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Vladimir Sovyak has 21 articles published.

Threat assessment and security training continue

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    New campus safety threat assessment training may mean the clouds of the past are heading towards the horizon. Photo provided by Pixabay, flickr

While it has been over a year since the events of Oct. 1, campus safety is no less of a priority. Currently, internal national tension is exceptionally high within the U.S., and this tension affects every town and city. U.S. presidential campaign promises specifically regarding immigration from President-elect Donald Trump, have led to marches around the state and worries locally about violence.

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Low numbers of fall chinook: Regional ocean temperature in warm phase

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    Vladimir Sovyak / The Mainstream

Numbers have not been impressive for fall chinook this year and chinook anglers are likely to have more frustrating runs to come.

Aiding salmon populations is no linear tasks.  Even programs designed to aid salmon can be harmful to salmon. “If not managed correctly, hatchery fish may detrimentally affect wild populations . . . we are seeing very few hatchery adult chinook at spawning grounds, which is what we want to see,” said Jason Brandt, Roseburg’s ODFW Assistant Biologist. The concern with hatchery fish in spawning grounds is that they can outcompete and alter the genetics of the wild salmon populations.

In addition, Brandt pointed to predation by smallmouth bass and cormorants as threats to young salmon. “We did remove the bag limit and size limit on smallmouth bass. Maybe anglers will be more likely to keep their bass and make some fish tacos,” said Brandt.

These more localized impediments to salmon spawning are overshadowed by the regional issue of ocean temperature. Changes in the Pacific Ocean’s surface temperature are highly influential over the ability of salmon to maintain or grow their populations. The Pacific Ocean’s surface is currently in a strong warmer phase since early 2014, according to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s web article “Pacific Decadal Oscillation.”

This climate index is abbreviated as PDO and its effects are becoming observable to the average salmon angler in Oregon. The article explains that Nathan Mantua, PhD., was the first to show the correlation between ocean temperature and numbers of returning salmon: “the cool PDO years of 1947–1976 coincided with high returns of chinook salmon and coho salmon to Oregon rivers. Conversely, during the warm PDO cycle that followed (1977–1998), salmon numbers declined steadily.”

Warm and cold phases have alternated far more frequently since 1998 compared to relatively slow phase changes in the latter half of the 20th century. “The cause of that is debatable,” said Brandt in regard to why warm and cold phases have become shorter. Due to this, returning salmon anglers are liable to see larger runs within years, not a decade or more.

The warm phases of the PDO are about as exciting as tax information to the average angler, and probably most dull among the problems living and future salmon face, but the PDO is highly reliable. The PDO shows yearly averages of slight variations in temperature. It is a climatic pattern that influences salmon populations not just in the Umpqua, not only just in Oregon, but the Northern Pacific and Pacific Northwest.

Spooktacular Fun Horse Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds

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    Vladimir Sovyak / The Mainstream

The Spooktacular Horse Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds scheduled 42 classes for Oct. 29.  Riders ages ranged from under five to over fifty.  The show started with English Riding Classes, followed by Showmanship, Trail, and Western Classes.

Three age groups were organized for the event: 13 and under, 14-18, and 19 & over.  The most attended classes for the show were in the 13 and under category. The Costume Class Ride was held at the end of the day, but it was also the finale for the event as a whole. Costumes ranged from a horse dressed as a car with working headlights to a dragon with a princess, a horse dressed as a frog with a princess rider, and even a rider with taped glasses atop a “nerd” horse with Einstein’s theory of special relativity painted on to the horse. Out of the entire day, crowd support was also most apparent during the Costume Class Ride for the under 13 group.

To clarify, all “classes” at the show in each age group were ranked competitions with ribbons handed out to the first through fifth place contestants.
“I’ve been involved with horses for about 11 years now. I’ve been doing the show down here pretty much since I was in fourth grade, as soon as I was old enough to do 4-H I got involved with the show,” Estan Hughey said, a Forest Management major at UCC. Hughey primarily volunteered this year, but he also participated in Western classes.

“Even if you have no idea what you’re doing when you show, it’s a great place to come down and see what it’s about. It’s a schooling show, not a high-end show,” Hughey said.

Hughey competed for nine years at the Spooktacular before this year’s event. “Working Pairs is my favorite [class]. We and one of my friends who moved usually got first or second,” Hughey said. Working Pairs is a class in which paired riders coordinate the paired horses which mirror each other through various speeds of riding, as well as stopping and directional changes announced by the judges.

Jasmyn Antos, a Dental Assisting major at UCC and avid equestrian, also attended the event. Like Hughey, Antos has been around horses for over a decade. Antos participated for five years in the Spooktacular. Antos spectated this year, and she noted some of the differences in how classes were judged this year compared to recent years. “The judges asked a lot more than usual of the riders, but the riders were also given more feedback than at previous events,” Antos said.
The show took place without any major equine incidents. A couple of more frustrated horses crow hopped, albeit infrequently, but no truly unruly horses had to be removed. There was one incident of minor kicking from a horse during the Western Pairs Open class, but the kick did not stop the rider from finishing the class.

Locals interested in showing their horse or horses for the first time may want to keep their calendar open for next Halloween.  If that is too long to wait, the Hearts and Hands show in February is another chance to participate in a local horse show.  The Spooktacular was organized by Norma Talburt and judged by Cheryl Briggs.

I am UCC

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    Jared Norman, 33-year-old nursing student, learned to push his own boundaries in his life journey.

Joy, Adversity, and Inspiration

Jared Norman’s road to UCC nursing program

Halfway through a year-long backpacking trek a few years ago, Jared Norman realized his calling.  He knew that becoming a pediatric oncology nurse would be his career path. To clarify, the practice of pediatric oncology deals with treating children with cancer.

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Second Annual Trout 4 Treven delivers trophy trout

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The Second Annual Trout 4 Treven fishing derby was held at Cooper Creek Reservoir on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Even though the forecast had called for rain, weather conditions overall were near ideal for trout fishing.

The derby was attended by about 100 people. Families and friends lined the banks around the dam and got their boats in the water in memory of Treven Anspach. Anspach is remembered dearly by his family, friends, and surrounding community.

Jordan Humphreys, an organizer of the event and teacher at Oakland High School, had this to say about how the first derby was started: “Treven loved fishing. Some of his friends were planning on going fishing with him that weekend.”

While some of the children at the derby may have been young enough to not know why everyone was going fishing that Sunday, it was clear that even the younger children present were already feeling the joy of fishing.

Proceeds from the derby will be given to the Treven Anspach Memorial Scholarship.

The lake had been stocked heavily earlier in the week. According to the ODFW, 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked in Cooper Creek Reservoir for the derby. These fish were donated by Cole’s River Hatchery and Desert Springs Trout Hatchery. Cole’s River Hatchery also donated 500 trophy-sized rainbow trout (more than 16-inches) for the event.

The derby gave away hourly prizes this year instead of overall prizes as it did last year. Prizes were not just for the largest fish every hour, but the smallest as well. The youngest participants still had as much of a chance as the experienced anglers of going home with a prize.

Prizes were donated by Cabela’s and Bigfoot Beverages.

Fishing was best early in the event. Around 10 a.m., the sun was on the water ,and the bite continued, but it did slow significantly for many anglers. However, at least one family of three still pulled in about 10 sizable trout during the last two hours of the derby.

The largest fish of the derby was 18 ¼-inches and the smallest fish recorded was four inches. Most trout that were landed ranged between 12-inches to 16-inches. A number of smaller trout were also frequently caught by shore anglers using lighter gear.

The best results were had by anglers with boats that were slow trolling. PowerBait was a productive attractant for anglers whether they were on shore or on the water. Keep in mind that most of the fish being caught were not used to hunting their food, making the almost stationary and scented target of PowerBait particularly attractive.

Most hook-ups started with a sizable hit and ended with a landed trout. However, there were also some trout that built some suspense by nibbling more than biting. Occasionally fish were managing to shake free of the hook, but adults and children alike had success reeling in the trophy-sized rainbows.

David and Marie Cozine of Glide went home with nine trout in their bag. Two more trout that were a bit smaller that their average 15-inch trout were released by the Cozines. The Cozines also attended the First Trout 4 Treven Fish Derby. “As long as they’re doing it, we’ll be here,” stated David Cozine.

Humphreys said, “Organizing the event was a collaborative effort between the student councils at Oakland and Sutherlin High.”

Proceeds from the derby will be given to the Treven Anspach Memorial Scholarship.

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The Mainstream wins 11 awards in tumultuous year

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The Mainstream journalism staff broke its own record for awards with this year’s wins. The staff took home 11 awards topping the previous UCC record of nine awards for journalism.

These awards were earned for stories published from May 2105 to February 2016 in the state competition sponsored by the Oregon Newspapers Foundation. Annually, ONF runs the Collegiate Newspaper Contest, a competition for all college and university newspapers in Oregon.  UCC competes in Division 3, specifically for all state community colleges.

It’s hard to keep writing about something that affects you personally -Vaughn Kness

The Mainstream competes against community colleges with larger student bodies often with significantly more funding. “This year’s wins are exceptional, not only because of the level of competition, but also because of the many challenges we faced this year: our emergency communications related to Oct. 1, the dark topics we had to cover, being a liaison for students’ concerns all year, staff turnover, and a substantially increased workload with budget cuts. I couldn’t be prouder of this staff and what they accomplished together,” detailed Melinda Benton, The Mainstream adviser.

Design Editor Kayla Towers takes a selfie with other staff members.
Design Editor Kayla Towers takes a selfie with other staff members.

Awards were presented at the University of Oregon May 13, 2016, at the ONF Collegiate Day.  The Mainstream staff and adviser also presented a panel discussion on covering the events of Oct. 1 to state collegiate journalists and their advisers.

The past year has been tumultuous for the staff. “Stepping in to a role that I didn’t expect to be in after only writing for the paper for one term was very unusual,” recounts Alicia Graves, the current editor of The Mainstream. “We put out the first issue the first week back to school after Oct. 1; our previous editor had a very hard time and had to step down.   At the same time, we were trying to keep the family, The Mainstream family, from falling apart,” Graves said.

The Mainstream managing editor is Alicia Graves.
The Mainstream managing editor is Alicia Graves.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a year.  My health took an extreme turn and continues to be a constant struggle.  There are many heavy decisions that I have to make, often without the staff even knowing about them,” Graves confided. Graves functioned as both a student and a publication editor while she was trying to move on with her own life after Oct. 1.

Vaughn Kness, a senior reporter for The Mainstream added, “It’s hard to keep writing about something that affects you personally, and to have to keep revisiting that.”

Graves will continue working in journalism. “I plan on going to the UO for my bachelor’s and hopefully continue at UC Berkeley for my master’s. I would ultimately like to work for an entity like Time, National Geographic, or for the Center for Investigative Reporting,” Graves said.

For Graves, bringing public awareness to pertinent but underreported topics is a significant part of what makes journalism most rewarding for her. “There have been stories that we have reported on this year that have enacted change.  Hearing that we provided someone with information that they needed made everything worthwhile,” Graves stated.

Graves is motivated by her fellow staff. “Seeing the growth of the staff members I have been working with, seeing them get recognized for their efforts through recent awards is rewarding,” Graves said.

Vaughn Kness went home with four awards for his writing. Two of these awards were first place in state recognitions. “I have been writing since I was six or seven.  I’m still not as good at it as I should be. It’s a constant challenge to the mind.  To be able to create and use things to influence people and affect them has been something I have always enjoyed,” Kness said.

Vaughn Kness shows off all his awards. He won four for his stories.
Vaughn Kness shows off all his awards. He won four for his stories.

Kness had to considerably change his writing style when first reporting. “The first year I didn’t exactly know how to write for journalism. I was more used to writing in a creative style, in flowery language. I had to change my writing style to a journalism format,” Kness added.

However, Kness overcame this stylistic obstacle. “I chose topics that were close to me, movie reviews, art and poetry. As time went on, I then learned how to write for a newspaper by working on the format of lead sentences, transitions and removing the frou-frou language,” he continued.

Kness is particularly keen on writing more reviews for journalism.  “I have shot scenes. I have written scenes. When I can take that to the newspaper, that is really relaxing,” stated Kness.

Like Graves, Kness is also looking to continue journalism as a career. “I saw journalism as a form of writing that I could actually make money off of, as compared to other forms of writing,” said Kness. •

Collegiate Day Awards:

First Place for Best Sports Story- Dustin Barneburg
First Place for Best Writing-Vaughn Kness
First Place for Best Feature Story- Cassie Bauer
First Place for Best Editorial- Vaughn Kness

Second Place for Best News Story-Vaughn Kness
Second Place for Best Sports Photo- Amy Risinger
Second Place for Best Review- Vaughn Kness
Second Place for Best Editorial- The Mainstream (staff)

Third Place for Best Website- Casey Conemac
Third Place for Best Feature Story- Jacob Lebel
Third Place for Best Sports Photo- Hannah Hawkins

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