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School district targets publicity

The Cove School District is launching an effort to advertise its board meetings more thoroughly and improve the procedures it follows at meetings. 

BRIEFLY: Library shows movies to tweens and teens

Teen Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Cook Memorial Library. Teen Movie Nights are offered year-round and are always free and open to anyone in grades 6-12. Free popcorn and soda are provided. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. Call 541-962-1339, visit the library, or view its web and Facebook pages for current movie information and upcoming teen events.

High schools post strong graduation rates

Taylor Tandy, left, writes down notes as Becky Wilson instructs her 11th and 12th grade world literature class on Thursday at Imbler High School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Imbler High School and Wallowa High School officials learned Thursday that their schools are in elite company.

Local delegates ready for session

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, and Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, chat as the Oregon Senate convenes for the 2014 session in Salem. (The Associated Press file photo)
Northeast Oregon’s state delegates are gearing up for a busy legislative session, set to start Monday.

UPDATE: More than 80 animals seized

Dozens of animals were seized by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday in an alleged neglect case.

BRIEFLY: Nile Club meets Monday morning

The Union County Nile Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Golden Harvest Restaurant in La Grande.

Dozens of animals seized near Summerville

The Union County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday seized dozens of animals in an alleged animal neglect case near Summerville.

EOU announces winners of High School Songwriting Contest

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU)  Four young musicians from the region have been selected to receive cash awards in Eastern Oregon University’s High School Songwriting Contest.

Funding priorities: councilors express interest in funding another police officer

Police officer Matt Duncan writes down information on one of the 10 cases he’s currently working on while out on patrol in La Grande Tuesday afternoon. During the La Grande City Council’s annual retreat Monday, councilors expressed an interest in finding a way to fund another police officer. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande Police Department has dealt with a “status quo” budget for the past several years, meaning the department’s funding hasn’t changed. At the same time, they are dealing with more calls, said Lt. Derick Reddington.

ODFW set to move to Phase II

This May 25, 2014, photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows OR-26, a 100-pound adult male wolf trapped outside La Grande and fitted with a GPS tracking collar. (The Associated Press file photo)
ENTERPRISE — Oregon is moving to Phase II of its wolf recovery plan after wildlife biologists documented six breeding pairs in 2014, a big step toward delisting the species from the state’s endangered species list on the east side of the state.

Barreto, educators talk troublesome issues

State Rep. Greg Barreto, right, and La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze listen to input from educators and school board members at Willow Elementary Tuesday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
State Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, told a group of 
La Grande School District educators and representatives Tuesday he will work to reduce the layers of bureaucracy and overregulation they say are gumming up the wheels of the educational process.

BRIEFLY: Hells Canyon Road to reopen Friday

OXBOW — Idaho Power Co. plans to re-open Hells Canyon Road at 9 a.m. Friday, after partial removal of a rock slide that blocked the road north of Hells Canyon Park last week.

A single lane will be open, with flaggers on hand to guide vehicles through the slide area, Brad Bowlin, Idaho Power Co. spokesman, said in a press release. Travelers should expect delays and are urged to use extreme caution in the canyon, especially in the slide area, he said.

No one was injured in the slide, which happened Jan. 20 about three miles north of Hells Canyon Park on the Idaho side of the Snake River.

The slide was about 60 yards long and included numerous large boulders. Crews worked through the weekend to clear the road. Some of the boulders on the road were so large, they had to be blasted to make them small enough to remove, Bowlin said.

Hells Canyon Road will re-open Friday

Idaho Power plans to re-open Hells Canyon Road on Friday by 9 a.m.

ODFW moves to Phase II of its wolf plan

ENTERPRISE — Oregon is moving to Phase II of its wolf recovery plan after wildlife biologists documented six breeding pairs in 2014, a big step toward delisting the species from the state’s endangered species list on the east side of the state.

Forest Service issues final policy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday released its final policy for managing snowmobile and other “over-snow” vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers. Previously, managers had the discretion to decide whether to designate specific areas for over-snow vehicle use.


Oregon State Police troopers are asking for the public's help locating the driver of a semi-truck they believe may have been rear ended on I-5 shortly before1 a.m. near milepost 253. 

Searching for solutions to restore old structure

Much of the district’s old gym building has been well maintained, but this has not prevented time from taking its toll. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
It is a forgotten, fun and tumble-filled chapter from the Cove School District’s past. 

Food bank closes doors at church location

Cole Burge and Morgan Stuart help give out boxes for patrons at the Union Food Bank on Saturday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
It was a mix of emotions at the Union Food Bank on Saturday. 

Officer cleared of wrongdoing

PENDLETON — The wife of an Eastern Oregon businessman shot and killed by a small-town police officer has lost a federal civil rights lawsuit that sought $10.5 million in compensation.

BRIEFLY: Let bingo shake off the winter blahs

ENTERPRISE — The community is invited to join the fun at a series of Bingo Nights this winter at Cloverleaf Hall, located at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds, to be held the second and fourth Wednesday during January, February and March. Sponsored by the fair board members, this is a fundraiser for Wallowa County Fairground improvements. Play bingo between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and 25, and March 11 and 25. 

Call Sondra Lozier at 541-426-3229 for more information.

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