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SFS closes down its food bank

Union County is losing one of its most accessible food banks.

BRIEFLY: I-84 restrictions lifted west of La Grande

The width, height and trailer length restrictions on Interstate 84 between Meacham and La Grande have been lifted. 

I-84 westbound was restricted to 14 feet in width, while eastbound lanes were restricted to 12 feet in width. There were additional trailer length, overall length and height restrictions in place, depending on direction of travel. 

In addition, the westbound on-ramp from U.S. 30 to I-84 near Exit 259 (west end of La Grande) is now re-opened.

There may be occasional, short-term lane closures over the next couple weeks, but the freeway is back to two-lane traffic for both eastbound and westbound freeways between mileposts 260 and 246 (La Grande to Kamela Interchange).

Motor carriers should direct questions to the Over-Dimension Permits Unit at 503-373-0000. The Over-Dimension Permits Unit is available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on state holidays and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays for staff meetings.

Garcia trespassing case to continue for second day

Eddie Garcia's trespassing case will continue into this morning for closing statements and deliberations of the jury.


Last day to mail election ballots in Oregon

SALEM — The Oregon secretary of state's office says Friday is the last day for residents to put their ballots in the mail if they want them to arrive in time for Tuesday's election.

Eddie Garcia trial

After fours hours in the courtroom, the jury has been selected to hear Eddie Garcia's trespassing case.

La Grande City Council passes recreational marijuana sales tax

In a 4-3 vote, the La Grande City Council voted to pass a 25 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana.

BRIEFLY: Area Commission on Transportation meets

The North East Area Commission on Transportation will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 5 Headquarters, 3012 Island Ave. The public is invited to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities, per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The NEACT is comprised of transportation stakeholders from Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Baker counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Time has been set aside for public comments regarding project proposals and other transportation-related topics. To schedule time on the agenda at NEACT meetings, call Lisa Hill at 541-963-3179.

Chamber honors farmers, ranchers during banquet

Pam Glenn presents Donna Beverage with the Ag Woman of the Year award at Tuesday’s awards banquet. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Donna Beverage was one of several farmers and ranchers celebrated Tuesday for their commitment to the agricultural community.

City council candidate headed to court

A candidate for La Grande City Council will be in court Thursday for a six-person trial by jury regarding a misdemeanor charge from September 2013.

Police: Actively working case

Police have identified two individuals, above, as persons of interest and are looking to speak with them. La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey said they are looking to the public to help identify the two men photographed. “We’d like to talk to these folks,” Harvey said. (La Grande Police Department Photo)
Catching those responsible for a spree of burglaries last week across La Grande is a top priority, said La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey.

Putting science to work

In one of the classrooms, the girls would learn about bones and how to determine the height of the victim and the perpetrator during the annual Girls in Science event over the weekend at Eastern Oregon University. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A group of middle school students solved a murder mystery using their math and science skills at Eastern Oregon University over the weekend.

Wandschneider still living ‘back-to-the land’

Rich Wandschneider moved to Wallowa County in 1971 and he is now the director of the Josephy Library in Joseph. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
JOSEPH — When one is young, one dreams of the future. When the future arrives, the dreams may change, the end result being a collage of experience and memories.

Facing off for House seat

They may not have the same letter behind their names, but House District 58 candidates do have one thing in common: They both call Cove home.

BRIEFLY: Movie takes intense look at bullying

ENTERPRISE — A screening of the movie “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 207 Park St. in Enterprise. The movie is being shown as part of National Bullying Awareness month and due to content is recommended for viewers 13 and older. A discussion will follow. Popcorn and other treats will be provided.

10 Things to Know for Monday, Oct. 27

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

Hot Lake Springs announces new business owners

Hot Lake Springs has been purchased by Jay and Jeri Mackley.

K House sets open house to show off remodeled kitchen

The Rev. Kathryn Macek of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, left, and Zion Lutheran Church pastor Colleen Nelson show off the new kitchen at Koinonia House. (Tim Mustoe/ The Observer)
Koinonia House, Eastern Oregon University’s Christian center, used to have a regular tiny home-size kitchen.

Food drive off to strong start

A total of 14 businesses donated the equivalent of 34,000 of food to the Union County Food Bank Thursday as part of the annual Community Action Network Food Drive. (Tim Mustoe/ The Observer)
The Community Action Network may be record bound.

Different methods proving effective

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County’s parole and probation department is working to reduce recidivism and get drug and alcohol abusers the help they need.

BRIEFLY: Celebrate National Food Day today

The Blue Mountain Chapter Food and Agriculture Policy Team and Eastern Oregon University Mission for Environmental and Social Awareness (M.E.S.A.) are co-sponsoring National Food Day film screenings of two films.“GMO OMG” will be shown at 3 p.m. in Room 210 of Ackerman Hall on the EOU campus. This film offers a look at genetically modified organisms through the eyes of a father who tries to get information on what GMOs mean to his family.

“Fed Up” will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Stage Door behind the Liberty Theatre on Adams Avenue in La Grande. This documentary explores America’s overindulgence in consuming sugar and the governmental subsidy of the sugar industry. 

National Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and the country’s food policies. Every Oct. 24, thousands of events around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

There will be free non-GMO popcorn available at both events.

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