Weekly Newsish Roundup, December 1, 2016 – 7 News Stories in 10 Minutes and 10 Seconds!
Check out this the weekly Newsish Roundup for November 17 to 23, 2016!
In the news this week:
- You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!
- Elk Poacher On The Lam!
- Coffee With Will and Father Saji Thomas
- Upcoming Events
- Local Sports
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You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! Elgin Opera House Presents A Christmas Story
The holiday season has begun. The season of exorbitant Christmas lights on houses and trees. The season of Christmas tunes on every business playlist and radio station. The season of anxious present lists and really bad holiday sales to satisfy them. And, first and foremost, the season of everyone’s favorite love-hate Christmas movies. And for the next 3 weekends, Elgin opera house is going to be commemorating the season by taking one of these holiday favorites and converting it to the stage.
Now, if you didn’t catch that last slide, the show runs the first 3 weekends of December. Times and specific dates can be found on the Elgin Opera House website. Cost is 8 or 17 bucks plus having to sit through two and a half hours of that god-awful leg lamp through a different medium.
Elk Poacher On The Lam!
In other news, an elk poacher is on the lam after killing and de-antlering two bulls in Elgin last month. Two suspects in the crime have been detained, but one, Nathan Crouch, is still running from the cops. Now, for those of you who don’t know, poaching elk is essentially killing an elk for its antlers, which makes just about as much sense as throwing away a Happy Meal once you get the toy. And Elgin residents are not happy. According to the Observer, one Elgin resident wants to make a statement to the young people by putting the perpetrators away for a long, long time. This is not to be tolerated here, he said. So if you see this guy, Nathan Crouch, running around or have any information about his whereabouts, contact the Oregon State Police. And eat your happy meals, kids! If you want the prize, you’ve got to eat your fries!
Coffee With Will and Father Thomas
And speaking of being a good person, this week I got to sit down and talk to a Catholic priest. Specifically, father Saji Thomas, priest of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in LaGrande. And, I’ve got to say, for being a membe of the Carmelites, a Catholic order dedicated to Simplicity, quietude, and service, this guy had one impeccable sense of style.
Father Thomas is originally from India, and it’s not very often that I find someone like myself firmly rooted in the Christian tradition yet still interested in eastern spirituality.
Ultimately, father Thomas is here to listen and serve the community, he said. The conversation was pleasant as tea and the rest of it can be viewed on our Facebook page or on lagrandealive.tv.
So, what else is happening this week in the valley? Well, if you’d like to see some suits in Santa hats playing great music, head to the 25th Annual holiday music festival at EOU this Saturday and Sunday. According Go! magazine, more than 250 area performers will play this weekend. Events are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 3 o’clock on Sunday. Also, the Festival of trees start this weekend in Baker. Now, the Festival of trees isn’t just some Hippy Dippy tree-hugger Forest Circle in eastern Oregon. Actually, it’s a three-day extravaganza including a bizarre, a parade, Choir concerts and – – you guessed it! – – trees for sale. All proceeds go to the Baker City Hospital to purchase new endoscopic equipment. More information and the times for events are available in GO! Magazine’s spread either in print or online. Also in Baker, the 4-H Christmas bazaar will run Friday noon to 5:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds show Barn. Then Saturday the 4-H folk will hop skip their happy butts over to Union for the 4-H holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. So if Christmas and critters are your cup of tea, keep your eye out for the 4-H events this weekend in Union and the Baker County.
In sports, EOU beat the number one–one more time–the number one team Marian last week 17-0. Again, they not just beat but shut out the first-ranked team in the nation. Upon hearing about this event, I took the initiative to talk to Tim Camp, eight-year EOU head coach, about the season so far and what’s coming up this weekend for the game.
The rest of this interview is available on our Facebook page or lagrandealive.tv.
EOU men’s basketball also dunked their opponents this weekend, picking up two wins in the Idaho Domino’s Classic against Montana Western 100-84 and Rocky Mountain 80-76. The ladies didn’t quite hit it so hard, splitting two games in the Lady Yote Classic. THey lost to Montana Western 60-47 but won the next day against Rocky Mountain 68-54.
Also, the EOU volleyball team smacked their first three games against Coastal Georgia this weekend at nationals in Indiana, winning all three 28-26, 25-17, and 25-20. According to the EOU sports website, Makayla Lindburg spiked it with 15 kills and Amanda Miller with13. Then, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, the ball kept right on rolling right through Montana Tech Wednesday with another 3 game sweep 25-21, 25-22, and 25-13. And the damage? 45 kills, seven team blocks, hitting .280 with Lindburg and Miller sharing 12 kills apiece.
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