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Fuel Reduction Projects Underway

The small flames gobbling up blackberry canes along the Gold Hill Sports Park bike path on Thursday, May 6, was the City of Gold Hill’s latest attempt to take a huge bite out of fire danger in the riverside recreational area. Gold Hill is one of seven areas targeted by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s $1.8 million fuel reductions effort in Southern Oregon. Forestry lands in and around Wimer and Rogue River are also sites of critical fuels mitigation work being done in advance of the 2021 fire season. Approximately 10 acres of blackberry vines, dead trees, and brush have been removed along the river from Gold Hill’s Beach Park to the city’s water intake plant. In addition, the May 6 burn ignited about one acre of the highly flammable blackberry (Subscribe for full story)


El Alto Hombre Wins Big

El Alto Hombre, a six-year-old thoroughbred raised in Kentucky, won the Caveman Stakes race, the $12,000 feature race on Opening Day for Grants Pass Downs' spring/summer horse racing season on Mon., May 10. With Jose Figueroa aboard and trained by Liz Kowalski, El Alto Hombre rallied in the 10-horse, five-furlong race that earned $6,600. The race highlighted an opening day that drew a betting handle of nearly a half-million dollars. Off-track betting accounted for $434,532, and with larger on-track capacity allowed and drawing $27,327, it made a total handle of $461,959. That's a little more than half of what Grants Pass Downs handled on its final weekend during the fall season last November (Subscribe for full story)


RR Robotics Teams Each Make State Meet

High and middle school students have been competing in robotics competitions through Oregon FIRST Tech Challenge, competing in remote league tournaments. Teams from each of the Oregon FIRST Tech Challenge's from each of the state's six divisions on April 17 competed in three qualifying tournaments with half of those teams qualifying for the May 1 state championships. During the remote tournaments, teams ran robot matches and uploaded the scores to the FIRST scoring system. They'd also speak with judges, remotely, to talk about their robots and how to (Subscribe for full story)




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