PHOTOS: A crowd in a buying mood shows up for Nakashima auction

Anitra Emery of Vale has a moment with auctioneer Roger Nakashima ahead of an auction to sell off his personal and business assets. He is facing life-ending cancer. A well-attended auction was held Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO - Back packs, shovels, hand carts and more were all up for grabs Saturday, Feb. 19, at the auction of the life's possessions of auctioneer Roger Nakashima.

Nakashima, who is facing life-ending cancer, wanted to close out his company, Snake River Auction, and clear a lot of his personal possessions. A team of auctioneers set to work in Girvin Hall at the Malheur County Fairgrounds and by day's end had emptied the building of every last item.

"It went exceptionally well," said Steve Hawkins, part of the . . .