A panel of nationally renowned speakers drew a record crowd of 350 ranchers from across Oregon, Idaho and Washington to the fifth-annual Cattleman’s Workshop last Saturday in La Grande.
“This workshop has grown every year, but this is by far the largest crowd we’ve ever had,” said Ron Rowan, an organizer of the Cattleman’s Workshop who works as the marketing manager at Beef Northwest Feeders headquartered in North Powder.
UNION — Kymee Braseth made her mark at this year’s EOLS, the “Oldest Show in the Northwest.”
A JOB WELL DONE: 2008 EOLS President Ray McDaniel awards Queen Kymee Braseth a plaque commending her outstanding commitment. The Observer/AMBER GLAZE
Kymee, 18, won the title Queen of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show,
2008. She sold $28,312 worth of tickets — that’s 2,476 tickets. She
sold more than any other queen in the 101 years of Stock Show.
With two competitors, Kymee won all three court competitions: speech/performance, horsemanship and ticket sales.
Back when I was a college student and stayed up at all odd hours of the night, I caught part of a short, small budget documentary following a longtime family in the Appalachians.
Five new, officially-certified OSU Master Gardeners joined an elite
group of five other official Master Gardeners residing in Union County
during a graduation ceremony and celebration dinner at Stange Manor in
La Grande Nov. 7.
To officially be recognized by Oregon State University as Master
Gardeners, Union County students attended classes at the OSU Extension
Office in Island City, completed a final exam and performed 40 hours of
community service. Previous graduates who chose to continue in the
program were re-certified as Master Gardeners through their attendance
at a minimum of two classes this past year and performing 10 hours of
A family from Union County has been named Oregon’s Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year for 2008.
TREE FARMERS OF THE YEAR: Ted and Mary Brown and their family, who run Wisdom Creek Tree Farm near Union, won the 2008 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, presented by the Oregon Tree Farm System at a ceremony in Portland Monday. From left to right: U.S. Forest Service Deputy Regional Forester Cal Joyner, State Forester Marvin Brown, Ted Brown, Sandy Brown and Mary Brown. Submitted photo
The Oregon Tree Farm System on Monday recognized Ted and Mary Brown during a ceremony at the World Forestry Center in Portland.
Ted and Mary Brown purchased the Wisdom Creek Tree Farm in 1957 and expanded in 1978 to the farm’s current size of 756 acres.
Lisa Mahon grew up on an Ohio farm, surrounded by corn, wheat, soybeans and hogs.
BRAINSTORMING: Lisa Mahon, manager of the Union Soil and Water Conservation District, discusses a current landowner project with the districtâ€™s engineer, Layne Lindley. Mahon began her position last April. The Observer/ETHAN SCHOWALTER-HAY
That background comes in handy today, as she interfaces daily with
Northeast Oregon landowners concerned about the productivity and health
of their spreads.
And Mahon’s in a good position to assist them. In April, she became manager of the Union Soil and Water Conservation District.
Cove 4-H instructor Tammi DelCurto was recently named Union County
4-H Leader of the Year after heartfelt nominations from peers, parents
and club members.
DelCurto has led the Cove 4-H Livestock Club for some nine years,
and is also the secretary with the Union County 4-H Leaders Association
and coach of the Union County Livestock Judging Team.
|Identifying high school students in FFA is easy. Their trademark blue corduroy jackets are impossible to miss.
Members of La Grande High Schoolâ€™s FFA chapter examine a prickly lettuce plant. The students were responsible for identifying prickly lettuce and much more at a FFA recent weed, seed and crop identification contest. The LHS students shown are, from left, David Ridder, Blake Partney, Misha Sigurdson, Kelsey Johnson and Jake DeLong. The Observer/DICK MASON
Identifying seeds, crops and weeds is much harder, but in
La Grande it can be as easy as finding a student wearing an FFA jacket.
Velvet-flocked black cats with arched backs and yellow eyes. Jack-o-lanterns made of orange construction paper strips. Goofy loose-limbed skeletons with brass brad joints.
f you start today, your apple monsters will be dried just in time for Halloween. These freshly-made owl and eyebrow monsters have a couple days to go. - Photos/EDEN KRUGER
As much as I liked gluing cotton balls to construction paper for Santa Claus’ beard when I was a kid, my siblings and I reserved a special enthusiasm for the evening my parents pulled the Halloween box down from storage.
It may be fall but for the 4-H program we are thinking Green.
THE 4-H EXPERIENCE: Brittanie Crook, a 4-H sewing member, works on a project. Her experiences with sewing in 4-H will serve her well studying apparel design at Oregon State University. Submitted photo
October marks the beginning of a new 4-H year. We officially started
the season by celebrating National 4-H Week (Oct. 5–11) with the coming
year’s theme, Keeping It Green.
In keeping with the theme, 4-H members across the United States will
begin making plans to help raise awareness about environmental issues
and will initiate projects to make a positive difference in their
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