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BRIEFLY: Kassel charged with attempted murder

Kassel charged with attempted murder

Scott Allen Kassel, who is accused of assaulting his grandparents with a knife on July 25, is now being held on $5 million bond and faces an attempted murder charge.

Kassel was initially arraigned for $500,000 and multiple charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and third-degree assault. Kassel’s list of charges now include one charge of first-degree assault, two charges of second-degree assault, three charges of third-degree assault and four charges of fourth-degree assault.

Kassel was arraigned Friday in the Union County Circuit Court. 

Kassel’s next court appearance will be Aug. 19.

The two victims, Susan and Harry Frashier, both in their 70s, received multiple lacerations. Both were transported to the hospital. Harry Frashier was released by July 26 but Susan Frashier sustained more serious injuries. She was released from the hospital last week.


Man transported by air for injuries

One single-vehicle rollover accident occurred on Friday night on Highway 203. The male driver and only occupant was flown by helicopter to Walla Walla, Wash., with unknown injuries.

A second injury accident was reported on Sunday night in Island City on West First Street. More information could not be obtained by press time.

Class of 1957 holds annual picnic 

The La Grande High School Class of 1957 will hold its annual catered picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverside Park pavilion. Cost is $15 per person. People should bring their own beer.

Free Money Matters class offered Tuesday 

A free Money Matters class will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast Oregon Housing Authority, 2608 May Lane. Participants will learn, among other things, how to track spending habits, prepare a spending plan to estimate monthly income and expenses, and identify ways to decrease spending and increase income. Spots must be reserved. To do so, call Di Lyn Larsen-Hill at 541-963-5360, ext. 32.

Head Start enrolling 3- and 4-year olds

Eastern Oregon Head Start is now enrolling eligible 3 and 4 year olds in La Grande, Elgin, Union and Baker City. For more information, call 541-962-3622.

Festival kicks off  with 26 yard sales

UNION — More than two dozen yard sales kick off the Union Grassroots Festival and Car Show Saturday. Yard sale maps are available at the post office and at the information booth in the park. 

The VFW Breakfast in the Park will start at 7 a.m. 

People are encouraged to stay in town for the whole day and enjoy the free live music, vendors, car show, kiddy carnival, National Guard events and lawn mower races, capped off by the family street dance Saturday evening.

VFW serves up breakfast in the park 

UNION — Veterans of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 in Union will hold a Grassroots Breakfast in the Park Saturday. This breakfast was formerly put on by the Union Fire Department. Breakfast of biscuits and gravy will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $6.

July was fourth warmest on record

Temperatures at La Grande averaged much warmer than normal during July.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, the average temperature was 75 degrees, which was 5.4 degrees above normal. This was the fourth warmest July on record. The warmest was 79 degrees in 2013.

High temperatures averaged 91.9 degrees, which was 6.5 degrees above normal. The highest was 101 degrees on July 29. 

Low temperatures averaged 58.1 degrees, which was 4.3 degrees above normal. The lowest was 47 degrees on July 24.

On 21 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. It was at least 100 degrees on one day.

Precipitation totaled 0.22 inches during July, which was 0.46 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on four days with the heaviest, 0.10 inches, reported on July 23.

The highest wind gust, 52 mph, occurred July 23.

The outlook for August from the Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande during August are 85.7 degrees, and normal lows are 52.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.85 inches.

Cove Booster Club meets Tuesday 

COVE — Cove Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove High School. Club members will discuss the Cherry Festival and start of the new year with new officers. For more information, call Amy at 541-571-2849.

Hiking writer to give talk in Baker City

BAKER CITY — William L. Sullivan, an Oregon author best known for his series of hiking guidebooks, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave, Baker City.

Sullivan’s talk is titled “Oregon for the Curious,” and is a travelogue of oddities around the state, including Ritter Hot Springs, the Hat Point Lookout and the Owyhee River’s Chalk Basin.

The show includes two short readings from his new short story collection, “The Oregon Variations.” This book features at least one story connected with each of Oregon’s 36 counties.

In addition to the hiking guides, Sullivan publishes a variety of both fiction and nonfiction titles.  He has published 18 books and numerous articles.

This summer, Sullivan and his wife, Janell, are spending time in Eastern Oregon to update some of the information in anticipation of a third edition of one of his guides, “100 Hikes in Eastern Oregon,” which includes many trails in the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountains.


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