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Streetscape work comes with concerns

The $1.5 million Phase II of the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project is funded through the cityís Urban Renewal program, which generates revenue from property taxes within the district. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Construction work to further improve La Grande’s downtown sidewalks will soon begin.

Cleanup day set for Saturday

La Grande and Island City will receive their most thorough spring cleanings since 2012 on Saturday.

BRIEFLY: Breakfast in park supports scholarship

Tickets are now available for the 73rd annual Soroptimist International of La Grande’s “Breakfast in the Park.” Set for May 31 at the Riverside Park Pavilion, this annual event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Union County Chamber of Commerce office or from any Soroptimist member. They will also be sold at the door. 

Net proceeds support a scholarship for a Union County resident in her or his senior year at Eastern Oregon University. For more information, contact Di Lyn Larsen-Hill at 541-963-5341.

Movie about Bells set to be made

The compelling and tragic story of Jadin Bell and his father Joe Bell is set to become a film.

New officer won't solve everything

La Grande Police Department Sergeant Gary Bell pulls over a car in a La Grande neighborhood for driving with studded tires on Friday afternoon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
At the La Grande Police Department, there was one more sworn officer than today — officers responded to fewer calls than they do today.

Lowe leaves big shoes to fill for his successor

Lee Lowe poses with the state championship trophies won by the Imbler football program during his time as head coach. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
Thirteen playoff appearances. Five trips to the state semifinals. Four to the championship game. Two state titles. One head coach.

EOU finalist pulls out of consideration

Eastern Oregon University’s field of presidential finalists is now down to three.

BRIEFLY: Cattlemen tour custom meat shop tonight

ELGIN — The Union County Cattlemen will meet at 6 p.m. today for a tour of Stafford’s Custom Meats in Elgin, 70761 Highway 82. For more information, call Bill White at 541-963-7920 or Pat Larson at 541-963-9387.

Family research center hosting discovery day

Terry and Kathy Thimmes examine a document at the La Grande Family History Center. Terry is the centerís volunteer director, and Kathy serves as a volunteer. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Anyone doing local genealogical research could probably list up to 50 reasons why the La Grande Family History Center is a valuable resource.

Leadership class beautifies Elgin park

The Ford Family Foundation leadership class gathered Saturday at the park they recently renovated to celebrate the completion of the 18-month project, as well as graduating from the class. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
A small group of Elgin residents chose to beautify a forgotten downtown park and had to go through some intense classes to get funding for it.

Town hall tackles curbing underage drinking in county

Parents need to be involved in their children’s lives. That was the overall message of Thursday’s town hall meeting regarding underage drinking in Union County.

BRIEFLY: Autism Society offers free workshop

The Autism Society of Oregon is hosting “Understanding and Responding to Your Child’s Unsafe Behaviors” May 16 at Southside of Heaven, 211 Fir St., La Grande.

The free workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Free child care will be available. To register for the workshop, go to www.eventbrite.com (click on “Discover events”) 
or call JulieKay Dudley at 541-562-6137. To register your child(ren) for care during the workshop, call Dudley at the above number.

Court strikes down big chunk of public-employee pension cuts

SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional, wiping out much of the savings lawmakers were aiming for and likely raising pension costs for state and local governments.

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