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Father, son duo arrested on child pornography

Read more...A father and son, both formerly of La Grande, were arrested last week on charges of child-related pornography, while a Washington woman, the son’s girlfriend, is also being charged with production of child pornography. 


SOS ready for the worst

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A sign hanging on a power pole in front of Shelter From the Storm explains the situation facing the shelter. Concerned residents involved with the ad hoc group Save Our Shelter said Friday that a hearing regarding the shelter’s lawsuit against the county finally provided an opportunity to hear a rationale for why the county made that decision. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
For Shelter From the Storm advocates, testimony last week affirmed their fears that commissioners did not do their homework before deciding to site a new county courthouse on the domestic violence nonprofit’s footprint.


BRIEFY: Teen Movie Night set Friday at library

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 six through 12. 

Free popcorn and soda is provided. Teens may also 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.


Washington man falls 100 feet into Imnaha river

Yesterday afternoon a forklift  driven by a Washington man fell 100 feet into the Imnaha River a half mile upriver from the Gumboot Weir.


EOCI inmate dead after assault

One Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution inmate has been killed after an altercation occurred earlier this morning.


Two La Grande men face child-related pornography charge

Two men, previously of La Grande, and one Washington woman were arrested this week on suspicion of production and possession of child pornography.


Greyhound service no longer at risk in La Grande

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Passengers prepare to board a Greyhound bus at the La Grande depot early Thursday. Earlier this summer, La Grande was in danger of being dropped from the Greyhound bus service route, but Northeast Oregon Public Transit has since taken over the day-to-day operations of the city bus terminal. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande is no longer a city at risk of losing its public travel connection to the outside world. 


Waiting for forensics a concern for police

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Forensic Scientist Nika Larsen at the Pendleton forensics lab looks for fingerprints on a handgun using an alternative light source. (Oregon State Police photo)
Nothing new has been said to area police departments about the possible closure of the Oregon State Police forensics lab in Pendleton. However, the very real possibility of its closure forces the departments to think about what the future holds for their crime scenes.


County did not analyze costs

Despite labeling one choice as the cheapest option of seven, Union County commissioners did not analyze cost differences among alternative options for siting a new courthouse, according to testimony heard in court Wednesday.



BRIEFLY: Chef prepares pork chile verde at market


Saturday at the La Grande Farmers’ Market, enjoy a performance from Envoy, followed by a special demonstration by Mark Gomez at the ReMax Chef at the Market booth. During the music break at 10:30 a.m., Gomez will demonstrate how to prepare pork chile verde, and people are encouraged to stop by for a free sample


Section of Whiskey Creek Road expected to close for two weeks in September

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s contractor JAL Construction will be closing a short section of Whiskey Creek Road 5.5 miles east of Wallowa starting the week of September 8 or September 15.


One more attack on livestock may mean kill order for wolves

GRANTS PASS — One of Oregon’s wolf packs is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to be considered for a kill order under the state’s unique rules.


County: Suit is a 'publicity stunt'

Judge Eva Temple presided over a day-long hearing Wednesday regarding Shelter From the Storm and Union County.

SFS is seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the eviction of the nonprofit from its advocacy center on the Union County campus. On April 1, the county notified the shelter that they must evict the building by Sept. 1.


Housing project to break ground

An event marking the start of the first building project of its kind in Union County in at least two decades is fast approaching. 



Nature’s Pantry Owners optimistic about new grocery store

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Linda Clayville, co-owner of Nature’s Pantry, looks forward to seeing more foot traffic in the area thanks to a new grocery story being built across the street from her. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Nearly three decades ago, Linda and Dennis Clayville went out on a limb to open their own natural foods store.


Veterans raise money for memorial signs

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Two signs will be installed in Union County to commemorate Vietnam veterans. The total cost for the signs is $2,200 which was raised from funds donated by local veterans. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
It took nine days to raise $2,200 for the local Vietnam Veterans to get their Interstate 84 signs.


Drill brings teachers face-to-face with shooter scenario

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La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey, right, looks on as officers react to a gunman scenario in the active shooter drill on Tuesday at the Grande Ronde Academy. (Tim Mustoe/ The Observer)
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active shooter scenario?


BRIEFLY: Learn to help children cope with divorce

The next Helping Children Cope with Divorce/Separation class, facilitated by educator Mary Lu Pierce, will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St. For more information, call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228. People are asked not to bring their children, as child care is not provided. The free class is sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee.



Single vehicle crash kills 1 near Enterprise

The Oregon State Police continues to investigate the cause of Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 82 south of Enterprise that resulted in the death of an adult female from Enterprise. 


North Pine section of FSR 39 to be open until Oct. 14

Construction continues on the 13-mile stretch of the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, also known as the North Pine section of Forest Service Road 39. The North Pine section begins at the junction of Highway 86 and FSR 39 and heads north for 13 miles on FSR 39 to the junction of FSR 66.


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