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New Mexico man arrested after high speed chase

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man was arrested by Oregon State Police late this morning in north Baker County after a high speed chase that reportedly reached speeds of up to 125 mph.


Local sheriff's offices received suspicious mail

UPDATE (11:25 a.m.): In a statement released Tuesday morning by the FBI, the agency says it, the Oregon State Police and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working with affected Oregon counties to determine the origina and nature of a series of suspicious letters that began arriving in the mail Monday. 

"To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown NO toxic substance of any letter or in any envelope," the release states.

According to the FBI, there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.

The FBI  says there are approximately 20 known letters, all addressed to Oregon sheriffs or their offices. Law enforcement is collecting the letters and transporting them all to the FBI and/or the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for analysis.

No further information has been released. 


La Grande City Council to begin discussion on pre-sale ordinance

The La Grande City Council held a work session Monday night to talk about allowing the medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana beginning Oct. 1. 

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Neptune, a tanker plane company out of Montana, is using the La Grande/Union County airport to refuel its planes and reload more retardant to fight the Blue Creek Fire as well as the other fires in the area. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
While the Blue Creek Fire is not directly impacting Union County, it’s still very much affecting the area. The La Grande/Union County Airport is a huge asset to the crews currently fighting the blaze that’s about 85 miles away.

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