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Dropping crab traps before the opener?

California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
10/23/14 --  Is it legal to drop Dungeness crab gear prior to opening day? I’ve heard it’s legal to drop gear the day or night before opening day to let it soak overnight. I looked in the Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet but couldn’t... Full Story

Trinity spawning survey tracks 2013 results

Trinity River Salmon Redds & Carcass counts as of October 24, 2014
10/25/14 -- Charles Chamberlain, Supervisory Fish Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1655 Heindon Road in Arcata released results of the spawning survey of the Trinity River today showing results similar to those... Full Story

World Series: Elk Hunter vs. Elk Hunter

10/23/14 -- The 2014 World Series features an intriguing yet contrasting matchup between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. The media has already labeled it "Destiny versus Dynasty." The Royals are competing in baseball's... Full Story

Wind/rain helps Klamath Basin refuges

By Frank Galusha
10/24/14 – [Updated 10/25] Hunting in the North Eastern Zone has been good and it was excellent today thanks to high wind but sometimes there is just too much wind as was the case today, according to Stacy Freitas, Hunt Program... Full Story

Governor Brown reveals true intent of Prop. 1

By No on Prop 1 committee
10/23/14 -- After months of misrepresenting the true purpose of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown inadvertently undermined his own message at a recent Stanford water conference. He claimed the measure would provide... Full Story

Wild Horse Adoption Day extended one day

Wild horse Santuary, shingletown
10/12/14 -- [Updated 10/25/14] -- The rain has cleared so the Wild Horse Adoption Day at the Wildhorse Sanctuary in Shingletown in northern California has been extended by one day, says organizer Diane Nelson. Approximately 20... Full Story

Kokanee and Crawdads

Kokanee and Crawdads, Backcountry Travelogues, Phil "Flip" Akers

06/08/14 -- Kokanee, vegetarian land-locked Sockeye salmon. Every spring, while waiting for the high elevation destinations to become accessible, I enjoy catching these hot-tempered silver bullets. Kokanee fishing... Full Story

Trinity Lake Smallmouths

Trinity Lake Smallmouth Bass, Steve Ray
Trinity Lake, California photo by Steve Ray

Smallmouth bass are present in N. CA and S. OR lakes. Finding them and getting them to bite takes skill. Images like this spur on the anglers. See more fish photos and share yours with our readers in our Buddy Photos Favorite Fish Photo Gallery

Alturas, Modoc County

Alturas, Modoc County, Lea Huetteman,
Alturas is located on the Pit River at an elevation of 4370 feet offering an abundance of wilderness and natural beauty in a remote, peaceful location. The population was 2,827 at the 2010 Census. More Lake Modoc Photos                              Photo by Lea Huetteman

State of Jefferson is a state of mind

Diversity, Activity, State of Jefferson

The history books and stars in our flag tell us there are 50 states in the U.S.A. but did you know there could have been and still is a 51st State in the minds of many residents of Northern California and Southern Oregon? In fact, the Siskiyou County, California Board of Supervisors made national news recently by voting to secede from the State of California and form a new state called Jefferson. Other counties in the region depicted below may vote to join this movement again!

Again? That's right! Back in 1941 representatives from the border counties of both states met in Yreka, California to make plans to secede from their respective states to form the State of Jefferson, which at that time would have been the 49th state in the union.

The citizens of this area believed that Salem and Sacramento were ignoring their needs so a plan was made to obtain federal aid for much needed road and bridge construction. On December 4th, 1941, secession was agreed upon and the residents actually elected a governor. 

Unfortunately, three days later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the formal movement came to an end and the secessionists rolled up their sleeves and went to work to aid the war effort.

The memory of this effort remains very strong and the name “Jefferson” is used commonly to describe the region, which some say included 12 Northern California Counties and seven Southern Oregon Counties. To many residents the State of Jefferson still exists -- testament to the independent mindset of the people who still feel cut off from their respective capitals. Visit our destinations page to find out more about these counties as well as others in the regions covered by

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