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Cabin rentals available online

Reservations for cabins and lookouts within the Middle Fork and McKenzie River ranger districts will be available this year through the National Recreation Reservation Service. The service began taking reservations Wednesday for Timpanogas Lake Shelter and Warner Mountain Lookout. Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin and Indian Ridge Lookout reservations will be accepted starting March 9. Winter season reservations for Hall House Cabin and Commissary Cabin at Fish Lake open Oct. 19. On and after the above dates, reservations may be made online seven days a week, 24 hours a day at

Telephone reservations may be made by calling (877) 444-6777 (toll free). Switchboard hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific time from April 1 through Labor Day and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the year.

Nature guides needed

Nearby Nature, a Eugene non-profit educational organization, will hold its spring volunteer orientation session Wednesday at Alton Baker Park. The 90-minute session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Nearby Nature yurt, located just past the community gardens. Volunteers will be trained to serve as nature guides helping with school programs or to work on ecological restoration at Alton Baker Park. Details: 687-9699.

Costa Rican adventure planned

The Interamerican University Studies Institute of Eugene has openings for a 12-day "adventure trip" to Costa Rica that will include rafting, kayaking, birding, hiking and swimming in various natural areas of the Central American country. Dates of the trip, to be led by UO Spanish professor Barbara May, are May 3-14. IUSI is a non-profit educational and cultural service organization. For a detailed itinerary and other specifics, log on to: or call 687-6968.

Ski, golf event planned

The Bend area is known for two sports - skiing and golfing - and both are combined on the same day in an unusual event that is expected to draw more than 200 competitors to Mount Bachelor and Sunriver on May 7. The third annual Subaru Race and Ace Challenge features two-sport athletes who ski or snowboard on dual giant slalom courses in the morning and golf 18 holes in the afternoon. Last year, 130 people competed individually or as members of a team. The Race and Ace is also featured in a half-hour TV show scheduled to air this year in more than 100 U.S. markets. For details, log on to

Washington sets clam digs

Washington state fishery officials have authorized a razor clam dig March 6, 7 and 8 on four ocean beaches after a series of marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis and Twin Harbors beaches will be open for digging after noon each of those days. Kalaloch Beach will remain closed to razor clam digging because domoic acid levels there continue to exceed state and federal health standards. Officials also tentatively scheduled two spring season razor clam digs - April 9, 10 and 11 and April 23, 24 and 25, pending the results of future toxin tests.
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Title Annotation:Recreation; NEWS & NOTES
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 3, 2005
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