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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.

Tiger season still a success

La Grande makes OSAA playoffs for first time in four seasons

The La Grande baseball team fell just short of reaching one of its main goals of winning the Greater Oregon League after a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Baker/Powder Valley in the regular-season finale. Despite that however, the Tigers still surpassed pre-season expectations.


Bulls get last laugh

Cody Campbell, who was born in Summerville, scores a 68 during the first round of the Ed Miller Xtreme Bull Riding Event at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Thursday evening in Union. Campbell ended up in seventh place. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Weiser, Idaho, native only rider to make it eight seconds in the second round 

Cody Campbell did not put on the show he had hoped for, but it was still a pleasant homecoming for the cowboy.

The Summerville native placed seventh in the fifth annual Ed Miller Xtreme Bull Riding Event at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Thursday night in Union. 


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. 

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