Wallowa facility has new steward

WALLOWA — A neglected U.S. Forest Service compound is coming alive again as local volunteers … Read more

SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Message will show God’s light cannot be blocked

Pastor Al Mortimer’s message, “In the Eclipses of Life,” will be based on John 1:3-5 … Read more

BRIEFLY: Mop up phase continues on fire

The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday afternoon in a news release that the 499-acre Bear … Read more

POLICE LOG: Aug. 18, 2017

La Grande Fire Department The La Grande Fire Department responded to seven calls for medical … Read more

The EOCenes bring bluegrass home

The EOCenes had its origins at Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University). All were … Read more

Police make arrest in car break-ins case

Police report at least two victims, possibly more

One suspected car prowler has been arrested, and the La Grande Police Department believes there … Read more

Mop-up phase continues for Bear Butte Fire

The 499-acre Bear Butte Fire in the Anthony Lakes area is now almost contained. The … Read more

UPDATED: ODFW confirms another depredation by Harl Butte Pack

Removal of wolves from Harl Butte Pack in early August didn’t change pack behavior

ENTERPRISE — Two more Harl Butte Pack wolves are targeted to be killed following the … Read more

West Nile virus, other mosquito-borne diseases are reminder to protect yourself during eclipse watching

New cases of West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have been discovered in mosquitoes … Read more

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

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