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FSR 600 to be closed until Thursday

 Road maintenance will occur on Forest Service Road 600 off Forest Service Road 77 this week in the Corral Creek vicinity and the south fork of Catherine Creek. 

Chapter adds to long-running tradition

Caleb Minthorn, left, and Kellen Joseph, both of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, play the drums Saturday at the powwow at EOU. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Rod Begay had the honor of putting his memory of Native American music to the test on Saturday.

Mayor would like more partnerships

La Grande mayor and EOU business-economics professor Steve Clements makes a point at his colloquium at Ackerman Hall Thursday. Clements gave a presentation about how the university can better serve the community. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The buzz is one La Grande Mayor Steve Clements believes is unmistakable.

$100M request on the table

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown and other political forces in Oregon are standing behind a landmark request for $100 million for new affordable housing that will face off against budget realities and concerns about whether now is the time for that kind of investment.

BRIEFLY: Imbler School Board meets Tuesday

IMBLER — The Imbler School Board will meet for a regular session Tuesday in Room 1 of the high school immediately following the Budget Committee meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

‘Impressive’ storm causes flash flooding

Flooding on Jefferson Avenue and Hemlock, above, caused a waterfall-like effect that fell into the underpass on Island Avenue, forcing the street to be closed. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A thunderstorm late Thursday afternoon caused flash flooding in parts of 
La Grande. 

Spring Chinook fishery opens on Powder River

LA GRANDE, Ore. — A unique spring Chinook fishery will open next Wednesday on the Powder River, where the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release approximately 200 spring Chinook salmon into the river. 

BRIEFLY: Promise Reunion set for holiday weekend

PROMISE — The annual Promise Reunion gathering will take place May 23-24 at the Promise Grange hall. All former and current Promise residents, their descendants and friends, as well as anyone interested in the history of Promise are invited to attend. Saturday afternoon will feature a chili feed at 1 p.m. and a book signing of “The North Woods of Wallowa County” by Orvalla Hafer. Plans are in the works for live music Saturday evening. Sunday there will be a 10:30 a.m. church service and a 1 p.m. potluck and program. For more information or to pass on any history related to the Promise area, contact Myrna Journot at 541-377-7333 (P.O. Box 386, Wallowa 97885) or Orvalla Hafer at 509-488-2569 (6816 Sagehill Road, Othello WA 99344).

Trees set for removal Friday

Left to right, Joe Beans owner Colleen MacLeod, Expressions Salon's Jill Duby and Emily Kenny stand next to one of the trees that's scheduled to be removed starting Friday morning. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Some downtown La Grande business owners are upset they will soon lose their shade.

River Woods man in custody

Following a tense standoff on the upper Imnaha River community of River Woods, Wednesday night Scott Fouste turned himself in to the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office.

I-84 Westbound on ramp from Ladd Creek Road (Exit 270) closed for construction

LA GRANDE, Ore., - Construction work to replace the Ladd Creek culvert that runs under Interstate 84 at Exit 270 will result in the closure of the westbound freeway on ramp from Ladd Creek Road. The ramp closure is expected to begin May 26and continue through the end of October. Travelers needing access to the westbound freeway from Ladd Creek Road at Exit 270 can use the following detour.

EOU: The search is over

Tom Insko was named the 12th Eastern Oregon University president Tuesday after a vote by the State Board of Higher Education. Insko, shown here next to the portraits of past presidents, will take the helm of the university July 1. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The Oregon Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Tuesday to name Tom Insko the 12th president of Eastern Oregon University. Insko takes the helm of the university July 1.

Union: City, school district may purchase sign

Union Mayor Bill Lindsley, right, talks with city councilor Ken McCormack at the end of Monday’s meeting. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
UNION — A new electronic message board sign may be on the horizon for Union.

Elgin: Council votes to allocate funds

ELGIN — The Elgin City Council voted to pass a resolution Tuesday allocating funds from its Police Reserve Fund account to its Emergency Equipment Reserve Fund — a move several community members feared is the last chance of the city ever having a police department again.

Imnaha standoff ends peacefully

IMNAHA — A standoff between police and a man holding two people hostage ended early Tuesday morning without casualty.

Insko named next EOU president

The State Board of Higher Education has voted to approve the appointment of Tom Insko as Eastern Oregon University's next president.

Project ready to move forward

Wallowa County grocer Troy Berglund breathed a sigh of relief last week.

La Grande wins choir state title

Never judge a choir by the quality of its dress rehearsal.

BRIEFLY: Passenger dies from injuries in April crash

One more person has died from an accident that occurred just after 2 a.m. April 26 on Interstate 84 at milepost 238 in the Meacham area. Bryan Yeager, 53, Elgin, died May 4 from injuries sustained in the accident. 

Yeager was in the passenger’s seat of a Chevy Tahoe with Steven Gardner, 60, Cove, who was driving and lost control of the vehicle, traveling through the median where it struck the guardrail and rolled over, according to police. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene. Yeager was transported via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Tri-Cities, Washington, with critical injuries. Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

According to OSP Sgt. Kyle Hove, the vehicle lost traction off the overpass bridge. 

“A bridge will freeze up before anything else does,” Hove said.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic was closed for approximately four hours after the crash.

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