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Archery 101

Island City Elementary School teacher Darren Hendrickson explains the workings of a compound bow to his fifth-grade class Wednesday. (PHIL BULLOCK/WesCom News Service)

Physical education to include the art of archery for fourth- and fifth-graders 

ISLAND CITY —  La Grande School District fourth- and fifth- grade physical education students will soon be learning a little about physics and a lot about one of the world’s most popular sports.

Holiday season stirs memory of European trip

The Austrian Benedictine Melk Abbey, left, features a wide winding staircase up to the public rooms, one of which is a museum made up of former smaller guest rooms that features a history of the evolution of the church. In St. Stephanís Cathedral in Vienna, right, was built in the Romanesque Gothic style with a massive south tower rising 445 feet.

Where has 2013 gone? It is December and we are already well into the holiday season. Last year at this time, Dale and I were partaking in the holiday merriment of Central Europe. I have previously told you of the sights, sounds and odors of the Christmas markets and those still linger in my thoughts as I prepare this year for our celebration here at home.

Brush Beat for December 6, 2013

Brush Beat

Union girl sets Oregon record

Kailee Smith of Union poses with her whitetail deer that set a new Oregon archery record.

Most 10 year olds prefer to watch Saturday morning cartoons, but Kailey Smith wasn’t like most kids her age. She would get up at 4:30 a.m. and go hunting with her uncle.

“She’s always had a passion for the outdoors,” Terry Blankenship said. “Kailey started off just taking pictures of the animals when she went out. She was always excited to go out to the woods.”

Fishing Report for November 29, 2013

Here is the weekly fishing report for selected areas in and around Southeast Oregon, provided by fisheries biologists for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Dove invasion

Gavin Young, from La Grande, admires a brace of Eurasian collared doves. Similar in taste to squab that is served in fine restaurants worldwide, the doves can now be hunted year-round and with no limit. Of course, itís more humane to harvest the birds in fall or winter when they are not raising young. (JIM WARD photo)

Northeast Oregon residents may not realize it, but aliens are lurking in their neighborhoods. They have beady-red eyes, dome-shaped heads and sharp claws. Even their name, Streptopelia decaocto, sounds like something from the roll call at Area 51. But, before you call Homeland Security, I’m simply referring to a rather benign little creature called the Eurasian collared dove.

Some Oregon deer, elk hunters face reporting penalty

MEDFORD — Nearly 34,000 hunters face a $25 penalty for failing to tell the state of Oregon how they did on their 2012 deer and elk hunts.

Fishing Report for November 22, 2013

Here is the weekly fishing report for selected areas in and around Southeast Oregon, provided by fisheries biologists for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Population Boom

Observer file The Zumwalt Prairie is home to 3,500 head of elk. The population has grown from 500 head of elk to the large number of today over 13 years.

The Nature Conservancy manages growing elk numbers on the Zumwalt Prairie 

ENTERPRISE — Over the last 13 years the elk population on the Zumwalt Prairie has ballooned from 500 head to 3,500. For the managers of The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, keeping elk in balance with the rest of the ecosystem is a multi-level task.

Fishing Report for November 15, 2013

Fishing Report for November 15, 2013

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