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Road construction continues in Wallowa Mountains

Forest Road 66 now free of snow and available for passenger vehicles

BAKER CITY — Construction continues on the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road connecting Wallowa and Baker counties through the Wallowa Mountains.

A 13-mile stretch of the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, also known as Forest Road 39, is under construction into the fall. The North Pine section under construction begins at the junction of Highway 86 and heads north for 13 miles on Forest Road 39 to the junction of Forest Road 66. This section of the road is closed through June 15. 

Taking the time to plant for wildlife

Conifers are a good choice for backyard plantings as they provide year-round cover. Rocky Mountain juniper is a multitask selection. It’s incredibly hardy, offers cover for roosting and nesting birds and provides blue berries relished by birds all year long. (JIM WARD photo)

Spring in Northeast Oregon is when green thumbs begin to twitch. Gardeners cruise the aisles of local nurseries, start sprinkling seed here and there, dreaming of scrumptious salads, corn-on-the-cob and rhubarb pies to come. Many spend a good deal of time tilling, fertilizing and watering their gardens.

AT A GLANCE: Countdown to Chief Joseph

Countdown to Chief Joseph

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days weekend kicks off at 2 p.m. June 27 with a horseback ride from the rodeo grounds to the east moraine and back through Joseph. 

Mile High Broncs and Bulls Pro Rodeo set for this weekend

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County’s kick-off rodeo of the summer is now the only rodeo in Oregon chosen for a national tour of bronc riders, which is set to start at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mike McBeth of Emmett, Idaho, 2013 Western States World Champion Bronc Rider is scheduled to appear along with at least eight national finals qualifiers.

Wallowa County native sons Lane Bailey and Cade Steen are signed up for bull riding. 

Spring Chinook fishing opens June 21 on Imnaha, Wallowa rivers

The Imnaha and Wallowa rivers in Northeast Oregon will open to hatchery spring Chinook fishing June 21.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Tennis lesson sign-ups open

Former La Grande High School tennis coach and University of Idaho player Tim Hoffnagle will host tennis lessons on Monday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at the La Grande High School tennis courts.

Bean brings his best for the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show

Even though Doug Bean largely performs in rodeos and stock shows for fun, it was tough to tell he wasn’t a professional over the weekend.

Spring Chinook fishery on Powder River

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release approximately 200 spring Chinook salmon into the Powder River to create a unique fishing opportunity.

LEGION BASEBALL: Legends rally for season-opening win

La Grande spotted Pendleton seven runs before getting to within one run, and a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning catapulted the Legacy Legends to a 11-10 come-from-behind victory Friday in their opening game of the American Legion season.

CLASS 2A/1A SOFTBALL: Union/Cove repeat as champs

The Union/Cove softball team won its second consecutive Class 2A/1A state championship Friday, squeaking past Bonanza, 2-1, in Corvallis.

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