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Joseph Clinic expands operation

ENTERPRISE — Expanding health care options is an ongoing concern at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. On July 1, the hospital will bring Mt. View Medical, formerly Wallowa Mountain Medical, under its wing.

BRIEFLY: LHS class of 1964 holds Saturday luncheon

The La Grande High School class of 1964 will have a noon luncheon Saturday at the Flying J truck stop.

UCSO deputies arrest La Grande man on multiple counts

An early morning call Tuesday to police ended with one arrested on multiple charges, including possession of a weapon by a felon.

Police arrest 1 after early morning chase

Alert deputies early Tuesday morning spotted an individual police knew was driving with a suspended license.

Driving Defensively

Frequent bicyclist and recent La Grande High School graduate Cabe Baum rides his bike through downtown La Grande recently. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University student Courtney Millsap has been riding bicycles in La Grande since she got here five years ago.

It’s not always fun. “It’s terrifying to be on a bike in this town,” she said.

Neighbors get garden ready for growing

Men from Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility helped spruce up the Community Garden recently. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The temperatures are warming up, the bees are buzzing and the Community Garden is ready for those restricted by an apartment or small space to plant some fruits and vegetables.

Summer projects will keep Forest Service staff busy

BAKER CITY — The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest staff is making good use of summer weather to catch up on construction and maintenance projects. 

BRIEFLY: Wildflower ID hike offered Saturday

Blue Mountains Conservancy’s 2015 Heart of the Blues Outing and Lecture Series continues Saturday when botanist Susan Geer will lead a wildflower identification hike to Van Patten Lake in the Elkhorn Mountains. 

The trail is short but steep, with a total hiking distance of four miles.

Participants should bring food and water and wear hiking boots and clothing suitable for unpredictable mountain weather. Meet in front of the Conservancy office at 103 Depot St., La Grande (corner of Depot and Washington), at 9 a.m. to carpool or gather at the Van Patten trailhead at 10:30 a.m.

The Heart of the Blues Outing and Lecture Series will continue through the summer. For more information, call Sue Miller at 541-786-2665 or go to www.bluemountainsconservancy.org.

Plane crash sends 1 to hospital

A single engine airplane wrecks at the end of the runway Saturday morning at La Grande/Union County Airport. (Andrew Cutler/The Observer)
A single engine airplane crashed Saturday morning at the La Grande/Union County Airport outside of La Grande.

Merkley fits increased fire funding into Senate bill

A budget committee gave an early go-ahead to fund firefighting based on the 10-year average costs, allowing the U.S. Forest Service to treat major wildfires like natural disasters and to fight fires without borrowing money from other parts of the budget. (BLM Photo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Increased wildfires put land-use managers in a tough spot when budgets run dry, but a Senate bill aimed at changing how fighting fires are funded just passed its first hurdle in Congress.

Job Program putting veterans back to work

John Asanuma is one of 18 military veterans on a fire and thinning crew working for the Umatilla National Forest this summer. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
TROY — High up on a ridge near Lookout Mountain on the Walla Walla Ranger District there is sign of timber harvest in various stages. Neat piles of logs and slash piles are evidence of active forest management along Forest Road 62.

Union County auctions off forfeited cattle

Union County auctioned more than two dozen head of cattle that were seized earlier this year as part of an investigation of alleged animal neglect.

BRIEFLY: LHS class of í57 meets for lunch

The La Grande High School class of 1957 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Flying J truck stop.

Child Center set to close doors

Grande Ronde Child Center Director Mark Kubin adjusts the outdoor sprinkler toy for Sam Clement while the centerís executive secretary, Jane Peacock, background, adjusts the water pressure at the Grande Ronde Child Center. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A linchpin in the La Grande educational community for more than four decades will soon shut its doors forever.

Guard unitís proud history of service

A mine resistant, ambush protected armored vehicle from Eastern Oregonís 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment moves through a checkpoint south of Balad Iraq, in this 2011 photo. (Pat Caldwell/The Observer)
Nearly four decades of tradition and history will be on the line this summer when the region’s Army National Guard unit deploys to the National Training Center in the Mojave Desert.

School district hit by budget shortfall

The Elgin School District, facing a budget shortfall, will cut two teaching positions.

Semi-truck rolls on Interstate 84 eastbound

A semi-truck rolled onto its passenger side at milepost 272 on I-84 eastbound just before 11 a.m.

BRIEFLY: Missing Island City man found dead

A missing 85-year-old man was found deceased Monday afternoon, Union County Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen said. Melvin Ackley, of Island City, had been missing since Friday morning. Search parties on Monday found him deceased in a secluded area of Island City, according to the sheriff’s office. Rasmussen said no foul play is suspected in the death.

Wildfire puts lower Imnaha off-limits to salmon fishing

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Chinook salmon anglers on the Imnaha River will find limited access to the lower river due to the nearby Little Basin fire. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is alerting anglers that Dug Bar Rd. leading to the lower Imnaha has been closed by the U.S. Forest Service.


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