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Oregon’s Mariota awarded Heisman

NEW YORK— Surprising absolutely no one, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the landslide winner of the 2014 Heisman Trophy announced Saturday night in Manhattan. His victory sets up an unusual matchup against 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston of Florida State in a College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl.

Fish & Wildlife Weekender for December

Despite the winter chill, Washingtonians have plenty of reasons to head outdoors during the holiday season. Steelhead are surging up coastal rivers, waterfowl hunting is in full swing, and birders are gearing up around the state for the annual Christmas Bird Count.

Grays Harbor Birds — Horned Grebe

The Horned Grebe is most often seen in our area in its winter plumage, shown here about to eat a shrimp, and photographed by Gregg Thompson. I wish I could show you the entire sequence of photos from when the shrimp is caught to becoming merely a bulge in the grebes’ neck. I have always been amazed at the things some of the water birds can swallow and this photo clearly demonstrates that ability.