Bruce Eddy, the new manager of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Northeast Region, with Ben, his family’s Labrador. DICK MASON / The Observer
It is a well maintained yet humble, utilitarian-type building.
The one-story structure is the Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife’s Northeast Region office building in La Grande. The building
has not changed dramatically since 1994, the year biologist Bruce Eddy
took a position in La Grande as a fisheries supervisor.
Research at the Blue Mountain Wildlife Center in Pendleton is showing that nearly all raptors brought into the facility have lead in their systems. Many are suspected of picking up the lead when they feed on dead birds or squirrels, left by hunters, containing shot or bullet fragments. JIM WARD photo
Lead is bad stuff — if you’re talking about its affect on human
health that is. People have been suffering from the ill effects of lead
poisoning, likely, since it was first discovered. Historians/researchers
even suggest lead may have played a key role in the downfall of the
Roman Empire centuries ago. Lead pipes brought in water to the Roman
palaces, subjecting the hierarchy to its awful side effects. With lead’s
known effect on brain function, historians believe Rome’s financial and
military shortfalls, in its later years, were brought about by
incompetent (lead-poisoned) leaders.
This photo of Bill Brown was taken the 1990s. Brown continued to be active until late in life, taking his last wilderness horseback trip in 2004. Submitted photos
Craig Volosing of Spokane, a good friend of the late Bill Brown, knows the story well.
More than five decades ago Brown was immersed in political hot water.
Still, Brown carefully and cleverly refused to leap out even as the temperature approached the boiling point...
Robert Sweetgall of McCall, Idaho, demonstrates how to Nordic walk at a workshop in La Grande Friday. Sweetgall is the author or co-author of at least 17 books on health and wellness. CHRIS BAXTER / The Observer
Grab a pair of poles, use more muscles, put less stress on joints
whitetails are rarely found in deep forests or at mid- to high-elevation areas. JIM WARD photo
They are an all-season fixture in La Grande — the mule deer that lazily amble along and across the streets.
Occasionally, sharp-eyed drivers and pedestrians will see a
whitetailed deer in town. Never, however, anticipate seeing the
following — a whitetailed deer strolling across a street as if it does
not have a care in the world.
Jim Twisselman cuts deer meat at Union Market Tuesday. DICK MASON / The Observer
UNION — Hunters can be a paradoxical lot.
Many hunters spend months preparing for deer and elk seasons and then
days or weeks suffering through uncomfortable conditions before
harvesting their animal. Then they curiously neglect taking a few simple
steps to preserve the meat.
ADROIT AT DOWNHILL: Kendall Smith, a sophomore at Imbler High School, captured the Oregon Super D mountain bike racing series for the age 18 and under division. TERRY BLANKENSHIP photo
Summerville bicyclist wins prestigious race series
This new ODFW wildlife viewing site tool is linked with Google Maps. A descriptive bubble for each site provides information about the specific species of wildlife people can see.
ODFW Wildlife Viewing Map makes it simpler for Oregonians to answer the question, ‘Where can I go to see wildlife?’
Cecil Churchill, 2012 Oregon State ATA singles champion
ELGIN — Trapshooter Cecil Churchill brought home the 2012 Singles
Championship at the 84th annual Oregon State Shoot in Bend, making him
the fourth trapshooter from Elgin to earn a championship from the Oregon
State Amateur Trapshooting Association.
FRONTIER REVIVAL: James and De Leah Eavenson of Cascade, Idaho, were among 85 participants in the annual Labor Day Weekend rendezvous at the La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club. DICK MASON / The Observer
Black powder enthusiasts put muzzleloader, tomahawk and knife throwing skills to test at annual gathering west of Hilgard
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