Get To Know Oregon East Lake Trout

Author: Grant McOmie

East Lake is an Oregon destination where unmatched Cascade Mountain scenery rules the scene and warm hospitality is king – it’s a timeless place perfect for building lasting family memories of camping time together in the great outdoors. East Lake anglers have enjoyed a summer trout-fishing heritage that reaches back more than a century; anglers travel to the pristine lake that’s set in the caldera of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument to fish for rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee. But in recent years, East Lake’s famed trout fishing has been on the decline while the numbers of a non-native fish species called “Tui (two-ee) Chub” have soared.

Early morning – when the air is cool and the light is soft, Central Oregon’s East Lake is a marvel! It’s time of day when longtime angler, Mike Cleavenger, likes to catch the lake’s famous kokanee and trout. He relies on lightweight rod, reel and tackle and a lure called “Gibb’s Minnow” that he jigs just above the bottom in 35 feet of water. Cleavenger said the lure imitates an injured minnow: “…And I add three pieces of ‘shoepeg’ corn onto the treble hook – two pieces are dyed red and the third is left natural….really adds to the effectiveness of the jig.”

In minutes, my favorite fishing partner, Christine McOmie, hooked a gorgeous, deep-bodied 16-inch brown trout. Cleavenger said that trout fishing has been fabulous this summer and it’s been a far cry from three years ago when catching a trout was rare while catching the chub was common.

East Lake – one of the state’s premier high cascade lakes – took a nose dive when the invasive tui chub took over the lake. “The chub were beating the kokanee and the trout to the insect food supply,” noted the longtime angler. “The chub far outnumbered the trout and were more aggressive and faster at feeding. They simply exhausted the food supply.”

It’s a similar story to the one that occurred at Southern Oregon’s Diamond Lake back in 2006. The chub invasion was so bad that the prized rainbow trout didn’t have a chance. In fact, most aquatic life in Diamond Lake had nearly died from the takeover by chub that had grown to number in the millions. “Back at that time,” noted state fishery biologist Laura Jackson, “Diamond Lake had an estimated 98 million Tui Chub. About 90 million of them were juveniles that couldn’t reproduce, but 8 million were reproductive so it really threw the lake’s eco-system out of balance.”

So, Diamond Lake was poisoned on purpose in 2006 with a common pesticide called “Rotenone.” Officials closed all access to the water for a time and the wait was worth it, added Jackson. “The treatment in 2006 was followed by trout stocking in 2007,” added Jackson. “The little fingerlings that we released in June and July grew to be 8 inches and catchable by August or September. Now, it’s once again a tremendous lake with a great trout fishery.”

Four years ago, East Lake’s fishermen and business owners worried the same chub takeover would happen at their prized lake. East Lake Resort co-owner Bruce Bronson said, “It was bad enough that individuals grouped together and called ODFW to ask: “What can we do to bring back the trout to East Lake?”

ODFW determined that chemical treatment was not an option because – at nearly 300 feet deep – East Lake was too deep for effective treatment. So, the state partnered with local sport-fishing groups and businesses to purchase special nets that were anchored around the lake’s perimeter to intercept the chub.

State fishery biologist, Jennifer Luke, manages the trapping operations and said the chub’s biology worked well with their trapping plan. “Each July, the chub swim into the lakes shallows at night to spawn. They hit our the lead lines on these trap nets and follow each other into a holding area – once they get inside the net, they cannot swim out, so it works perfectly for catching chub.”

Oregon State University Fishery Science students Jamie Bowles and Bonnie Schwartz are summer interns who assist Luke with the trapping project. They check five nets daily and remove the chub for disposal and the three year old trapping effort has been remarkable. To date, they have removed a quarter million chub and in one day alone they caught more than 2,000 pounds of chub. “We get to see an interesting biological problem in real time,” noted Bowles. “Plus, I love all the hard work and the fact that we are making a difference.”

Luke added that the project’s success can also be measured by the abundance and quality of the trout and kokanee. “The trout are healthier,” said Luke. “They are not snaky and skinny but broad and fat, so we know we have reduced competition for the insect life in the lake. That’s good news for fishermen. East Lake is back and these are the good old days!”

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2820 Umatilla St SW, Albany, OR

Located in Desirable West Albany, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home offers over 2000 sq ft on a 0.22 acre corner lot! Living room with fire place open to the dining area & kitchen! Master Suite with full bathroom, large closets and original hardwood floors. Downstairs you’ll find the family room with fire place, 4th bedroom and bathroom with inside laundry and utility sink! Large covered patio in the back yard with UGS front & back, large RV Parking Slab plus attached oversized 2 car garage. Updates include all vinyl windows, flooring in kitchen, bathrooms & dining room, counter tops in the kitchen & bathrooms PLUS central A/C! Corner Lot, Fruit Trees & More!

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Get To Know Oregon 2014 ATI Art & Air Festival Linn County Oregon

Wrap up summer in Albany August 22-24, 2014 at the community’s signature event, the ATI Northwest Art & Air Festival at Timber-Linn Memorial Park and Albany Municipal Airport. This is the free Festival’s 15th year:

•More than 70 Northwest artists display and sell their wares. Art includes pottery, jewelry, metalwork, wood craft, paintings, fused glass, toys, and photography.

•Hot-air balloons launch at dawn each morning sponsored by AmeriGas of Albany/Salem. Rides are available for a fee. Contact Albany Parks & Recreation at 541-917-7766.

•The 3 Little Bees — Joey, Lily, and Joelly — will buzz the skies over Albany during the Festival. All three hot-air balloons are accessible to people with disabilities. These balloons are sponsored by Walmart and ATI.

•The hot-air balloon Night Glow happens Friday night with music by Journey tribute band Stone in Love.

•Live music performances, featuring professional and amateur talent from the mid-Willamette Valley, are scheduled on the Festival Stage Friday and Saturday, sponsored by Oregon Freeze Dry.

•Neal McCoy will perform on the Oregon Freeze Dry Festival Stage on Sunday.

•From crafts, live demonstrations, active play, and the Reptile Man mobile unit, everyone in the family will find something to do in the locally-owned Red Robin Family Zone.

•Blue Oyster Cult and Bachman & Turner share the Oregon Amphitheater stage on Saturday. Fireworks over Timber Linn Lake follow the concert. Admission is free and all who attend will be issued a nontransferable wristband.

•The Festival’s Art of Cars show will feature Studebakers, orphan cars, and an open class on Saturday near the Festival Stage, presented by Lassen Toyota, Northwest Toyota Dealers, Toyota Let’s Go Places and the Willamette Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers’ Club.

•Free Young Eagles airplane flights for kids ages 8-17 are part of activities at Albany Municipal Airport. Some 200 kids took these flights in 2013.

•Northwest wines and microbrews and international foods are available all three days. Gilgamesh Brewing will host a beer garden in the main Festival venue and, on Saturday during the Main stage concert, in the Amphitheater.

Parking is $5 on all three days.

More than 60,000 attended the 2013 Northwest Art & Air Festival.

The ATI Northwest Art & Air Festival is presented by Albany Parks & Recreation. ATI is the title sponsor for the 15th year.

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Get to Know Oregon, Oregon Cider Farms

by Grant McOmie – November 9th, 2013

There are some Oregon traditions as old as the territory’s earliest days when pioneers set down roots and planted crops – like the simple apple. Recently, I discovered a strong resurgence of interest in Oregon apples that are not only delicious to eat but wonderful to drink as apple cider.

In fact, Oregon’s apple cider business has taken root with a new generation.

It is a ‘pressing’ time of year at Bull Run Cider near Forest Grove in Washington County. They are processing apples with names you’ve likely never heard Mendocino Cox, Newtown Pippin, Jonwin or Harry Masters Jersey.

Hundreds of apples roll along a conveyor and get scooped up by the handful, then chopped up and hard squeezed until all the juices run out.

It’s the ‘payoff’ time of year for two young businessmen who are betting that an old industry will make an Oregon comeback. Bull Run Cider started as fun hobby three years ago for Galen Williams and Peter Mulligan, but it turned into serious business last year when friends and customers couldn’t get enough of the team’s varied Oregon grown hard cider products.

“People are looking for another alternative,” said Mulligan. “We are in the right place at the right time to offer another beverage choice.”

“The craft brew business has really laid the groundwork for cider,” noted Williams. “People are looking for something that has less alcohol than wine, but without the hoppy bitterness of beer. Cider fits that bill.”

It also turns out that cider making is an American history story that’s as rich in nuance and flavor as the apples that made it happen.

Kevin Zielinski, EZ Orchards cider maker, said that America’s love affair with cider started “down on the farm” during the country’s earliest days.

“Cider has quite a heritage,” said Zielinski. “It has a heritage that goes back many centuries before colonial history.”

In Pre-Revolutionary War America, everyone grew apples and made cider as a way to store the fruits of their labor.

Cider was the preferred beverage of the times, but all of that changed by the 1920’s.

“During prohibition, many orchards were taken out that had been used for cider making,” said Zielinski. “After Prohibition, those orchards took many years to restore – plus, there wasn’t as much interest in the beverage because beer and spirits dominated the market; cider has made a slow comeback.”

Zielenski has produced E Z Orchards “Willamette Valley Cidre” for the past decade and he is passionate supporter of the historic resurgence in cider making.

When he began a decade ago, there were half a dozen cider makers across the Northwest. Today, there are more than 30.

He planted 10 apple varieties across 11 acres in 2003, and he follows the French tradition of cider making that dates back centuries.

“Cider is something people can share socially or partner with food and use a product that they are already familiar with – the apple.”

“2 Towns Cider” in Corvallis offers more than a dozen innovative ciders on tap to customers who visit their tasting room. Their craft cider is available in bottles and even cans.

Cider maker and co-owner, Dave Takush, said that consumers are eager for variety:

“There’s really a cider comeback in Oregon. People are finding out that craft cider has a place at the table. You can get really sweet, mellow ciders from Normandy or you can get crisp, tangy ciders from England. We offer our own Oregon twist on ciders.”

Back at Bull Run Cider, apple grower Shaun Shepherd advises Williams and Mulligan on the variety of apples they should plant across their farm.

So far, he has planted more than 1100 trees and 60 apple varieties on Bull Run’s four acres. He plans to triple the production in the next couple of years.

“We are not certain which varieties will do best in this climate, so we plant different ones to have a better chance of some doing really well.”

That is the ultimate goal for all cider makers, added Mulligan. Each bottling delivers a deliciously unique product and keeps a centuries-old American craft alive in Oregon: “It is grown here, made here and consumed here and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

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Willamette Country Music Festival Brownsville Oregon

August 15-17, 2014

Brownsville, Oregon

The Northwest’s Premier
Outdoor Country Music Festival
2014 Mainstage Entertainment

Thursday, August 14

Looking for the campers-only schedule for Thursday? It’s right here.

Friday, August 15

1:00PM

Music Gates Open

3:00PM

Kurt Van Meter

Former OSU Football player, Kurt Van Meter, has been taking the country music scene by storm over the last three years. His latest single, “Good at Bein’ Bad” was recently performed in front of a crowd of 44,500 Oregon State Football fans at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. The song is currently finding its way into country radio programming in the Northwest. Kurt’s first full length self-titled album is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

5:00PM

Kelleigh Bannen

Singer-songwriter Kelleigh Bannen grew up in Nashville, TN. She was well aware of the tough odds in the music business, watching as people reached for success but ultimately failed. However, Kelleigh enjoyed writing songs and occasionally performed for fun. Eventually, she took a chance. She assembled a band and presented her songs to a larger audience.

In 2008, she released an independent album, Radio Skies. While it wasn’t a commercial success, she received enthusiastic praise from critics. In 2012 Kelleigh signed on with EMI, releasing the single, “Sorry On The Rocks,” which reached the top 50 on the country singles charts. She’s since returned with a second single, a witty revenge ditty against a two-timing boyfriend titled “Famous.” We can’t wait to host this Country newcomer in August!

7:00PM

Montgomery Gentry

One of country music’s all-time greatest duos, Montgomery Gentry, is back and better than ever. Their most recent studio album, Rebels On The Run, has secured a place in musical history with a unique blend of country, southern rock and Everly Brothers-like harmonies combined with relatable lyrics.

As a duo they’ve produced 14 Top Ten singles, including five Number Ones, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” Their latest album adds to that total; Rebels On The Run features the Country Top Ten single, “Where I Come From.”

We’re looking forward to hosting these hard-running honky tonkers Friday at the Festival.

9:00PM

Gary Allan

“Songwriting is the best therapy in the world.”

Gary Allan’s Set You Free is the most optimistic album of his career, embodying his evolution toward personal, creative freedom. Familiar and enlightening, the album takes the listener on a lyrical journey from darkness to light; reflecting much of what went on behind it. He acknowledges the hurdles of his past and how they’ve helped shape his current sense of renewal.

Gary takes you on a cinematic journey, from the dark crevasses and gnarled anger of “Bones,” to the honest self-examination of “It Ain’t The Whiskey” and the sinister self-abuse of “Sand In My Soul.” Past suffering is couched as a vehicle for a promising future in the penultimate “Pieces.” Closing the album with a dramatic, lush proclamation, “Good As New.”

“I seem to gravitate musically toward wherever I’m at in my life at that time,” Allan says. “And I’m in a real good place.”

Saturday, August 16

11:00AM

Music Gates Open

1:00PM

Amy Clawson

See Amy in her element as host, master of ceremonies and entertainer at the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival! Amy has been described as one of the most energetic entertainers of today, with a show that varies from traditional country to rockin’ original country songs to gospel, her favorite part of the show. Once you’ve seen her, you’ll be a fan!

3:00PM

Ashley Monroe

Before joining us, Ashley Monroe was already BWCMF Family by proxy. She’s a member of Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed with her friend Miranda Lambert, the beautiful and talented wife of Sunday BWCMF headliner, Blake Shelton. A duet with Blake, “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter),” appears on Like a Rose.

At 26, she has seen both the best and worst that life has to offer. Her songs run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative; offering the full range of her songwriting and performing skills. Whether she’s raising eyebrows with “Weed Instead of Roses,” making you smile with the light-hearted “Monroe Suede,” or confronting the uneasy feeling that follows a too-good night with “Morning After,” her lyrics resonate profoundly with audiences. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you’ll find it smells pretty darn sweet.

5:00PM

Craig Campbell

Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig Campbell learned an important lesson from his mother’s ZZ Top records: “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp-dressed man.” Impeccably attired in a pressed, button-down shirt and black cowboy hat; he says there’s an important reason: respect. It’s a show of respect for his fans, for the successful career he considers himself blessed to have, and most of all for the country music genre itself.

A Southern gentleman and country music’s hippest neo-traditionalist, respect is amply evident on Campbell’s newest CD, Never Regret. The mesmerizing and catchy song, “Outta My Head,” tells the tale of a man trying to shake off the memory of a lost love. The hilarious “My Baby’s Daddy” tells the story of overprotective fathers from the perspective of the scared suitor. The romantic “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” sets an amorous tone, while poignant set closer “When She Grows Up” follows that romantic relationship to the next step of marriage and family, all delivered in Campbell’s rich baritone.

7:00PM

Thompson Square

Husband-and-wife duo, Keifer and Shawna Thompson, put their 13-year marriage out there with every song, showcasing the couple’s natural chemistry. Their infectious radio smash “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” is a fitting introduction to their spirit of buoyant romance.

Their sophomore album, Just Feels Good, is an intimate view of a relationship that blends their personal and professional lives. The first single “If I Didn’t Have You,” was certified Gold. Its message of a big, even universal, love is echoed in postcard-picture “Maybe It’s You” and the rhythmic, who-out-kicked-who debate of “For The Life Of Me’’ More playful themes are found in the rollicking romantic give and take of “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” the album’s second single.

Thompson Square may not be a real place, exactly, but we can’t wait to go there.

9:00PM

Eric Church

If there is one thing country music needs more of, it’s the attitude that is driving outlaw rebel, Eric Church. He possesses a fearlessness that lets an artist swing for the fences and attempt to change the musical landscape. Eric has cultivated a devoted fan base without sacrificing musical integrity or self-expression. He’s comfortable with the expectations of his rowdy live audience, demonstrating such with titles like “Drink In My Hand” and “Hungover and Hard Up.”

His recent singles “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen” have earned RIAA Gold and Platinum certification while earning 2012 CMA Album of the Year and 2013 ACM Album of the Year with the Platinum certified, Chief.

In February, he released his latest album, The Outsiders, which contains a single of the same name, available for download on iTunes.

Sunday, August 17

12:00PM

Music Gates Open

2:00PM

Natalie Stovall and The Drive

Named as one of Billboard’s “Ten Country Artists To Watch” in 2014, Natalie Stovall and The Drive are already making an impact with their debut single “Baby Come On With It.” They’re realizing their dream each day as they perform for fans around the world and finish their debut record, set to release later this year. Whether it’s Natalie Stovall’s breathtaking vocals and larger-than-life stage presence, her band’s turbo-charged, or take-no prisoners live shows, Natalie Stovall and The Drive prove they are arena ready. We can’t wait to host them Sunday at the Festival.

4:00PM

Amy Clawson & Pam Tillis

See Amy in her element as host, master of ceremonies and entertainer at the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival! Amy has been described as one of the most energetic entertainers of today, with a show that varies from traditional country to rockin’ original country songs to gospel, her favorite part of the show. Once you’ve seen her, you’ll be a fan!

Pam Tillis knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. She’s a 15-time CMA nominee and 2-time winner, a 9-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a 2-time Grammy award winner and 6-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award’s nominee and a 2 time IBMA nominee and one time winner.

Pam has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With more than 30 singles charting on US Billboard charts, 10 studio albums including her 2002 release, the critically acclaimed It’s All Relative (a tribute to her father, the great Mel Tillis), and her 3 releases Rhinestoned, Recollection and Just In Time For Christmas off her own label, Stellar Cat Records. Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the 3rd decade of her career.

6:00PM

Sara Evans

Sara Evans knows there are times that the best way to move forward is to take time to be still. During her recording hiatus she’s been soaking up life and marinating in the moments that matter. It might surprise you to hear she’s back and better than ever. Touring and maintaining close contact with her active fan base, it’s as though she never left. She’s recently become an author, publishing three novels, The Sweet By and By, Softly and Tenderly and Love Lifted Me. Now, she’s back with Stronger, a landmark record filled with the kind of gutsy explorations on life and love that have made her one of the most compelling female vocalists of her generation.

8:00PM

Blake Shelton

Reigning, four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and 2012 Entertainer of the Year, Blake Shelton lives and breathes music. His latest album, Based on a True Story…, earned this year’s CMA Album of the Year and is his tenth consecutive Number One album.

“I was listening to the album [Based on a True Story...] and I thought, ‘Man, every song on here is either “Been there, done that,” or I’m doing it right now,’ so It really is my true life.” As a city-dweller he casts his thoughts back home in “Small Town Big Time.” “Granddaddy’s Gun,” evokes memory and heritage within families, while “I Still Got a Finger” is on track to become this generation’s “Take This Job and Shove it.”

Blake’s proven versatility, compelling vocals, wit and intelligence have and still keep him on the ascent as an artist.

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Mow in the Know: 5 Common Mowing Mistakes to Avoid

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1. Cutting too short. Each time you mow, only remove about one-third of the grass blade. Shorter clippings break down more easily, allowing some of the natural nitrogen to return to the soil. If you cut too much at one time, the long clippings can cause stress on the grass, inhibiting healthy growth. Removing only a small amount of the blade each time you mow is a good practice and will give you the best quality turf.

2. Mowing pattern monotony. We all have our habits, but mowing your lawn in the same pattern all year is one you need to break. Mowing grass in the same direction all the time can mat down the turf and inhibit growth. By varying the pattern in which you mow your grass, you will avoid missing or double mowing areas and reduce wear on the turf. This will encourage a healthier, more beautiful lawn.

3. Bagging it. Though bagging clippings is a common practice, mulching is much more beneficial to your lawn. Mulching returns essential nutrients, such as nitrogen, back to the soil. As noted above, removing only a small amount of the grass blade each time you mow produces shorter clippings that can decompose more quickly and discourages the development of fungus diseases. Many mowers, like the John Deere 100 Series, have mulching capabilities built in. If you do decide to bag, be sure to compost your clippings and reuse on site.

4. Ignoring the roots. A common lawn care mistake is only managing the parts of the lawn you can see. Caring for the grass roots and soil is one of the most important things you can do now to ensure healthy growth year round. Consider taking a soil sample and having a local university extension program or your local landscape supplier provide a soil analysis. The results will give a measure of fertility based on nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels, and can help determine the best type of fertilizer to use throughout the year.

5. Blunt mower blades. A dull mower blade will shred grass blades creating entryways for disease. Sharpen the mower blade to a thickness of about 1/64 of an inch to keep the blade strong and not too razor sharp. Be sure the blade is balanced to warrant a clean cut and avoid damage to the mower.
Information courtesy of
Styled Stage & Sold

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