Peaceful paddles — with beer stops — on Oregon’s Willamette Water Trail

Stops at farms, pubs and winery make river journey a civilized pleasure.

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Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved by the...

Kalama and Washougal river salmon management plan are topic of discussion this Thursday

State Fish and Wildlife is hosting public meeting to discuss Kalama and Washougal River salmon management plans. The meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at state Fish and Wildlife’s Regional Office, 2108 Grand Blvd., in Vancouver. Fisheries officials will inform attendees about ways to implement hatchery reform actions that support wild salmon...

New friends, fresh air, cool tools: WTA trail-work parties for July 30-Aug. 9

Hiking among Washington's mountains, forests and streams is a big benefit of living here. Want to do some payback? Be a trail-work volunteer. Breathe mountain air, meet new friends, and learn to tell a Pulaski from a McLeod (they're trail tools). Here's a sampling of upcoming work parties led by the nonprofit Washington Trails Association:...

Women’s outdoor workshop happening Sept. 18-20 in North Bend

The Washington Outdoor Women (WOW) is hosting a Fall Women and Girls Weekend Workshop to learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills is Sept. 18-20 at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend. The workshop coordinated by WOW, a non-profit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship, targets getting women and...