Day camp encourages creativity

Campers honed cooking and gardening skills

JOSEPH — On an early August afternoon outside The Place, the community center next to … Read more

Few rooms remain vacant

Hotels, RV spaces mostly full ahead of eclipse

If you’re calling accommodations providers in La Grande trying to make a reservation for this … Read more

Union to seek levy for library

Residents will vote on option levy on Nov. 7 ballot

UNION — The short-term financial future of the Union Carnegie Library may soon be as … Read more

ODOT braces for influx of travelers for eclipse

While the Oregon Department of Transportation doesn’t know exactly how many travelers will be on … Read more

BRIEFLY: GRH Hospice earns recognition

Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice has been recognized at the national level for superior performance. GRH … Read more

LHS alumnus finds fame on Facebook

For one former La Grande High School gridiron star, Facebook, rather than football, has proven … Read more

Union voters to decide on library levy

Union voters will have a chance in November to provide their public library with a … Read more

Family says father was not forgotten

Elbert Hempel’s cremains were taken to Portland without knowledge, family says

Brian Hempel, of La Grande, received a shock a week ago that has left him … Read more

Deputy reaches out to child in Georgia

Union County Deputy Dane Jensen treasured his collection of 21 police patches, but he treasured … Read more

No bag limit at Thief Valley Reservoir due to dry conditions

The no bag limit will begin Aug. 16

NORTHEAST, Ore. — Dry conditions in Eastern Oregon and declining water levels in Thief Valley … Read more

New fires reported across Umatilla National Forest

Nelson Fire burning 25 miles southwest of La Grande

PENDLETON — Several new fires were detected across the Umatilla National Forest Monday as cloudy … Read more

Keller brings wealth of wisdom

Interim fire chief brings knowledge to fire department

La Grande’s new interim fire chief has come a long way since he started out … Read more

DJ always looks forward to Grassroots

On Saturday, crowds of people lined the streets and city park in Union for the … Read more

BRIEFLY: Cove man hurt in motorcycle-elk crash

A Cove man was injured in motorcycle accident Sunday night in southwest Union County. Andrew … Read more

OBITS: Aug. 14, 2017

McGlasson, Walker

Betty J. McGlasson Formerly of La Grande Betty J. McGlasson, 106, of Salem and formerly … Read more

POLICE LOG: Aug. 14, 2017

La Grande Police Department Accident: A non-injury accident was reported at 408 Adams Avenue in … Read more

Water users vote to form district

State-regulated organization will seek funds to fix aging dam

ENTERPRISE — The formation of the Wallowa Lake Irrigation District is paving the way for … Read more

Teeter requests amendment to release deal

An 18-year-old Imbler teen who has been charged with multiple counts of sex abuse went … Read more

Sunset Drive fire guts house

Family displaced after Thursday blaze starts in garage

One family has lost its house and most of its possessions after a fire ravaged … Read more

Small city pops up to aid crews

About 500 people stationed at Bear Butte Fire camp

NORTH POWDER — Just six months ago, the meadow at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area was … Read more

UCEDC quiet about case

Embezzlement of county economic development funds went on for 2 years

An employee of the county’s economic development agency embezzled more than $21,000 over a two-year … Read more

SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Landmark Baptist Church meets at 2 p.m.

The Sunday afternoon service at the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in La Grande will … Read more

Faith Lutheran Church sends team of nine people to Haiti

The Book of Acts provides an account of the first-century church. There were hardships with … Read more

County, city enact burn ban

The Union County Fire Defense Board wants to be safe rather than sorry and will … Read more

BRIEFLY: CHD warns of unhealthy air quality in valley

The Center for Human Development Public Health is urging community members in the Grande Ronde … Read more

POLICE LOG: Aug. 11, 2017

La Grande Police Department Arrested: Richard Alan Perry, 52, La Grande, was cited in lieu … Read more

Hot, hazy conditions to continue in Grande Ronde Valley

The hazy, hot conditions the Grande Ronde Valley is experiencing are expected to persist for … Read more

National forests bump up public use restrictions

Beginning Friday, the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests will move into Phase C public use … Read more

CHD issues air quality alert

Due to wildfire smoke, the air quality readings Thursday for the La Grande area are … Read more

Elgin woman addresses city council

Cherrie Swisher tells council $11 trash fee is too high for some city residents

ELGIN — During the public comment session at Tuesday’s City Council meeting in Elgin, resident … Read more

Renters face limited options

Tight rental market in Wallowa County good for landowners

ENTERPRISE — Some of Northeast Oregon’s small towns face big city problems. A lack of … Read more

Community center installs a new floor

Benefactor’s funds used to refloor Elgin Community Center

ELGIN — The Friends of the Elgin Community Center contracted with Next Step Carpet LLC … Read more

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