Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Good Opportunity for Some Community Service

Bear Creek Stewardship

Earth Day          April 22, 2017
Check-in 8:30-9:00 am   Clean up: 9:00 – 12:00

Registration & Check-in:

There are five check in/out booth locations where participants can turn in waiver forms and get clean up supplies and materials, and turn in clean up items when they are done for the day.

1. South side of the intersection of McAndrews Road and the Bear Creek Greenway. Parking available at the Rogue Valley Mall north side of McAndrews Road.

2. Alba Drive (near Dairy Queen and the intersection of Barnett Road) at the entrance to the Bear Creek Greenway. Parking available at the Little League fields on Alba Drive.

3. Coyote Trails Nature Center Solar Pavilion, parking available across Bear Creek at the U.S. Cellular Community Park Baseball Fields.

4. Hawthorne Park near the Bear Creek Greenway, parking available off of Main Street in the parking lot.

5. Blue Heron Park in Phoenix, parking available at Blue Heron Park.

See the maps below for parking and meeting locations.


Check-in 8:30-9:00 AM. Clean Up 9:00 to 12:00 PM
Participants should return tools and equipment to the check-in booths where they started.

Safety issues:

Steep Slopes, Water Body on Site, Hazardous Materials/Needles, Poison Oak, Uneven or Slippery Ground

How to Dress and the right Footwear:

Sturdy shoes, closed toe water shoes, hiking boots, rubber boots that allow both walking and potentially wading into muddy or calm water areas.

Temperature varies during spring mornings: suggest wearing layers, with long pants to prevent abrasions and long sleeve light shirt to protect from plants and sunshine. Something warmer on top of your long sleeve shirt until the sun warms the air.

Maybe a light daypack for carrying water bottle, personal items needed during three hour morning.
Minimum age:
8 years old, accompanied by adult.


All clean up tools will be provided: gloves, bags, buckets, pick-up devices. These items need to be returned to the registration/check-in booths by 12 noon.


Snacks and beverages will be provided at the registration/check-in booths for all participants.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rogue Flyfishers Meeting Reminder

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Point Pub & Grill
311 E. Pine St.,Central Point
(located in downtown Central Point on the corner of 3rd and Pine St.)

Wet Fly 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Dinner and meeting at 6:45 PM
Raffle to follow

Program 7:45 – 8:45
The program will be:

John Kreft is this month’s featured speaker and will present a program entitled “A Secret River West of Sisters…the Metolius”. While his famous quote is “there are no fish in the Metolius” - some fly fishers know better. His presentation will include fishing access points along the river, the fish available, bug life, and a few tips about his method of catching the elusive Redsides, Brown Trout, and Bull Trout in the river.

John is renowned for his famous “John Kreft flies” which he has graciously donated dozens and dozens to the Central Oregon Flyfishers (COF) monthly raffle. He has managed the COF Winter Fly Tying since 2012 and contributes to the Fly of the Month column in the COF newsletter.

In addition to the COF activities, John was the treasurer for the Oregon Council – IFFF for 4 ½ years and Chair of the 2015 and 2016 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo in Albany. He has been an exhibition fly tyer at the NW Expo, Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo (Boise), Northern California Fly Tying Expo (Redding), and several national IFFF Fairs. He is on the board of Central Oregon Project Healing Waters, teaching fly tying and fly fishing to veterans.

Lastly, John started the website RiverKeeper Flies (www.johnkreft.com) in March 2014, which is a great resource to novice and experienced anglers. His weekly posts include a variety of topics including fly fishing, fly tying, and volunteer work. A couple of notable tabs on the webpage includes Fly Patterns (including Crooked River flies) and Resources (knots, hook and bead conversion charts). Many pictures accompany the posts and fly patterns to help with his story-telling style.

John and his wife Karen (a noted fly fisher in her own right) live in Sisters.

John Kreft in Albany
Dinner Tickets $22

The dinner has changed to buffet style, but special meals for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are still available upon request. SPECIAL MEAL RQUESTS: Those who prefer vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, will need to notify Theresa by Tuesday afternoon (the day before) with your request by either phone (541)702-2153 or email tms1910@icloud.com.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Jordan Cove/FERC Open House New Date

Jordan Cove/FERC Open House
Thursday March 9th, 4PM - 8PM
New Date, 

Thursday March 23rd, 4PM - 8PM

(Rally outside between 4 & 6PM)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Outing Postponed Due to Weather

The outing to the South Umpqua River and Cow Creek scheduled for this Saturday, March 4, is being postponed.  The streams are already high, and the forecast is calling for rain and for the rivers to rise dramatically on Friday and Saturday.  Those that are interested in trying to reschedule the trip once the streams drop into shape should email David Haight at tmdrhaight@infostructure.net to get on the contact list.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LNG and FERC Open House

The Canadian Company Veresen are FERC and holding an open house jointly.  This would seem to be a shift in FERC that had already denied the pipeline.  Now is the time to show up and ask the real questions, the hard questions.  Questions like the following;

  • ·      Why are landowners being offered such low and ridiculous amounts of money for diminishing the value of their lands?
  • ·      What country is financing the pipeline?
  • ·      What country is producing the steel for the pipeline?
  • ·      What country is fabricating the pipe and other components of the pipeline and terminal?
  • ·      The Coos Bay Harbor is to be dredged to bring in the components for the pipeline so what country are the ships coming from?
  • ·      Would you want this pipeline close to your house where you and your children sleep?
Rogue Riverkeeper has once again taken the lead on this issue.  Lets get out and support them.  Below is their message.  Click here for some history on the pipeline.

Jordan Cove & FERC to Hold Open House in Medford

Veresen, the company behind the Jordan Cove LNG export proposal for southern Oregon, will be holding an informational Open House with staff from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) March 9th, in Medford. It's time for opposition to turn out!

Jordan Cove/FERC Open House
Thursday March 9th, 4PM - 8PM
New Date, 

Thursday March 23rd, 4PM - 8PM

(Rally outside between 4 & 6PM)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Letter to the State Marine Board

A local Rogue River Stakeholder has written a letter to the Marine Board.  This person has shared it with us and urges other river users to also write letters about the reality of increasing jet boat traffic.  This persons identity has been protected.

June LeTarte
Rules Coordinator
435 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Dear Ms. LeTarte:

I am writing in regards to Proposed Rule 250-020-0151, Boat Operation in Jackson County.  I strongly support the petition submitted by local people to adopt a new rule to establish a special boat restriction zone for the Upper Rogue River-Boat Operations in Jackson County.  I am a retiree, living in the Rogue Valley, expressly for the purpose of fly fishing opportunities on the Rogue River.  I fish the river frequently and have observed the increased motorized and jet propelled traffic on the river.  I am mostly a “wading fly fisher” and find it more and more challenging to withstand the substantial wakes created by, in particular, speeding jet boats.  I’m not only concerned about my safety on the river, but also about the habitat being destroyed by these wakes and the “twirling” observed by the jet boats over Salmon and Steelhead Redds.

When I do use a boat, I use either a raft or a drift boat because of the minimal invasiveness on the habitat by both of these types of transportation.  I am very concerned that future generations have the opportunities that I enjoy, communing with nature.  I fear that continued allowance of jet boats, in particular, on the upper Rogue River will not only lead to a disastrous accident, but also to the loss of a beautiful, productive fishery that future generations will never have the opportunity to experience.  The River is already in need of substantial riparian improvements, due to the lack of action by State authorities to regulate the use of this beautiful stretch of water.

As noted above, I strongly support the petition submitted by the Rogue Fly Fishers and Riverfront owners to not only curtail, but eliminate the use of jet propelled boat traffic on the Upper Rogue River.  I would appreciate being informed of public hearings you might schedule in regard to this matter, and any additional information that you might generate in regards to making your decision.  If you have any questions of me, you can reach me at the email or telephone number noted, below.  

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.