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Eight breweries announced for La Grande beer fest

First Eastern Oregon Beer Festival to be held June 21 at the Union County Fairgrounds

The region’s first beer fest is sure to be hopping.

Eight Eastern Oregon breweries are confirmed for the first Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, event organizers announced Friday. 


Safeway sold for $9 billion, will merge with Albertsons

The La Grande Safeway store is part of a $9 billion deal to merge with Boise, Idaho, based Albertsons. Combined, the two supermarket companies will have about 2,400 stores, almost double the size of Safeway today. (DICK MASON/The Observer)

Officials say no plans in works to close stores 

Safeway and Albertsons announced Thursday that the two supermarket chains will merge to create a massive nationwide grocery network that both companies hope will help them compete against big-box retailers, convenience stores and niche grocers. 


Fee-funded student organizations face cuts

Approximately 20 student fee funded organizations will receive a combined $158,693 less in incidental fees in 2014-15. The reductions are needed because of a projected decline in student enrollment. The reduction brings the total to be distributed in incidental fees in 2014-15 to $1.142 million. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

The latest issue of Eastern Oregon University’s student newspaper, The Voice, is raising eyebrows on campus.


County finalizes building location

Judge Brian Dretke testifies Wednesday in favor of siting the courthouse on the county campus where Shelter From the Storm sits now. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

County commissioners’ decision to move courthouse leaves future of Shelter From the Storm in limbo 

Despite reservations, Union County commissioners on Wednesday voted to site the new courthouse on the footprint of Shelter From the Storm.

The new court facility’s construction means the Shelter building will be demolished.


Davies a finalist for Murray State job

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies is a finalist for the president’s job at Murray State University. He will interview for the position Tuesday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

EOU president will be interviewed on Tuesday 

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies may be moving from the Blue Mountains to the Bluegrass state.

Davies is a finalist for the position of president of Murray State University in Murray, Ky.


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EOU's Davies finalist for position in Kentucky

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies may find himself taking the reins of  Murray State University later this year.

Davies is a finalist for the position of president of Murray State University in Murray, Ken.


After 4 days in deep snow, dog back with owner

PENDLETON — Curly Bear is back.


10 Things to Know for Thursday, March 6

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Courthouse site selected, Shelter From the Storm to move

No one seemed happy about the siting decision for a circuit courthouse. Even Union County Commissioners said they were unhappy with having to demolish a 15-year-old building.

Nevertheless, the decision to site the courthouse where Shelter From the Storm currently sits passed unanimously. That decision will necessitate the demolishing of the building, which Shelter employees moved into in 1998.


Fear of death may slow down youthful texting

PULLMAN, Wash.—While drivers tend to believe it is dangerous to text and drive, many say they can still do it safely. Now Washington State University researchers say drivers can be discouraged from the practice with public service announcements that evoke their fear of death in graphic terms. 

Looking to curb what former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called “a national epidemic,” WSU marketing professors Ioannis Kareklas and Darrel Muehling recently explored driver attitudes toward texting. 


Council opts to release funds

COVE — The Cove City Council opted to release a portion of a $136,250 surety for the Rose Ridge II subdivision — an 11-plot residential development off Cemetery Road in Cove. 

In a 3-2 vote, the council authorized Hanley Jenkins, the Union County planning director, to release $64,500 of the assurance funds in order for the subdivision developer, John Robinson, to pay Oregon Mainline Paving for asphalt work done last fall in the subdivision. An additional $1,700 was released to pay for “as built” plans that will document what was constructed.


Public meets final two candidates


IMBLER — All was not quiet on the Imbler School District superintendent search front on Monday.

First, James Baldwin, superintendent of Choteau Public Schools in Choteau, Mont., told the Imbler School District that he was pulling out as a candidate. Baldwin said he wanted to finish his education career in the Big Sky state.


Impact of I-84 closure felt across region

Kyle O’Brien, transportation maintenance specialist for ODOT, left, spent Monday morning informing westbound freeway travelers, including Forest Service worker Bill Gamble, right, about the closure on Interstate 84. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

State trucking association says costs of long road delays can be passed on to customers

A multi-vehicle crash Sunday night near Pendleton that shut down a large section of the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 and left two people dead also reverberated across the region in terms of economic impact and stalled commerce. 


BRIEFLY: Slow and Easy Jam happens Thursday

Slow and Easy Jam happens Thursday

Musicians are invited to Bear Mountain Pizza Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Slow and Easy Jam. The jam is for musicians of acoustic instruments of any level playing a repertoire of Irish, Scottish, bluegrass, old timey and French Canadian fiddle tunes. 

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