Imbler High School’s business students have no equals in the state at the class 1A level.
Imbler High Schoolâ€™s FBLA chapter, whose members are shown here, recently won its fourth straight state Class 1A title. - Submitted photo
This is what Oregon’s Future Business Leaders of America judges are saying — for the fourth straight year.
The judges awarded Imbler the school’s fourth straight class 1A state FBLA Chapter of the Year title earlier this month.
Things came up roses for the La Grande High School FBLA chapter at the state conference in Portland.
La Grande High FBLA members, from left, Jenna Montgomery, Caitlin Lipscomb, Kala Grover and Jacey Childs pose for a photo at the Rose Garden in Portland. - Submitted photo
In more ways than one.
First, the LHS chapter took care of business in impressive fashion on the competitive end. LHS had four top-five finishes at state.
Beat the streak.
Such words percolated in the minds of many class 2A chapter leaders at this year’s state Future Business Leaders of America conference in Portland.
Their best efforts, though, could not topple the FBLA juggernaut that is Elgin High School.
Elgin’s FBLA chapter emerged from the two-day conference on an ever higher pedestal. Elgin added another chapter to its story of unprecedented domination, winning its 13th straight title at the Class 2A level.
Robert F. Kennedy looked in disbelief at the forklift greeting him as he prepared to step off a plane at La Grande’s airport on May 22, 1968.
Robert F. Kennedy waves to onlookers while riding in a motorcade in La Grande on May 22, 1968.
The sight compelled Kennedy to quote one of the best known of Ireland’s playwrights.
“In the words of George Bernard Shaw, ‘There has got to be a better way.’ ’’
UNION — One section of the Union County Museum is devoted to an aspect of the town’s heritage that pre-dates wagon trains, cowboys and stagecoaches.
Historical pictures from Jerry Gildemeisterâ€™s collection provide a glimpse into the lifestyles of regional tribes (the photographers are unknown). The Grande Ronde Valley was known as â€śKup Kup-paâ€ť â€” the place of the cottonwoods â€” and provided a setting for fishing, food gathering, horse pasturing, socializing and diplomacy. - Historical photographs courtesy of Gildemeister Restored Heritage Collection
Miniature replicas of tule-mat teepes, photographs of fishers and fruit-gatherers — this is a tribute to other worldviews, other lifestyles, playing out in what once was called “Kup Kup-pa,” the “place of the cottonwoods.”
Not that it’s all consigned to the annals of the history.
After years of helping senior citizens and disabled adults in Union and Wallowa counties, Marty Falk recently decided to step down and take some time to enjoy her family.
FAREWELL gathering: Marty Falk, the retiring manager of three communities for seniors and disabled adults in Union County, shares some memories with Clover Glen resident Pat Asper during a party in Falkâ€™s honor March 7. - The Observer/Bill Rautenstrauch
In retirement, she plans to do some gardening, and some traveling with the her husband. And wherever she goes, she’ll take with her the memories of the many friends she’s made.
Richard Thew, the venerable mayor of Cove, presides over city council meetings with a laidback air.
DEEP COVE ROOTS: Richard Thew, a man of many hats, practices hymns with his wife, Kathy, at their Cove home. - The Observer/Ethan Schowalter-Hay
He’s likely to crack a joke during the proceedings with characteristic self-deprecation. When the issues demand it, he encourages lengthy discussion, valuing deliberation over rushed decision-making.
Such ease at City Hall isn’t all that surprising when one considers Thew’s been mayor for over two decades.
TOLLGATE — The next time you're driving in
a winter storm and find yourself feeling safe — or at least safer — on
highways that have been plowed, sanded, de-iced and groomed, don't take
your comfort for granted.
MIGHTY CLOUDS: Bill Ficken's snowblower sends a plume of snow off to the side of the Tollgate Highway. When the winds aren't favorable, snowblower operators often find themselves contending with whiteouts. - The Observer/Bill Rautenstrauch
Think about this: a lot of people put in a lot of grueling hours to make those roads passable.
State of the art robotic technology will
be offered to area patients and nursing students as part of a
partnership between Grande Ronde Hospital and St. Alphonsus Hospital in
Demonstrating Grande Ronde Hospital's new remote-presence robot, new mother Natasha Roba coos to her baby, Leonydis, from one room away. Besides consultations and training, an added benefit of the nearly real-time, two-way broadband connection will be the ability of local families to see those patients who have to be transferred to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. - Observer photos/CHRIS BAXTER
InTouch Technologies Inc. is the California robotics
technology company that designed the remote-presence robot, or RP-7,
which has been "on staff" at GRH since last summer.
UNION — By age 24, Robert H. Wells had
read nearly every book in the Union Carnegie library and held the
district track record for the high hurdles for two years.
Robert H. Wells, formerly of Union and now a resident of Los Angeles, recently published a two-volume set of remembrances of the Great Depression and World War II called "We All Have a Story to Tell." Wells solicited stories from a variety of relatives and friends, a number of whom also hail from Union. - Submitted photo
He had also spent 22 months in the Pacific Theater of World War II.