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Fiscal committee looks at raising revenue

The La Grande Fiscal Committee would rather work on the city's revenue than make cuts, the group indicated Monday night.

Progress made against Grizzly Complex fires

Growing Concern

Jon Wright, of Union, is a medical marijuana cardholder and grows for himself, his girlfriend, Chantel, and eight other people. He has about 50 plants in his backyard. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Jon Wright wants to ensure the other side of the medical marijuana story is told.

Officials optimistic about progress

Shane Greer, left, and Chris Barth examine a map of the Eagle Complex fires on Sunday. Greer is the incident commander for Rocky Mountain Team Black, an interagency team combating the fires. Barth is a public information officer for the fires. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
MEDICAL SPRINGS — A sense of relief could be detected in the voice of Shane Greer as he stood in front of about 20 people at a fire camp for the Eagle Complex blazes at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. 

Leads still elusive in Rogers case

Neli-Cristina Rogers, 27, is still missing after disappearing on June 20. La Grande Police Sgt. Jason Hays has spent the last two months following up on leads.

BRIEFLY: Forest Plan Revision meetings on hold

Given several wildfires across the Blue Mountains, the Forest Service and High Desert Partnership will postpone, until further notice, the announcement of additional public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision.

The supervisors of the Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla national forests have asked Forest Service personnel to continue to focus on the ongoing firefighting efforts to protect public and private lands. The Forest Service and partners will announce additional meetings via email, an updated news release and updates to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision. For more information, contact Peter Fargo at 541-523-1231, public affairs officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, U.S. Forest Service.

High wind advisory warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and Blowing Dust Advisory for high winds in parts of central and eastern Oregon, and sections of Washington.

AC work underway for kids back at school

Foreman Tim Hursh, left, looks over plans, while Shane Colton uses stilts to inspect the ceiling for future air conditioning systems and ducting on the second floor of La Grande High School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A 13-year tradition is ending for La Grande Middle School Principal Kyle McKinney.

Wallowa County fires continue growing

Crew members work on the engine of a firefighting helicopter stationed at Joseph State Airport on Thursday. (Chuck Anderson/For The Observer)
Two stubborn wildfires continue to burn in Wallowa County as firefighters anticipate cooler weather with the chance of rain over the weekend.

Burnout operations underway ahead of wind

Eagle Complex firefighting crews took a big step on Thursday in preparing for what is expected to be a stiff Saturday challenge.

BRIEFLY: Band raises funds with yard, bake sale

The La Grande High School band is holding a yard sale to help raise money for student activities. A wide variety of items as well as baked goods will be for sale. Yard sale items range from large to small with bag prices on clothing. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Union Wallowa Baker Federal Credit Union at 3 Depot St., La Grande.

Eagle Complex fires stable

Eagle Complex fires stable

The Eagle Complex fires, 10 miles east of Medical Springs, were stable on Wednesday.

Light winds propel Grizzly Bear Complex fires

Med Transport will be considered by commissioners (again)

Med Transport will go forward to the Union County Commissioners after the Ambulance Advisory Committee decided to stick to their initital decision they made in July.

Grizzly Bear Complex causes Grand Ronde River closures

VALE — Due to fire activity from the Grizzly Bear Complex in northern Wallowa County, boating on the Grand Ronde River is not recommended. The fire is close enough to the river to create serious risk to anyone attempting to boat, raft or otherwise utilize the river for recreation or other purposes. 

Smoky haze affecting students, athletes

Eastern Oregon University’s football team practices in smoky conditions recently at Community Stadium. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A smoky haze has settled over La Grande just as students prepare to return to school and athletes ramp up their training for the fall season. 

Mayor wants more focus on Union

Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dane Jensen arrives in Union from La Grande Tuesday afternoon. Jensen is one of the many deputies who patrols Union. Union Mayor Ken McCormack would like to see one or two deputies specifically assigned to the town. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
UNION — Union Mayor Ken McCormack wants the residents of his community to have a better chance to get to know some of the deputies of the Union County Sheriff’s Office on a first-name basis.

County still mulling opt out

The Union County Board of Commissioners will continue to take public comment on whether to opt out of the production and sale of medical and recreational marijuana and may pass the ordinance in a meeting on Sept. 2. 

BRIEFLY: LHS class of 1947 meets Thursday

The La Grande High School class of 1947 will meet at noon Thursday at the Dusty Spur.

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