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Panfish angling clinic scheduled Feb. 23 by Oregon bass club

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave.

The club’s annual “dry clinic’’ will have experts providing tips on how to catch panfish.

Paddle trip guides to get chance on Coldwater Lake

CHELATCHIE PRAIRIE — Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Feb. 24 for special permits for outfitter and guide companies to offer paddling trips on Coldwater Lake on the north side of Mount St. Helens.

This is the first time the Forest Service is opening up the lake for commercial opportunities. Only kayak, canoe and rowboat activities will be considered.

Coldwater Lake is open for only non-motorized boating.

The Forest Service has established a pool of 300 weekend service days and 150 weekday service days between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2012. If a guide takes nine clients out on the lake, that counts as nine service days.

The lake, created in 1980 when debris from Mount St. Helens blocked Coldwater Creek, is 750 acres and about 5 miles long.

For more information about how to apply and who to contact with questions, go online to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument website at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mountsthelens/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5351228.

Cahill appointed to State Parks and Recreation Commission

OLYMPIA — Russ Cahill of Olympia, a retired parks and natural resources management professional, has been appointed to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Cahill, 73, was deputy director for state parks before retiring in 1997. He then served a six-year term on the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Cahill replaces Fred Olson. His term runs through December.