Undersea volcano may be erupting off Pacific Northwest coast

Undersea volcano may be erupting off Pacific Northwest coast
The chain is all that is visible of an ocean-bottom hydrophone buried in about six feet of new lava from an April 2011 eruption of Axial Seamount. (photo courtesy of Bill Chadwick and Bob Dziak of Oregon State University; copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

An active volcano located about 300 miles off the Pacific Northwest coastline may be erupting, geologists say.

Top 5 wildflower hikes in Columbia River Gorge

Top 5 wildflower hikes in Columbia River Gorge
This March 29, 2015, photo shows an unmarked trail at Memaloose Viewpoint that takes visitors among thick wildflower blooms at the top of Marsh Hill in Oregon. Blooms of wildflowers that arrive with spring provide a great reason to get outdoors, and few places in the Pacific Northwest offer better showcase than the eastern side of the Columbia River Gorge. (Zach Urness/Statesman-Journal via AP)

Blooms of wildflowers that arrive with spring provide a great reason to get outdoors, and few places in the Pacific Northwest offer a better showcase than the eastern side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids

Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids
Kurt Killgore of Killgore Adventures based in Whitebird, Idaho, pilots his jet boat up Granite Creek Rapids, the largest Snake River rapids in Hells Canyon. (Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review)

Hells Canyon might be God's best-kept hideaway if you're a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

Cape Lookout hike on Oregon coast ideal for whale watching

Cape Lookout hike on Oregon coast ideal for whale watching
In this March 20, 2015 photo, Jim Border, who volunteers to help members of the public spot whales during Spoken Here Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast, scans the horizon for signs of spouts from the tip of Cape Lookout, near Tillamook, Ore. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness)

One of the fun parts in having children is discovering the ways they reflect you, not just in eye color or the shape of their nose, but in the ways they interact with the world.

Salmon fishing off S. Oregon coast looks good for 2015

Salmon fishing off S. Oregon coast looks good for 2015
FILE - This undated file photo shows a chinook salmon fighting near Brookings, Ore. Anglers landed more ocean salmon last year out of Brookings than any of the state's other 10 salmon ports, and this years salmon seasons look nearly as good. (AP Photo/Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch)

Enough adult salmon are now finning off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coasts to give Brookings a good chance to repeat as Oregon's top port for boating chinook. But the ever-changing ocean currents have to do their part.

Cruising Oregon Coast beaches on a fat bike

Cruising Oregon Coast beaches on a fat bike
In this Feb. 10, 2015 photo, West Salem, Ore. resident Craig Wojcik rides his fat bike on the Oregon Coast beach in Lincoln City, Ore. between Taft and Road End State Park. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness)

It's difficult to say this, but there's a good chance my love of hiking Oregon Coast beaches is gone forever.

Forest Service issues decision on Oregon dunes, off-road use

Forest Service issues decision on Oregon dunes, off-road use
This photo taken in 2008 shows a mix of trails, beach and open sand which makes the Oregon Dunes a destination for off-road enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest. Most of the routes off-road users have cut through vegetated areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area will be closed under a decision from the U.S. Forest Service aimed at ending years of wrangling. (AP Photo/The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Andy Cripe)

Most of the routes off-road users have cut through vegetated areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area will be closed under a decision from the U.S. Forest Service aimed at ending years of wrangling.

High Desert bikeway brings sunshine into the rainy season

High Desert bikeway brings sunshine into the rainy season
David Davis rides the Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway, a 30 mile route in Central Oregon, which offers views of Mount Jefferson and other Cascade Mountain peaks on Jan. 19, 2015 in Central Oregon. While it does offer a higher percentage of sunshine-filled days, a freezing fog sometimes invades the valley. If the weather isn't clear and sunny, it's probably not worth getting on your bicycle. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness )

At these low winter moments, what's needed is an injection of sunshine. And for that elusive cure, I decided to head across the mountains to a little-known corner of Central Oregon and ride one of the state's best winter bike routes.

Anglers have hopes for banner winter steelhead run on Rogue

Anglers have hopes for banner winter steelhead run on Rogue
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2013, file photo, winter steelhead fisherman side drift on the Rogue River through Rogue Canyon near the Grave Creek Boat Ramp in Galice, Ore. Rogue anglers have plenty of reasons to suspect this year's winter steelhead run could be a banner occurrence. (AP Photo/The Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch, File)

Rogue anglers have plenty of reasons to suspect that early steelhead also means often, meaning this year's winter steelhead run could be a banner occurrence.

Winter is a special time to visit Oregon's Proxy Falls

Winter is a special time to visit Oregon's Proxy Falls
In this photo taken on Jan. 1, 2015, ice covers part of the Upper Proxy Falls, located near McKenzie Bridge, about 60 miles east of Eugene, Ore. The two waterfalls on this easy hike off McKenzie Pass Highway are among the most frequently photographed in Oregon and often draw a crowd on weekends during summer or autumn. Come back in winter, though, when the highway is closed to vehicles and the preferred mode of transportation is skis or snowshoes, and it's a far different experience. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness)

Take a hike on Proxy Falls Trail during summer or autumn, and there's a good chance you'll have company. Come back in winter, though, when the highway is closed to vehicles and the preferred mode of transportation is skis or snowshoes, and it's a far different experience.

Newly painted Ore. lighthouse almost ready for tours

Newly painted Ore. lighthouse almost ready for tours
FILE -- Yaquina Lighthouse in Newport

The Bureau of Land Management says the 95-foot-tall lighthouse has been surrounded by scaffolding and wrapping since mid-October as old paint was removed and a natural cement wash was applied.

Oregon Caves expansion expected to boost tourism

Oregon Caves expansion expected to boost tourism
FILE -- This Aug. 9, 2005 file photo shows Fran Mainella, then director of the National Park Service, looking at a feature of the Oregon Caves National Monument outside Cave Junction, Ore., highlighted with a flashlight by tour guide Chas Davis. (AP Photo by Jeff Barnard)

You won't see a different cave or a new chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument. But some are calling the expansion of the landmark, with legislation attached to a defense spending bill signed recently by President Obama, a monumental change.

Oregon's Horse Butte attracts winter mountain bikers

Oregon's Horse Butte attracts winter mountain bikers
In this Dec. 13, 2014 photo, Kent Benesch, of Bend, Ore., rides the Swamp Wells trail near Horse Butte east of Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Joe Kline)

Thanks to drier areas east and north of Bend, mountain biking is a year-round pursuit in Central Oregon.