Finally it's summer in Oregon _ let's go skiing

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregonians have been hitting the ski slopes as the Independence Day weekend finally brought summer to the state.

Several resorts were open. At Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon, where it's been years since there was skiing this late, a spokesman reports more than 1,000 people on the hill.

But if the wet winter and late spring have extended the ski season, they have also made the streams downhill cold, high and fast.

The Eugene Register-Guard says authorities closed a popular stretch of the Willamette River for the summer.

One man's less-than-sturdy raft got trapped against a bridge piling. Rescuers say that when they got to him, he was holding on to the piling with one hand and calling 911 on his cell phone with the other.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com