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Cover Oregon bars reporters from oversight meeting

PORTLAND — Oregon legislators and officials with the state's troubled health exchange are considering whether to open the meetings of a legislative oversight committee to the public after journalists were told they could not attend.

 

10 Things to Know for Friday, March 28

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

 

Arrest made in check fraud case

Read more... A man who allegedly ran an extensive check fraud scheme in Union county and other parts of Northeast Oregon has been arrested.

Luis Ernesto Fuentes-Parada, 27, was arrested Tuesday on a Union County Northwest States felony warrant while lodged at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. 

 

Woman treated and released after being trapped in vehicle

A Meridian, Idaho, woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she spent several hours in her crashed vehicle down in a ravine off U.S. Highway 95 near Rome in Southeast Oregon. 

 

Traffic stop leads to arrest

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop afternoon along Interstate 84 near North Powder led to the arrest of a Portland resident after the trooper found approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside the rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation. 


 

BRIEFLY: Cove senior exercise class begins soon

COVE — The Cove Senior Exercise class has its last meeting for this session Thursday.

The class will resume with a five-week, 10-class session on April 15 and continue to May 15. The class meets from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cove Baptist Church on Main Street. All adults are welcome. Cost is $30 a full session or $4 per class for drop-ins.

 

Summerville man involved in log truck accident

Crash leaves truck overturned in Phillips Creek

A log truck driver received minor injuries Monday after losing control of his semi-truck, resulting in the truck and trailer loaded with logs coming to rest on their side in Phillips Creek along Highway 204 about a mile west of Elgin.  

 

City water rates may keep rising

La Grande water rates may continue to rise over the next decade to maintain funds for capital improvements.

Engineers from Anderson Perry and Associates told city councilors in a Monday night work session that La Grande’s water system is in fairly good shape but that improvements should be made in the next few years to ensure the city has an adequate water supply for the next century.

 

Elgin man gets sentence for sodomy, rape

Jeremy Flannery convicted for his involvement with a 15-year-old girl

An Elgin man was sentenced last week to jail time and supervised probation for his sexual assault of an underage girl.

Jeremy Lee Flannery, 35, was convicted of sodomy in the third degree and rape in the third degree Friday for his sexual assault with a 15-year-old girl last summer. 

 

Awareness critical in landslide preparedness

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Could an event as catastrophic as the one in Washington happen here? Geologist Jason McClaughry is quick to note that the geology and landscape is much different in Eastern Oregon but doesn’t rule out the possibility. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Education is the best tool in preparing for a landslide, officials say.

With several people dead and scores missing following a catastrophic landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., local officials are urging residents to be aware of the risks that come with living in a valley. 

 

Barreto rakes in $30K donation

Longtime Union County businessman doesn’t believe money wins races, though

Local state representative candidate Greg Barreto recently got a nice gift — a $30,000 campaign donation from Loren Parks.

Parks, a Nevada businessman who is the largest campaign donor in Oregon history, donated the money to Barreto’s campaign in the race to represent House District 58.

 

Remembering Iwo Jima

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Mel Elder of La Grande served as a radio operator during the battle of Iwo Jima. Elder did so while aboard the USS Hinsdale. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande man recalls famous battle for Japanese island that ended 69 years ago today

Mel Elder can still hear the officers’ words echoing on the public address system of the USS Hinsdale as the ship approached Iwo Jima, a small Japanese island about 760 miles south of Tokyo.

“They all said, ‘Don’t expect a tough assignment. We should have the island secured in three or four days,’” Elder recalled. 

 

Search temporarily suspended for missing boater

Story updated at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

ENTERPRISE – The search continued into Tuesday afternoon for the body of a Caldwell, Idaho, man who has been missing since his boat capsized in the Snake River Friday.

 

Oregon pot stores go legal, despite uncertainty

SALEM — Medical marijuana shops in Oregon are opening their doors with state approval for the first time this week, but at least one may not be in business very long.

 

10 Things to Know for Wednesday, March 26

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

 

Water rates likely to increase over next decade

La Grande water rates may continue to rise over the next decade to maintain funds for capital improvements.

Engineers from Anderson Perry and Associates told city councilors in a Monday night work session that the system is in fairly good shape but that improvements should be made in the next few years to ensure the city has an adequate water supply for the next century.

 

Greg Barreto receives $30,000 campaign donation

Loren Parks, the largest campaign donor in Oregon history, reached into his pocketbook again last week. The Nevada businessman gave $30,000 to Greg Barreto, a Republican from Cove and candidate for House District 58.

Barreto, head of his own manufacturing company, is facing off against John Turner of Pendleton in the May 20 Republican primary.

 

Summerville man involved in log truck wreck near Elgin

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A Summerville man sustained minor injuries after the truck and trailer he was driving came to rest in Phillips Creek Monday afternoon. (OSP photo)
A log truck driver received minor injuries Monday after losing control resulting in the truck and trailer loaded with logs coming to rest on their side in Phillips Creek along Highway 204 about a mile west of Elgin. 

 

March 31 launches construction season on I-84

Beginning March 31, the second construction season of a three-year project along Interstate 84 from milepost 248 to milepost 260.7 will begin, resulting in the below width and length restrictions.

 

BRIEFLY: AARP meeting, potluck set Thursday

AARP meeting, potluck set Thursday

An AARP meeting and potluck takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month through May at the Union County Senior Center.

 
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