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Legore's challenge

The route leading to Legore Lake, while strenuous, offers spectacular views of the Eagle Cap Wilderness at all points along the trail. (Josh Benham, The Observer)
The old proverb states “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That accurately described a recent journey I tried to make to Legore Lake.

Low flows, high temperatures hamper fishing

Lostine Chinook salmon were in a hurry to get to cooler waters this year as they returned from the ocean. (Katy Nesbitt, The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — Despite what looked like a good spring Chinook run, salmon fishing in Wallowa County was a bust this year. Hampered by high water temperatures, the fish wouldn’t bite.

Union County rallies in districts

After winning the district tournament on the road at Baker City, the Union County 15U Babe Ruth All-Star team gets the luxury of playing the state tournament in its own back yard. 

Bringing home hardware

The Special Olympics Oregon Union County track and field team saw everyone medal at the Summer Games state tournament in Newberg Saturday and Sunday.
Last year’s Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games state championship was canceled after the first day due to thunder and lightning. With the weather holding up this year, the Special Olympics Oregon Union County team made up for the lost time.



Davis rides twice to win in Elgin

Dalton Davis posted scores of 85 and 72 points to win the bull riding at the Elgin Stampede. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
On a night at the Elgin Stampede when the bulls were good, Dalton Davis was better.

La Grande reigns supreme

La Grande’s Cole Shafer rounds third base on his way home during Wednesday’s 9-10-year-old district title game against Pendleton. (Josh Benham/The Observer)
Allowing three runs in a single game gives any team a great chance to win. But three runs in five games? That’s the definition of a team exerting its will over a tournament, and that’s precisely what La Grande did.

La Grande reigns supreme

La Grande’s Wyatt Earp delivers a pitch to the plate during Wednesday’s 11-12-year-old district title game against Hermiston. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
One big inning at the plate and a solid pitching performance powered La Grande to a second straight district title.

Mobile bleachers in LHS gym will be closed this fall

La Grande High School volleyball fans will have fewer seating options this fall — but still will have plenty of places to comfortably watch matches.

Archers aim for finale

Scott Wilson with the Grande Ronde Bowmen gets set to fire at a target during the Oregon Bowhunters State Field Archery Championships June 27 and 28. (Clayton Lowe photo)
Archers from the Grande Ronde Bowmen enjoyed a number of superb showings at the Oregon Bowhunters State Field Archery Championships June 27 and 28. It was the second leg of the OBH Triple Crown, which is a competition that tallies the points from three state championships.

Local troopers named ‘Team of the Year’ for field work

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division’s Enterprise/La Grande team was named 2014 “Team of the Year” for its efforts protecting Oregon’s citizens and natural resources. Left to right, the team is: Sr. Tpr. Brian Miller, Sr. Tpr. Mark Knapp, Sr. Tpr. Marcus McDowell, Sgt. Chris Hawkins, Sr. Tpr. Kris Davis and Sr. Tpr. Kreg Coggins. (Oregon State Police photo)
The Enterprise/La Grande team of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was recently recognized for its work in the field with the 2014 “Team of the Year” award.

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