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Names released for fatal traffic crash on Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified. 

Animal control services not changing

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For being a deputy at the animal control center, Kati Heath works with dogs like Ruckus on a regular basis. Ruckus has a home but for stray dogs, she uses treats and opens the passenger side door of her truck to get them to come back with her to the shelter. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County has no plans to begin using a private veterinarian for animal control services, commissioners said Wednesday.

Council sets pot tax rates

The La Grande City Council set tax rates for medical and recreational marijuana during the council’s meeting Wednesday.

Central principal seriously injured

Central Elementary School Principal Bruce Kevan was seriously injured Thursday morning when the bicycle he was riding collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Second Street and M Avenue in La Grande.

BRIEFLY: 'MS Living' event takes place Monday

A seminar for people living with multiple Sclerosis and their loved ones will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande. Participants will hear from MS expert Lawrence Green, MD, and will learn about an oral treatment. A meal will be provided. To register, email mslivingevents.com or call 1-866-703-6293.



Council adopts marijuana ordinance

The La Grande City Council adopted the medical marijuana ordinance at Wednesday night's meeting.

Mayoral candidate passes away suddenly

A La Grande mayoral candidate died suddenly Tuesday morning.

District reaching out to seniors in bond campaign

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Seniors bow their heads in prayer prior to enjoying lunch at the Union County Senior Center on Tuesday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande School District is reaching out to seniors as it campaigns for the passage of the $31.85 million bond for capital construction and maintenance.

Body cameras not used very often

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The sheriff’s department’s body cameras are relatively small and hold about two gigabytes of memory. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Body cameras have grown in popularity in law enforcement, protecting officers from false accusations. Local law enforcement have them, and other recording devices, but they’re not used as often as one might think.

BRIEFLY: Friday is Teen Movie Night at library

The next Teen Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Cook Memorial Library. Teen Movie Nights are offered year-round and are always free and open to anyone in grades 6-12.

The library will provide free popcorn and soda. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. 

Call 541-962-1339, visit the library, or view its web and Facebook pages for current movie information and upcoming teen events.



Nez Perce National Historic Trail under some revision

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The Forest Service seeks public comment on location and site inclusions along the 1,700-mile Nez Perce Trail that starts at Wallowa Lake and ends at Bear’s Paw in Montana. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — The Nez Perce Trail  running from Wallowa Lake to 40 miles from the Canadian border in Montana commemorates the months long flight for freedom of Chief Joseph and his people.

REAL PEOPLE: Ready for a fright

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Zombies and the Zombie Outbreak Response Team battle in the Maridell Center’s haunted house. Opening this week, “The Hunted” takes participants through numerous spooky rooms as part of the activity center’s annual Halloween event. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer )
As leaves make their autumnal transitions to hues of orange and red, another transition is taking place in La Grande.

Teachers to receive test training

The La Grande School District is in select company.

BRIEFLY: RSVP by Tuesday for Cove senior meal

COVE — The next senior meal in Cove will begin at noon Friday at the Cove Baptist Church. On the menu is clam chowder, tossed green salad and carrot cake. Call Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 to RSVP by Tuesday.

Plans for new county courthouse moving forward

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Trial Court Administrator Michelle Leonard demonstrates how difficult it is for a judge and jury to see past the foundational pillars in the third floor courtroom as courtroom security officer Reed Waite watches. The pillars, unlike the others in the building that are made from poured concrete, run from the basement to the attic and stand in very inconvenient spots in the third- and first-floor courtrooms. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County is one step closer toward construction of a new courthouse.

School district needs reviewed at forum

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School board members and administrators answer questions about the La Grande School District’s $31.85 million bond levy on Wednesday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande School District is haunted today by the cost-cutting efforts of the past.

No source ID’d for building evacuation

People are back in Badgley Hall at Eastern Oregon University following an evacuation Wednesday afternoon.

BRIEFLY: Seniors, disabled invited to DHS meeting

Aging and People with Disabilities, part of the Department of Human Services, invites the public to one of two community conversations Wednesday in La Grande to share ideas about the future of Oregon’s services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is an opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve current services. The meetings will include a short presentation followed by a group discussion.

The first meeting will be held at noon at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St. The second meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St.

All are welcome to attend the meetings. Refreshments will be provided. Interpreters for people who do not speak English, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for people will disabilities are available. Contact Rebecca Arce at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Eastern Oregon University Homecoming celebration begins Oct. 2. through Oct. 4.

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EOU photo by Kaitlin Cassidy

Man killed in early morning crash

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause ofThursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles east of Pendleton. The victim's name will be released after confirmation of next of kin notification. 

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