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Union County Commissioners move opt out ordinance to second reading

The Union County Commissioners voted 2-1, with Commissioner Jack Howard in opposition, to pass the marijuana opt out ordinance to its second reading.

OLCC drafts Interim rules

SALEM — Marijuana growers producing for the recreational market would be required to pay $3,750 or $5,750 a year to maintain a state license under draft rules issued Friday.

OLCC drafts Interim rules

SALEM — Marijuana growers producing for the recreational market would be required to pay $3,750 or $5,750 a year to maintain a state license under draft rules issued Friday.

Three vying for county commissioner

It’s still more than a year away, but the November 2016 election season is already heating up.

Too many eligible students miss out on free meals

Justice Scull, left, waits in line for Barb Leathers to serve a hot lunch in the cafeteria in the La Grande Middle School on Thursday.
 PORTLAND — Roughly two-thirds of Oregon’s eligible low-income students don’t eat free or reduced-price breakfast at school, a new report shows.

OR3 makes appearance in Cascade Mountains, northern Klamath County

OR-3, a radio-collared wolf last located September 2011 near Prineville, has been relocated in the Cascade Mountains of northern Klamath County.  OR-3 is originally from the Imnaha Wolf Pack and was collared with a VHF radio collar in February 2010. He dispersed from the pack in May 2011.

La Grande Football LIVE Friday night

Watch La Grande High School football vs. Cascade LIVE Friday night at 7 p.m. at La Grande Alive TV.

Broadcast a production of La Grande Alive TV and Brent Clapp Media Services .


Seniors helping seniors

Complaint goes before ethics commission

La Grande resident Eddie Garcia believes that when it comes to elected officials, transparency is critical.

BRIEFLY: EOU professor will speak at museum

UNION —Eastern Oregon University Professor Linda Reed-Jerofke will speak at the Union County Museum Society’s annual meeting this evening. The event begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Little White Church, beside City Hall and across Main Street from the museum in Union.

Professor Reed-Jerofke will talk about the historic Camp Carson mining camp. The camp is located near Tanner Gulch, about 21 miles south of La Grande. Both gold rush speculators and Chinese miners mined the area.

The annual meeting also includes a brief recap of the season, election of the board of directors and approval of the 2016 budget.

Refreshments will follow the presentation and discussion. Admission for the event is free and everyone is invited, although membership is required to vote.

After a rewarding season, the museum closed Oct. 9 and will open again Mother’s Day 2016.

State halts investigation into wolf deaths in Wallowa County

PORTLAND — The Oregon State Police has suspended its investigation into the deaths of two wolves in Wallowa County.

Walden to hold medical research roundtable, promote local ag economy in Eastern Oregon

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, will be in Eastern Oregon Saturday to meet with disease and patient advocates about the 21st Century Cures Act, a major medical research bill passed by the U.S. House to accelerate the pace of cures for deadly diseases.

Courthouse construction nears completion

Anthony Simmons, right, helps install a section of drywall Tuesday morning inside the new courthouse. Gaven House, left, secures the other side while La Grande Drywall business owner John Crouch inspects the work. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The Union County Courthouse staff will be ringing in the new year in a brand-new building.

Offering a helping hand

Al “Alfie’’ Peterson has served as the manager and caretaker of the La Grande Mavericks Riding Club grounds since 1990. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Many items were sold during a silent and live auction last weekend at the La Grande Mavericks Riding Club grounds to benefit a man with one of the most generous hearts in the Grande Ronde Valley.

Group moves closer to goal

The grassroots group working toward limiting terms for commissioners is one step closer to its goal.

BRIEFLY: Students participate in ‘Fields of Faith’

Students from La Grande High School and surrounding schools in the Grande Ronde Valley will be joining thousands of youth on athletic fields across the nation this evening to share their Christian faith during the ninth annual “Fields of Faith” event. 

Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. 

Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to hear fellow students share their faith experiences.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the LHS JV football field. For more information contact Coach Billy Carroll at 541-786-3343 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

City of Union may opt out

The Union City Council will soon begin deciding whether it will ban the sale and production of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Mobile data terminals to aid with Union County Sheriff’s Office communications

Union County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Woodward works on a new mobile data terminal, which was donated by the Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Union County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles are being brought into the 21st century.

Local soldier steps into key 3rd Battalion slot

Maj. Seth Musgrove recently returned to the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard. Musgrove’s father also served in the 3rd Battalion. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)
When Maj. Seth Musgrove was a young man, he often dropped by his father’s office at the local armory.

FIRE UPDATE: Smoke from fires still visible

Smoke continues to be seen in a portion of the 12,763-acre Eagle Complex fires, 10 miles east of Medical Springs.

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