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BREAKING: Pendleton crime lab may be up for closure

The future of the Eastern Oregon crime lab is up in the air.

Employees at the Oregon State Police's Pendleton crime lab were told Wednesday that the OSP is considering all options for its forensic labs — including closing the Pendleton location.


China Cap Fire mapped at 195 acres Wednesday

The wind shifted on the Hurricane Creek Fire Thursday afternoon. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
JOSEPH — The China Cap fire discovered July 29 in the Eagle Cap Wilderness was mapped at 195 acres Wednesday afternoon.

The fire is in rugged, steep country — too dangerous for ground crews. Nathan Goodrich, Wallowa-Whitman North Zone fire management officer, said McCall smokejumpers who jumped the fire Tuesday afternoon are directing helicopter drops and single engine air tanker retardant drops, taking weather observations and monitoring fire behavior.


LIVE STREAM: Watch the La Grande Town Hall meeting

A town hall about Shelter From the Storm and its future will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. If you can't make it, catch the town hall in its entirety here. Streaming is being done by Brent Clapp Media Services.

We also want to hear from you, so feel free to leave your comments during the town hall down below. 



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