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Whales migration, watching to begin Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society announced its third annual Summer Whale Watch Weekend for July 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The shore-based whale watch is free and open to the public and will be held at Boiler Bay State Park in Depoe Bay.
The American Cetacean Society will provide information and

Just ‘dune-ing’ it

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
A competitor in last Saturday's Sand Master Jam sandboarding competition sizes up the course before attempting to set the day's fastest time.

’Boarders gather for Sand Jam

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The sandboard rails at Sand Master Park, as well as the dunes overlook above Cleawox Lake in Honeyman State Park, were alive with competition on Saturday as a roster of 24 sandboarders gathered for the 18th annual Sand Master Jam -- the longest-running sandboarding competition in the world.
This year, in addition to Egyptian sandboarder Kareem Hossam, the event

Vikings back on the grid

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Since 1929, the Viking football team has been taking to the gridiron to battle teams from the league in an attempt to claim the state title. And 85 years later, the sound of cleats across the grass and thud of players practicing tackles still ushers in the beginning of the summer preparation period for the fall football season.
This week,

’Blasters win two over weekend

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
In one of their best performances of the season, the Three Rivers Sandblasters held visiting Gerding Construction of Corvallis to just two runs on Friday before battling from behind for a 4-2 win.
On the mound, lefty Connor Qualley struck out 12 batters as Florence allowed Corvallis only four hits on the night.
The game kicked off a three-game home

Shoreline science workshop in Yachats

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
YACHATS -- The CoastWatch program is offering intensive, three-day shoreline science workshops this summer, open to anyone fascinated by coastal natural history.
The next in the series is coming up in Yachats July 28-30.
To register online, go to www. tinyurl.com/orshoresworkshop. It is also possible to participate in just one or two days of the workshop.

Flame of Hope passes through Florence

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
First lit by Wichita, Kan., police chief Richard LaMunyan in 1981 as a way to bring local law enforcement and the community together in support of Special Olympics, the Flame of Hope has spread throughout 50 states in the U.S. and 35 nations around the world.
On Thursday afternoon, the torch made its way across the Siuslaw River Bridge and

’Blasters battle from behind, beat Mid-Valley

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
It took 10 innings, but the Three Rivers Sandblasters were able to take down the Mid-Valley Rockets Tuesday in a dramatic 4-3 win.
In the latest of the team's half dozen extra-inning nailbiters, Pete Lahti came to the plate in the top of 10th inning and batted a sacrifice fly deep to right field that brought home the game-winning run.

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