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In the name of safety

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More than 1,200 students in kindergarten through third grade attended the annual Safe Kids Safety Fair Tuesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
More than 1,200 students in kindergarten through third grade attended the annual Safe Kids Safety Fair Tuesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. 

Unit commander has strong local ties

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Lt. Col. Brian Dean, left, laughs with Capt. Sean Phillips, La Grande at the La Grande Armory in late March. Dean, who grew up in La Grande, will command Eastern Oregonís Army National Guard unit, the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, when it deploys to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California in August. Baker Cityís Guard unit is part of the 3rd Battalion. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)
The man who will lead eastern Oregon’s largest Guard unit on its most ambitious and important deployment since the war on terror boasts strong local roots.

Changes coming for pool, parks?

Families may soon have a new option for how to pay for use of La Grande’s Veterans Memorial Pool.

BRIEFLY: ORA chapter announces grant cycle

Oregon Rural Action members seeking funding for small projects with environmental or social impact are encouraged to apply for the Blue Mountain Chapter’s Cornucopia Grant Program. Over the past three years, the chapter has awarded grant funds to local projects and initiatives that fit within the scope and mission of Oregon Rural Action. The majority of grants awarded are between $50 and $200.

Applications are currently available online at http://goo.gl/8zRzbe. All applications are due May 1, and applicants will be notified within 10 days regarding their award status. Awards are based on availability of funds, ORA mission priorities identified and individual program needs.

For more information about the Cornucopia Grant Program, contact ORA at 541-975-2411 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

ORA is a 501c3 nonprofit membership-based community organization working to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region’s land, air and water.


7-hour hearing set for bill expanding background checks

SALEM — A seven-hour hearing has been scheduled for a bill expanding background checks to cover most private gun sales.


Ore. governor: Drought emergencies in 2 more counties

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in two more counties — Baker and Wheeler — due to drought, low snowpack levels and low water conditions.


Valuable Training: OSU students help landowners along Union County’s Catherine Creek fight erosion

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Forty-six students from Oregon State traveled to Union over the weekend to help landowners figure out how to prevent the erosion of Medical Springs Highway. Students split into groups and collected data, photos and other information they will later compile in the classroom. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
More than 40 beavers were spotted along Catherine Creek outside of Union over the weekend.

One killed, 2 injured in Saturday car crash

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Rescue workers respond to a one-vehicle cash Saturday about eight miles northeast of La Grande. One person was killed in the accident and two others seriously injured. One person was arrested on charges of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants-felony, reckless driving and three counts of recklessly endangering. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
One man died and two children were seriously injured late Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle cash about eight miles northeast of La Grande.

Reaching out to help the community

An automated electronic defibrillator hangs in the Northeast Oregon Transit Center building’s conference room. In an emergency, it can jolt a person’s heart back into a regular rhythm.

BRIEFLY: Purchase tickets for Mother’s Day dinner

ENTERPRISE — Tickets are on sale now for a Mother’s Day dinner, serving prime rib or chicken, to be held at the Enterprise Community Connection dining room May 9.

There will be a seating at 4 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. Call Community Connection at 541-426-3840 for tickets, which must be pre-purchased.


Changing: Spawning habitat shows signs of improvement

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James Nash is overseeing a project on his family’s 6 Ranch that will restore meanders to the Wallowa River to improve native fish habitat (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — The work of recovering endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead requires a coordinated effort from spawning grounds to the ocean. One spawning habitat along the Wallowa River is showing measurable improvements through stream channel restoration.

Two charged in Summerville animal neglect case

Two Baker County residents face more than 40 felony counts each for alleged animal neglect in Union County.

Additional meetings to be held on plan revision

BAKER CITY — The forests of the Blue Mountains are preparing to embark on a series of community-hosted public engagement meetings on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision over the next several months. 

BRIEFLY: La Grande author signs books

La Grande author Terrie Biggs will sign books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Looking Glass Books, 1118 Adams Ave.

Biggs’ third published book, “Some Trails Never End,” is the true account of the first white women to travel overland into Oregon “country.” That trek resulted in the coming of the Oregon Trail and forever changed the culture of the indigenous tribes.


Eastern reveals four presidential finalists

The search to find the next president of Eastern Oregon University has been narrowed to four finalists, the school announced in a release Friday morning.

 


Future unknown for County’s Joseph Building

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The Joseph Building. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County has received $2 million to help fund a new courthouse. Construction recently began on the new facility and is due to be completed in October. But not everyone in the Joseph Building is expecting to pack up and leave.

Video: Dust Bowl in the Grande Ronde


Eagle Cap co-owner arrested

Wilma Reynolds, co-owner of Eagle Cap Dispensary, La Grande’s second medical marijuana dispensary, was arrested Friday in Umatilla County on nine criminal counts, including delivery of a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

BRIEFLY GRH Auxiliary meets Monday morning

The Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary’s general meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Island City City Hall.

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