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Two nights down at the Chief Joseph Days PRCA Rodeo

Clayton Jon Bigelow of Clements, California, had the high score bareback ride with 82 points for the first two nights of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. (Katy Nesbitt, The Observer)
JOSEPH — The 70th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo got off to a rollicking start Wednesday night, highlighted by an 82-point bareback ride by Clayton Jon Bigelow of Clements, California.

La Grande ends state by taking third

This time, Bend South was able to hold on to its lead against La Grande after allowing a big comeback a few days earlier.

Backyard success

Tom Marshall, of Medford, takes aim at a target while group members watch at the Oregon Bow Hunters 3-D state championships July 19 at the Grande Ronde Bowmenís range on Mt. Emily. (Josh Benham, The Observer)
It had been so long since the La Grande area hosted a state tournament that most local archers couldn’t remember the last one. With the Oregon Bow Hunters state 3-D championships July 18 and 19, Grande Ronde Bowmen members were anxious to see how it was viewed by those around the state.

Appleseed Shoot on deck

Organizers are gearing up for the third annual La Grande Appleseed Shoot, set for Aug. 1 and 2 at the La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club Range. 

Hoodoo named in National Historic Register

The Hoodoo lookout tower on the Umatilla National Forest was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The forest plans to renovate the site. (Courtesy photo)
ENTERPRISE — A historic Wallowa County lookout tower was named among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Worth their weight

Christopher Herrera is among six local lifters set to compete in the Old School Powerlifting Championships July 25 in Ontario. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
Among the crew that La Grande strength coach Dino Herrera trains, there’s a mix of weightlifters who are relatively new to the competitive side, with others searching for a new way to stay in shape. Herrera is leading five of those pupils to a regional competition, plus himself, to see how they match up with the best of the immediate area.

Leaving the position, not the sport

Lin Casciato, left, and Kali Avila discuss strategy during a La Grande softball game in April. Casciato has stepped down from the Tigersí head coaching position. (Observer file photo)
In many ways, the crack of the bat, the ball kicking up chalk as it hits the foul line and the umpire calling an out are as much a part of Lin Casciato as the blood that pumps through his veins.

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. 

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