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BRIEFLY: Power outage hits La Grande Sunday

A breaker at the Cove Avenue Substation in La Grande opened up due to a broken pole near Sixth and K streets at 2:40 p.m. Sunday. This caused a power outage for 1,510 members in the southwest side of La Grande, including the Grande Ronde Hospital and Eastern Oregon University.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative crews were able to isolate the problem and restore power to all but 21 members at 3:55 p.m.  The remaining members had their power restored at 9:30 p.m. after the pole was replaced.


10 Things to Know for Monday, June 9

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Driver records second DUII in three days

The Oregon State Police arrested a commercial truck driver for driving under the influence of intoxicants and other traffic-related offenses Friday afternoon after receiving a complaint on Interstate 84 east of La Grande. 


BRIEFLY: Reserve police officer graduation set

Reserve police officer graduation set 

BAKER CITY — The graduation ceremony for the 2014 session of the Eastern Oregon Regional Reserve Police Officer Training Academy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers of Baker City Hall.




Minor crimes on the rise

Car prowls, thefts increase as weather warms up

Police are used to the number of car prowls increasing as summer arrives.

This year, though, the La Grande Police Department is investigating a string of thefts like one they haven’t seen in a while. 


EOLS royalty court forging bond together

The 2014 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Royal Court, from left, Marli Tracy-Mallory, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Shania Ryan and Brea Harris. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — A love for horses unites them, but the hard work and dedication needed to be part of the 2014 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show will forge a bond between them forever.

Shania Ryan, Brea Harris, Marli Tracy-Mallory and Stephanie Greenhalgh make up this year’s EOLS rodeo court. It has been a different kind of race for the girls since kickoff to fulfill their court responsibilities.


Shelter fight rages on

March co-organizer Sharon Evoy, right, leads protesters in chanting “find another spot” Wednesday. The rally was held to show county commissioners their disapproval of the decision to demolish the Shelter From the Storm advocacy center building. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Marchers hope county leaders will reconsider their shelter decision

The Union County Board of Commissioners may not have been in session, but residents hoped to send a strong message as they marched through La Grande Wednesday night.


Save Our Shelter group rallies at commissioner office

      More than 130 people took to the street Wednesday night to protest the demolition of the Shelter From the Storm Advocacy Center in order to site a new county courthouse on its footprint. 


Union County commissioner slated to testify for forest access bill

The Union County Board of Commissioners today joined commissioners from Wallowa County in voicing support for HR 4272, the Forest Access in Rural Communities Act.

The bill, proposed by Rep. Greg Walden, is scheduled to be discussed in a House Natural Resources Subcommitteee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation hearing Tuesday and is intended halt the travel management rule on national forests in the West. Union County Commissioner Steve McClure is slated to testify on the matter.


BRIEFLY: Retirement party set this afternoon

Retirement party set this afternoon

UNION — Longtime Buffalo Peak Green Superintendent Rich Goodrick has retired. A retirement party is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Buffalo Peak Clubhouse in Union to wish him well in his retirement.


Details remain to be sorted

Urban Renewal Agency unlikely to vote on grocery store project until July

There is still much work to be done before the La Grande Urban Renewal Agency makes a final decision on whether it will help fund a proposed grocery store downtown. 


State survey reveals PLC having positive impact

La Grande High School educators, clockwise from bottom left, Kevin Cahill, Shauna Hendrickson, Kristy Moore, Ryan Minor and Aislinn Becktold, look at and discuss the results of a statewide education survey. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Results show La Grande teachers feel they have time to collaborate with other educators 

The La Grande School District’s three-year-old Professional Learning Communities program is making a noteworthy impact on the opportunity for teachers to provide a higher quality of education. 


MacLeod: Shelter ‘biting the hand that feeds’

Former Shelter From the Storm board member and Union County commissioner Colleen MacLeod won’t be walking with shelter supporters during their rally Wednesday. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Former shelter board member, county commissioner says situation is out of hand 

As Shelter From the Storm supporters prepare to rally and march in support of the shelter Wednesday night, some Union County residents feel the situation between the county and shelter has gotten out of hand.

That is the case with Colleen MacLeod, a former Shelter From the Storm board member and county commissioner.


URA, grocery store agreement still in the works

There is still much work to be done before the La Grande Urban Renewal Agency makes a final decision on whether it will help fund a proposed grocery store downtown.

Market Place Family Foods has requested $500,000 in Urban Renewal funding to help get established at the corner of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue. The URA last month voted to allow District Manager Robert Strope to enter into negotiations with developer Al Adelsberger and grocer Troy Berglund, who are partnering in the venture.

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