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Power grip Used for a backhand thow for distance driving

Accuracy grip Used for backhand throws from mid to short range

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Gunner Nemechek, left, putts on the eighth hole of the Pendleton Rotary disc golf course while playing with a group of friends Monday at Pendleton Community Park.


Non-traditional sport welcomes all skill levels By ANNA WILLARD East Oregonian Rod Parker enjoyed playing a traditional round of golf until an injury from a car accident made the sport uncomfortable and less fun. “I could play, but when I got done I would have to go home and ice my shoulder,” Parker said. But during a trip to Madras for his grandson’s baseball tournament, he discovered the game of disc golf and knew that Pendleton needed a course of its own. “In between games, we would go play nine holes, and I found that disc golf didn’t hurt my shoulder,” he said. After some research Parker found that Walla Walla and Kennewick were the closest disc golf courses, and he knew he didn’t want to commute to those courses if he could get a course set up in Pendleton.

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Chris Adams throws out of the ruff off of the third hole while playing the Pendleton Rotary disc golf course in Pendleton. After approaching the Pendleton Parks and Recreation department, Parker was told the disc golf course could be built, but the city was not going to fund it. So money was rounded up through local sponsors and the Pendleton Rotary Club to build a disc golf course in Pendleton’s Community Park. Business and individuals could be course sponsors by contributing $1,000 or more or they could be hole

sponsors with a donation of $300. Donations were made monetarily and others were made with materials and labor, Parker said. “It has been about three years since we broke ground and every year we’ve added more to it,” said Jeff Hamilton, Pendleton Parks and Recreation department recreation supervisor. The original quote for the disc golf course was about

$13,000. Each “hole” has a basket, signs and concrete “tee” pads — similar to a traditional golf course, Parker said. A south course also has been constructed and is complete, except signs and some tee pads still need to be installed. The tee pads and signs should be installed by October. The entire project will end up costing around $30,000, Parker said. “It was all done by donation,” Hamilton said. “I work for the city, but I would go out after work and dig holes to set posts for the course.” Oregon has a total of 66 disc golf courses and there are 2,799 in the United States, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association. Besides the course in Pendleton there is only one other northeastern Oregon course, on the campus of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. There also are courses in Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities, Wash. The basic principles of disc golf are the same as those of the traditional game of golf: Get the disc in the basket with the lowest number of throws. Hamilton didn’t think he


Sidearm grip Used for sidearm/forehand throws, overhead throws and roller throws.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Kyle Gorbett, left, and Gunner Nemechek, right, watch as Grady Hinceman tees off over McKay Creek at the Pendleton Rotary disc golf course in Pendleton.




A glimpse of land sharks

Taking ‘TV’ out of ‘entertainment’

It takes a whole village to build a new bridge

“Land Sharks: a Sage Adair Historical Mystery,” by S.L. Stoner. © 2011, Yamhill Press. Softcover, 250 pages. Retail $14.95. and Sharks” is the second in a series of historical mystery novels featuring John Sagacity Adair, a wealthy restauranteur in early 20th-century Portland with a secret identity. As Sage Adair (and many other carefully crafted identities), and with the assistance of his mother, Mae Clemens, and Chinese laborer RENEE and menSTRUTHERStor Fong Kam Tong, HOGGE the workBooks ing men of Portland in 1902 have a champion in the fledgling labor movement. At the behest of the mysterious Vincent St. Alban, who leads their secret society, Sage is sent to investigate



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Above, the cover for “Land Sharks: a Sage Adair Historical Mystery.” the disappearance of two men who were working to unionize the plywood plant where they worked. Sage is plunged into the world of “crimps,” men who provide crews for the ships that move goods along the Columbia River and out to sea. Crews are not always easy to come by, and the



The wall began to etween 98 and 99 crack when we got a percent of AmerDVD player for our comican households puter in 2000. I was 9. have one or That day we rented and more TVs. watched “The Wizard of That’s the statistic I’ve Oz,” which I had never read most, anyway. The seen. The novelty of average American watching anywatches televithing on a screen sion five hours a in my own home day. That’s a lot of was, I suspect, TV. That’s a lot of something few of time being entermy generation tained by a can relate to: Not machine. many people My family is in thought in the that tiny sliver of year 2000 that a the population — BRYNNE movie in your livthe 1-2 percent of ing room could be HAUG the country — something new Youth without even one and exciting. television set. That was, you might At first, in my early childhood, being TV-free say, the beginning of the end. By 2002, when we was final. Full-stop. No moved to Pendleton, we sports, no shows, no watched movies on the movies. Screen time was computer once a week or for other people’s homes so. And my junior year and hotel rooms; of high school, I discov“Sesame Street” was a ered the beauty of special treat reserved for Christmases at Grandma’s. See TV/3C

I decided , in the wise ife in our neighwords of Scarlett O’Hara, borhood I would think about that underwent some tomorrow. dramatic changes In short, while work in December. We were warned. A new bridge was still needs to be done, there’s a new bridge. It being built on Southwest seems so strong and caQuinney Avenue. The pable. In addition, there’s project would take until a second road out late August. through the park. It will I was actually happy. be gated when the And, when I’m not work on the bridge bouncing over rutis complete, but ted gravel, I still Public Works Diam. Our cluster of rector Bob homes had only Patterson assures two options if a me it can be fire roared over opened for emerthe hills from Rigency traffic if eth. We could take needed. the paved road TERRY In addition, the over an aging MURRY crews that have bridge or we could worked on this Home front take the back bridge have been roads that go — wonderful. They’ve layou got it — toward Ribored hard to make eth. things run as smoothly as From our old bridge, possible. They’ve created you were up close and personal with the creek. I a structure that should last for generations. And confess I held my breath all the while, they are when the water was runready with a smile as I ning high and fast. My mind began to wonder — what if there was a flood? See BRIDGE/3C



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