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PREP BASKETBALL: Union keeps eyes on hardware

Bobcats move into fourth-place game with narrow victory against North Douglas

PENDLETON — The Union girls basketball team resumed its regularly scheduled programming after a loss to open the Class 2A state tournament.

 

PREP BASKETBALL: Rust remover

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La Grande’s Brandon Cederholm (middle) and his teammates are ready to shake off the rust against Yamhill-Carlton at 6 p.m. Saturday
The Tigers shake off the rust with two weeks in between games  

For the last two years, the La Grande High School boys basketball team made it to the sub-tournament games but got eliminated. This year, La Grande, is set more than ever to push past the competition and try once more for a state title. 

 

Eddy named ODFW regional manager of Eastern Oregon Region

In an effort to reduce costs, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is consolidating its regions from four to two, effective this week. The change puts Bruce Eddy of La Grande in charge of all ODFW offices east of the Cascades.

“We have a phenomenal staff around the state, but we are looking at reducing some administrative costs,” said Roger Fuhrman, director of the agency’s information and education.

 

BRUSH BEAT: ODFW issues clam permits

BRUSH BEAT: ODFW issues clam permits

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will award four coast-wide bay clam dive permits April 11, 2014 at ODFW headquarters in Salem.

“The commercial bay clam dive fishery in Oregon is limited to 15 permits –10 coast-wide permits and five south-coast permits,” said DeAnna Erickson, license service manager for ODFW. “If the number of permits falls below 15 we hold a lottery to bring the number back up to 15. Currently there are four coast-wide permits available.” 

 

Klondike derby delivers

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Scouts from troop 586 build a fire at the Klondike Derby. (EMILY QUEBBEMAN photo)

The annual Klondike Derby was a success with a medieval flair 

Water balloons and winter usually don’t mix, but for nine local scouting troops it was all part of the fun. Throw in sleds, jousting and catapults and the scouts’ winter wonderland kept getting better and better. 

The Klondike Derby is an annual scouting event that occurs late in the month of February.  

 

Elk health check

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Brian Dick, area manager with the U.S. Forest Service, checks over a cow elk as it moves through a state-of-the-art wildlife handling facility at the Starkey Project site. In a matter of minutes, the elk will go through a series of health checks, often getting ear tags and radio collars for ongoing research. Several hundred animals are handled at this site each winter. (JIM WARD photo)

Things are always buzzing up at the Starkey Project — a 40-square-mile wildlife research facility about 22 miles west of La Grande. In the spring, summer and fall, researchers fan out each morning to one of several ongoing and new projects throughout the study area. But, in winter, things really heat up. 

 

THE HARD FACTS: All we need Hackman on the bench

It’s not quite that feeling of Hickory versus the state of Indiana, but the Class 1A boys state basketball tournament in Baker City could certainly draw some comparisons to that mind set.

 

Union returns to state with a new look

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Union's Rebecca Sanders goes up for a shot against Oakland. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

UNION — A new look. A new coach. But the goal is the same — a Class 2A championship.

That’s what the Union girls basketball team will be chasing at the Pendleton Convention Center starting today against Western Mennonite at 6:30 p.m.

 

Tigers ready to shake off week old rust

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La Grande junior Auslin McDaniel-Perrin (43) and her teammates prepare for a Class 4A state play-in game against Central Friday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande will host Central in Class 4A play-in game

After a two-week break, the La Grande girls basketball team is ready to return to the court and make another postseason run. 

Last year, the Tigers took second in state, falling to Mazama, 53-43, in the Class 4A state championship game at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

 

Sibling Rivalry

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Jordan Pratt
  

Badger brothers try to match title won by Powder Valley in 2009 

Sibling rivalry has been around since the beginning of time. Thankfully, the battle in North Powder is nothing like Cain and Abel’s fight. 

Logan Allen, Marcus Pratt and Chace Dixon drugged their feet as long as they could, but the three seniors will finally make that return trip to Baker City for the Class 1A state basketball tournament Thursday. The Badgers will take on Ione at 8:15 p.m.  

 
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