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Agency OK's grocery store agreement changes

The La Grande Urban Renewal Agency approved, on a 5-2 vote, amendments to its agreement with owners of a proposed downtown grocery store in a special session Wednesday night.

Reforming lives: Oregon Youth Authority’s Riverbend facility trains, certifies firefighters


  A column of smoke billowed through the trees, visible from Interstate 84.

Union mulls zoning request

UNION — The Union City Council is giving serious consideration to an expansion request, one that could shape the economic future of Union County.

Warm winter coming to an end

Jake Post, 2, enjoys the warm spring-like temperatures Tuesday at Birnie Park in La Grande. The temperature was 66 degrees, and sunny and many people were out enjoying it while it lasted. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
CORVALLIS — If it seemed like Oregon has had a lot of unseasonably warm days this winter,  
it’s because it has. 

BRIEFLY: Watercolor workshop focuses on rock-work

Beginning and intermediate painters are offered a new watercolor workshop taught by well-known artist Jan Clark Saturday at the Art Center at the Old Library. Students will complete a painting of “The Old Stone Church” during the class, which will run from        9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The class will teach students how to make dynamic rock-work in sun and shade and how to choose their palette. The cost for the class is $45, or $40 for Art Center members. 

Register at www.artcenterlagrande.org, call 541-624-2800 or stop in the Art Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

La Grande man celebrates 100 years

 Alfred Johnson was born about the time the Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup.

Getting on his soap box: Former Enterprise teacher Ron Osterloh hopes to get a new soap box derby

Ron Osterloh, right, examines his soap box derby car, the Flashback Express. Matt Sirrine of La Grande, who is helping Osterloh organize a soap box derby here, is also examining the Flashback Express. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The power of gravity is a wonderful and sometimes mysterious thing.

Union appeals 2014 DEQ fine

The City of Union is appealing a fine levied by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a small amount of chlorine released into Catherine Creek in 2014.

BRIEFLY: NEOEDD board meets Thursday afternoon

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Misener Room of the Union County Courthouse Annex, 1007 Fourth St., in La Grande. All NEOEDD board meetings are open to the public.

The NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

A return to its roots: Micronesian students at Eastern may double within a year

Eastern Oregon University students Ciara Haruo, Ngeyaol Polycarp and Meyar Mamis enjoy a light moment Monday at EOU’s Multicultural Center. All three of the students are from Palau, a part of the region of Micronesia. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University’s pipeline to the Western Pacific, after slowing to a trickle, may soon begin flowing robustly again.

AlertSense moves forward

J. B. Brock, emergency manager, and Annette Powers, emergency services department specialist, look over an incident command system form Thursday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County could be seeing a county-wide emergency services notification system in the near future.

City council talks how to fill vacant city position

The La Grande City Council work session Thursday had one overarching question: What is La Grande going to do without Charlie Mitchell?

BRIEFLY: Clocks ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend. At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, clocks will “spring forward” one hour. 

DST was first used by Germany during World War I as a way to conserve energy. The goal was to take advantage of the daylight hours in spring by moving an additional hour of daylight from the morning to the evening and not letting people sleep through the first few hours of sunshine. America didn’t adopt a policy on DST until 1966.

Daylight Saving Time will end Nov. 1, when we “fall back” one hour.

Vacation proposal called 'shell game'

Union County's proposal to vacate additional portions of streets within the county campus for the courthouse project was called a "shell game" by critics and the mayor during a La Grande City Council public hearing on the matter.

Man found dead after vehicle got stuck in snow

ENTERPRISE — A North Powder man was found dead near the Pallette Ranch on the upper Imnaha River Road Sunday afternoon.

Council to hear Eagle Cap appeal

Eagle Cap Dispensary will have to make some compelling arguments to the La Grande City Council to persuade it to remove the condition of its operating hours it imposed at January’s meeting.

A second vacation?

The La Grande City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 P.M. tonight on the vacation of K Avenue and Fifth Street. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande City Council last year approved vacating K Avenue from Fifth Street to Sixth Street. With parking needs still not met, the county faces a number of conditions on its approved site plan that officials hope can be alleviated with a second vacation — on K Avenue from Fourth Street to Fifth Street and on Fifth Street from K Avenue to L Avenue.

BRIEFLY: Don’t miss one-day rummage sale

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande will have a rummage sale Saturday. The one-day sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use the entrance at the corner of Fifth Street and K Avenue.

OBITUARIES: March 4, 2015

Voght, Mitchell, Nelson, Stratos, Peplinski

Hideout robbed at gunpoint


Local law enforcement responded to a downtown bar Tuesday night after it was robbed at gunpoint.

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