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Imnaha River Chinook fishing to open for one weekend

ENTERPRISE — The Imnaha River will open for spring Chinook fishing on Saturday and Sunday under temporary rules announced today by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Errors plague Legacy Legends

The La Grande Legacy Legends reached the semifinals of the Walla Walla Tournament in Walla Walla, Wash., before losing to the hosts 10-5 and falling 6-3 to Bellevue, Wash., in the third place game.

Despite outhitting Walla Walla 13-6 in the semifinals, the Legends could not recover from seven costly defensive errors.

Lighting finish as champs in Boise

The Union County Lightning 10-and-under softball team emerged as champions at the Boise Blast/Idaho Sporting Goods Shootout tournament over the weekend, beating the Idaho Sliders twice to win the championship.

Yost with the most

Adele Nash, left, member the Marr Flat team, won the individual women’s break roping event. Nash was also named the top Cowgirl at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Yost family repeats as champions in Joseph

JOSEPH — Ranch chores turned into rodeo events at Saturday evening’s Countdown to Chief Joseph Days ranch rodeo. The Yost Ranch team repeated its 2012 victory, dominating the team events.

Prize money was distributed to the top two teams in each event and to the top four overall teams.

Scoring attention

La Grande attacking midfielder/forward Lewis Wright, right, defends center back Kale Weis, left, during Friday morning practice at La Grande Middle School. Both earned places in the Olympic Development Program. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande duo prove they are among the best players in the West

With the fall high school soccer season approaching, La Grande High School midfielder/forward Lewis Wright and center back Kale Weis have gained the experience of playing in one of the most competitive development programs in the U.S.

Lightning strikes four times for title

The La Grande Lightning, a 16-and-under club softball team, made short work of the field at the Amateur Softball Association Gals Invitational in Caldwell, Idaho, winning all four games handily to claim the team title this past weekend.

After cruising past the Magic Valley Sooners 14-2 in four innings in the semifinals, the Lightning dusted off Meridian, Idaho, 12-3 in the championship to claim the title, ending the finale on a 10-0 run. The Lightning outscored their opponents 51-11 over the weekend.

Bike festival set for Anthony Lakes

With the rise of mountain biking in Eastern Oregon, a local ski area is looking to keep that trend growing.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort announced recently that it will hold its first-ever Mountain Bike Festival on the mountain on Aug. 2. 

The time is now to hit area wilderness

A common view in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which attracts visitors from all corners of the globe each year. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Warmer temperatures showcase beauty in Eagle Cap, Wallowa Mountains

JOSEPH — The dramatic views of the Hells Canyon and the Eagle Cap range of the Wallowa Mountains draw visitors each year from around the county and around the globe.

As the snow recedes and summer seasonal employees join the ranks of Joseph’s U.S. Forest Service staff, campgrounds and visitor sites are prepared for the summer season. 

Eastern looks to reignite rivalry

A rivalry decades in the making is set to resume this fall.

After the program was disbanded in 1977, the College of Idaho will kick off its first year of college football after the program was reinstated in 2012. With its location in Caldwell, Idaho, just over a two-hour drive away from La Grande, the proximity between the schools instantly makes it Eastern’s closest opponent in the Frontier Conference.

Rodeo in Joseph set to create competition amongst neighbors


Ten local ranchers will compete at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days weekend kicks off at 2:30 p.m., Friday with a horseback ride from the rodeo grounds to the east moraine and back through Joseph. 

The ride is followed by social hour at the Thunder room at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. 


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