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r- As the New Year ap- proaches, many will be tak- ing a brief break from the homestead, visiting family and friends or otherwise tak- ing advantage of the end of the year break. Should visit- ing the scenic Oregon Coast be in your plans over the next few weeks, be sure to take the time to enjoy some whale watching from one of the many sites along the coast. A good place for learning about whale watching along the coast is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Whale Watching Center, lo- cated on Highway 101 in Depoe Bay. OPRD rangers are on hand to answer any questions and to help the viewer find whales to watch. Whale watching takes place the year around on the coast, with the current mid- December through January migration seasons one of the busiest times. Starting in March, the whales will again be migrating northward with numbers peaking around the last week of March and con- tinuing until June. During the summer, whales can of- ten be spotted along the cen- tral coast area, when they come close to the shore, div- ing, feeding and rubbing against rocks. OPRD operates the Whale Watching Center, home of the "Whale Watching Spoken Here" program. Since 1978, the program has trained some 1,100 volunteers to help folks spot whales. "Whale Watch- ing Spoken Here" takes ad- vantage of the peak periods of cetacean movement, which happen to nicely coincide with the yearly Christmas and spring school breaks and pro- vides volunteers to 24 sites along the coast from Ilwaco, Washington to Crescent City, California. These volunteers help visitors spot whales and share their knowledge of marine mammals and the coastal environment. Dur- ing watch weeks all of the sites are staffed from 10:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m. daily, but the center is open the year around. The Whale Watching Center's hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, September through May and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Memorial Day through La- bur Day. Whales are rarely spotted along the coast from mid- November to mid-December and from mid-January to mid-March. Gray whales usually sur- face every 45 seconds as they swim, but will stay under as long as five minutes while they feed. If they have been down five minutes they will usually blow five times to replenish their oxygen sup- ply before diving again. When frightened they stay submerged for as long as a half an hour, hiding on the bottom or swimming as far as a quarter-of-a-mile away. The blow, or spout, can shoot as high as 12 feet in the air, expelling 400 liters of de- pleted air in a single blast. A deep dive, known as sounding or fluking, happens when a whale lifts its tail flukes out of the water. This helps the animal dive a steep angle of descent to ocean floor where they feed upon small crustaceans. After the flukes go under the water the tur- bulence leaves a circle of calm water, known as a "fluke print." For most whale watchers, the ultimate in whale lin yln In Also Open Tuesdays, Please bring clean Corrugated cardboard Plastic milk jugs Junkmail /magazines Aluminum Newsprint Office Paper Glass Tin cans This space furnished by the Hells Canyon Journal 1:30-2:30 pm Recycling Center on East Record Street in Halfway c ERVICE DIRECTORY HERITAGE PIGS AUTO REPAIR ELECTRICIAN RGpair.SErviceWslding WYOTECH-TPainsd MEchanic By Appointment 541-540-5553 541-742-5805 47529 SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROAD' HALFWAY SECOND MILE ELECTRIC INC. "We Go The Extra Mile" Luke Hearne Supervising Electrician & Commercial Licensed, Bonded & Insured CCB # 196470 Phone: 541-540-3223 .... / Alvin & [errie m0ns | flerifage Pigs l GMO and Antibiotic-FREE I Whole or Half Pigs: butcher/weaner/feeder ~(&~r%. USDA butchered on request I( Happy pigs ~ste be~erl 541"742-7653 1~k. ~/' 48333 Cornucopia HiQhway by John Garrigus Page 9 Hells Canyon Journal sponsore4 by: December 26, 2012 tf!t~ sightings is spotting a whale breaching. Whales are able to launch as much as three- quarters of their bodies out of the water. Scientists are unsure as to reason for breaching, but speculate it may be done to remove para- sites, communicate or just for the pure fun of it. Gray whales are not as well known for breaching as are humpback whales, but young gray whales are the ones most often spotted breaching along Oregon's coast. Whales have, by far, the largest brains on earth. They are very intelligent and curl- ous and can be spotted spyhopping, lifting their heads out of the water to get a better sense of their sur- roundings. Resident gray whales have been known to spyhop regularly, especially when tour boats are near, giving rise to the possible question of who is watching whom. Aside from gray whales, other species of whales regu- larly spotted along the Or- egon coast include minke, humpback, blue and sperm whales, as well as pods of orcas, also called killer whales. As with many experiences in nature, seeing such a spec- tacle first-hand is hard to describe Enjoy some time on our beautiful Oregon coast and take the opportunity to watch these wild and won- derful creatures. Local: Steelhead angling below Hells Canyon Dam con- tinues to be spotty, depen- dent upon day, water flows, water clarity and numerous other influential factors, in- cluding how you hold your tongue during the cast and retrieve. According to ODFW, angling pressure has been light of late, and there are plenty offish and ample room for fishing. Idaho Power has finished the maintenance projects at Hells Canyon Dam, so access is no longer restricted. Angling is still fair for those brave and weatherproof anglers on Oxbow Reservoir. Trout are usually found near the mouths of tributary streams. Fingerling steel- head have been stocked in Oxbow Reservoir for future angling opportunities. A few bluegill are being hooked by anglers deploying the ever-effective worm in the Powder River arm of Brownlee Reservoir down- stream of Hewitt Park. A few trout are being picked up as well. Crappie angling does not bear mentioning. Trout are accessible at creek mouths along Hells Canyon Reservoir. Close to 580 surplus steelhead have been placed in the reservoir for the angler's added enjoy- ment. Be reminded that these are considered trout here and only one trout over 20 inches may be retained daily. Merry Christmas! U. S. Agriculture Secretary Releases Final Sacred Sites Report Earlier this month, United States Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, released a re- port calling for USDA and the U.S. Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in the protec- tion, respectful interpreta- tion and appropriate access to Indian sacred sites. The report recommends steps the Forest Service should take to strengthen the partnerships between the agency, tribal governments and American Indian and Alaska Native communities to help preserve America's landscape perspectives. "I applaud the Forest Ser- vice for initiating and com- pleting the sacred sites re- port," said Harris Sherman, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. "It is a very important step in broadening our understand- ing and protection of sacred sites, and building on rela- tionships with Native America Communities." The report is a culmina- tion of more than 100 meet- ings with tribal members and agency employee surveys. It includes a recommendation to ensure protection of sa- cred sites is considered in for- est and grassland manage- ment. Promote cooperative law enforcement agreements with tribal police and conser- vation departments to en- force cultural laws such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and produc- tivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future rich native traditions, that Forest Service emiJl0y- generations. The agency ' "American Indian: and; ees're eiVe training hbou[ manages 193 million acres of Alaska Native values and tribal history, law and Cul-public land, provides assis- culture have made our na- tion rich in spirit and deserve to be honored and respected," Vilsack said. "By honoring and protecting sacred sites on national forests and grass- lands, we foster improved tribal relationships and a better understanding of na- tive people's deep reverence for natural resources and con- tributions to society." Sacred sites are currently defined by Executive Order 13007 signed in 1996, which focuses on specific sites and Indian religion. The report recommends the department take a broader view by also considering cultural and tural sensitivities. The report also suggests the Forest Service: Confer with traditional practitioners and communi- ties with knowledge and in- terests in sacred sites and resource protection. Update agency policy to ensure consultation on sacred sites is conducted pursuant to existing law. Develop a joint tribal- agency partnership guide. Provide tribes consis- tent advance notice of nation- wide consultation opportuni- ties. Use provisions of the agency's new planning rule tance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Forest Service lands contrib- ute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $27 billion per year. The Sacred Sites report can be found at http:// rela- tions/documents/sacredsites/ SacredSitesFinalReport Dec2012.pdf. COUNSELING BEAUTY & BARBER BOOKKEEPING SALON CLOSED Dec. 25 - Jan. 21 lOS Main Street - next to Wild Bill's I I Reopening Thursday, January3 No job too big or too small! [ I 35 year's experience - References ................. Turbo Tax program available by the hour 541-742-4858 [ /B' &garbe , I Hair Care I II"se' eme browse urcnsignment 8hop I~/~"h~E'""~"~i/"[- L .t this location! 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