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College explores adding trail

Imbler Elementary School kindergartners and first graders enjoy themselves on a portion of the south loop of Eastern Oregon University’s proposed trail. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Small strands of pink synthetic fiber may be a sign of something big to come at Eastern Oregon University.

District to add six teaching positions

Beth Huntington and her afternoon kindergarten class wash and scrub chairs for next year’s kindergarten class behind Willow School Thursday afternoon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande School District is set to add personnel next year.

Highway 203 paving and chip seal work scheduled in June

Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be blade patching a section of Oregon Highway 203 that parallels Catherine Creek, east of Union, between mileposts eight and 10. Work is expected to begin next Monday and continue for about four days. Travelers can expect lane closures, flaggers, pilot cars, crews and equipment on the roadway, plus delays of up to 20 minutes. Motorists are advised to plan extra travel time, slow down and drive with extra caution through this and all highway work zones.

BRIEFLY: Cove City Council meeting postponed

COVE — The City of Cove’s regular council meeting on Tuesday has been changed to June 9. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder.

EOU board to consider tuition hike

Eastern Oregon University’s Board of Trustees will hold its next regular meeting on campus at 1 p.m. June 4 in Inlow Hall, Room 201.

Well-known science teacher passes away

La Grande lost one of its most respected and popular educators.


City council votes to replace stop sign

The Elgin City Council voted to take down a stop sign and erect a yield sign on 10th Street to alleviate some complaints by community members at last night’s meeting. 


The heart of wolf country

Where Grouse Creek empties into the Imnaha River sits the Grouse Creek Ranch — 3,300 acres Eric and Marilyn Porter have called home for 10 years.

Firsthand experience

Curt Weeks, top, fires a simulated 240 Bravo 7.62 mm machine gun at virtual enemy soldiers, planes and helicopters (on a screen surrounding the vehicle) from an exact replica of a combat Hummer, as Kelli Flores fires an M4 machine gun. (Joshua Dillen/ WesCom News Service)
Choppers, fighter planes, tanks and more were part of a special event this month for a select group of employers from across the region.

Flag memorial remembers fallen

A flag memorial in front of Stella Mayfield School in Elgin will be up through Tuesday. The display, which is comprised of 6,840 small American flags was created by members of the Elgin High School National Honor Society Chapter. (Courtesy photo)
ELGIN — This striking display is stopping traffic and starting conversations about heroism and sacrifice.

EOU graduate tackles human trafficking

La Grande native and Eastern Oregon University graduate Dawn Schiller spoke about an increasing problem in the nation — modern-day slavery.

BRIEFLY: Presentation focus is on salmon

The Blue Mountains Conservancy invites the public to a talk by biologist Winston Morton about the history of salmon in the Grande Ronde River basin from pre-settlement abundance to present-day restoration efforts. Learn how humans impacted the native salmon runs and the work that is being done to improve spawning and rearing habitat. In collaboration with ArtsEast there will also be a display of historic images and hand-drawn maps of the Grande Ronde Valley. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Memorial Library conference room in La Grande.

Union girls track and field team named state champs

For the first time since 1996, the Union girls track and field team are state champions.

Paying tribute to local Veterans



 Union High School students were searching for heroes late Thursday morning. Some were much easier to find than others.

Area firefighters participate in wildfire simulation



A wildfire simulation was conducted at Eastern Oregon University Thursday, teaching all the relevant entities what to expect when fire season begins.

Crash leaves 2 hospitalized with serious injuries

Fire crews work to extinguish a car fire Thursday on Interstate 84 west of La Grande. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening closed Interstate 84 and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

BRIEFLY: RSVP by Tuesday for senior picnic dinner

COVE — The final Cove senior dinner before summer break will be May 29 at the Cove Baptist Church. The meal will be a picnic-style dinner featuring hamburgers and hot dogs, a variety of salads, baked beans and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Coffee and tea are served starting at noon with lunch at 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge per meal. RSVP with Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Tuesday.

Crash leaves 2 hospitalized with serious injuries

A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening closed Interstate 84 and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns

SALEM — The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping firearms from people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order.

Flash flood warning in effect for Grande Ronde Valley

A flash flood warning is in effect beginning at 3 p.m. today through tomorrow evening for central and northeast Oregon.

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