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BRIEFLY: View management through liberal lens

View management through liberal lens

Laurie Yates, doctor of management, will discuss the value of integrating liberal arts education with business and other professions Thursday.

 

A piece of history

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John Lamoreau holds his recently purchased plaque, which honors Dr. William Francis Norman O’Loughlin, one of the heroes of the Titanic. The plaque will be added to his collection of at least 150 artifacts related to the Titanic. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

John Lamoreau, a noted collector of Titanic memorabilia, has a weighty new problem. It is a dilemma he is ecstatic to have.

Lamoreau’s long wait for a coveted artifact ended Sunday, when a crate containing a large bronze plaque honoring Dr. William Francis Norman O’Loughlin, one of the heroes of the Titanic, which sank in the Atlantic on April 15, 1912, arrived on his doorstep. The plaque is one Lamoreau and other Titanic collectors have been searching years for. 

 

Officials hopeful TRT will improve

Chamber director encouraged that negative trend in TRT revenue is reversing

Union County and La Grande officials say they are optimistic about the direction of transient room tax revenue and tourism for the region.

The county was one of only three in the state that showed decreases in TRT revenue from 2004 to 2011, but those working on boosting tourism say the past few years indicate a positive trend for the area. 

 

Hutchinson’s memories of Post 43 run deep

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Shorty Hutchinson reminisces over some photographs from his days in American Legion Post 43’s drum and bugle corps. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)

La Grande resident a member of Legion post since mid-1950s 

Shorty Hutchinson’s got the two gifts every successful car salesman needs: the gift of gab and a sense of humor.

Not long ago, Lonnie Myers, then-commander of American Legion Post 43 in La Grande, asked Hutchinson to a meeting to receive an award for 60 years of continuous membership.

 

When is it bullying?

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Nichole Kast and her son Kyler White leave La Grande Middle School. Kast has concerns that the school is not doing enough to address bullying. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Nichole Kast knows her son has had a rough day when he heads for his punching bag.La Grande middle schooler Kyler White has one in his room, Kast says. “You can hear him,” she says. “He’ll work out his aggression that way.”

Kast said Kyler’s problems extend past aggression, though. Last month, the 13-year-old seventh-grader was hit in the back by a 15-year-old student in what Kast considers an ongoing problem of bullying at LMS.

 

BRIEFLY: School district budget committee to meet

School district budget committee to meet

The La Grande School District’s budget committee will meet on Wednesday and on April 30. Both meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Willow Elementary School conference room.

 

 

BRIEFLY: Forest plan comment period extended

Forest plan comment period extended

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended by 60 days to Aug. 15. Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension for the public to have time to review the extensive document and submit comments.

 

EOU interim president named

Jay Kenton, the Oregon University System's vice chancellor of finance and administration, will soon be leading Eastern Oregon University.

 

Get out and find those eggs

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Looking for Easter egg hunts in the area? Here is a list of the hunts going on this weekend in Union and Wallowa counties...

 

Same party, different views

Business background meets public service background in Oregon House District 58 primary race 

They both have an “R” behind their names, but mountains separate John Turner and Greg Barreto.

The candidates would tell you their backgrounds separate them, too. 

 

La Grande medical marijuana moratorium fails — for now

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A gathering of citizens attended Wednesday's La Grande City Council meeting at city hall. The city council failed to enact a proposed, one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities Wednesday night, though discussion on the issue will continue. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

The La Grande City Council failed to enact a proposed, one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities Wednesday night, but discussion on the issue will continue.

The proposed moratorium would be in response to recently-passed Oregon House Bill 3460, which allows medical marijuana dispensaries. Another piece of state legislation, SB 1531, permits local jurisdictions to impose a one-year moratorium on those facilities.

 

1-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Union County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to place a one-year moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Union County.

The moratorium will apply only to unincorporated areas of Union County. Within incorporated areas only the city they are within can impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

Forest Plan comment period extended to Aug. 15

Baker City — The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended by 60 days; deadline for submitting comments is now Aug. 15, 2014.  Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension in order for the public to have time to review the extensive document and submit comments.

 

Sheriff's office believes they found remains of missing boater

The Wallowa County Sheriff's Office believes they may have recovered the remains of a boater who went missing following a March 21 boating accident on the Snake River near Hells Canyon Dam.
 

BRIEFLY: Sunrise Rotary offers Easter egg hunt

Sunrise Rotary offers Easter egg hunt

The La Grande Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Park. The event is for age groups 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 and is 
co-sponsored by The Observer. The Easter bunny is set to arrive at 9:45 a.m.

 
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