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Eastern Promise gives students a head start

La Grande High School students Sarah Rasmussen and Andrew Kevan work on a lab project in their Advanced Biology class. The class is part of the Eastern Oregon University Promise program. Students who pass can earn EOU credits. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Three years into the Academic Momentum program, Eastern Promise officials say 3,550 students are participating in the program across the region, from Wallowa County to Gilliam County.

Enrollment leads to drop in revenue

The La Grande School District’s budget picture is taking a $300,000 hit because its enrollment is less than forecast.

Council to take up site plan

The La Grande City Council will reconsider a site plan application for the new Union County Courthouse in January.

Holidays Bazaar Schedule: Nov. 21-22

BRIEFLY: PFLAG to play board games at Shelter

PFLAG’s monthly board game night will be held tonight at 6 p.m. The location has changed from Bear Mountain Pizza to Shelter From the Storm, 1111 5th St., La Grande.

I-84 Weather Update

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, Ore. Highway 204 (the Weston to Elgin highway) is closed to commercial trucks between milepost zero (Ore. Highway 11 junction) and milepost 40 (the Elgin Ore. Highway 82 junction ) due to icy conditions on the Ore. Highway 11 side of the mountain pass. 

Interstate 84 road closures update

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, Interstate 84 westbound is now closed in Baker City at milepost 302. The westbound closure was moved from La Grande to Baker City due to backed up trucks that have filled the truck stop and are parked along the freeway and other streets near the Exit 265 interchange. 

Ranger district proposes forest road closure

The Union County commissioners traveled up Highway 204 to Forest Road 3734 after the Walla Walla Ranger District said it is considering closing the road.

Horn pleads not guilty to sex crimes charges

An Elgin man accused of rape and sexual abuse is scheduled to go to trial on the charges next month.

Moraine project gets high marks

A plan to acquire 1,500 acres of Wallowa Lake’s east moraine impressed adjudicators at a presentation late last month in Salem. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — A Wallowa County prize jewel wowed judges who ranked it first among Oregon contenders vying for federal funding. 

BRIEFLY: Orders for turkey dinners due Thursday

The Nutrition Department at the Union County Senior Center in La Grande will once again be providing turkey dinners. Each meal will feed a family of four. Ordering forms must be turned in by Thursday. Meals can be picked up between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 26.

School bond approved

Supporters of the La Grande School District received welcome news late this afternoon.

Market Place: Awaiting approval

No work has started yet in the old Blockbuster building, where a grocery store will soon be established by grocer Troy Berglund. Berglund is awaiting the approval of a loan from the Small Business Administration before any construction commences. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande residents shouldn’t expect to see any major changes to the building that once housed Blockbuster until after winter.

Eastern’s unique guarantees

Eastern Oregon University sophomore Garret Young II studies for a business communications class in Zabel Hall. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University students were given two guarantees: tuition will not increase during their duration at the university and they will graduate within four years.

Union to explore school bond

Union High School’s current classroom building opened in late 1911, about six months before Universal Studios began making motion pictures.

BRIEFLY: Financial aid night set at LHS Tuesday

A college financial aid night will be conducted at 
6 p.m. Tuesday in the La Grande High School Commons. High school seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. 

A representative from Eastern Oregon University will give a presentation on applying for financial aid as part of the program.

Union County Courthouse: Conditional approval

Parking issues on the county campus could result in the county being unable to use the current Circuit Court footprint in the Joseph Building. The City of La Grande approved its new courthouse site plan conditionally last week, saying, among other issues, the county needs to address 65 parking spaces missing in its site plan application. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County officials are in the midst of going through a list of conditions under which its site plan for a new courthouse was approved last week.

Cove plant getting new pipeline

Public Works Director Mike Brown is able to monitor the activity level of the power plant through this computer. Cove’s hydropower plant is going to need a section of pipeline replaced next year because of 30 years of corrosion to the current pipe. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer )
COVE — Cove’s hydropower plant is going to need a section of pipeline replaced next year because of 30 years of corrosion to the current pipe.

City to ponder pot freeze

The La Grande City Council will consider enacting a moratorium on marijuana businesses in upcoming sessions.

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