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OTEC announces winners of 2014 Washington, D.C., youth tour

Four local high school student leaders have been selected to represent Oregon Trail Electric Co-op at the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., this June.

 

OTEC Board of Director nominees announced

The nominating committee for Union County (Donna Beverage, Dale DeLong, and Russell Lester) met and nominated the following individual for OTEC Board of Director position no. 1, Union County: George Galloway.

 

 

Public meetings on forest plans slated for March, April

BAKER CITY — The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan for the Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman national forests, and a portion of the Ochoco National Forest, is scheduled to be released to the public March 14 for a 90-day comment period.
 

I-84 lane to close near Ontario for repair

Interstate 84 eastbound will have a lane closure between milepost 375.3 and milepost 376.5 near Ontario beginning Monday. The closure will continue for a week or os.
 

Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project open for comment

BAKER CITY—The Environmental Analysis (EA) for the Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is available for review and the public will have 30 days from February 5th to submit their comments. 
The Puderbaugh project covers approximately 36,000 acres within the HCNRA and is located approximately 22 miles southeast of Joseph in Wallowa County. 
 

Ice jam in Union is unchanged

Cold weather preventing it from growing or busting loose 

The large ice jam on Catherine Creek about a half mile east of Union is in a holding pattern.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Feb. 3, 2014

La Grande Police

Arrested: Kim Edwin Murphy, 60, La Grande, was arrested Friday morning on a charge of menacing.

 

BRIEFLY: Cove senior dinner served up Friday

Cove senior dinner served up Friday 

COVE — The Cove senior dinner will take place Friday at the Baptist Church. Coffee and tea are served at noon, and the dinner is served at 12:30 p.m. Menu items are baked chicken breadsticks, pasta with alfredo sauce, a vegetable, rolls, fruit and a dessert. RSVP Imie
Bristow by Wednesday at 541-568-4545.

 

Local talk show host’s attorney resigns

A local talk show host may soon be representing himself in court.

Attorney Steve Joseph filed a motion, which was granted Thursday, to resign as attorney for Edward “Eddie” Garcia.

 

Elgin family seeks justice

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Jeff Black talks about his burns and the compression sleeves he says he has to wear up to three years. He sustained second-degree burns to approximately 40 percent of his body as a result of an August 2013 incident in Elgin. (Phil Bullock/The Observer)
Black family wants charges brought against man who they say threw flammable liquid and a Zippo lighter at 45-year-old Jeff Black, leaving him badly burned in August 2013 incident 

An August 2013 incident that sent an Elgin man to a Portland burn center has left his family wondering when someone will be charged with a crime.

 

Schools to get funding dollars

$120M in funds to be distributed to nearly 60 districts to aid students in poverty 

PORTLAND — Starting this fall, Oregon will use a new, more accurate way to divvy up more than $120 million in yearly state funding to serve students in poverty.

 

10 things to know for Feb. 3

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

1. WHO'S BUILT FOR MORE TITLE RUNS

The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are among the youngest teams in the NFL, they're led by dynamic quarterback Russell Wilson and boast a stingy defense.

 

Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.

 

Funeral held for 5 killed in Idaho plane crash

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The five victims of a small plane crash in Idaho were remembered Saturday for their Mormon faith and dedication at a funeral service in California.

 

Teen sentenced to probation in leaf-pile deaths

HILLSBORO — A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, killing two young girls playing in it, has been sentenced to three years of probation.

 

BRIEFLY: Students develop as leaders at conference

Eastern Oregon University’s third annual Celebrate, Educate and Appreciate Diversity conference is taking place Feb. 8.

Registrations are being accepted through Monday. Attendance is free for university students and staff, and $25 for community members. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Participants may also receive a certificate reflecting five hours of diversity training. 

Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up at 2:30 p.m. with all workshops and presentations held in Badgley Hall on campus.

Structured much like a professional conference, CEAD is intended to help students gain skills that will enable them to develop as leaders and to 
make connections with their peers.

EOU sophomore Julie Gulliford will present a workshop titled “Inclusion at its Greatest,” focusing on how to include others regardless of personality, appearance or other characteristics individuals may have.

Donald Easton-Brooks, EOU’s new dean of business and education, is the featured speaker. 

With more than 10 years of experience in higher education administration, Easton-Brooks has also taught courses in cultural relevancy in education, educational polices and early childhood special education.

Register online at eou.orgsync.com/org/multiculturalcenter/cead. For more information, contact Bennie Moses, director of EOU’s Multicultural Student Center, at 541-962-3741. 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Friday, Jan. 31

 

County keeps watch on river

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Union County and the City of Union are preparing for a possible flood of Catherine Creek, above. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

Catherine Creek flooding in Union is still a concern

The threat of flooding still looms over Union, but the situation is a becoming less threatening.

The large ice jam on Catherine Creek sitting about a half-mile east of Union along Highway 203 did not grow on Thursday, and ice build ups within the creek in Union became smaller.

 

Church members now looking heavenward

New stained glass window added at Faith Lutheran Church
 

County, USFS present 90,000-acre project

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The Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project, along with two others, were passed over to the newly formed Blue Mountain Interdisciplinary Team based in Pendleton. They took on the Lower Joseph Creek project this fall and by Jan. 9 it was posted in the Federal Register. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project still open for public comment 

ENTERPRISE — Restoring 90,000 acres in northern Wallowa County is a top priority not only for the county, but for a U.S. Forest Service team of scientists dedicated to bringing back the resiliency of Eastern Oregon forests. 

 
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