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“Lay the fly on the water. Strip line out. That’s right. Now shake the rod tip.”

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PENDLETON — Angling for early season stream trout and hunting spring mushrooms are two activities I look forward to.

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The flowers selected for this week’s article display the colors of our flag — red, white and blue — and all three plants are native to the United States. All three are still blooming at middle…

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CHICAGO — Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon in which the subject effectively carries out actions directly opposed to his or her values, beliefs or ideas. Not quite an oxymoron…

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Once a teenager with wild dreams of becoming a fish biologist, I set my graduate school sights on studying the prehistoric and long-lived sturgeon that swim among the barge…

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WALLOWA LAKE — We rented a boat at the marina, Number 42, called Lucky. We appreciated the name more when we saw the monikers given to a few of the other boats: Flippy and Oopsi.

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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 — 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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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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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 — 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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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.