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Commissioners approve Mike Becker contract

Union County commissioners approved an agreement with Mike Becker General Contractor for a new courthouse Wednesday morning.

Police, DA say dispensary will cause crime to rise

The message to be taken from Monday night’s La Grande City Council work session is crime will rise with the new medical marijuana dispensary, and law enforcement does not have the resources or manpower to handle the increase.

Shelter asks for Joseph Annex

The Joseph Annex, above, is part of an alternative proposal sent to the county by the Shelter From the Storm board of directors. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The Shelter From the Storm board of directors sent Union County officials an alternate proposal on how to keep its organization afloat that involves using the footprint of the Joseph Annex as a permanent location.

Ranchers get chance to Hone their Monitoring Skills

Wallowa County ranchers attended a workshop co-sponsored by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association on rangeland monitoring along Little Sheep Creek outside of Joseph. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
JOSEPH — Ranchers are vitally dependent on grass during the grazing months. They track what grass is palatable to their livestock and how much they need to feed so many calf/cow pairs at a specific time of year. 

Marijuana dispensary break in

La Grande’s only medical marijuana dispensary, Green Apothecary, was reportedly broken into Wednesday morning, according to La Grande police.

Police Chief Brian Harvey said officers were dispatched to the dispensary at 3:23 a.m. and found the building had been forcibly entered but the suspect had departed. An investigation is under way, Harvey said, to determine if anything was taken.

BRIEFLY:Teens throw water at homeless woman

A homeless woman was doused with water thrown at her by three teenagers over the weekend.

Terri Sebastian, 57, had a bucket of water splashed over her Sunday night by the teens.

According to La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey, these teenagers were being malicious.

Sebastian was unharmed in the incident and is not prosecuting, Harvey said.

A Facebook post on the Union County Classified page posted three photos of the teenagers’ car, a silver Volkswagen Jetta, with one of the teenagers running back into the car after the incident.

The witness called the police and reported it.

EOU welcomes new students to campus this week

EOU photo by Laura Hancock / Incoming students participate in PlayFair activities as part of EOU's Week of Welcome. New Student Convocation, guest speakers and entertainment, outdoor events and more kick-off Sept. 24.
Eastern Oregon University students are going to start moving in on Wednesday.

Law enforcement voice concern over dispensaries

The message to be taken from Monday night's La Grande City Council work session is crime will rise with the new medical marijuana dispensary, and others that may come in, and law enforcement does not have the resources to adequately handle it.

Advisory commission’s duties questioned

A member of La Grande’s Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance Advisory Commission is questioning whether the commission has been given the authority to properly carry out its duties.

Finding La Grande’s past behind walls

Lisa Mangum, foreground, helps with restoration work at Liberty Theatre on Saturday morning. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Walls fell and intriguing questions arose this weekend at the old Liberty Theatre.

Court upholds Eviction of Shelter From the Storm

John Hibbert finishes writing out his placard before a protest Friday outside the courthouse. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Visiting Judge Jack Billings on Friday ordered Shelter From the Storm to vacate its advocacy center.

BRIEFLY: Shabulous Show features antiques

COVE — Sister Shic’s third annual Shabulous Show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at 68389 Kerns Loop, Cove. 

The event includes antiques, crafts and booths as well as a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a soup kitchen with a hot chocolate bar and scarecrows on parade.

Wolves injure dogs, kill sheep in Northeast Oregon

SALEM — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says wolves killed eight sheep and injured two flock protection dogs in Northeast Oregon.

Respiratory virus may have arrived in Oregon

BEND — Two children recently treated at an Oregon hospital may have been afflicted with a severe respiratory illness that has sickened kids in more than 20 states.

Commercial truck rolls on I-84 Saturday morning

An accident occurred early Saturday morning on I-84 westbound four miles east of La Grande.

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