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sexy-teacher-2Rochester, MN—With the support of both city and county officials and organizations like Trout Unlimited and the Minnesota Trout Association, a steering committee hopes build a $3.5 million permanent center for trout education. The center is being modeled after the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, which expects to see 100,000 visitors this year.

erie_4Prescott, WA—Endangered wild steelhead now have a little more water in the Touchet River, thanks to the collaboration between a Prescott farmer and a conservation trust. Up to 3 cubic feet per second, or about 1.9 million gallons a day, of water is now protected permanently for steelhead and other fish, and landowner Melvin Talbott will keep growing wheat on his 385-acre farm under an agreement arranged by the Washington Water Trust. 

Filet_MignonVail—The Salmonfly hatch is something that all anglers in the West look forward to if they're lucky enough to have a river nearby with these hummingbird-size bugs. Each year, these bugs hatch at a time determined by water conditions and time of day. Typically, these fish will key in on the nymphs for a few weeks prior to the “hatch” before they gorge themselves on the huge adult flies.

Oil_GulfGulf Update Grim
New Orleans—In its 24 days BP's mistake has poured about 5.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of the Mississippi River delta at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day. The company is drilling a relief well it hopes will make contact with the existing well in two to 2 1/2 months, meanwhile trying—and failing—to use different ideas to stop the flow at the surface break.
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kenai-riverGuide Chooses AK over Teeth Drilling
When Tom Belknap was growing up, two things ruled his life: a love of fishing and an expectation that he'd grow up to become a dentist in the Spokane Valley, just like his dad and his uncle. He went from Gonzaga Prep to Carroll University in Wisconsin, and all was going well for nine semesters—until he got a job in Alaska."My first year in Alaska was 2006, and I knew on the spot that was what I wanted to do," said Belknap, sitting in the kitchen of his parents' home in Greenacres. Belknap had gotten a gig as a fishing guide on the Kenai River, and there was just no turning back to drilling in people's teeth.
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Dolphins-studyDolphins Lack Capacity To Mock Celebrity Culture
The Onion—According to a paper published last week in the journal Science, when presented with photos of music, TV, and film personalities, dolphins failed on every occasion to mock the well-known public figures, missing countless opportunities to take mean-spirited potshots at their hair, past romantic partners, or breast implants.
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Oil_GulfNew Orleans—In its 24 days BP's mistake has poured about 5.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of the Mississippi River delta at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day. The company is drilling a relief well it hopes will make contact with the existing well in two to 2 1/2 months,

kenai-riverWhen Tom Belknap was growing up, two things ruled his life: a love of fishing and an expectation that he'd grow up to become a dentist in the Spokane Valley, just like his dad and his uncle. He went from Gonzaga Prep to Carroll University in Wisconsin, and all was going well for nine semesters—until he got a job in Alaska."My first year in Alaska was 2006, and I knew on the spot that was what I wanted to do," said Belknap, sitting in the kitchen of his parents' home in Greenacres.

Dolphins-studyThe Onion—According to a paper published last week in the journal Science, when presented with photos of music, TV, and film personalities, dolphins failed on every occasion to mock the well-known public figures, missing countless opportunities to take mean-spirited potshots at their hair,

michael_keaton_batmanKeaton Talks Conch Penis and Pirates on Letterman
Conch penis, anyone? And does Michael's fishing buddy Tom Brokaw have a beef with Dave?
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David_BlaineDavid Blaine is Sharkbait
Magician David Blaine chartered a sailboat with menswear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer and filmmaker Bob Talbot to perform yet another feat of endurance, bravery, and, some might argue, complete insanity. The reason for the expedition was simple enough: Blaine was planning to swim in open water with roughly 20 great white sharks. He lowered himself into the water with no body armor—save for a tuxedo. As he descended beneath the surface, the sharks began to circle him. At one point he touched a passing fin; at another, he seemed to be smoking a cigar underwater while a great white inched behind him.
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Sacramento_RivSac Season: "Lacks Logic"
Last fall, the number of chinook salmon that returned to the Sacramento River was the lowest in history. Yet ocean fisherman have received the go-ahead to drop lines this spring and summer—in spite of bans the past two years and fish-tally estimates that critics say are impossible. For Mike Bogue, a river-fishing guide in Redding and former president of the NorCal Fishing Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, the decision lacks logic. He reminds that fishing is still bad and last year was the worst run ever. “I’m just not sure where those 245,000 fish they’ve predicted are going to come from,” Bogue said.
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