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Legacy Legends sputter against Corvallis

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

Jonasson takes home first ever Dirty Poker Run

Runners descend into the first mud paths of the day at the Dirty Poker 5K run Saturday morning at the Mount Emily Recreation Area. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Heading into the inaugural Dirty Poker Run, organizers of the event were unsure of what to expect.

As it turned out, their expectations were exceeded with a solid gathering of running enthusiasts.

Imbler trio cap off high school careers with All-Star Game loss

Kyle Johnson throws a pass during the OACA 1A All-Star Game Saturday at EOU. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

The Oregon Athletic Coaches Association 1A All-Star Game at Eastern Oregon Saturday was a final opportunity for several recent standout graduates to cap off their careers with former high school teammates and foes. Unfortunately for Imbler’s Kyle Johnson, Cole Campbell and Riley Merrigan, the West walloped the East by a 43-6 margin.

As a quarterback for the East, Johnson scored the lone touchdown for the team, making a 2-yard run down the middle to cut the West’s lead to 20-6. Johnson said scoring gave him a sense of nostalgia after Imbler won last season’s 1A state championship.

Mills, Teeter move on

Jacey Teeter
Malia Mills
Malia Mills

Imbler duo keys 3-1 win at OACA 1A All-Star game Saturday

After playing volleyball together competitively for the past six years, Imbler’s Malia Mills and Jacey Teeter played their last game together for the East at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association 1A All-Star game at Eastern Oregon University Saturday. Under the direction of their former head coach Jennifer Teeter, the East won convincingly, 3-1. 

Griswold joins 1A Old Oregon League

The Griswold High School volleyball, boys basketball and girls basketball teams will experience new competition next season, as all three teams have left the Class 1A Big Sky League to join the 1A Old Oregon League.

Griswold Athletic Director Wayne Miller said he was asked to move the programs into new leagues after Cove and Imber were both forced to reclassify from 1A up to 2A next season. All other sports at Griswold will remain in the same leagues, as the football team will stay put in the Blue Mountain Conference, while all other sports will remain in their respective special districts.

Hulse has high hopes

Cove senior makes U.S. High Performance team

When Hannah Hulse tried out for the USA High Performance Volleyball teams, she was just hopeful to get a few looks from college coaches.

Instead, she earned a place amongst the top volleyball players in the country. 

A day in the life for a rescue worker

Never a dull moment for local animal rescuer

PENDLETON — The ringing of Lynn Tompkins’ cellphone often means her day is about to take a U-turn.

On Monday afternoon, the caller was a young man worried about an injured American white pelican he and his girlfriend spotted along Pendleton’s river walk. Could she come and rescue the bird and take it to her rehabilitation facility? 

Memorable day out on the water


Area fishing club instructs local youth the ropes of fishing 

It was an extremely rewarding day last Friday for the kids of the Grande Ronde Child Center, and it had little to do with how many fish they caught.

The Grande Ronde Fly Fishing club and the GRCC teamed for their annual joint venture of bringing kids from the center to Morgan Lake for an introduction to fly fishing.


Conservancy events highlight natural resources

Blue Mountains Conservancy offering free field trips, talks

The Blue Mountains Conservancy has announced its summer schedule of events, known as the Heart of the Blues series, that will include field trips and talks provided by local natural resource experts. 

Events are free, open to the public, and will highlight local plants, wildlife and historical sites within the Grande Ronde Valley. 

Search and rescue volunteers hone skills

Daarla Klages of the Wallowa County swift water rescue team dives into the Wallowa River during certification training at Minam State Park.

Three-day swift water rescue training covers all aspects of water safety, recovery  

MINAM — Wallowa County’s rivers from the Imnaha to the Snake draw thousands of visitors each year. For those who choose to recreate next to or in great bodies of water, safety is a must.

Every three years, Wallowa County Search and Rescue hosts a three-day certification for swift water rescue. This spring, eight team members, along with two search and rescue volunteers from Baker County, a Nez Perce Fisheries technician and a Winding Waters Rafting Expedition guide underwent a high intensity training led by Nate Ostis of Wilderness Rescue International.

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