Weekly Newsish Roundup, December 8, 2016 – 6 News Stories in 11 Minutes and 15 Seconds!
Check out this the weekly Newsish Roundup for December 8 to 14, 2016!
In the news this week:
- Powder Crazy: Anthony Lakes Opens
- Move Left and Do Right!
- Grande Film Reviews: Moana
- Upcoming Events
- Local Sports
- Around the Mountain (EOU Sports)
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Powder Crazy: Anthony Lakes Opens
Snow Sports can be a religion for some people around here. Every year, after pining away and saving all of their extra cash all summer, as soon as those hallowed wooden doors open and the lift creaks to a start, these devout flood in droves to to give their tithes and receive their annual season pass, hit the slopes every possible weekend at their Mecca, Anthony Lakes, rince and repeat until the season ends. But it’s not grace or bad potluck food that retains these snow worshippers, it’s the small close-knit community at the resort and the blissful experience of hitting the slopes that keeps them coming back year after year after year.
Anthony Lakes opens up this Friday for pass holders at 9 a.m. Then Saturday at 9 a.m., it will open up for the rest of us non-pass-holding folk. Season passes can be purchased at the resort or online at their website.
So board or skis, Bunny Hill or doing back flips over trees, head up to Anthony Lakes this weekend to enjoy all your snowsports right here in East ern Oregon.
Move Left and Do Right!
So, here’s a story for you: Last December Cindy and Jeff Martin are standing on the side of the road near Ladd Canyon doing a good deed — helping a trucker put on their chains — when suddenly, another massive truck slams into their car. The car slides quickly and hits Cindy straight on. Jeff has to jump out of the way to avoid injury. Cindy is severely injured. And this isn’t the only time this kind of thing has happened. This is just the story The Observer used this week in their story to highlight the danger the truckers are facing during this season of putting on their chains on the highway. And we thought it was a good enough message to repeat it, so here’s a fact for you: it is illegal not to pull over to the left lane if a police or tow truck is parked on the side of the road. Here’s another fact: it’s not illegal to not pull to the left when a truck is pulled over. But you know what it is? Common courtesy. Especially, also according to the Observer, when snow is built up on the road margins, forcing the trucker’s further out into the highway when changing their chains. So here’s La Grande alive weekly PSA: if you pass a trucker chaining up, slow down, merge left, and you’ll be doing right! For the full story, see the Observer’s Wednesday paper.
Grande Film Reviews
And now here’s our titular trio Jeannie, Josh, and Bridger to bring you this week’s Grande film review trailer on Moana, Disney’s most recent princess movie.
So what else is going on in the valley? Well, Aubrey Slaughter will be singing Christmas songs with other eou students for this year’s annual Lanetta Paul and Friends concert, this Saturday, 3 p.m., at the Legrand Methodist Church. Some of the song being sung, according to Go Magazine, will be “Rejoice and sing” and “What Child Is This?” And because it would be in bad taste for me to use Aubry’s last name in any sort of musical joke, I’m just going to end this story by just saying the concert is free but donations are accepted. But you know what joke isn’t off limits? A Christmas story is still playing at the Elgin opera house and Steve Hendrix, our sports director, was very excited after seeing our video last week!
Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for the matinee. And don’t worry. Steve’s a good-natured guy. He’ll probably only get slightly angry at me for posting that clip. He might shoot me with that BB gun, I don’t know. But speaking of performances, Becky Studio of Dance is hosting their “spreading the joy” holiday recital December 11th. All proceeds from this dance recital will go to helping her dancers buy dancing equipment. The concert will include, Jazz, ballet, tumbling, and acrobatics. Event is 6:30 p.m. at the La Grande High School and it’s tickets are 10 bucks for adults. And coming in first for this week’s oddest event, the Eastern Oregon Celtic Society is hosting a pipers gathering at 1pm on Saturday at The Old Meeting House in La Grande. No, this is not a celtic pot circle, millennials, pipers are a type of musician. Musicians that play pipes. A two dollar donation is appreciated both for using the building and being awesome enough to host a pipe gathering. I may or may not have added that last bit myself.
In sports, the La Grande boys and girls basketball teams had their first games this last week. The boys came home with an early Christmas present, but the girls went home with coal. The boys played Vale Saturday, winning 58-35, pulling ahead early in the game and never falling behind. THe girls, played Tuesday and, even though they came home with black on their hands, it wasn’t because they were bad by any stretch of the mind. The game was close right up to the end, going back and forth, back and forth before a late-fourth period loss of Lacy Miles to injury put them down and out by several points at the end of the game. Final score, 42-40. THe girls next game is against Vale January 3rd at home. The boys will travel to Baker City for their first game of 2017 on January 6th. Both games will be broadcast live on lagrandealive.tv.
Around the Mountain (EOU Sports)
And here’s our favorite EOU sporties, Evan and Chris, bringing you EOU sports with speed and smarts and class.
I’m Evan House, and I’m Chris Duarte of EOU Athletics
This is Around the Mountain in about 90 Seconds!
EOU VB was in SIOUX City, Iowa last week for nationals. The team won all three games in pool play to advance to the knockout rounds. In the round of 16, the Mounties defeated #12 OKC in straights sets, but lost in the 1/4 finals to No. 3 Hastings in 3 sets. The historic season finishes with a program-best 32 wins with seniors Makayla Lindburg, Rachelle Chamb, Kassy Tuma and Sierra Linke playing their finals games for the Blue and Gold.
The historic season for EOU football came to an end on Saturday with a heartbreaking, 45-41 loss in the FCS Semifinals coming to the hands of No. 2 Baker. The 2016 campaign was highlighted by a program record 10 wins, the team’s first NAIA Playoff appearance and a shutout upset victory over defending National Champion and then undefeated No. 1 Marian in the quarterfinals.
EOU WBB started off conference play this past weekend defeating COI 72-64. Darian Gasseling led the way dropping 22 points as she paced 3 Mountaineers that scored in double figures. The team heads to Walla Walla this Saturday for its second conf game. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.
In their first game of Cascade Conference play, the EOU men’s basketball team hosted No. 8 College of Idaho on Saturday. Despite playing a Top 10 opponent, the Mountaineers showed no fear, upsetting the Yotes 83-79 inside Quinn Coliseum. Bryan McGriff scored 27 points while grabbing 13 rebounds in route to being named Red Lion CCC Player of the Week.
The EOU men’s wrestling team took home 9th in the Battle of the Rockies Open this weekend. The Mounties had three placers, Matt Nguyen 3rd at 133, Jared Neiss 5th at 149 and Brandon Davidson 4th at 165.
That’s the latest news in EOU athletics, stay tuned next week, as we take you Around the Mountain in 90 seconds.
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