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Winter weather: Ahead of schedule

Snow piles up over the weekend along the Anthony Lakes Highway southwest of La Grande. (Kathy Orr/WesCom News Service)
The snowstorm that swept across Northeastern Oregon this weekend was precisely what the drought-stricken region needed.

Cove may change course on Measure 91

COVE — The Cove City Council may alter its course on marijuana.

The council took a big step Tuesday toward opting out of Measure 91, the measure Oregon voters passed in 2014 legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Log accident leaves one with serious injuries

One woman was taken to the hospital after a log truck accident this morning on Interstate 84.

BRIEFLY: Union planning group meets tonight

UNION — The Union City Planning Commission will meet tonight. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Union’s city hall. 

Union County Commissioners approve, appoint B2H advisory committee

The Union County Commissioners voted to approve an advisory committee that would take public comment about the B2H transmission line project. The commissioners then appointed nine members to serve on that committee. 

I-84 Road Closures - 12:48 PM Dec. 21

Union may refer marijuana issue to voters

Union School Board will meet Wednesday

Body of former La Grande doctor reportedly found in Kiev, Ukraine

YAKIMA, Washington — A body believed to be that of a former La Grande physician who disappeared in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2013, has been discovered near the park where he was last seen, according to a Web story posted Thursday by a Spokane-based administrative office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


The force is strong in the Grande Ronde Valley

s Chuck Peters from Hobby Habit holds up a RC/smartphone-controlled BB-8 Droid from Star Wars Episode 7. Peters says that since the movie was first introduced, there have been more customers looking for Star Wars merchandise. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The Force is awakening.

With less than a week left before the highly anticipated premier of the next installment of the Star Wars series — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — tickets are already going fast.

Money helps private forest owners

Dave Mellinger of Union County hired a contractor to do the thinning on his property using a slashbuster — an excavator mounted, high-speed rotary mulching head that grinds the tree on the stump. This machine eliminates the need for small, nonmerchantable trees to be hand cut and piled into slash piles. In addition, the material left behind acts as a slow-release fertilizer on the forest floor. (Tracy Robillard/Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Private forest owners along the east side of the Elkhorn Mountains in Baker and Union counties can apply for federal grants to help them thin overcrowded stands on their properties and reduce the risk of wildfires.

BRIEFLY: Dance studio presents holiday show Tuesday

In Tuesday’s “Peace, Love and Dance for All” show put on by Beckie’s Studio of Dance, dancers from ages 3-1/2 to adult will celebrate the holidays with a variety of numbers including ballet, pointe, tap, modern, jazz, tumbling and acrobatics. The studio is under the direction of Beckie Thompson-Hendrickson, who is also an instructor, along with Betsy Carson, Heather Watson and Alexa Yohannan.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at La Grande High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and teens, $6 for ages 2-12; younger than 2 will not be charged.

Winter snow warning in Northeast Oregon

Several Pacific storm systems are moving across the region today and continuing into tomorrow, according to the Northwest Weather Service in Pendleton. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Monday.

ODOT: Be prepared for winter highway conditions in parts of Central and Eastern Oregon this weekend

Marijuana issue referred to voters in North Powder

Breakthrough: Changes to LHS program paying off

Loren Basso, left, gets help in reading from Sherry Neustel at the structured learning center at La Grande High School Thursday. The school’s structured learning center students, part of the school’s special education program, are making big academic leaps this school year — bigger than normal. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The students in La Grande High School’s Structured Learning Center are a friendly, gregarious bunch, greeting teachers with fist pumps and high fives.

That enthusiasm puts smiles on the faces of the teachers but it is not the only reason their instructors are smiling. LHS’s Structured Learning Center students, part of the school’s special education program, are making big academic leaps this school year — bigger than normal.

Worthy investment

The Elgin dump will be more cost beneficial to residents of Elgin with the new scale that was purchased. City Administrator Brock Eckstein said the new scale should be ready to go by the first of the year. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The City of Elgin will upgrade the city dump beginning the first of the year, providing customers with more accurate charges than what was available before.

BRIEFLY: City seeks advisory commissioners

The La Grande City Council and City of La Grande are recruiting members for its budget committee and advisory commissions. These commissions are air quality; arts; community landscape and forestry; library; parking, traffic safety and street maintenance; parks and recreation; and Urban Renewal advisory commissions.

For more information and the application form for the commissions and budget committee, go to www.cityofla grande.org; see Kayla Nichols, assistant to the city manager, or City Recorder Angelika Brooks on the second floor of City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave.; or call 541-962-1309. Completed applications should be returned to Nichols or Brooks by noon Dec. 21 for consideration during the council’s regular session Jan. 6, 2015.

OSP investigating death along I-84 in Pendleton

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