Weekly Newsish Roundup, September 29, 2016 – 5 News Stories in 5 Minutes and 46 Seconds!

Check out this the weekly Newsish Roundup for September 29 to October 5, 2016! In the news this week,

  • Back to School!
  • Climb for Charity
  • Upcoming Events
  • Local Sports

Back to School!
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School is back in-session at EOU, and instead of you listening to me ramble on about what could be exciting for the students, we decided to ask them instead.

As such, we’re going to do some back-to-school features next week. Check out LaGrandeAlive for an exclusive interview with Tom Insko, the EOU president, plus more on our local small-town University.

Climb For Charity 
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Also, do you know what climbing 40 flights of stairs in 70 lbs of gear feels like? Well, five of our local firefighters do. So here’s the scoop. Five firefighters from the La Grande department participated in the Portland “Stair Climb” just recently. Essentially they fundraise money ahead of time, head to the US Bank Tower in Portland, get all loaded up in full fire-gear, and climb. I scored an interview and this is why they do it.

All proceeds of the event go to treatment for Cystic Fibrosis. The firefighters fundraise for months before the event. This year they had a bake sale and various other little fundraisers. So next time you come to a flight of stairs, don’t complain: you’re not doing it in 70 lbs of fire fighting gear breathing oxygen through a ventilator mask.

Upcoming Events 
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Alright, what’s going on in La Grande? Well, a few things. Do you like quilting? Because the annual Quilting on the Dry “Shop Hop” is starting tomorrow the 29th . Essentially it’s a bunch of quilting stores in Northeast Oregon and Southeast washington that you can drop in, collect a free block for a quilt, get stamped and enter to win a brand new, bonafide Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine. For more info, go to their website. Also, there’s a wine and cheese train on October 1st in Elgin. It goes from 2 to 7pm will run through the area around Elgin while serving you wine and cheese from local vendors. It’s 70 bucks, which means that everyone but broke college students and the homeless can buy tickets online or through Alegre Travel. Also on October 1st the haunted house starts at the Maridell Center! Tune in next week for an in-depth look at the haunted experience themed “The Curse of the Mayan Tomb” running through all October.

Local Sports 
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In sports, it was another mixed-at-best weekend in the football world for the valley. Ontario trounced La Grande last Friday 34-20, stealing back the game after La Grande started off strong with a touchdown. But as the clock went down, Ontario’s score kept going up finishing with a 27-point streak to polish off their same-species rivals in their home stadium. And the rest of the valley wasn’t much better. Cove lost to Powder valley by a whopping 74 to 12. The Eastern Oregon University Mounties lost to Montana Tech 37-24, putting the Mounties now 2-2 after a strong season start. The sole bright spots in the otherwise cloudy weekend was Elgin winning against Riddle 72-48 and Union sneaking by Weston McEwen by a few small points 8-6. I would have liked to have been at that game right near the end.

That all being said, in volleyball the Mountaineers’ game has continued to spike. EOU is now 5 and 0 after bouncing past Multnomah on Saturday at home. The scores? 25-7 and then a pair of 25-14s. Prep volleyball was less encouraging: Cove lst to Echo and Powder valley both 3-0, Elgin lost to Grant Union and Griswold 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. But Union had the single success of the prep-football world, trumpeting Enterprise 3-0.

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