Outdoors

Long-bill curlews moving in for spring nesting

The natural world is only slightly hindered by this weather as wild animals meet their designated places for the coming of spring.

Columnist: Spring a perfect time for learning to shoot

As I write this, outside my office the sun is shining, a few robins flit around the grass looking for worms that haven’t quite surfaced yet, there are some store-bought primroses on the table — and the wind is howling something fierce. Nevertheless, can spring be far away?

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Square dancers find love at Cowtown

Dan Lawyer was on the dance floor with a woman who wasn’t his wife. Betty Lawyer would usually lend her husband out for at least one dance a night. The women outnumber the men by so much at Cowtown Square Dance Center, she had to.

Columnist: Spring presents a variety of options for Valley athletes

With the warmer temperatures and longer days, one has the chance to revisit many outdoor activities that may have been put on hold during the cold, foggy winter months.

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Arctic weather isn't enough to deter Grand Canyon tourists

Potential for debilitating desert coldness was the baseline in preparations to raft the Colorado River through Arizona’s Grand Canyon during February.

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Exploring Summit Lake at Summer's End

A late-summer excursion to the Elkhorn Mountains and Summit Lake proves arduous, but worth the trek.

The Big Sink

A hike to the geologic anomaly is a mix of beautiful scenery, a variety of wildlife and some mysterious feelings.

I got the message when I lurched nose-first into a sticky spider web on the shade-darkened Sinks Trail:Perk up, dagnabbit!When I pulled at the gluey filament, a long-legged gray spider bustled across the back of my hand and fell from view like Batman swin

OUTDOORS - Animals galore found along Mill Creek

Tuesday of last week sizzled. Nora the Schnauzer and I left home at 6:17 p.m. for her daily outing.It usually takes an hour. Or two.This one took longer.Way longer.Let me set the scene.Normally in such heat we motor 10 minutes to Mill Creek, near Walla Wa

Jubilee Lake Kids Fishing Derby Sunday

The fishing derby is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free for ages 14 and under.

PENDLETON — The annual Kids Fishing Day at Jubilee Lake will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, and is open to kids 14 years old and younger. This year's event is sponsored by the Tri-State Steelheaders, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Umatilla

A 600-foot climb leads to stupendous views

WHEELER, Ore. — I won't pretend that Darlene and I actually planned a strategy for our visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument during the two hours that we spent driving from Burns to John Day.We accepted some limitations, however.We could vis