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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 5C Alaska adventure Mountaineer Bill Pilling will share his stories of first ascents in the Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska during a slideshow tonight, Feb. 17, in the Feather River College Gallery. The pre- sentation begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. Photo by Mark Bebie (:hinook numbers continue to fall Preliminary 2009 salmon data released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council shows a continuing decline in the adult return of Sacramen- to River Fall Chinook. This data, collected by the California Department of Fish and Game, will be a ma- jor consideration as the PFMC begins the process of setting the 2010 ocean salmon season. According to DFG's esti- mates, about 39,500 Fall Chi- nook adults returned to the Sacramento River to spawn in 2009. This is the lowest recorded return since com- prehensive monitoring of Central Valley Hatchery pro- duction and natural escape- ment began in the 1970s. This marks the third con- secutive year that the PFMC Salmon Fishery Management Plan conservation objective (a range of 122,000 to 180,000 adult hatchery and natural spawners returning to the Central Valley on an annual basis) has not been met. This finding will automatically trigger an "overfishing con- cern" by the PFMC. "This year's Sacramento River fall Chinook adult re- turn is a terrible disappoint- ment," said Neil Manji, DFG Fisheries Branch Chief. "Over the past two years, DFG has collected and ana- lyzed data and worked dili- gently to figure out what steps can be taken to improve our stock management, in- crease future returns and help craft fishing regulation packages. "Salmon have a complex life cycle in both fresh and saltwater, and while we can- not pinpoint a cause for the decline at this time, we do know ocean productivity has been unpredictable in recent years." The one positive note in the Sacramento River Fall Chi- nook estimates is the healthy number of returning two- year-old salmon, or "jacks." DFG counted 9,216 jacks in 2009, more than double the number that returned in 2008. Jack returns are used to help forecast the ocean abundance of adult SRFC for the upcom- ing 2010 season. DFG also collected some- what more encouraging re- turn figures from the Kla- math-Trinity River system. Preliminary counts indicate that just t)ver 44,500 adult fall Chinook returned to spawn in Need help REPI If it's ing we can'll find someimlmo can. CONSTRUCTION glNCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 natural areas during 2009, which'is several thousand fish more than the 2009 PFMC management objective of 40,700 of this species. Protect Your Investment Free Estimates Residential and Commercial Kitchen and Bath Remodels Room additions and more Robert G. Love General Contractor 530-251-7036 Expedence Bonded & Insured Lic. # 826166 Winter trails groomed well You are invited to experi- ence a winter wonderland. It has been a fun year for grooming snow, hosting snowshoe walks and proving quality recreation. Be prepared: bring your sunscreen, cell phone, first aid kit, high energy food, water, and extra clothing. Dress in layers, wear sun- glasses, snowboots hat and gloves. Keep cotton fabric away from your body, this keeps the chill off your skin. Polypropylene or wool works best. Intersection signs are in place on the Morgan, Swain, Bogard and Fredonyer Trail Systems. If you are out rid- ing and notice a sign leaning over, help maintain trails by straightening these intersec- tion markers. Eagle Lake Ranger District The Fredonyer, Bogard and Swain trails groomed up beautifully, leaving the snow like a corduroy blanket and the trails creamy and dreamy. The Chester/Swain system is in great shape for the Chester Lake Almanor Poker Run. Local riders have told us that these are the best riding conditions that they have ex- perienced in years. Hat Creek Ranger District Volunteers have been work- ing hard clearing the perime- ter trails on the Ashpan and Latour System. The Butte Creek connector and the rim road to the New Cow Creek campground both are now free of windfall, try riding both trails this weekend. These trails are a little rough in spots, keep your speed down and proceed with caution. Skiers are encouraged to come out and play on a groomed cross-country ski trail towards Butte Lake. To access this trail take Highway 44 North from Susanville and South from Old Station. There you will find 4.5 miles of ski trails groomed with a Ginzu groomer, the same groomer that is used in the winter Olympics to groom the trails used for competition. Almanor Ranger District Join the Chester Lake A1- manor Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the "Winter Carnival" in Chester. On Sat- urday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21, they are hosting dog sled races. The races begin at 8:30, at the Cedar Chalet Bak- ery. A fun event for the entire family. February 10, 2010 Routes Bogard Routes Bogard to Antelope Mountain (B1, B2, B4, B5) Bogard to Crater Lake (B2,B3) Bogard to Eagle Lake (B1, B2, B4, B6, B7) Cone Lake (B9, B10) Fredonyer Routes Fredonyer Long Loop (F1, F2, F6, F5, F4, F3) Diamond Mountain (FS-F7) Fredonyer Short Loop (F1- F3) Fredonyer to Swain Mountain (F1, F8, F9, Fll, $1) Mason Station (F11-F12) Round Trip Mileage 26 14 6O 3.8 Date Last Groomed 02/08/2010 02/08/2010 02/01/2010 02/04/2010 31.4 02/08/2010 3.4 02/08/2010 15.2 20.5 8.5 02/09/2010 01/10/2010 Active Timber Sale, Road Plowed Swain Mountain Routes Swain Mt. Staging to 10 Road ($1, $2, $3, $9)* 10.5 02/12/2010 9.8 02/10/2010 3.1 02/10/2010 Jennie Springs/Rock Creek ($1, $4, $5) Bond Valley ($3 $4) Mud Creek Loop ($6-$8) 10 Road ($7, S{,, $5, $8, $9, $10, B9, B1) Morgan Summit Routes Morgan Summit to Pear Lake Loop Tamarack Springs 48 Road North Morgan Summit to Mineral Summit 12.8 02/11/2010 31.5 02/10/2010 44 40 4O Mineral to Mineral Summit Summit Creek Trail* 02/12/2010 02/12/2010 02/12/2010 Mineral Summit to Mill Creek 6.4 02/12/2010 5.0 7.1 Ashpan Snowmobile Park Ashpan Trail System Latour Trail System 35 25 02/12/2010 02/12/2010 02/11/2010 02/11/2010 * Any "date last groomed" of 2/12/2010 is projected, we can't predict equipment failure. Jonesville Please refer to :0000LOoking for a Tax Prepare,,? try ial Tax ENDEAVOR HOMES 1-800-482-8453