the Coos Waterfront Walkway as it is, highlighting access and development, and plans for the future. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but do wish to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Spona at or like us on Facebook.

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North Bend Christmas Tree Pick up all day. Place undecorated trees on the sidewalk. Donations will be accepted for Kids for Christmas program. Call North Bend Fire Department at 541-756-7757. Umpqua River Lighthouse Tours 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Umpqua River Lighthouse and Museum, 1020 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay. Admission: Adults $5, seniors and students $3 and children 3-5 free. Book Discussion “35 Golden Keys to Who You Are & Why You’re Here” 1:15-2:30 p.m., North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Author Linda C. Anderson’s book is a collection of spiritual enlightenings from multiple faiths. A Trip Around the World — The Congo 3-4:30 p.m., Langlois Public Library, 48234 U.S. Highway 101, Langlois. This children’s program is educational and features crafts and snacks. Free Roller Skating 3-5 p.m., Snoddy Memorial Gymnasium, Bay Area Church of the Nazarene, 1850 Clark St., North Bend. Skates provided for all ages. Children must be accom-

SUNDAY, JAN. 5 Umpqua River Lighthouse Tours 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Umpqua River Lighthouse and Museum, 1020 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay. Admission: Adults $5, seniors and students $3 and children 3-5 free. White Stone Service 10 a.m., Unity by the Bay, 2100 Union Ave., North Bend. All in attendance will be given a White Stone, symbolic for freedom.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Food System Action Team Con versation 3-5 p.m., Coos Bay Fire Station, 450 Elrod Ave., Coos Bay. 541-266-2753 Cape Arago Audubon Society Meeting 7 p.m. Coos Bay Public Library Myrtlewood Room, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Featured: Fishing for a Living, a segment of David Attenborough’s series “The Life of Birds.”

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 Pool Volleyball for Seniors 1011:30 a.m., North Bend Public Pool, 2455 Pacific Ave., North Bend. Fee $2. Refreshments

served. 541-756-4915 50s Elvis Tribute Show with Justin Shandor 8 p.m., Three Rivers Casino, 5647 Highway 126, Florence. Tickets $15. Ted Virgil as John Denver during intermission. 877-374-8377

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 North Bend Christmas Tree Pick up all day. Place undecorated trees on the sidewalk. Donations will be accepted for Kids for Christmas program. Call North Bend Fire Department at 541-756-7757 South Coast Senior Singles Club Luncheon Meeting noon, Humbolt Cafe, 2056 Sherman Ave., North Bend. No host event for all senior singles. 541-888-2219 Film: Water 1-2:30 p.m., South Slough Interpretive Center, 61907 Seven Devils Road, Charleston. A continuation of the December Water Film Festival on the big screen. Free popcorn. 60s Elvis Tribute Show with Justin Shandor 8 p.m., Three Rivers Casino, 5647 Highway 126, Florence. Tickets $15. Ted Virgil as John Denver during intermission. 877-374-8377

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Classes & Workshops

Movies 47 Ronin 3D — PG-13

• Redwood Cinema: S-Su: 12:20, 3:40, 7:00; M-T: 7:00

Hunger Games: Catching Fire — PG-13

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Th: 5:15

47 Ronin 2D — PG-13

SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Explore Birds of the Estuary 8-10 a.m., meet at Charleston Visitor Information Center, west end of South Slough Bridge on Basin Drive. Dress for weather, bring scopes and binoculars. Guided, $1 each birder. 541888-5558 Basic Weather and Forecasting Seminar 10 a.m.-noon, Coos Bay Power Squadron, 90346 Guano Rock Lane, Charleston. Participants receive waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s Quick-Guide — Onboard Weather Forecasting and a full color Student Guide and a certificate of completion. Cost is $35. Registration required, 541-888-6178. Library2Go Ebook Workshop 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Coos Bay Public Library Cedar Room, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Valid library card, email address, and wireless device with network accessability required. 54126-1101

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Th: 8:30

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:00, 2:15; S-Th: 9:05

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:55; S-Th: 3:45, 6:35, 9:25

American Hustle — R

Tide of the Toddlers — Ducks 10-11 a.m., South Slough Interpretive Center, 61907 Seven Devils Road, Charleston. Program for children ages 1-5 who will sing, make a craft and discover the natural world of ducks. Maximum of 15, $1 each. Register at 541-888-5558.

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 2:10; S-Th: 5:25, 8:40

COQUILLE — The Coquille Valley Seed Library is hosting a free garden seminar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Owen Building, 201 N. Adams St., Coquille. “The Story of the Fava Bean” will be presented by Ianto Evans, gardener, ecologist, writer, inventor, teacher and creator of Cob Cottage. Cob is an innovative natural method of creating homes from earthen materials. “Ianto’s Return” is a fava bean variety currently on the market, originating from Ianto’s personal stock of Guatemalan seed. The roundtable discussion on winter gardening will be panel-hosted, and the seed of the month is the fava bean. If you are interested in gardening, seed saving, biodiversity, and/or organic growing methods the seed library is for you. We invite you to help grow and preserve locally adapted vegetable and herb varieties by becoming a Coquille Valley Seed Library member. For more information:

Paranormal Activitiy: The Marked Ones — R Saving Mr. Banks — PG-13

Frozen — PG

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 11:50; S-Th: 2:45, 5:45, 8:45

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:35; S-Th: 3:15, 5:55

Grudge Match — PG-13

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — PG • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:05; S-Th: 2:50, 5:40, 8:35

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:45; S-Th: 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 • Redwood Cinema: S-Su: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00; M-T: 7:00

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Th: 8:10 • Redwood Cinema: S-Su: 12:20

The Wolf of Wall Street — R • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:15; S-Th: 4:05, 8:00

Walking With Dinosaurs 2D — PG • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 11:55; S-Th: 2:55, 5:10

Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2D — PG • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 2:00; S-Th: 5:35

Join local seed savers and learn about the fava bean

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Th: 7:20, 9:30

• Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:10, 2:25; S-Th: 4:40, 6:55, 9:10

Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D — PG


Justin Bieber’s Believe — PG

Pony Village Cinema, North Bend: 541-756-3447 Redwood Cinema, Brookings: 541-412-7575

Get computer help for job searching COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library will offer a new job assist computer lab. This workshop will be held Friday, Jan. 31, 9:15-11:15 a.m., at the Coos Bay Public Library. Registrants should be at the doors by 9:15 a.m. If you are: looking for work; filing for unemployment; need access to computer software for creating resumes and cover letters; want assistance filling out an online application; need technical support for anything work related, sign up now. Seating is limited, so registration is required. Sign up at the reference desk in the library. The workshop is intended for job seekers who need access to technologies related to job searching. There will be no formal lecture, but an instructor will be available for additional assistance, or if your run into problems or have questions. Pre-requisite: You must be doing something workrelated to participate in this free workshop. For additional information, call 541-269-1101 or go to

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Coquille Carousel fundraiser calendars and coloring books available COQUILLE — There are still a few 2014 Coquille Carousel calendars available for sale. Cone 9 in the Pony Village Mall now offers the calendar as well as the new Carousel coloring books. Other locations in to purchase either item in Coquille include: the chamber of commerce, city hall, the community building, The Carousel Workshop, The Oddity Shop, Judy’s New Image and Inspired Ink. For additional information, contact the Coquille Chamber of Commerce at 541-396-3414.

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Devils Punch Bowl: The belly of the beast SALEM (AP) — If a place can be judged based on the names of its landmarks, you’d have to conclude that the Devil is among the most influential citizens on the Oregon coast. On a trip down U.S. Highway 101, above the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll encounter a churn, an elbow, a lake, a staircase and a punch bowl all named for the Prince of Darkness. Which of course begs the question: What sort of deal was struck for the sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs that make the Oregon coast one of the most beautiful places in the world? Food for thought. Or maybe not. A group of friends and I were considering this clearly rational question last week during a trip down the Central Coast when we arrived at the aforementioned Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area, 17 miles south of Lincoln City (and 8 miles north of Newport). While it’s easy to have a bit of fun with the Oregon coast’s affinity for naming places in honor of El Diablo, the truth is that Devils Punch Bowl lives up to the dramatic name. Look over the cliffs from the parking pullout and you’ll see an immense rock cavern that resembles a bowl of boiling waves. The punch bowl was likely formed when the roof collapsed on two sea caves — and was then shaped by waves — to form a structure that doesn’t have any comparison on the coast. The coolest part about visiting the punch bowl, though, isn’t viewing it from the top. At low tide, you can actually hike down and explore the inside of

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The Devils Punch Bowl on the Oregon coast. The coolest part about visiting the punch bowl, though, isn√≠t viewing it from the top. At low tide, you can actually hike down and explore the inside of the cave, the belly of the beast. the cave — the belly of the beast. The rocks are slippery and avoiding stepping on sea life in the tide pools is important, but entering the massive cavern isn’t too tough. On the northern end of the parking area (turn right while driving in), follow a wide trail down to a sandy beach. Follow the beach onto the

rock, hop over a few saltwater rivulets and enter the cavern via one of two cavern openings. The sound of the ocean thunders inside of the sandstone bowl that’s filled with a surprising assortment of colors – blues, greens, reds and oranges. The surf spits waves inside the cavern through a small arch and the entire place is soggy — a

good reminder to pay close attention to tide tables before deciding to make the trip. Once you’ve had enough of the punch bowl, take the time to explore the other side of this well-maintained natural area. On the south side of the punch bowl parking area and left side of the entrance road is a long stretch of beach great for

exploring or throwing the ball for the dog. Just follow the “beach trail” sign from the parking area down to a wide slice of sand where you’ll often see surfers riding the waves. The Devil might hold claim to the churning caverns and thundering water to the north, but the southern stretch of beach is a place far closer to heaven.

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Weekend fishing opportunities The recent cold snap has many rivers running low and clear, and steelhead off the bite. Look for fishing to improve on many rivers once things warm up and there’s a little rain. If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed, it’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

2014 trout stocking The 2014 trout stocking schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available – usually in February or March, depending on the zone. In the meantime, the 2013 schedule can often be used as a general guideline for 2014.

Fishing Diamond Lake: trout Diamond Lake received an additional 16,000 trout in late August. These were 8-inch legal-sized trout. The lake also received about 20,000 sub-legal trout in November. Anglers should remember to release all trout smaller than 8 inches. Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800733-7593, ext 236 or 238 for updates. The road around the lake, campgrounds and boat ramps are not plowed during the winter.

Coquille River Basin steelhead The rivers in the Coquille Basin have been low and clear but a few winter steelhead are being caught on the lower Coquille River between the towns of Mrytle Point and Coquille. Steelhead anglers are having the best success by plunking with bait, like eggs or shrimp. The best steelhead fishing usually occurs in January in the Coquille River Basin. In the Coquille Basin, from Dec. 1 through April 30, anglers may keep one additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day for a total aggregate of three adult fish harvested daily. Loon Lake: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill Loon Lake has been stocked with over 8,000 trout. The lake can also provide good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass. Fishing is slow and both the BLM and Resort’s boat ramps are closed. Pacific Ocean and beaches: bottomfish, Dungeness crab Recreational Dungeness crabbing is open in the ocean. Fishing for bottom fish, including rockfish and lingcod, is now open at all depths. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod is two. T en m i l e B a s i n : l a r g em o u t h b a s s , steelhead Bass fishing has been slowed down with last week’s cold temperatures. Bass will be lethargic, so anglers will need to slow down their presentations. The daily bag limit is one wild coho adult per day and five for the season. The wild coho season bag limits are in aggregate with all other wild coho fisheries in the northwest and southwest coastal basins (not including the ocean season). Steelhead fishing is open in Tenmile Creek but there have been no reports of any steelhead caught yet. Fishing in Eel Creek is now open. In the Tenmile Basin, from Dec. 1 through April 30, anglers may keep one additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day for a total aggregate of three adult fish harvested daily. SEE RECREATION | 7

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ODFW Wildlife Area Stakeholder Committee to meet Jan. 7 COOS BAY — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a meeting of the Coquille Valley Wildlife Area Stakeholders Committee on Jan. 7, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charleston RV Park Recreation Room, 63402 Kingfisher Road, Charleston. The Committee, which is made up of 12 people representing neighboring landowners, drainage districts and agriculture, hunting, fishing and other conservation groups, will assist ODFW in creating a management plan for the new Wildlife Area. ODFW recently acquired land in the Coquille Valley along the Coquille River in Coos County. ODFW and other partners plan to restore the area to benefit threatened coho salmon and other fish species and to provide nesting and feeding areas for a wide range of wildlife. An important element of the restoration plan is to provide public access to the land for wildlife-related recreation, including wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting. The meeting is open to members of the public who would like to listen to the discussion.

Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee to meet in Salem SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Advisory Committee will meet in Salem on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The committee will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem. The agenda is available on the ODFW website and includes review of mini-grant applications, setting the 2014 schedule, and updates on projects and administrative items. The meeting is open to the public. The Oregon Legislature created Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout. The STEP Advisory Committee makes recommendations to ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding its programs. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at 800-720-6339 or 503-9476002 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information on the Salmon Trout Enhancement Program visit the ODFW website at or call program staff at 503-947-6211.

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GO! Outdoors RECREATION Continued from Page 6 Winchester Bay: winter steelhead Steelhead will be migrating up the Umpqua for the next several months. Most steelhead fishing in the lower, Main and North Umpqua is catch-andrelease since most of the fish are wild. Anglers wishing to harvest a hatchery fish should focus on the South Umpqua.

Hunting Waterfowl hunting in bays and marshes has been reasonably good due to the lack in precipitation. Inland fields have not experienced extensive flooding yet. However, the weather forecast indicates rain may be in our forecast. When enough rain occurs waterfowl will move to inland fields to take advantage of feeding opportunities in flooded fields. Hunters will have to get permission to access private lands in the Coos and Coquille river basins to find hunting opportunities in these areas. Until this flooding occurs and birds move as a result, places to hunt closer to the coast in Coos County include but are not limited to certain islands in Coos Bay, Bandon Marsh Unit of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and parts of New River ACEC, near Langloios. Wilson’s Snipe season is open and the number of birds present locally is improving. These fast flying shore birds move south with the oncoming winter. Often

they can be found feeding in marshes and areas where puddles occur in clear cuts. For the coastal hunter who wants to do some bird hunting similar to the type of hunting upland birds provide, Wilson’s snipe hunting is a good substitute. These birds hold well for a bird dog like some upland birds. When they flush they do so noisily and fly fast and erratically presenting a very challenging target. Finally, they are good to eat, as well. Those interested in hunting Wilson’s snipe need to learn to differentiate these birds from other shore birds. The best way to do this is to consult a bird identification book, do a search for information on the internet or consult your local ODFW wildlife biologist. Grouse has been very low due to rainy weather in May and June the past few years, which causes young chicks to get wet and become hypothermic. As a result, populations are depressed in Coos County. There are some indications that this spring was less problematic for broods but the overall population is low enough due to past years that finding grouse remains difficult. Quail populations are also decreased compared to the past but they are doing better than grouse. This is likely due to the fact that their broods hatch later in the spring than grouse. Hunters wanting to harvest quail will find the best hunting either in the vicinity of farm land for California quail or on exposed ridges for mountain quail.

Cougar is closed in Zone A (Coast/North Cascades) but open in other parts of Southwest. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call. Coyote populations are good in Coos County and they will often respond to calls. Calling coyotes in the coast range is challenging due to brush. Many landowners with sheep are complaining about losses of sheep to coyote predation. Hunters interested in hunting coyotes may find success in asking for permission to hunt private land wh e re landowners are losing sheep.

ODFW seeks candidates for Commercial Fishery Permit Board SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking individuals interested in representing commercial fishing interests on the Commercial Fishery Permit Board. The Permit Board is composed of three individuals representing commercial fishers from each fishery plus two at-large public members. Currently, there are 11 vacant positions to represent the following fisheries: sea urchin, roe herring, Columbia River gillnet salmon, ocean shrimp/scallop, brine shrimp, blue and black rockfish, and nearshore

fisheries. To be considered as a board member, individuals must submit a resume that describes their career and/or public service history to DeAnna Erickson, ODFW Licensing Services Manager, at ODFW, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302, or email it to The Commercial Fishery Permit Board reviews limited entry permit renewal and transfer denials made by ODFW for the following commercial fisheries: sea urchin, roe herring, Columbia River gillnet

salmon, ocean troll salmon, ocean shrimp/scallop, ocean crab, sardine, bay clam dive, brine shrimp, blue and black rockfish and nearshore fisheries. Members of the board receive no compensation for services. They are reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of official duties. Applicants must be willing to travel to coastal locations and to ODFW Headquarters in Salem; conference calls are used in many cases to reduce travel.

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Historical Oregon canals are worth a wander THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEND — A few weeks ago — and in much warmer weather — my husband and I set out to explore a new-to-us nature spot called Cline Buttes Recreation Area. We wanted to explore a particular section of Cline Buttes, dedicated to preserving historic canals. Due to some confusing signs and probably a bit of user error, we started on the wrong path and never stepped foot on the trails of the historic canal area. A few days after The Bulletin published the article about our quite lovely hike gone awry, Terry Holtzapple, an archaeologist from the Bureau of Land Management, called me. She asked if I would like to revisit the area, this time with a guide to make sure I got to the right spot. I was game. So last week I bundled up and headed back out to the Cline Buttes area, which is about 20 minutes northwest of Bend. Holtzapple and I met at the same trailhead parking lot where it all went wrong for me and my husband. But this time, instead of taking the trail next to the parking lot, we journeyed up the road a bit. On the right there was a small gate, which we opened. We ascended a small hill and — bam! — we were walking on the historic canals. Just like that. Though we trekked through several inches of snow, temperatures were pleasant. Holtzapple said the area was at about 3,200 feet elevation and could get quite warm. I am going to keep the area in mind anytime I’m looking to get outside in the winter but don’t want to do a snow sport.

Canal history The mostly earthen, handbuilt canals in the region were created in the early 1900s with the idea of irrigating more than 27,000 acres, according to Holtzapple. There was also a dam, which was supposed to hold a large reservoir of water.

The dam is still in place. The reservoir, however, was not meant to be. Holtzapple explained that in 1915, the reservoir was about three-quarters full and doing well when suddenly the water began to drain. Reports came in of witnesses seeing a large whirlpool form inside the reservoir carrying the water down into the ground — as if the stopper had been taken out of the drain in the bathtub. A lava tube was the suspected culprit, Holtzapple says. The Tumalo Irrigation District is still operational, however, and supplies water to about 8,000 acres, according to Holtzapple. Some of the best preserved parts of the canals, including a cement raceway used to funnel the water uphill, are located in the Cline Buttes Recreation Area. They are within a fenced pedestrian-only segment where no off-road vehicles, bicycles or horses are allowed. In that respect, it differs from much of the rest of the recreation area, which allows those other uses. Holtzapple said planners decided to close off the Tumalo canal area to other users in order to preserve the canals as much as possible. Some of the canals had been degraded due to overuse. “This area was of critical concern because the canals are intact,” said Holtzapple. She says the BLM knew it could not protect the entire system, so chose to focus on this one portion.

The hike Within this section, there are many miles of walking trails. Signs for the area are still being developed, as are the pathways. We took a map with us, which I highly recommend (you can print one from the BLM website). After reaching the top of a berm, which is the lip of the canal, Holtzapple and I turned left and followed this low ridge, essentially walking in the old canal. I enjoyed the scenery on my

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The Cascade Mountains in the Cline Buttes Recreation Area are northwest of Bend. first trip to the area, when temperatures were mild and there was no snow to be seen. This time, the bright blue skies looked even prettier highlighted against the snowy ground. Junipers and sagebrush grew everywhere along the path. Unfortunately, the snow slowed us down, which meant we couldn’t make it all the way to the raceway. Instead, we chose a shorter route. Holtzapple pointed out that juniper trees often grow along the canals. These trees are also likely to show signs where branches were cut off long ago during the construction of the canals. After walking for about half a mile or so, we came to a signpost marking an intersection. This sign, marked No. 12, helped us quickly pinpoint our location on the map. Rather than continue to follow the canal, we opted to turn right along another trail and cut across the landscape. However, not long into our

journey, we lost the trail. Covered in snow and with little signage, finding an official trail was incredibly tricky. The good news is that staying generally on course is not difficult at all. Holtzapple called the trail “a little dicey” and said she would just make it up as we went along. We kept the mountains to our right and traversed the snowy ground. We walked like this, sometimes clearly on a path, sometimes on a possible path and sometimes likely not on a path, for another half-mile or so. Holtzapple assured me that, in this area, sticking to the trail wasn’t required. Unlike some areas with delicate ecosystems, people who travel to Cline Buttes don’t need to worry about trampling across delicate undergrowth or causing erosion. People can wander. Before too long, we returned to a clear-cut trail and walked again inside the old canal. Before we knew it, we had made it back to the gate. Our loop hike was

about 2 miles or so, but there are many options that would allow people to hike for much longer. When there isn’t snow on the ground, Holtzapple says, hikers may want to scout for remnants of century-old campsites. Workers who built the canals would camp here for long periods of time. There are pocket tobacco cans, baking powder tins and dishes made of earthenorthwestare. The BLM documents and records the items, but leaves them in place. (Visitors are also supposed to let them be.) I commented that, when hiking in one of the other sections, I encountered all sorts of trash. How can you tell the difference, I asked, between the junk and the things worth keeping? She said the rule is an item becomes worth preserving if it’s 50 years old, but 100 years old is even better. The area is a work in progress and will be for a few years to come. But it’s still worth a visit.

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