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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.

Fire season comes to an end in Northeast Oregon

Fire season is over in Northeast Oregon.

OSP seeking public's help

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help in identifying two men suspected of robbing another man Wednesday night after he stopped to inspect his vehicle in the Deadman Pass area along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. 


More businesses targeted in second burglary spree

Officers with the La Grande Police Department and Union County Sheriff's Office are in joint meetings today to enact a plan of attack for a wave of burglaries across La Grande and into Island City.

Nine more businesses reported burglaries that took place late Wednesday or early Thursday morning in a crime spree that follows five burglaries that took place over the weekend.

No suspects yet in burglaries

Bud Ashcraft, owner of Bud Jackson’s, points out damage done to his cash registers during a weekend break-in. (Tim Mustoe/ The Observer)
Police are still investigating a string of burglaries that took place in La Grande over the weekend.

Bond would boost school

La Grande High School students, from left, Erin Alberts, Heather Keniry and Nathan Fletcher work on a welding project Tuesday in LHS’s vocational technical building. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande High School is flying a bit under the radar in public discussion of the $31.85 million bond levy for maintenance and capital construction the La Grande School District is seeking.

Walden meets with U.S. Forest Service, forest users

Rep. Greg Walden speaks during Monday’s meeting with U.S. Forest Service representatives and forest users at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., took time out from his re-election campaign to meet with national forest users and U.S. Forest Service representatives at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande Monday afternoon.

BRIEFLY: Union City Council meets Thursday

UNION — The Union City Council will discuss ordinance amendments when it meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Union City Hall.

Elgin man arrested on rape charges

A 61-year-old Elgin man was arrested by Union County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday on charges of first-degree rape. Roy Eugene Horn, of 1300 Beverly Terrace, was arrested and lodged in the Union County Jail after a six-month investigation involving a minor child.

La Grande man involved in I-84 crash

A La Grande man was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Monday morning on Interstate 84.


80-year-old killed in crash near Boardman

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year old male. The names of the involved persons have not yet been released. 


Police working on weekend burglaries

The La Grande Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries that took place late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Enticing new businesses

Charma Vaage, left, the owner of Union Bagel Shop, talks with customers Michael and Tamarah Rysavy of La Grande on Thursday. The city council has directed city administrator Sandra Patterson to prepare a resolution for a mini-stimulus package that would fund up to two new businesses in the 2014-15 fiscal year. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
It is a question an increasing number of Union residents will be asking in the near future.

Some not happy with GRH construction

Some neighbors of Grande Ronde Hospital are not happy about the hospital’s construction project, a 17,000- square foot addition that includes a parking garage. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The Grande Ronde Hospital's 4th Street clinic is undergoing some construction and some neighbors aren’t happy about it.

BRIEFLY: South County Health District meets Tuesday

UNION — The South County Health District will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Union Family Health Center. The public is welcome to attend.

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