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Health district requests support

The Union County Board of Commissioners will be asked to support the expansion of the Elgin Health Clinic at Wednesday’s commissioner meeting.

BRIEFLY: RSVP for dementia support group meeting

Wildflower Lodge’s dementia support group will meet at noon Wednesday. 

The support group is open to everyone and a free lunch is provided. RSVP is appreciated. The topic of the meeting will be “The Differences and Advantages of Dementia Focused Care.” Call Wildflower Lodge at 541-663-1200 for more information or to reserve a seat.


OSP investigating early morning crash

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a Sunday morning fatal traffic crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 274, 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon. 

Turning trials into triumph

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Members of the “Get Away, Give Away” mission program explore and admire a home they recently built in Mexico. The group, with the help of locals, completed six homes for the needy during a spring break mission trip. (Courtesy photo)
First, an advance team digs and pours a concrete foundation. 

Supporters share stories for Joseph Branch

The Joseph Branch Rail with Trail project is still early in its planning process.

Daughter still hoping to find missing mom

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Carolyn DeFord was at loose ends emotionally the morning of Oct. 26, 1999, but she did not know why. 

BRIEFLY: Weigh in on the state budget this evening

The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee will kick off a series of public hearings on the state budget tonight at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Members of the committee will travel to La Grande on Friday and take public testimony from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gilbert Center, adjacent to Ackerman Hall. This is an opportunity for the public to provide testimony to the budget committee on priority issues. All are welcome to attend.

Field hearings will continue around the state throughout the month. For more information, contact University Advancement at 541-962-3740 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Stepping up to the podium

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La Grande High School teacher John Lamoreau and student Shelby Baker wait for a response from attorney Mark Zaid during a video Skype session last week. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande High School senior Jared Rogers admits he was on edge as he walked up to the front of his school’s audio visual auditorium recently for a face-to-face encounter with internationally known journalist and author Peter Maas. 

Citizen asked to cease, desist

The City of Elgin has delivered a cease and desist letter to a community member after the city claims he publicly and verbally attacked and made false claims against city employees.

BRIEFLY: LHS class of ’54 meets for lunch

The La Grande High School class of 1954 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Flying J truck stop.

La Grande house fire breaks out Tuesday morning

La Grande Fire Department firefighters responded to a house fire this morning at 1601 Seventh Street.

La Grande city council goes forward with marijuana regulations

The La Grande City Council gave City Planner Mike Boquist some starting points for the marijuana ordinance regulations at last night's work session.

BRIEFLY: UC Senior Center to hold pie auction

The Union County Senior Center will hold a pie auction fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. 

The senior center is located at 1504 N. Albany St. in La Grande. Call 541-963-7532 for more information.


Getting his due

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Chuck Corak referees a wrestling match in 1991. Corak served as a wrestling official for 28 years. He will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame May 2. (Chuck Corak photo)
Chuck Corak has dedicated more than four decades of his life to the sport of wrestling in Oregon as a coach, mentor and official. 

Wallowa County sixth-graders attend business fair

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Liza Jane McAlister tells a group of sixth graders about the 6 Ranch that she runs with her daughter Adele Nash and son James Nash (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County sixth-graders are going into advertising to promote local industry and business. 

Elgin looks to settle ‘08 suit

The City of Elgin hopes to soon close out an issue they’ve had for nearly seven years.

Project moves forward

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A broken heart frames a construction excavator in front of the old Shelter From the Storm Community Advocacy Center building Wednesday. Protesters from the former Save our Shelter group placed hearts and stuffed animals on the fence outside the demolition area to pay respect to domestic violence victims. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande City Council voted to vacate K Avenue and a portion of Fifth Street Wednesday night, which allows the Joseph Building to remain in use and will create 115 parking spaces for the county campus.

Police still working leads in 1995 La Grande murder

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La Grande Det. Sgt. Jason Hays looks over the case file in the death of Jama Harms. The case remains open as one of the La Grande Police Department’s most baffling cold cases. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Jama Harms was 19 and two months pregnant when she died from a severe head wound.

BRIEFLY: Community Easter dinner not served

Neighbor to Neighbor and the La Grande First Presbyterian Church have announced there will not be a community Easter dinner this year at the Presbyterian Friendship Center.

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