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Elk hunt of a lifetime

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Todd Erickson, left, of McMinnville took this elk in north Wallowa County in November. The bull's green score of 398 for non-typical antlers means it might be the third best in state history in its category. Erickson is shown with his son T.J., who accompanied him on the hunt. - Photo/JON WICK
Elk hunter Todd Erickson felt exhaustion in every ounce of his body as he crawled into his sleeping bag at 1 a.m. one day last month in north Wallowa County.

Erickson had reason to be drained. The McMinnville man had just completed two climbs — one up a steep canyon and another up the all-time state elk hunting list.


Of dams and dynamite

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This is how one of the buildings that was part of the old Union fish hatchery complex looked when the facility was operating from the early 1920s to 1937 - Photo courtesy of Jerry Gildemeister and from the Dick Bonney collection
The buildings stand quietly and inauspiciously today east of Union on Highway 203, housing Oregon State Parks equipment and facilities.

No obvious evidence exists indicating that the structures were once linked to a violent chapter in Union's history.

The tale begins in the early 1920s when the buildings were constructed for a new state fish hatchery. Trout were raised there and then stocked in area streams and high mountain lakes in the Wallowas.


Wildlife workers keep eye out for Avian Flu in Ladd Marsh birds

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Hunters who take birds at Ladd Marsh might find themselves stopped by wildlife officials who are sampling birds for avian flu. - Photo/ODFW
The WHO would be impressed with what is taking place at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.

No, not the legendary English rock band, but a Switzerland-based organization that marches to a more methodical but urgent beat — the World Health Organization.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are monitoring birds at Ladd Marsh and at waterfowl sites throughout the nation for avian flu.


Skiers eager for new groomer to work its magic

Looking for a ski area that offers improved trails and great conditions even during icy periods?

Look no farther than the Meacham Divide Ski Area.


Wetlands - not so wet for duck opener


First autumn turky hunt approaching


A legacy to remember


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