State championships next up for Quincy ski team

Kainoa Hall negotiates the Alpine Meadows slalom course for a 28th-place finish.  Photo by Katy Dyrr
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Quincy’s ski team, the Alpine Meadows meet was the last race of the season, featuring a beautiful, sunny day with just enough fresh snow to make the event a memorable one.

Che Rubalcava-Cunan placed fifth, Cody Morrison placed 21st, Dayne Lewis placed 23rd, Miles Rubalcava-Cunan placed 24th and Luke Zempel placed 32nd.

Four members of the team will be going to Mammoth for the state championship in March: Che Rubalcava-Cunan and Cody Morrison qualified for the giant slalom and slalom events, while Hall qualified for the giant slalom and Lewis qualified for the slalom.

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California Outdoors for the week of 220/2015

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

What do USDA checks of wild birds bode for hunting?
Question: On the last day of hunting at Modesto Reservoir we had a lady from the United States Department of Agriculture that swabbed our ducks and geese for parasites, etc. I asked her why she was doing this, and she just smiled at me. So then I said, “Is it that Foster Farms has been having problems with viruses?” She just smiled again and nodded her head.

I can’t help but wonder what Foster Farms is up to but can bet they are up to no good for hunters. They had problems with their chickens in Livingston and other places so I can’t help but wonderif they are trying to tie this to our waterfowl. I think there is a good story here for somebody who wants to take the time to make the phone calls and dig it out!

—Ron W.

Answer:While this is an interesting question, Ron, there’s no conspiracy going on here against waterfowl hunters. I asked Krysta Rogers, avian specialist and environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and here’s what she had to say:

“In response to the recent detections of avian influenza in Washington in December 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture and United States Geological Survey, in coordination with state wildlife agencies, initiated active surveillance through swab sampling of hunter-harvested waterfowl in several states, including California. Avian influenza viruses naturally circulate in wild bird populations, primarily in species that are associated with an aquatic habitat. Therefore, monitoring wild waterfowl for avian influenza activity is one of the most efficient surveillance tools for determining what viruses are circulating worldwide. Between 2006 and 2011, CDFW participated in similar surveillance efforts to aid in the detection of avian influenza viruses. As with the previous surveillance, state and federal wildlife agencies do not foresee any impacts to wild waterfowl populations or to hunting.

“Recently, in the western United States, two main viruses have been detected, H5N2 and H5N8. Both viruses have previously been found in other parts of the world. While these viruses are not known to cause significant disease in wild waterfowl, they can cause high mortality in domestic poultry. Surveillance of hunter-harvested waterfowl has resulted in additional detections of these viruses in California, Oregon, Utah and Idaho. The H5N2 virus has been detected in backyard poultry flocks in Washington and Idaho while the H5N8 virus has been detected in a backyard poultry flock in Oregon and a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California.”

Multiple fishing rods
Question: If two anglers are anchored on the Sacramento River bait fishing for sturgeon and both have second rod validations allowing them to fish with four rods collectively, if one person then hooks up, is it legal for the other person to reel in the other three rods while that person is fighting the fish? In other words, is it legal for the person not trying to reel the fish in to clear the other three rods?

—Monty R.

Answer:Yes, provided the anglers are fishing in a location where the second rod validation is operative. Legally, since each fisherman is only authorized to fish with up to two fishing poles, the fisherman trying to bring in the other three poles would have to first secure one of his fishing rods so that it is no longer being used to fish. That would leave two fishing poles to reel in, which would be within the angler’s legal authority to do.

Dead heads
Question: I’ve been up shed hunting and have recently found a couple mountain lion kills. Can I legally take the dead heads? How do I prove it’s a dead head and not a poached deer?

—Brice R.

Answer:You should avoid picking up anything that is fresh but it is not illegal for someone to pick up bleached antlers. In addition, you can sell sheds that you have found but they must have been manufactured into products or handcraft items, or have been cut into blocks or units which are to be handcrafted. You cannot sell whole antlers with heads attached (Fish and Game Code, section 3039(c)).

Selling sea urchin jewelry
Question: Is it legal to use legally harvested/farmed California uni byproducts for jewelry to be sold in retail? I have a local fish market that sells large amounts of the purple urchins they obtain from Catalina Seafood. I obtain the eaten shells and use the spikes for crafts. Is it legal to sell them in California as well as globally?

—Alexandra F.

Answer: Commercially taken sea urchin spines can be sold in jewelry, but sport-harvested marine resources may not be sold, bartered, traded, etc.

Carrie Wilsonis a marine environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone’s questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her at

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Brady Rick scores 44 as Trojans beat Greenville

Quincy co-captain Brady Rick (No. 3) pushes Greenville defender Christian Beres out of the way during a trip to the baske. Rick, a senior playmaker for the Trojans, ended the game with a career-high 44 points. Photos by Greg Knight
Greg Knight
Sports Writer

If Quincy senior Brady Rick had played just an average game against Greenville last week, one in which he earned 23 points, or even if he had matched his 32-point performance against Portola on Jan. 30, the Trojans may still have bested the Indians, but it would have been much closer than the 79-65 victory experienced by head coach Mike Woodlee’s team — with Rick putting together anything but an average performance, scoring a career-high 44 points across 32 minutes of play.

The only time Greenville had the lead was on the first basket of the game as Walker Meyers tossed in a gliding layup. After that, it was almost all Brady Rick as he scored 18 in the first half alone to take the Trojans to a 41-26 lead. Add a comment

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Lady Eagles softball goes 3-1 to open season

Feather River College freshman catcher Alyssa Hethcoat has a hit at bat for the Lady Golden Eagles last weekend against Monterey Peninsula College. Hethcoat added an RBI in the 8-3 win over the Lobos. Photo by Annie Heskett
Feather Publishing

The Feather River College Golden Eagles softball team traveled to Cupertino to face De Anza College in its season opener Saturday, Jan. 31, and managed, courtesy of lefty pitcher Morgan Greene, in her first college start, to collect a win against the Lady Dons in a 15-3 victory.

Feather River managed to score first and score early when Alyssa Hethcoat’s double drove in Kaitlyn Folkers for the first run of the season. FRC managed to put up two runs in the top of the first inning but was quickly met with a three-run comeback in the bottom of the inning by the Lady Dons.
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FRC men, women fall to Redwoods

Greg Knight
Sports Writer

Even when the Feather River College men’s basketball team loses, freshman Jarrell Tate finds a way to score big — a recurring feat he proved again last weekend by scoring 16 points and taking down eight rebounds and five steals against College of the Redwoods.

The Golden Eagles ultimately fell to the Corsairs on a 67-51 final score, but not before Tate, along with Nomso Nwachukwu, Deshawn Pughsley, Derrek Gordon and Nick Longmire led FRC with a combined 45-point showing. The trio of Namuji Madoshi, Marcus Harden and Juwan Blakeley each scored two points in the game. Add a comment

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