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City council hosts town hall regarding street repairs

Most in ‘fair to poor’ condition

JOSEPH — The Joseph City Council took its street repair needs to the people in a town hall meeting. A report from Anderson Perry Associates of La Grande said the majority of the streets are “fair to poor.”

Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates president, gave a similar presentation at the town hall as he had at the city council’s regularly scheduled January meeting. 


Group of ‘Gypsies’ burglarize La Grande’s No. 1 China Buffet

A group described by witnesses as “Gypsies” distracted the owner of No. 1 China Buffet Sunday afternoon and stole cash from the restaurant. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Purse containing restaurant money taken Sunday 

A group described as “Gypsies”  by witnesses distracted the owner of No. 1 China Buffet in order to steal her purse from the restaurant Sunday afternoon.

An unknown group of people — four women and one man — entered the restaurant at about 2:10 p.m. Once they were seated, they started a conversation with the owner, police believe, in an attempt to distract her.


Local aspiring ranchers receive heifers

Three Wallowa County FFA members received heifers at the annual Stockgrowers “Dollars for Scholars” dinner and pie auction held at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds’ Cloverleaf Hall. Stockgrowers President Scott Shear, left, and Haygrowers Association President Mark Butterfield awarded Darby Gassett a bred heifer and Tiffanie George and Gabrielle Wells heifer calves. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Three Wallowa County FFA members received heifers last week at the annual “Dollars for Scholars” dinner sponsored by the Wallowa County Stockgrowers in Enterprise.

This year, the auction brought in $7,000 and had a record 137 dinner attendees.


Chamber honors top citizens

Adrian Harguess

Community leaders were honored Sunday night at the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen’s Award Banquet.


PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Wednesday, Jan. 29


BRIEFLY: Library board hosts pancake fundraiser

NORTH POWDER — The North Powder Library Board is hosting its annual Groundhog Day pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wolf Creek Grange on E Street next to the post office. 

All proceeds go to help with necessities for the library. Adult meals are $6 and include three pancakes, two eggs, two meats and a choice of two drinks. Children’s meals are $3 and include two pancakes, an egg, one meat, and milk or juice. The family rate is $20.


Icy roads slow traffic, close schools

Icy road conditions caused numerous traffic problems and school delays Wednesday morning, with wet conditions set to continue for the next few days.


School starting late Wednesday morning

Inclement weather is pushing back the start of school Wednesday morning.


Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

WASHINGTON — At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded swiftly and sharply to President Barack Obama's State of the Union vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.


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Catherine Creek ice jam forces road closure

Water pushed a massive pile of ice on to a 150- to 200-yard stretch of Highway 203  just east of Union Monday evening, forcing the closure of a one-mile portion of the two-lane road for about 4-1/2 hours.


Council: Cuts inevitable in long term

The La Grande City Council voiced frustration with the state government during its annual Council Retreat Monday night.

In discussing short-term and long-term budget plans, the councilors noted that shifting funds around won't stop the inevitable: deep cuts.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday, Jan. 28

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ANSWER MAN: Has the area been represented on 'Wheel of Fortune'?

We know of at least two people who once lived in La Grande who have been contestants on the popular game show.

The most recent was Chris Warren, who appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” in a segment broadcast in May 2012. Warren, a 1999 La Grande High School graduate, was a Lake Oswego resident at the time he competed on the game show. He moved there from La Grande in 2008. Warren, who served in Iraq in 2004-05 and in Afghanistan in 2006-07 with the Oregon National Guard, appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” in his military uniform. 


County flu cases down for now

From left, Eudora Charlton, Kathy Ward and Amy Frederick discuss the masks available at Grande Ronde Hospital’s entrance. Anyone with flu-like symptoms is urged to wear a mask when visiting or to avoid visiting at all. (Photo by Chris Baxter)
County health officials expect second peak, urge residents to get vaccinated

Health officials hope cases of the flu will stay at bay in Union County.


Study of pesky insect begins

Scientists hope they are closer to managing the pest 

Scientists now know a little bit more about the insect previously known as the “grass bug.”


Hybrid model still alive for Eastern Oregon, other schools

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies, left, said that he is close to giving his support to the hybrid option. (Eastern Oregon University photo)
WOU decision does not hurt hybrid moedel chances 

The hybrid model is still alive as a governance option for Eastern Oregon University and the three other regional and technical state universities in Oregon.

EOU President Bob Davies is making this point clear following the announcement on Thursday that Western Oregon University President Mark Weiss will request an institutional board for WOU.


Wallowa County receives grant for veterans officer

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County received $9,612 in funding last week from the Veterans’ Extended Outreach Grant Program to support its veteran service office. The money was part of $600,000 in grants distributed by the 2013 Oregon Legislative Assembly.


Stand Down aims to aid area’s homeless veterans

Answers to questions on everything from housing to employment, education to health care and transportation to retirement issues will be available in the second annual “stand down” for area veterans Wednesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center and Armory.

Union County Veterans Services Officer Byron Whipple said representatives from a host of local, state and federal agencies, plus veterans’ service organizations, will be on hand to answer questions and explain help available to those who have served the country.


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