U.S. Interior Secretary Signs Order to Expand Opportunities on BLM, USFWS and NPS Lands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, an avid hunter and angler, signed Secretarial Order 3356 on Friday morning to support and expand hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands including areas currently under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.

Zinke says the goal is to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing, and put a new emphasis on recruiting and retaining new sportsmen conservationists with more educational outreach programs.
A recent survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found there are 2.2 million fewer hunters in America than there were in 2011.

Secretarial Order 3356 directs bureaus within the Interior Department to:
—produce a plan to expand access to hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and NPS land within 120 days
—amend national monument management plans to ensure the public’s right to hunt, fish and target shoot
—expand educational outreach programs for underrepresented communities such as veterans, minorities, and youth.
—in a manner that respects the rights and privacy of the owners of non-public lands, identify lands within their purview where access to Department lands, particularly access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation, is currently limited (including areas of Department land that may be impractical or effectively impossible to access via public roads or trails under current conditions, but where there may be an opportunity to gain access through an easement, right-of-way, or acquisition), and provide a report detailing such lands to the Deputy Secretary.
—within 365 days, cooperate, coordinate, create, make available, and continuously update online a single “one stop” Department site database of available opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on Department lands.
—improve wildlife management through collaboration with state, Tribal,​ territorial, and conservation partners.

Interior Secretary Zinke faced criticism from conservation and environmental groups last month after making recommendations to President Trump on 27 national monuments including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which he wants to reduce in size.

Lawmakers Call for Change to Forest Management on Federal Lands

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has lowered the evacuation levels in the areas affected by the Nash Fire. The Level Two evacuation levels for residents and campgrounds around Elk and Hosmer Lakes have been dropped to a Level One tonight. The Level One evacuation levels for the areas surrounding Lava Lake have been dropped altogether.

Meanwhile, in the Columbia River Gorge, ODOT crews continue to cut down trees that were damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire in an effort to reopen I-84, which remains closed tonight between Troutdale and Hood River. The 37,000 acre fire is now 17% contained, but the lasting effects on the Columbia River Gorge will be felt for years to come, with many trails expected to remain closed until next Spring.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, federal lawmakers are pointing to massive wildfires like the Eagle Creek Fire to call for change in the way we manage forests on federal lands.

Twin Brothers from Bend Make a Combined Five Catches in Final NFL Preseason Game with the Patriots

Jacob and Cody Hollister, twin brothers from Bend and Mountain View High School alums, took advantage of the last opportunities they had to secure a roster spot on the defending champion New England Patriots during the team’s final preseason game versus the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Jacob started the game at tight end and made one catch during the opening drive, and finished the game with four catches for 26 yards and a TD, leaving him with a total of 12 catches in the preseason for the Patriots. He’s fighting for the third TE spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the other tight end fighting for that same spot, James O’Shaughnessy, had two catches for 38 yards and also saw a lot of action throughout the game.

Cody started the night by catching a nine-yard touchdown pass on the Patriots’ opening drive of the game, and it was a pretty difficult grab with a defender all over him, but he managed to hold on to the ball and keep both feet in-bounds in the end zone. That was his only catch of the game, but it was an impressive one. He ended the preseason with two catches. He’s vying for the fifth and sixth wide receiver spots after a season-ending injury to Julian Edleman last week left another possible receiver spot open at the bottom of the depth chart.

Both Hollisters got on the field throughout the game which ended with a 40-38 victory by the Giants.

Every NFL team must cut its roster from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, so we will see if the Hollisters’ effort was enough to land them on that final roster. If not, there is a chance they could end up on the 10-man offensive practice squad, which would keep them with the team, and give them a chance to be promoted to the squad in the event of an injury at their positions during the season.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts tonight and will be talking to Jacob and Cody after the game, and you can see her interview with the Hollisters on Friday on Central Oregon Daily.

Historic Bomber Opens Saturday at Airshow of the Cascades

The smoke and haze cleared enough on Saturday afternoon to give visitors to the Airshow of the Cascades a close-up look at a B-25 Mitchell Bomber in action.

16 of those aircraft took part in the famous Doolittle Raid on April 18,1942. They took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet to become the first air raid on the Japanese home island in World War Two. The B-25 Mitchell Bomber is part of the collection at the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras.

Twin Brothers from Bend Have One More Preseason Game to Make an Impression on the New England Patriots

On a night when the biggest headline was a possible serious injury to their starting wide receiver, Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots also got to see Mountain View High School alum, Cody Hollister (#81), make his first preseason catch.

Edelman went down with a knee injury during the first drive of the Patriots’ 30-28 victory over the Lions in Detroit on Friday night. That paved the way for WR Chris Hogan to have a big night with four catches for 70 yards, and it may have opened the door for Cody Hollister to get more playing time, and he took advantage of the opportunity with his first catch of the preseason for 31 yards. It was the only time he was targeted during the game.

Cody’s brother, Jacob (#48), was the Patriots’ leading receiver in the team’s first game with seven catches and made one catch in the second preseason game as he tries to earn the #3 tight end spot on the roster behind veterans, Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

The Hollister brothers graduated from Mountain View High School, and Jacob went on to play tight end at Wyoming while Cody played wide receiver at Arkansas. Neither player was picked during the NFL Draft, but the Patriots immediately signed both brothers as undrafted free agents after the draft ended.

The Hollister brothers get one more chance to make an impression on Patriots’ coaches in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday night in Foxborough versus the New York Giants. After that, the team’s roster will be cut from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 3.

The “Sweet Spot” for Viewing – Near the Top of Mt. Jefferson

Everyone who is an eclipse-chaser is looking for that “sweet spot,” the perfect place to view the event. Mount Jefferson is about 33 miles west of Madras, and it has always been considered sacred ground by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and no one outside of the tribe has ever been allowed to summit the Warm Springs side of Mt. Jefferson. Until now.

A handful of people are camping on the side of the mountain at 8,500 feet on Sunday night, and they’ll wake up in the morning to what could be the most spectacular view of the eclipse in Oregon, or maybe anywhere in the country, thanks to Big Mountain Heli Tours – Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the story.

Marchers in Bend Join Nationwide Effort to Denounce Hate

About 200 people joined an impromptu march called “Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville” at Drake Park on Sunday in conjunction with dozens of other marches across the United States.

Co-organizer, Sid Snyder, said “hate” isn’t just an East Coast or Southern U.S. problem, and he wanted to make sure Central Oregonians had a place to go and share their message the day after one woman was killed and two Virginia State Police troopers died during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

State Resources Arrive to Fight the 34,000 Acre Fire Burning North of Warm Springs

More than 100 firefighters from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal arrived on Friday to battle the Nena Springs Wildfire. The fire started on private property next to the Warm Springs Reservation on Tuesday and tripled in size by Thursday morning. As of Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the fire is only 4% contained.

On Friday, several structures were destroyed in the Simnasho area, but none of them were primary homes. One unoccupied home was burned on Wednesday when the fire grew over 20,000 acres, and several historic unoccupied outbuildings were destroyed in the first three days. The Schoolie Flats, Simnasho and S-300 subdivisions are all under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and been requested to leave immediately.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by tghe fire at this time, but they are all under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice, meaning they should be ready to leave if necessary.
The Northwest incident Management Team 12 has assumed command of the fire suppression activities and remind area residents that we are still under a Red Flag Warning with the possibility of high wind and additional lightning.

The S-300 road is closed, and Highway 3 is closed, except for local residents.