Elgin High School junior Will Mattson brings lumber for framing for a three-bedroom house he and other Elgin High School students are working on this spring during a construction class. The house will be finished in about two years. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ELGIN — School bells do not ring in this classroom, but train whistles can be heard instead.
The site of the new courthouse, where the old Shelter From the Storm building sits empty, is fenced off. Construction crews will soon demolish the building and commence construction of the new Union County Courthouse. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Barricades surround the old Shelter From the Storm building as its demolition draws near. While some are sorry to see the building be torn down, others look at it as a new day in what has been a long struggle for a new Union County Courthouse.
On Good Friday at 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande will host a community-wide ecumenical worship service sponsored by six congregations. The tone of the service will be meditative, with Scripture readings, hymns and anthems by a combined choir.
Shortly after noonSunday, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish & Wildlife Division in Baker City, was patrolling in the town of Sumpter, southwest of Baker City, when he saw what appeared to be a vehicle on fire with three people standing nearby.
Leandro Espinosa conducts the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in McKenzie Theatre at Eastern Oregon University in November of last year. Espinosa has conducted the orchestra for 13 years. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Shock and surprise. That was Leandro Espinosa’s initial reaction when he learned last June he was among two music professors whose positions had been cut at Eastern Oregon University.
Capt. Craig Ward taught the concealed handgun class with Sheriffâ€™s Deputy J.B. Brock. Ward interjected with his own personal experiences as an officer throughout his career to help the class understand real-life scenarios. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A group of citizens exercised their Second Amendment right this weekend and took the first steps toward getting a concealed handgun permit.
“Helping Children Cope with Divorce and Separation” will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Misener Conference Room of the Union County Courthouse Annex, 1001 Fourth St., La Grande. The class will be facilitated by Mary Lu Pierce and is sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee.
Cost to attend is $30 per person (cash or check only).
The fee may be waived by prior order of the court, or if attendance occurs prior to or within 45 days of filing for custody, dissolution, separation or modification.
Support persons and community members may attend free of charge. The class is for adults only. Child care will not be provided. For more information call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228.
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Union County Commissioner Jack Howard has been assigned to the county-owned Buffalo Peak Golf Course, a project he is taking to heart. Howard said he hopes to revamp the course to make it more attractive to local residents and tourists alike. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Since its inception Buffalo Peak Golf Course has run a deficit.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. House Thursday passed a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program secured by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River. The extension, which was included in a bipartisan bill that reforms how doctors are paid under Medicare, provides needed funding for schools, roads, and law enforcement in rural forested communities. The measure passed by a vote of 392-37.
Charlie Morden and Ruth Rush, owners of the Union Hotel, plan to open a Chinese language immersion school as early as September of 2016. The school will be based in the third floor of the Union Hotel. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
UNION — The Union Hotel, which opened in 1921, is a local icon, owning the distinction of being one of the oldest hotels in Eastern Oregon.
Two members of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard sniper section practice a live fire exercise at the Orchard Combat Training Center in Idaho in this 2013 photo. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)
There isn’t much subtlety to the sprawling National Training Center.