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Fall salmon derbyregistration open

Registration is open for Southwest Washington Anglers' Columbia River Fall Salmon Derby, scheduled for Sept. 1-2 between Buoy 10 and Bonneville Dam.

The entry fee for three-angler teams is $99. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be paid to the top three teams, respectively. Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 teams.

The first 100 teams to register will receive three custom wobblers from Brad's Killer Fishing Gear.

Derby entries must be received by Aug. 25. Information, rules and entry forms can be found online at www.swwa.org.

Weigh-in locations will be Bob's Sporting Goods in Longview, Harper's Tackle and Outdoors in Woodland and Wholesale Sports in Vancouver.

Money from the derby will support youth fishing derbies, fishery enhancement projects and other activities to preserve Northwest fish runs.

Huckleberry cropnormal-to-good

Huckleberry pickers in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are expected to find a normal-to-good crop this summer, with berries just beginning to ripen at lower elevations.

Ken Sandusky of U.S. Forest Service said the crop is expected to ripen late this year at higher elevations.

Commercial huckleberry permits for the Gifford Pinchot will be available beginning Monday.

Anyone harvesting more than three gallons of berries, or selling any quantity, must obtain a permit. The permit costs $40 for 14 days or $75 for the season.

Permits will be available at the ranger stations in Trout Lake and Randle, plus the Mount St. Helens monument headquarters in Chelatchie Prairie.

The permits including camping conditons. Rakes or mechanical devices for berry harvest are not allowed.

Huckleberry picking for personal use remains free and no permit is needed.

State seeks gamecouncil advisers

OLYMPIA -- Nominations are being sought by Aug. 31 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for its Game Management Advisory Council.

Agency director Phil Anderson will appoint eight new members to the 26-member group that advises the department on issues involving resource alloction, hunter-access, funding and research projects.

Nominees do not have to be affiliated with a group. Nominations must be submitted in writing and include:

• The nominee's name, address, telephone number and email address.

• The nominee's relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve on the group.

• The nominee's effectiveness in communication.

• A name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Nominations must be submitted to Dave Ware, game division manager. His mailing address is Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501-1091. His email address is david.ware@dfw.wa.gov. His telephone number is 360-902-2509.

The council holds at least three one-day meetings a year. Members are eligible for travel reimbursement.

Mount Jeffersongets more goats

BEND -- Twenty-four Rocky Mountain goats have been released at the base of Mount Jefferson in central Oregon.

The goals were captured in the Elkhorn Mountain in Baker County and moved to Warm Springs Indian tribal lands near Mount Jefferson.

The goats -- 14 nannies, one adult bull, six yearling nannies, two female kids and one male kid -- join at least 40 goats from the initial reintroduction two years ago.

Historical literature says Rocky Mountain goats occurred on Mount Jefferson and the region appears a good fit.

While most of the herd is near Mount Jefferson, some animals are dispersing to Three-fingered Jack and Olallie Butte, said Doug Calvin, Warm Springs wildlife manager.