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Campgrounds to open

in Umpqua National Forest

ROSEBURG - Developed campgrounds in the Umpqua National Forest will be open this weekend, with the exception of Boulder Annex Campground, which remains closed because of hazardous trees.

Open campgrounds include Ash Flat, Black Canyon, Falcon Creek and Skillet Creek, as well as Skookum Pond Forest Camp. All have no fees and no garbage service, meaning campers must pack out their own refuse. Campers are reminded to control and attend all campfires, and to douse them with water and shoveled earth before leaving their sites.

Willamette Pass gondola

on the go for the summer

Willamette Pass Ski Area will start its summer gondola service today. The Oregon Skyway gondola ferries mountain bikers, hikers, disc golfers and sightseers to the 6,666 foot summit of Eagle Peak through September.

Although patches of snow remain on the south side of the mountain, the area will be open to visitors, mountain manager Ray Gardner said. The north side of the ski area still has snow.

Saturday's opening marks the beginning of Willamette Pass' summer recreation season. Some of the scheduled events include the Great Northwest Disc Open on June 4-5, the Where's Waldo 100K ultra-marathon on Aug. 20 and the 12 Hours of Willamette Pass mountain bike race on Sept. 4. The first of three downhill bike races takes place June 26, and the state Cross Country Championship Finals happen Aug. 7.

The Oregon Skyway gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. The lodge will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays.

Gallery open house

to benefit animal clinic

The Pick of the Litter gallery will hold an open house featuring art, collectibles and antiques from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at 329 W. Fourth Avenue in Eugene.

The Pick of the Litter gallery is a fund-raiser for the establishment of a low-cost spay-neuter clinic. The organization is operated by the nonprofit Willamette Animal Guild. For information, call 345-3566.
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Title Annotation:General News; REGION
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 27, 2005
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