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BRIEFLY: School district budget committee to meet

School district budget committee to meet

The La Grande School District’s budget committee will meet on Wednesday and on April 30. Both meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Willow Elementary School conference room.

 

 

BRIEFLY: Forest plan comment period extended

Forest plan comment period extended

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended by 60 days to Aug. 15. Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension for the public to have time to review the extensive document and submit comments.

 

EOU interim president named

Jay Kenton, the Oregon University System's vice chancellor of finance and administration, will soon be leading Eastern Oregon University.

 

Get out and find those eggs

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Looking for Easter egg hunts in the area? Here is a list of the hunts going on this weekend in Union and Wallowa counties...

 

Same party, different views

Business background meets public service background in Oregon House District 58 primary race 

They both have an “R” behind their names, but mountains separate John Turner and Greg Barreto.

The candidates would tell you their backgrounds separate them, too. 

 

La Grande medical marijuana moratorium fails — for now

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A gathering of citizens attended Wednesday's La Grande City Council meeting at city hall. The city council failed to enact a proposed, one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities Wednesday night, though discussion on the issue will continue. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

The La Grande City Council failed to enact a proposed, one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities Wednesday night, but discussion on the issue will continue.

The proposed moratorium would be in response to recently-passed Oregon House Bill 3460, which allows medical marijuana dispensaries. Another piece of state legislation, SB 1531, permits local jurisdictions to impose a one-year moratorium on those facilities.

 

1-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Union County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to place a one-year moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Union County.

The moratorium will apply only to unincorporated areas of Union County. Within incorporated areas only the city they are within can impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

Forest Plan comment period extended to Aug. 15

Baker City — The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended by 60 days; deadline for submitting comments is now Aug. 15, 2014.  Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension in order for the public to have time to review the extensive document and submit comments.

 

Sheriff's office believes they found remains of missing boater

The Wallowa County Sheriff's Office believes they may have recovered the remains of a boater who went missing following a March 21 boating accident on the Snake River near Hells Canyon Dam.
 

BRIEFLY: Sunrise Rotary offers Easter egg hunt

Sunrise Rotary offers Easter egg hunt

The La Grande Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Park. The event is for age groups 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 and is 
co-sponsored by The Observer. The Easter bunny is set to arrive at 9:45 a.m.

 

Guard unit prepares for intense training

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The 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. (PAT CALDWELL/WesCom News Service)

Eastern Oregon unit to prepare for rotation to National Training Center 

The leader of Eastern Oregon’s biggest National Guard outfit says this summer’s annual training stint on the high desert south of Boise, Idaho, will be one of the most important since the unit prepared to deploy overseas during the war on terror.

Lt. Col. Brian Dean said that the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. 

 

Preemptive strike

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The La Grande School District will soon apply for a state grant to pay for seismic upgrade work at Greenwood Elementary School. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

La Grande School District to apply for seismic upgrade grants to shore up deficiencies 

It may not be a question of if but when.

There is at least a 50 percent chance that sometime in the next 500 years Northeast Oregon will be hit by an earthquake of at least 5 on the Richter scale, according to United States Geological Survey seismic probability data.

In the event of such an occurrence, the La Grande School District wants to make sure it is prepared. 

 

Pot moratoriums established in 71 Oregon cities

PORTLAND  — At least 71 Oregon cities have moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, and more than 40 others are considering bans, according to the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties.

The Legislature allowed local governments to impose a one-year ban, if enacted by May 1. The law also gives local governments the ability to regulate when and where pot shops may operate.

 

Island City council votes for marijuana moratorium

Medical marijuana dispensaries will not be allowed in Island City for at least a year.

Island City's City Council voted Monday night to place a one-year moratorium on allowing the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The moratorium will be in place through May 2015.

 

 

BRIEFLY: LMS plans honor roll assemblies this week

LMS plans honor roll assemblies this week

La Grande Middle School third quarter honor roll assemblies will take place Wednesday through Friday.

The sixth grade assembly will be at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday in the LMS gym.

Seventh and eighth grade students of advisory teachers Fritz, Kretschmer, Becker, Carson, Bushman, Foggia and Schow will have an assembly at 8:25 a.m. Thursday in the LMS gym.

Seventh and eighth grade students of advisory teachers Benson, Wagner, Carmichael, Nickerson, McIlmoil, Thomas, Patrick and Balnicky will have an assembly at 8:25 a.m. Friday in the LMS gym.

 

Can Joseph grocer create La Grande mainstay?

JOSEPH — A decade ago the building at 208 N. Main St. sat vacant in downtown Joseph.

Two operators had attempted to establish a grocery store at the location to no avail.

 

Tourism figures decline: Union County lags behind neighboring counties in transient room tax dollars

If transient room taxes are a primary indicator of the health of a regional tourism industry, Union County appears to be an underachiever — though things might be looking up.

 

Castilleja rethinks dogs proposal

ENTERPRISE — In light of overwhelming response, Wallowa County Commissioner Paul Castilleja said he is rethinking the two dog per household limit considered under a proposal to reinstate a countywide animal control program.

 

10 Things to Know for Monday, April 14

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

 

BRIEFLY: County family expo set this weekend

County family expo set this weekend 

Area families are invited to attend the Union County Family Expo this weekend, a one-stop shop hosted by the local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers.

 
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