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Fisheries use dead steelhead in creeks

JOSEPH — Imitating nature is tried and true in the world of natural resource science.

The Native Americans taught early settlers to bury fish heads when planting corn, and fishermen throughout the ages cleaned their fish and returned the entrails to the stream. The nutrients left behind are just how nature would have it. 

Celebrating a historic milestone

The National Wilderness Preservation System, which was established by the Wilderness Act of 1964, turns 50 years old this year. As part of the celebration, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is introducing many opportunities for backcountry enthusiasts to honor the wilderness’ 50th anniversary. (Rochelle Danielson photo)

Wilderness Act turns 50 this year with plenty of events to mark the occasion

The Wilderness Act of 1964, which established the National Wilderness Preservation System, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

The United State Forest Service manages 440 wilderness areas and is hosting a variety of local events and celebrations in honor of the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

It’s all Good for Union/Cove in state semifinal road victory

Sarah Good singles up the middle in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday to drive in the winning runs. (JIM WELCH photo)

The Union/Cove softball team will have the opportunity to defend its OSAA 2A/1A state softball championship after winning a 6-4 thriller over North Douglas/Elkton in eight innings Tuesday.

With a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Cats nearly imploded, committing up two errors that allowed the hosts to tie the game up and force extra innings.

Best Tiger of all-time?

Tyson Wicklander forces out a baserunner at second base and prepares a throw to first to complete a double play for the Tigers during a home game against Baker/Powder Valley.

Wicklander graduates after starring in three sports 

For Tyson Wicklander, the physical cost of lettering as a varsity athlete all four years in three different sports at La Grande high school was a steep one. During his high school career, Wicklander has battled a litany of injuries and ailments, and each time that he’s pushed his body to its physical limit, he can’t help but keep pushing one step further. 

Union/Cove advances to state championship

The Union/Cove softball advanced to the OSAA 1A state championship game today with a 6-4 road victory over North Douglas/Elkton in eight innings.

After giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force the game into an extra inning, the Lady Cats avoided disaster scoring two runs in the top of the eighth inning, then holding the Warriors scoreless to clinch the victory.

No. 1 seed Weston-McEwen/Griswold suffered a 2-1 upset loss to No. 4 Bonanza in the other semifinal. As a result, the No. 3 Lady Cats will be the home team in the state championship game, which is currently set for a 1 p.m. first pitch in Corvallis. 

For the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer.

CLASS 4A BASEBALL: Tigers season comes to an end in blowout loss

The La Grande baseball team suffered a blowout loss to end the season, falling at North Marion 12-3 in the OSAA 4A quarterfinals.

CLASS 1A SOFTBALL: Union/Cove advances to semis

The Union/Cove softball team advanced to the semifinals of the OSAA Class 1A state tournament with a 5-0 win over Prospect Charter/Butte Falls.

Youth team wins title

La Grande 14-under team takes Meridian tournament

Even a step up in age groups did not deter the La Grande under-14 baseball team.

Last weekend La Grande went undefeated at the Memorial Day Invitational in Meridian, Idaho, with its 6-5 win in the bottom of the seventh against Meridian Youth Baseball in the championship game.

Wright can do no wrong

Union/Cove centerfielder Chelsea Houck successfully lays down the bunt that allowed shortstop Keesha Sarman to score the final run of the game in the sixth inning to beat Regis. The Lady Cats clinched the win as a result of the OSAA’s 10-run mercy rule. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Lady Cat sophomore goes 3-for-3 at the plate, throws a one-hitter to fuel opening round victory

Throughout each practice leading up to its playoff opener against Regis, Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips constantly emphasized the importance of scoring early runs to put immediate pressure on the opposition.

Kindra Moore responded, clubbing a two-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence, then over to score. The Lady Cats never looked back and remained in complete control of the entire game at home to win 10-0 in six innings Wednesday. 

Learning the right way to go fly fishing

Les Henderson, right, watches closely as expert fly fisherman Duane Thompson demonstrates some proper form for effective casting during a Grande Ronde Fly Fishers activity at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

With summer fast approaching, the Grande Ronde Fly Fishers comprise a club of men seeking to expand local interest in fly fishing.

On May 21, former national fly fishing champion and La Grande resident Duane Thompson held a tutorial at Pioneer Park on how to correctly cast, while also correcting common fly fishing mistakes.  

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