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Young dragster burns up the track

Nine-year-old Dylanie Petersohn has only been involved in drag racing for a few months but is quickly improving in the sport. She won her first race back in August and can already hit speeds too fast for the 8- and 9-year-old age group in her division. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
She won’t be able to get her driver’s license until 2022.

Sending a positive message

Justin Hernandez runs in the Drug Free Relay Saturday while pushing his 7-month-old son, Kingston, in a jogging stroller. Hernandez, a Union County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was one of about 70 people who participated in the Drug Free Relay at La Grande High School’s track. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
One look was all Justin Hernandez needed for a timely jolt of inspiration.

State decides to move forward on complaint

The Oregon Ethics Commission will move ahead with an investigation of Buffalo Peak Golf Course golf pro Scott Marcum in the wake of a complaint filed by Union County Commissioner Jack Howard.

BRIEFLY: Student symphony begins rehearsals

The Grande Ronde Student Symphony, also known as youth orchestra, will be tuning up with weekly rehearsals beginning Tuesday, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall on the Eastern Oregon University campus. The youth orchestra is under the direction of Music Director Roseanne Skinner.

InterMountain ESD still strong following pull out

The InterMountain Education Service District’s budget is about $2 million smaller than it was a year ago, but this will have no impact on the services it provides to Union County school districts.

Group plants a seed to secede from Oregon

It may sound like a tall task. It may even sound impossible, but some living in the rural areas of Eastern Oregon and Washington are fed up with the political power going to the western side of the states. The idea has been planted and a group has been formed to discuss the possibility of secession.

Personal mentorship

Matt Grishim, left, is one of Jeremy Arno’s new clients after recently being released from the Union County Jail. Grishim left the jail and met with Arno immediately outside to get some encouragement and the promise that if Grishim needed to talk to someone, Arno was available.
 Officials are hoping a new, personal touch at the Union County Jail can help inmates stay out of the facility for good.

Enterprise has three final candidates for police chief position

The City of Enterprise has announced three final candidates for the police chief position, according to a press release from City Administrator Michelle Young.

Elgin School District teachers settle on contract

The Elgin School Board ratified a new two-year contract for its teachers on Tuesday.

Union County Chamber's quarterly meeting Oct. 6

THe Union County Chamber of Commerce will be having their quarterly chamber meeting based around agriculture in Union County from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 

Ramp to be closed Oct. 7 at I-84 eastbound exit 259

Beginning Oct. 6, 2015, the ramp from I-84 eastbound Exit 259 to US30 will be closed between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The closure is necessary to allow crews to replace a sign on the ramp. 

Pot issue may go before voters in 2016

It is an unlikely scenario, but there is a chance that the Union County Board of Commissioners will let the county’s voters have the last word on a local hot button marijuana issue.

City exploring a possible gasoline tax

La Grande’s revenue raising options may be even more limited than the city’s ad hoc fiscal committee first realized.

Strong Showing

Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, meets with Enterprise High School students — from left, Stefany Christman and Tiffanie George —late Monday morning. Avakian toured Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa high schools to observe the status of their career technical education programs.
 ENTERPRISE — Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, periodically deals with state issues around which sparks of controversy fly.

Crews respond to fire near Hilgard State Park

Fire crews were called to a small blaze about three or four miles south of Hilgard State Park early this afternoon.

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