ODFW Recreation Report: Sept. 29, 2009

Rifle deer season opens this Saturday

Saturday marks the start of buck deer rifle season. See the zone reports or the hunting forecast to find out what to expect. Remember the general tag sale deadline is Oct. 2 and buy your tag online now.  

The highway in the sky

Oregon lies directly under the Pacific Flyway, one of the major bird migration routes in the Americas. Visit regional Recreation Report zones to find good areas to see migrating birds.  

ODF and Keep Oregon Green asks hunters to follow fire safety restrictions

See their news release. Check fire restrictions before you head out; there are current closures in Umpqua, Willamette, Wallowa-Whitman national forests and elsewhere. Visit the InciWeb site for a list of Oregon fires and visit the appropriate U.S. Forest ServiceOregon Dept. of Forestry or other land manager’s site for closures and restriction information.     

Send ODFW your hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing photos

Email the photo and a release form to ODFW_Info@state.or.us and you might see yourself on these pages! Please describe where, when the photo was taken.  

Check fire restrictions
Expect increased fire safety restrictions and possible fire-related closures. Check with the land manager where you are going before you head out. The InciWeb site lists Oregon fires and land manager sites (below) may list closures and restrictions.
Oregon National Forests
Oregon BLM
Oregon Department of Forestry

FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • ODFW has temporarily lifted all daily catch limits, possession limits and minimum length requirements for Antelope Flat Reservoir and Walton Lake from Sept. 1 to Oct. 18. Both lakes will close Oct. 18 for chemical treatment to remove illegally introduced bullhead catfish.
  • Trout fishing remains steady on the Crooked River. Although the water is typically turbid, don’t let this keep you from trying a few dry flies.
  • With the arrival of cooler fall temperatures, fishing has picked up at several of the high Cascade lakes.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bullhead catfish

There are no daily catch limits, possession limits, or minimum length requirements for rainbow trout and bullhead catfish on Antelope Flat Reservoir from Sept. 1 through Oct. 18, 2009. Harvest is allowed by hand, dip net, or angling. The reservoir will close after Oct. 18, 2009 when it is scheduled for chemical treatment to remove illegally introduced bullhead catfish. Bullhead catfish populations have stunted, degraded water quality, and reduced success for trout anglers.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing has picked up with the advent of cooler temperatures. Big Lava is a great place to catch nice rainbow trout ranging from 12 to 20 inches in length.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass

With the advent of cooler water temperatures fishing for both redband and brook trout should be improving.  

Please note new angling regulation specifying the daily trout bag may only include one non-fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. Crane is a great place to catch larger rainbow trout, though the novice angler will require patience.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

Clear Lake has been stocked with lots of fish and should be a great opportunity to catch a limit. 

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

With cooler temperatures there should be good opportunities for some kokanee and brown trout. 

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Fishing continues to be steady on the Crooked River. Although flows in the Crooked are typically turbid, anglers should not be afraid to try dry fly imitations. The Crooked River has been flowing consistently around 220 cfs and redband populations appear to be healthier than in previous years.

All anglers should visit informational kiosks located in the BLM campgrounds in the Wild and Scenic portion of the river where a flier has been posted to assist anglers in collecting valuable information. ODFW and OSU initiated a radio telemetry study on redband trout and whitefish in the fall of 2007. ODFW and OSU deployed new radio-tags in early October in fish caught by dedicated volunteer anglers from the Central Oregon Fly Fishers, Sunriver Anglers, ODFW, and OSU. Anglers are reminded that radio-tagged fish cannot be legally harvested. To determine if a fish is radio-tagged, anglers should check for an eight-inch wire antenna protruding from the rear of both redband and mountain whitefish. A sample of redband trout and mountain whitefish are also tagged with a numbered floy tag protruding from the back. Anglers who later catch a trout or whitefish with a floy tag are encouraged to release the fish after recording the tag number, fish length and location caught. Anglers can send the information to ODFW at (541) 447-5111 ext. 24 or michael.r.harrington@state.or.us.

CULTUS LAKE: lake trout, rainbow trout

Pressure has been light: no angler reports.

DAVIS LAKE:  rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Cooler temperatures should improve trout fishing, and there’s still good opportunity for largemouth bass. Remember Davis is a fly angling lake only.

DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, rainbow trout

Mouth to Warm Springs: steelhead, trout, fall Chinook (mouth to Sherars Falls)

Poor visibility due to glacial runoff from White River has improved considerably, as has the steelhead catch, on the Lower Deschutes with the cooler temperatures. Excellent fishing was reported from the mouth upstream to the Sherars Falls area. Some reports of good success on steelhead upstream from Sherars Falls are beginning to show up. Anglers are reporting good success on both flies and lures.  Anglers should be aware that predicted returning hot weather conditions may increase turbidity.
  
Angling for steelhead and chinook salmon in Sherars Falls has improved, with several large chinook and many steelhead reported in the catch.

Anglers can check the trap catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Deschutes at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/fish_counts/sherars_falls/index.asp.

Trout anglers are reporting good fishing on caddis hatches. Look for some morning hatches and big evening hatches.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent reports. The flows are now well-suited for fishing. This reach of the Deschutes provides good spring angling opportunity for brown trout and redband trout.

Benham Falls to Wickiup Reservoir: brown trout, rainbow trout

Reports of fair success for brown trout and rainbow trout. No reports from the past weekend.

Wickiup Reservoir to Crane Prairie Reservoir: rainbow trout, brown trout

Closed to angling for the remainder of the year beginning Sept. 1.

Crane Prairie Reservoir to Little Lava Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

Closes to fishing after Sept. 30.

EAST LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, Atlantic salmon

Anglers are still finding fair success for rainbow trout and brown trout.

ELK LAKE: kokanee, brook trout

No recent reports.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Recent reports from a couple of experienced angler types indicate that the angling has been slow fair with a few nice fish being caught. Despite the warmer temperatures and increased insect hatches it appears that nymphing is still the most productive method for catching fish. River water temperatures are generally in the 38 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit range. This is a popular spring fishery for fly-fishers.

FROG LAKE:

No recent reports.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout

All fishing has been consistent. Anglers have reported catching large bass and trout at the inlet of the lake recently.

On Sept. 18, the Oregon Department of Human Services issued a blue green advisory on Haystack Reservoir. To find out more about the advisory and recommended precautions, please go to the DHS Web site.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead

Glacial flow from Mt. Hood has made visibility low. 

Find out how many fish are being captured at the Powerdale Dam trap.

HORSESHOE LAKErainbow trout

Horseshoe has been recently stocked and should offer good opportunity for legal and trophy-sized trout.

HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout

Some reports of Atlantic salmon being caught. Remember, it’s catch-and-release fishing for Atlantic salmon.

KINGSLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Along with earlier stocking of legal trout, Kingsley has received many excess summer steelhead that have returned to the Hood River.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Fishing is average for this time of year. Kokanee bag limit is five fish per day, included in the trout daily bag limit. Anglers should consult 2009 Sport Fishing Regulations for new angling regulations on Lake Billy Chinook.

LAURANCE LAKE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Laurance Lake has been recently stocked and should offer good opportunity for legal and trophy-sized trout.

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Some recent reports of good success. The warmer temperatures continue to make for good hatches.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout
 
Fishing should improved with the arrival of cool fall temperatures. Good beaches, good wind protection and good numbers of stocked rainbow trout are North Twin positives.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

Bait fishing is now allowed.  Five trout per day, 8-inch minimum length.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers continue to report occasional catches of large fish.
ODELL LAKE: kokanee, rainbow trout, lake trout
The fishing at Odell has been fair. Please note that all bull trout must be released unharmed.
OLLALIE LAKErainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and should offer a great opportunity to catch lots of trout.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Fishing for brown trout and kokanee remains good. Rainbow trout fishing is fair.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, bass

Trout fishing should pick up as temperatures cool and fishing for warmwater species is excellent. Anglers should note an error in the 2009 fishing regulations for Prineville Reservoir (p. 63). The CORRECT regulation is: largemouth and smallmouth bass, 15 in. MAXIMUM length, only one of which may be a largemouth.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: largemouth bass

More largemouth bass were stocked in the Prineville Youth Pond on Aug. 6, and fishing is good. The Prineville Youth Fishing Pond is open to children 14 and younger with a bag limit of five fish. 

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Rock Creek Reservoir has extremely low water due to irrigation withdrawals.

SOUTH TWIN: rainbow trout

With the advent of cooler temperatures anglers should expect good fishing. South Twin provides plenty of opportunity for rainbow trout, great wind protected shoreline and good beach-like shoreline for the kids to run around on when they’re tired of catching fish. A great family lake.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent angler reports.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout

Taylor Lake is a great spot to catch carp with flies; look for carp in the shallows as water temperatures warm to summer temperatures.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers accessing Walton Lake should access it from the Round Mountain Trail approximately a quarter mile uproad from the Walton Lake gate. There are no daily catch limits, possession limits, or minimum length requirements for any fish species on Walton Lake from Sept. 1 through Oct. 18, 2009.  Harvest is allowed by hand, dip net, or angling. The reservoir will close after Oct. 18, 2009 when it is scheduled for chemical treatment to remove illegally introduced bullhead catfish and bass. Bullhead catfish populations have stunted, degraded water quality, and reduced success for trout anglers.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass

There should be very good opportunity for catching brown trout. Kokanee fishing appears to be winding down. Anglers are encouraged to work the shallows for browns and rainbow during the early morning hours and hours just before dusk.  Please note that the Deschutes arm of Wickiup upstream of the ODFW marker located near the West South Twin Boat launch closed to angling Sept. 1.

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING

OPEN: CONTROLLED BUCK (opens Oct. 3), EARLY RIFLE ANTLERLESS ELK, and FOREST GROUSE, COUGAR and BEAR

Check for fire restrictions before you go hunting!
InciWeb
Oregon National Forests
Oregon BLM
Oregon Department of Forestry

Don’t forget to report your hunt results. Anyone who purchases a big game or turkey tag must report hunt results online or by phone. Reporting is required even if you did not fill your tag or go hunting. More information

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

To this point big game hunters have been enjoying shortsleeve conditions during the day, but cool nights with temperatures dipping to below freezing. Weather conditions are predicted to change mid week, with possible precipitation, including the possibility of snow. BUCK hunters participating in this weekend’s opener should come prepared!  Hunters planning to hunt public lands should check with Ochoco National Forest or Prineville BLM offices for the latest information on access and camping.

BUCK RIFLE HUNTERS will be active in all local wildlife units. Tags numbers were reduced this year in the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units due to a drop in buck numbers. Despite the lower number of mature bucks, decent numbers of yearling bucks will help provide opportunities for hunters. Animals appear in good shape, and more scattered this year due to good water availability. Hunters are reminded the Rager and South Boundary Travel Management Areas (TMA’s) will be in effect in the Ochoco unit.

GAME BIRD seasons are active at this time. FOREST GROUSE opportunities are limited to higher elevation forest lands on the Ochoco National Forest. Hunters should check the more heavily forested portions of the Lookout Mtn. and Paulina Ranger districts for these elusive birds.

EARLY RIFLE ANTLERLESS ELK hunts are active on mostly private lands in portions of the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units. These hunts include private agricultural and ranch lands that require having landowner permission for access.

COUGAR and BEAR seasons are open, and hunters are reminded both species require check in at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. This includes calling ahead of time to make an appointment, and remembering to bring in the unfrozen skull, hide, and other necessary parts needed for check in. Please consult the synopsis for all required parts. It’s also a good idea to prop the mouth open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

BEAR are more plentiful in the more forested Ochoco and Grizzly units. The denser forested north slopes at higher elevations in both units would be areas to scout and look for bear sign. COUGAR are also present in these 2 units and the Maury as well.  Cougars are present at all elevations, and use the more open juniper-sage desert habitats, as well as the forested country.  Areas with known cougar activity include the Maury Mountains and S. Fk. Crooked River (Maury unit); S. F. John Day River, N F. Crooked River, and Lookout Mtn. (Ochoco unit); Upper Mill Crk., Green Mtn., and Grizzly Mtn (Grizzly unit).

THE DALLES WILDLIFE DISTRICT
Be sure to check with local state forestry and US Forest offices for fire season regulations before planning your outdoor adventure.

Opening weekend of rifle DEER should provide below average temperatures and a chance of precipitation that should improve hunting conditions. Hunters should focus their time during the early morning or late afternoons. Take advantage of the rain as the deer are likely to spend more time on the move and should be visible during the day.

FOREST GROUSE in the area are scattered, with the best hunting generally being found in stream bottoms or on open ridges on either side of the Hood River Valley. Successful hunters are asked to give a wing and a tail to ODFW to help manage grouse populations in the state. Wings can be turned in at any ODFW office, or in one of the many wing barrels scattered throughout the district.

COUGAR and BEAR seasons opened Aug. 1. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) and bear skull at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging. See regulations for details.

BEAR hunters should focus their efforts within higher elevation berry fields or recent clearcuts within the Hood unit, or in one of the stream canyons along the eastern edge of the Cascades in the White River unit. Finding a good vantage point and spending time with good optics can increase the odds of finding a bear.

Those wishing to pursue COYOTE will find the best success near agricultural lands. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands. Limited opportunities may also be found at White River Wildlife area, and on lower elevation forest service lands.

California Ground SQUIRRELS, or gray diggers, are still active. The best hunting opportunities for squirrels are generally found on private agricultural ground, but good opportunity also exists on White River Wildlife area. Focus your efforts in the morning or evening to find the highest squirrel activity. Make sure to ask permission to hunt on private lands.

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

Deer season opens Oct. 3 and the deer are still at the higher elevations for the most part but there are still a few animals using the Wildlife Area. Deer will be scattered through out the Wildlife Area.

BEAR and COUGAR hunting opened Aug. 1. BEAR hunters will find the best success adjacent to major drainages such as White River, Tygh Creek or Badger Creek.

COYOTE hunters should be looking in open areas along the eastern perimeter of the wildlife area.

GROUND SQUIRRELS, or gray diggers, can be found throughout the wildlife area.

The wildlife area is a vehicle regulated use area. Open roads have a green dot on them. Hunters bringing their ATVs are reminded that all vehicles are to stay on roads; cross country travel is prohibited. As summer progresses, fire danger increases. Please be aware of current fire regulations and their impact on the wildlife area.

Fire restrictions are in affect and ATVs and motorcycles are prohibited on all unimproved roads and any road with vegetation growing in the middle of the road way they also have to have fire tools and fire extinguisher with any vehicle traveling on these roads. You may find out more about fire restrictions and regulations by contacting the Oregon Department of Forestry in The Dalles, Oregon at (541)296-4626.

CENTRAL Zone Viewing

EVENT

Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Harvest Moon Walk, Monday, Oct. 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
An interpreted walk for all ages down Riverfront Trail exploring nature by moonlight with museum educators Steve Thompson and Linda Turner. Please leave pets at home. For more information.

Bend

Tumoluo State Park

In Tumulo State Park find songbirds lured by woodlands and surface water. Look for black-headed grosbeak, pygmy nuthatch, mountain chickadee and Cassin’s finch. You might also see violet-green swallow, yellow warbler, Townsend’s warbler, western meadowlark, California quail and Townsend’s solitaire. During the twilight of evening, watch the river corridor for acro"bat"ics from several species of this mammal, some of which may roost during the day in crevasses of onsite rock cliffs. More information is available on the US Forest Service Web site. Visit The Oregon State Park Web site for information on the park. Located off US 20, 5 mi. NW of Bend

Prineville Area

The upper Crooked River and Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offer wildlife viewing opportunities. Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl are common and visible along the Crooked River and Prineville Reservoir WMA. Additionally, a variety of other shorebirds and birds of prey are present along the shoreline and rimrock areas. The access road along the north side of the WMA is open and offers great camping, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. A map of the area is available at the ODFW’s Prineville Office and the Oregon State Park office located at the Prineville Reservoir State Park.

Directions to the wildlife area: From Prineville, take Paulina Highway 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Juniper Canyon Road at the Prineville Reservoir State Park sign. Take Juniper Canyon Road 12.5 miles to Prineville Reservoir State Park. Access to the WMA is via the primitive N. Side Access road at the northeast corner of the state park. Visitors can also access the WMA by continuing southeast along Paulina Highway for 15 miles (from Prineville) and turn right at the bottom of the hill after passing Eagle Rock near milepost 14 onto the signed WMA primitive road. For more information, visit ODFW’s Web site.

Sherman County and Deschutes Canyon

Many different species frequent the Deschutes Canyon at this time of year with opportunities to view a wide variety of waterbirds, passerines, deer and bighorn sheep.

Bighorn sheep are a common site in the canyon. This is the time of year that sheep in the Deschutes start into the rut. One of the most popular spots to view Bighorn rams is across the river from Jones campground, along the Mack’s canyon access road.Sheep are most active in the early morning and late evening during warm summer days. Good binoculars and a spotting scope will improve the odds of viewing sheep.

The Dalles Area

ODFW White River Wildlife Area

Visitors to White River can find a variety of bird species on the area. Some of the most notable are Lewis’ Woodpeckers, which inhabit the open oak areas throughout the wildlife area and Pileated Woodpeckers, which can generally be found near the forest boundary. The area also hosts a variety of passerines, as well as turkey, quail and a few waterfowl.  For more information and directions to the wildlife area, visit ODFW’s Web site.

ODFW Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area

Note: Fire season is in full swing, will extreme fire danger occurring throughout the region. Be cautious when recreating in the area. Check with the Prineville district of the BLM for current fire regulations.

Many different bird species are present in the Deschutes Wildlife Area, including osprey, kingfishers, great blue herons and waterfowl. ODFW’s Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area is located east of The Dalles. Directions and more information about the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area are on ODFW’s Web site.

H1N1 Vaccine On the Way to Oregon; More Coming Soon

As the first H1N1 vaccine doses are being shipped around the country, Oregon public health officials expect there will be enough vaccine in Oregon so that widespread vaccination can begin around the middle of October at local flu clinics, with a particular focus on key priority groups.

“Over the course of the flu season we are expecting to have a large enough supply to vaccinate everyone with the H1N1 vaccine,” says Mel Kohn, M.D., public health director for Oregon. “With these first shipments, children, pregnant women, health care workers and others on the priority list should be first in line.” The priority list is:

• Children and young adults 6 months to 24 years old;
• Pregnant women;
• People caring for or living with infants under 6 months of age;
• People aged 25 to 64 with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk for influenza-related complications;
• Health care workers;
• Frontline law enforcement and public safety workers.

It is expected that the first shipment to Oregon will be distributed directly to Oregon counties on a per capita basis. The first vaccine doses will arrive mostly in nasal spray form, although over the course of the season both the nasal spray and injectable vaccine should be available, Kohn said.

Most people should be able to get vaccinated by their health care provider, although other options will be available across the state as well. State and local public health officials will spread the word about the availability of H1N1 flu shot clinics once vaccine begins arriving in substantial quantities. Information on vaccine availability will be posted on the state public health Web site at www.flu.oregon.gov and will also be available from the state hotline at 1-800-978-3040.

“All local public health departments be working to ensure vaccines are quickly and broadly distributed across the state and people will have a wide variety of options, whether through their health care provider or a community flu clinic,” says Dr. Gary Oxman, health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

The nasal spray vaccine is as effective as a shot for healthy people between ages 2 and 49. However, health officials recommend that some groups wait for the injectable vaccine, including: pregnant women, children younger than 2, and people with asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases. Injectable vaccine is expected to begin arriving in substantial quantities later in October.

Regular seasonal flu shots, which do not protect against H1N1, are also recommended, and are currently available. Information on where to get one is available on the Public Health Flu Web site at www.flu.oregon.gov or from the state hotline at 1-800-978-3040.

“We ask that everyone keep informed about H1N1 in Oregon and how they can best protect themselves and their families,” says Kohn. “Together we can slow the spread of this flu as much as possible and reduce the impact on our state.”

Since September 1, 2009, there have been 16 hospitalizations in Oregon from the flu: six were confirmed H1N1 and the rest influenza A. One death was reported in September.

Public health experts continue to advise the public to take basic precautions to help slow the spread of all influenza:

• Wash your hands;
• Cover your cough;
• Stay home if you are sick.

For more information on where to get the vaccine when it becomes available, please visit the Oregon Department of Human Services Web site www.flu.oregon.gov or call the Oregon Public Health Flu hotline: 1-800-978-3040.

2009 PacAm Golf Classic Packs a Powerful Economic Punch

BEND, OREGON – The 13th year of the Northwest Dodge Dealers Pacific Amateur Golf Classic pushed back on the national economic recession this week to provide a tremendous boost to the Central Oregon economy over the week-long event.

“It is exciting that the Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, held in the midst of a national recession, has beat the economic downturn by welcoming the third largest field in the 13-year history of the event,” stated Alana Audette, President & CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association. “The resiliency of golfers, the commitment of our sponsors and the quality and reputation developed by the PacAm over the years has been a formula for success for this event,” continued Audette.

The 13th Annual Northwest Dodge Dealers Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, welcomed a participant field of 665 golfers, accompanied by more than 339 friends/family, 129 corporate sponsor representatives and two-dozen representatives from local, statewide and national media.

An annual detailed survey of NWDD Pacific Amateur attendee’s measures economic impact statistics:
665 registered participants accompanied by 339 friends and family
129 corporate sponsor representatives from across the nation
24 media representatives
Average length of stay for a PacAm guest is 5 nights
Average daily expenditure for PacAm guests is $234.00 per day, per person for accommodations, recreation, dining and shopping expenditures.

1157 people @ $234.00 in expenditures daily for an average length of stay of 5+ nights equates to direct economic impacts of $1.35 million. In addition, the press exposure for Central Oregon as a golf destination which is generated by the Pacific Amateur golf classic is in excess of $500,000.00 in earned media exposure in publications including Golf Digest, Golf World, Inside Golf, Golf Northwest, Pacific Northwest Golfer and Golf Today.

The PacAm is open to any individual who possesses an established USGA handicap. For registration and scoring information, visit www.pacamgolf.com.

In addition to the direct economic impact, the COVA Charity Festival of Golf held last night during the kick off for the 2009 PacAm raised another $10,520.00 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon local operations, taking the multi-year total raised for local charity above the $100,000 mark. This charitable component of the PacAm has become a highlight of the event where our visitors help COVA give back to Central Oregon charitable non-profits.

The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) was established in 1971 to serve as the non-profit tourism Destination Marketing Organization for the region. Currently, COVA services more than 500 member businesses in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, implementing an annual budget of approximately $1.8 million in tourism destination marketing.

Friday is deadline to purchase deer, bear, cougar tags

SALEM, OREGON — The deadline to purchase a Western Oregon general deer, bear, or cougar tag is this Friday Oct. 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Most rifle deer hunting seasons open Saturday, Oct. 3. ODFW offices and license agents typically experience long lines on Friday so hunters are urged to get their tags as soon as possible.

As of yesterday, ODFW had sold 41,503 Western Oregon deer rifle tags. In 2008, the department sold 102,008 of these tags.  Tags can be purchased online, at a license sales agent, or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.

Remember that many stores close earlier in the evening and even stores open 24 hours may not have staff available to do license sales at odd hours. Stores have also been known to stop accepting customers because of long lines.

Licensing staff also recommend you double-check your tag before leaving the shop to confirm you purchased the right one, especially if you are getting a controlled (limited-entry) hunt tag. Remember the deadline to purchase a controlled hunt tag is the day before the hunt period begins. New for this year, ODFW has a process for hunters that miss the tag sale deadline.

Hunters that pay a $6.50 fee in addition to the tag fee and sign an affidavit stating they have not yet hunted during the season will be allowed to purchase the tag. The process can take several days so hunters are urged to use it only as a last resort. 

Other tag sale deadlines follow. Note that ODFW offices will be closed due to a statewide furlough day on Oct. 16, 2009, the day of the Cascade bull elk tag sale deadline. Hunters may still purchase tags online or at license sales agents that day. However, any hunter that wants to make an exchange involving their Cascade bull elk tag (exchange it for another tag or exchange a different tag for Cascade bull elk) must come to an ODFW office no later than close-of-business Oct. 15 to complete the exchange. Tag exchanges cannot be made at license sale agents.

Upcoming general season tag sale deadlines
Cascade Elk – Oct. 16 (ODFW offices closed for furlough)
Rocky Mt Elk Centerfire, 1st season – Oct. 27
Rocky Mt Elk Centerfire, 2nd season – Nov. 6
Coast Elk Centerfire, 1st season – Nov. 13
Coast Elk Centerfire, 2nd season – Nov. 20
Controlled hunts – the day before hunt begins

Healthy Beginnings Provides 12 Point Kid Inspection in La Pine

LA PINE, OREGON – Are you wondering if your child’s development is on track? Will their smile last a life time and can they hear and see okay?  Health and development from birth through age five is critical to your child’s success. This is why Healthy Beginnings offers screenings to any child who lives in Deschutes County at no cost to the family. There are no eligibility requirements for this free service.

Appointments are now being accepted for the October 16th screening in La Pine.

Celebrating 15 years of service to young children and families, Healthy Beginnings screens children in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. Access to professionals and trained volunteers in all these core areas are available at the time of the screening. Parents and children birth through five meet one on one with as many as 12 health and developmental professionals and families are welcome to attend whether or not they have health insurance.

Healthy Beginnings, a unique program available only in Deschutes County, works to assure parents that their children are developing appropriately or, if needed, to make referrals for in-depth evaluation and treatment. Parenting information and community resources are provided free as well. Every family attending a Healthy Beginnings screening receives extensive information on the heath and development of their child.

Healthy Beginnings, a Community Partner Agency of the United Way of Deschutes County and is one of many programs offered through the support of the High Desert Education Service District.  Additional support for this La Pine screening is provided by MidState Electric. 

Please visit our website at www.healthybeginnings.info for a full listing of screening dates and cities as well as detailed information about our program, volunteer, and donation opportunities.

Don’t miss this opportunity.  Call before Wednesday, October 14th at 541-383-6357 or visit our website to make your child’s appointment or to volunteer to help.  Appointments are limited and these free screenings fill up quickly.

Controlled Burns Scheduled on the Ochoco National Forest

PRINEVILLE, OREGON -As the fall season brings cooler temperatures and milder weather conditions, fire managers from the Ochoco National Forest are planning to accomplish a total of 8,000 acres of controlled burns over the next six weeks, weather permitting.

The controlled burn projects are located on the Lookout Mountain and Paulina Ranger Districts in the Maury Mountains, Rocky Butte, Deep Creek and the Petersen Point areas.

“We keep a list of projects to choose from and burn in the project area that best fits the burn prescription on any given day,” said Fire Management Officer Kevin Donham.

One of the planned controlled burns will occur in the Mill Creek area. The burn is approximately 1,500 acres in size and will be completed in 100-200 acre blocks each day, taking several weeks to complete. Nearby residents can expect smoke to impact forest roads, especially in the late evening and early morning hours when the cool air causes the smoke to settle. If the smoke gets too heavy and doesn’t clear out during the day, burning will stop until conditions improve.

Hunters and other forest visitors are reminded to either avoid or to be very careful when traveling through recently burned forest areas, as there is danger of being hit by fire-weakened timber or of being burned by accidentally stepping into a stump hole. Hunters can obtain more specific information on the location of planned controlled burn areas on the Ochoco National Forest by visiting the hunter’s booth at Ray’s on the east side of Prineville from Wednesday, September 30 through Friday, October 2, 2009 from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Controlled burning is a tool that fire managers use for a variety of objectives. Burn objectives for the Ochoco National Forest include maintaining forest health by reducing the accumulation of hazardous fuels, reducing the encroachment of western juniper and white fir into ponderosa pine ecosystems and improving wildlife habitat by increasing native grasses, forbs and shrubs.

To view maps of all fuels treatments projects on public lands in Central Oregon (Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests and Prineville Bureau of Land Management) for the fall 2009 season, visit our website at www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon The maps provide a general idea of where projects will be completed. Due to changes in weather and conditions, projects are subject to change on short notice.

Completing controlled burn projects near private property, as in the Mill Creek burn, reduces the risk of high-intensity wildfires. Being proactive in reducing fuels now helps to reduce the intensity of future wildifres, increasing the firefighters’ ability to safely protect homes. Homeowners can do their part by clearing forest fuels and moving wood piles away from homes and structures. Visit the www.firefire.org website for additional information and tips for creating defensible space. For additional information, contact Jeff Bell at (541) 416-6417.

COCC to offer “Launch Your Business” course at a reduced rate

BEND, OREGON – COCC’s Business Development Center is offering a short course in Bend next month for local companies who are just starting up. “Launch Your Business” is designed to help business owners get off to a good beginning and develop a working plan.

Participants will work one-on-one with a business advisor as well as with peers in the classroom. The course combines four 1-hour coaching sessions (starting the week of October 12) with three 3-hour Wednesday evening classes on October 21, November 4 and November 18 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Class location is the COCC Bend Campus and the cost is $49 (regularly $79). Preregistration is required: call 541-383-7290 or go to http://noncredit.cocc.edu to register.

Bend to Lava Butte: Enforcement Detail on Friday

BEND, OREGON – The Multi Agency Traffic Team will be holding an enforcement detail from the City of Bend to Lava Butte on Friday, October 2, 2009 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. The enforcement detail will focus on aggressive drivers who make unsafe lane changes, follow too close, speed and drivers that fail to maintain a safe distance from emergency vehicles.

Date & Time of Incident: Friday, October 2, 2009
Type of Incident: Multi Agency Traffic Team enforcement detail
Location of Incident: City of Bend to Lava Butte

The Multi Agency Traffic Team consists of officers from the Bend, Redmond and Sunriver Police Departments, Oregon State Police, and Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. They will be enforcing violations related aggressive and unsafe driving. These efforts are meant to increase safety and prevent motor vehicle crashes. The goal of the team is to increase traffic safety awareness and compliance, through high visibility enforcement details.

Date/Time Prepared: 9/29/2009
Prepared By: Sergeant Chris Carney

“OPERATION TRUCKER CHECK 17” REPORTS NEARLY 1 IN 5 TRUCKS AND DRIVERS FOUND WITH CRITICAL VEHICLE OR DRIVER SAFETY VIOLATIONS

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“OPERATION TRUCKER CHECK 17” REPORTS NEARLY 1 IN 5 TRUCKS AND DRIVERS FOUND WITH CRITICAL VEHICLE OR DRIVER SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Posted: September 29th, 2009 11:52 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) reported preliminary statistics following the completion of the 17th “Operation Trucker Check” last week at the Interstate 5 Ashland Port of Entry. The 48-hour around-the-clock interagency effort focused on removing impaired truck drivers and unsafe commercial vehicles from Oregon’s roads. Of the 245 inspections, fifteen percent of the vehicles and 16 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service for equipment and driver-related safety violations.

“Operation Trucker Check 17” began 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, September 22nd, and concluded 11:59 p.m. September 23rd, involving a team of law enforcement officers and ODOT commercial vehicle inspectors targeting driver impairments related to alcohol, drugs, or fatigue, and vehicle equipment safety. First conducted in 1998 at the Interstate 5 Ashland Port of Entry, the trucker check operations have been held at targeted locations in Oregon each year. This was the first trucker check operation to be held over a two-day (48 hour) period. Other previous operations covered a 72-hour period.

OSP Sergeant Dave MacKenzie reported a total of 245 commercial vehicles were inspected of which 37 (15.1 %) were placed out-of-service for critical safety violations. Forty drivers (16.3 %) drivers were also placed out-of-service for assorted safety violations including excessive driving hours, log book deficiencies, and driver qualification issues. Officers and inspectors issued 17 motor carrier-related citations and 213 warnings.

During the 72-hour “Operation Trucker Check 16” held April 7 – 9, 2009 at the Interstate 5 Woodburn Port of Entry, fifty-three vehicles and 93 drivers were placed out-of-service.

In addition to this operation’s commercial vehicle inspections, citations and warnings, officers also reported:

* Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) contacted 173 drivers being inspected and reported 3 DUII arrests (1 alcohol-related and 2 drug-related)
* One driver cited for Driving While Suspended
* Two drivers cited for Unlawful Possession of Alcohol in a Commercial Vehicle

Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT were joined by trained Drug Recognition Evaluators (DREs) from OSP and the following agencies:

Ashland Police Department
Eugene Police Department
Corvallis Police Department
Medford Police Department

ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division notes on their website statistics that inspections last year found critical safety violations in 28 percent of vehicles and 19 percent of drivers.

La Pine hatchet attack suspect caught in Bend

BEND, OREGON – A man accused of swinging a hatchet at his ex-girlfriend in La Pine was caught by police as he left the St. Charles Medical Center-Bend emergency room and arrested on attempted murder and other charges, authorities said Tuesday.

A 43-year-old La Pine woman had contacted Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies on Monday, reporting she was attacked the previous night by ex-boyfriend Eddie Elwood Newingham Jr., 44, said Lt. Michael Espinoza in a news release.

The woman said Newingham wielded a hatchet during the attack and that she had received minor injuries as a result, according to Espinoza.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives began an investigation and determined that an attack had taken place and Newingham was a person of interest, said Espinoza. At the time of the investigation Newingham’s whereabouts were unknown. A search warrant was executed at the Newingham residence, where deputies and detectives located the alleged weapon used in the attack, he said.

Newingham was later located by Bend PD, after Newingham had sought medical assistance at St. Charles ER in Bend for an unrelated matter. Bend PD made contact with Newingham as he was leaving the ER. Bend PD detained Newingham, having information that he was a person of interest and currently being sought by the Sheriff’s Office stemming from this investigation.

Newingham was arrested on Tuesday by Sheriff’s Office deputies and has been lodged at the Deschutes County Jail with a bail of $326,000.

Charges against Newingham include Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault I, Assault II, Menacing, Coercion, Harassment, Recklessly Endangering Another, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.