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Driving Defensively


Frequent bicyclist and recent La Grande High School graduate Cabe Baum rides his bike through downtown La Grande recently. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University student Courtney Millsap has been riding bicycles in La Grande since she got here five years ago.

It’s not always fun. “It’s terrifying to be on a bike in this town,” she said.



Driving away in style

By Katy Nesbitt, The Observer June 22, 2015 10:36 am
Baker County’s Brandon Clark placed first in the saddle bronc competition Saturday afternoon at the Mountain High Broncs and Bulls rodeo in Enterprise. Along with a purse of about $800, Clark also won a 1980 red Corvette.
— It took a red Corvette to bring Baker County saddle bronc rider Brandon Clark out of retirement.


Neighbors get garden ready for growing

By Cherise Kaechele, The Observer June 22, 2015 10:33 am
Men from Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility helped spruce up the Community Garden recently. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The temperatures are warming up, the bees are buzzing and the Community Garden is ready for those restricted by an apartment or small space to plant some fruits and vegetables.


Summer projects will keep Forest Service staff busy

By Alyssa Sutton June 22, 2015 10:20 am
BAKER CITY — The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest staff is making good use of summer weather to catch up on construction and maintenance projects. 


BRIEFLY: Wildflower ID hike offered Saturday

By Observer staff June 22, 2015 10:15 am

Blue Mountains Conservancy’s 2015 Heart of the Blues Outing and Lecture Series continues Saturday when botanist Susan Geer will lead a wildflower identification hike to Van Patten Lake in the Elkhorn Mountains. 

The trail is short but steep, with a total hiking distance of four miles.

Participants should bring food and water and wear hiking boots and clothing suitable for unpredictable mountain weather. Meet in front of the Conservancy office at 103 Depot St., La Grande (corner of Depot and Washington), at 9 a.m. to carpool or gather at the Van Patten trailhead at 10:30 a.m.

The Heart of the Blues Outing and Lecture Series will continue through the summer. For more information, call Sue Miller at 541-786-2665 or go to www.bluemountainsconservancy.org.


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