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Lightning strikes four times for title

The La Grande Lightning, a 16-and-under club softball team, made short work of the field at the Amateur Softball Association Gals Invitational in Caldwell, Idaho, winning all four games handily to claim the team title this past weekend.

After cruising past the Magic Valley Sooners 14-2 in four innings in the semifinals, the Lightning dusted off Meridian, Idaho, 12-3 in the championship to claim the title, ending the finale on a 10-0 run. The Lightning outscored their opponents 51-11 over the weekend.

Bike festival set for Anthony Lakes

With the rise of mountain biking in Eastern Oregon, a local ski area is looking to keep that trend growing.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort announced recently that it will hold its first-ever Mountain Bike Festival on the mountain on Aug. 2. 

The time is now to hit area wilderness

A common view in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which attracts visitors from all corners of the globe each year. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Warmer temperatures showcase beauty in Eagle Cap, Wallowa Mountains

JOSEPH — The dramatic views of the Hells Canyon and the Eagle Cap range of the Wallowa Mountains draw visitors each year from around the county and around the globe.

As the snow recedes and summer seasonal employees join the ranks of Joseph’s U.S. Forest Service staff, campgrounds and visitor sites are prepared for the summer season. 

Eastern looks to reignite rivalry

A rivalry decades in the making is set to resume this fall.

After the program was disbanded in 1977, the College of Idaho will kick off its first year of college football after the program was reinstated in 2012. With its location in Caldwell, Idaho, just over a two-hour drive away from La Grande, the proximity between the schools instantly makes it Eastern’s closest opponent in the Frontier Conference.

Rodeo in Joseph set to create competition amongst neighbors


Ten local ranchers will compete at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days weekend kicks off at 2:30 p.m., Friday with a horseback ride from the rodeo grounds to the east moraine and back through Joseph. 

The ride is followed by social hour at the Thunder room at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. 


Legends fall at home

La Grande second baseman Daniel Cribbs concentrates to make a successful bare-handed throw to first base during the third inning of La Grande’s loss Monday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande fails to consolidate momentum, loses to Corvallis

After winning the Saxon Tournament in Salem Sunday, the La Grande Legacy Legends were unable to maintain momentum Monday at Pioneer Park, losing 5-1 to Corvallis.

Both teams struggled offensively, as La Grande and Corvallis each got one hit in the first three innings. Eventually, Corvallis made the offensive breakthrough in the fourth inning. 

La Grande takes home title

The La Grande 14-and-under baseball team spent its Sunday at the Roaring Springs waterpark in the Boise, Idaho, area.

It was a well-deserved reward after a decisive weekend on the diamond.

Pilot spring Chinook fishery opens on lower Grande Ronde River

ENTERPRISE — For the first time in almost 40 years, anglers will have a chance to fish for spring Chinook on the Grande Ronde River this weekend.

Mountain bike festival planned at Anthony Lakes

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resorrt has scheduled its inaugural Mountain Bike Festival for Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Legacy Legends sputter against Corvallis

Legacy Legends lose to Corvallis at home following tournament win in Salem.

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