Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Mount Hood Meadows opens nordic center

Mount Hood Meadows has opened its nordic ski center for the winter.

Adjacent to the resort’s Hood River Meadows parking lot, the center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. It will operate daily from Dec. 15 thrugh Jan. 2, depending on snow conditions.

An all-day nordic pass costs $12. A pass good from noon to 4 p.m. is $9.

Bass club meets Dec. 15

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

A video on warm-water fishing will be shown.

For more information, send an e-mail to oregonbassandpanfish@gmail.com.

Sandy River dam removal proposed

HOOD RIVER — Comments will be accepted until Dec. 23 on the draft environmental assessment for the removal of the Sandy River delta dam.

Plans call for removing a dam built in the 1930s and excavating a pilot channel in the historic main channel of the Sandy River. Once done, the river will flow year-round through the historic main channel and the current main channel.

Rearing and refuge habitat for young salmon and steelhead will be improved.

The draft document is available at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/environment/home.asp.

Mailed comments must be postmarked by Dec. 22 and sent to: District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District Portland, Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Steve Helm, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, 97208-2946.