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WALLOWA LAKE — Out-of-towners from Idaho, Montana, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, California as well as many places in Oregon were evident over the weekend at Wallowa Lake State Park. Day use ar…

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LA GRANDE — The new Eastern Oregon University women’s lacrosse program added 12 more athletes to its roster, bringing the number of players in the first-year program to 13.

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LA GRANDE — When the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of race after race that cyclists Elijah Romer and Sean Lerner had planned to enter, the La Grande duo decided to improvise.

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BAKER CITY — After spending his fall under the Friday Night Lights, and his winter on the hardwood, Baker High School senior Spencer Shirtcliff was excited to find himself heading back to the …

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PENDLETON — My Tundra bounced up onto the old wood plank bridge. The dark planks rocked and popped beneath the weight. I was pushing the width limit. My hands, white-knuckled on the wheel, man…

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PENDLETON — It’s 1852. A few pioneers have staked claims in the Blue Mountains although most of the trains roll on to the Willamette Valley. The stars and stripes are flying now in this part o…

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Unified School District has hired Jorge Estrada as the new head football coach at McLoughlin High School for the 2020-21 school year, superintendent Aar…

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A bacterial illness has spread through Baker County’s biggest herd of bighorn sheep, but a state wildlife biologist said it won’t be clear until later this year how severe the death toll is li…

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UMATILLA — Two events in my treasure chest of childhood memories include the first trout brought flopping to my canvas creel and the summer afternoon a lop-ear Border collie mutt named Dagwood…

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KLAMATH FALLS — This week is May Day, the holiday on which people in the pre-television world grabbed brightly colored ribbons and danced in a circle around a pole. Normally, I humorize things…

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PENDLETON — Lane Maher has a routine he uses to train for his track and field season every year.

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PENDLETON — Two members of Heppner’s state-title winning football team and a standout that helped Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii to the state playoffs were among 20 scholar-athletes at the 2A-4A level —…

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PENDLETON — During these days of house arrest, I am lucky enough to telework in my basement “deer room,” yet maintaining sanity within the confines of my own property is largely left to sunny …

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When you’re serious about social distancing — as we all should be — it’s helpful to live where public land is measured in the millions of acres.

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PENDLETON — My friend, fellow writer and turkey hunter Troy Rodakowski, pointed up the hill at the spot where he figured the turkey was. We had just crossed the stream and were now trying to h…

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In the days leading up to Wednesday, the executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association, Peter Weber, began drafting a press release that he had never envisioned having to writ…

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YACHATS — It is late March on the Central Oregon Coast. The rock shelf below our rental condo echoes a hollow thump with each incoming wave. I sip coffee, peer at the crashing surf, and ponder…

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Brian Ratliff is investigating a medical mystery that threatens the future of Baker County’s biggest herd of bighorn sheep.