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Information sought in Cove robbery

The Union County Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information after a robbery was reported in Cove Saturday night.

Still searching for answers: Brother, uncle of death row inmates questions investigation

Doug Turnidge flips through one of several binders full of information regarding the 2008 Woodburn bank bombing investgation. Doug’s brother, Bruce, and nephew, Joshua, are on Oregon’s death row in the case, but Doug has a number of concerns surrounding their convictions. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Doug Turnidge believes in the death penalty, even with a brother and nephew on Oregon’s death row.

Wind wreaks havoc

A house on Enterprise’s River Street had a large fir fall across it. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — A freak mid-winter wind storm ripped through the Wallowa Valley Thursday night and Friday morning leaving extensive damage to homes and trees in its wake.

Search for new president progressing

The search for Eastern Oregon University’s next president is gaining momentum.

BRIEFLY: Missing boy found safe in north county

A missing 13-year-old boy was found safe after the group he was shed hunting with Sunday afternoon reported him missing.

The boy, who was not named by authorities, was reported missing mid-afternoon Sunday, said Union County Sheriff’s Capt. Craig Ward. Union County Search and Rescue was fully activated with a command center set up on Bowman Loop north of Elgin and a communications team back at the sheriff’s office.

Ward said Sunday while the boy was missing that the boy did not have a known medical condition but was not equipped to be out overnight.

The boy was found around 6:10 p.m., several hours after law enforcement had been called.

School district set to make new hires

Following a hiring process that involved board members, administrators, teachers and classified staff, La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze will recommend Carol Byron for the special education director, Suzy Mayes for the Central Elementary School principal and Ryan Westenskow as the Greenwood Elementary School principal.


Taking care of business: The FBLA Blue Mountain Regional Skills Conference

La Grande High School sophomores, from left, Emma Eggert, Keesha Grover, Braden Crews and Mariah Bornstedt talk while taking a break between events at the FBLA’s Blue Mountain Regional Skills Conference on Thursday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Elgin High School student Carrie Jo Moore did not look but she could see a mini-disaster looming. A disaster she deftly avoided.

Bill would help cities: Senate Bill 524 would give power to tax, ban pot to Oregon city councils

SALEM — La Grande and other Oregon cities and counties would get more power to ban, tax and regulate recreational marijuana under a bill filed this week in the Oregon Senate.

City council pay gets reinstated

For the first time since 2011, members of the La Grande City Council will be paid more than $1 a month.

BRIEFLY: Groundhog breakfast set for Saturday

NORTH POWDER — The annual groundhog pancake breakfast will run from 
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wolf Creek Grange in North Powder. The cost is $3 for children 10 and younger, $6 for adults and $20 for a family of five or more. The children’s meal will consist of two pancakes, eggs, meat and a drink. The adult meal will consist of three pancakes, two meats and a drink.

OBITUARIES: Feb. 6, 2015

Mayfield, Shorb, Campo, Berg, Cochran, Townsend, Wilson

Oregonian editorial board calls for governor's resignation

PORTLAND — The editorial board of Oregon's largest newspaper on Wednesday called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign amid escalating ethical questions about his fiancee.

Council OK's parking lot plan, compensation

The La Grande City Council on Wednesday night approved a modified site plan for a parking lot on Fourth Street.

Historic milestone: Powder Valley High School officials ready for 2016 centennial

Powder Valley High School is gearing up to celebrate its centennial. The school district is in the preliminary stage of organizing its celebration and is inviting people with old photos and historic information to come forward so they can later be shared with the public. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Today, the amphitheater is gone and the student productions it showcased are mostly forgotten. Stories of the school’s past, however, still burn brightly in the minds of many, tales that will soon take center stage.

3rd Battalion gears for training

Sgt. Brent Caldwell, Cove, a member of Baker City’s Fox Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, presents a class on a .50 caliber machine gun during Fox Company’s drill last month. (Pat Caldwell/For the Observer)
This summer the men and women who fill out the roster of Eastern Oregon’s largest Army National Guard outfit will once again deploy to a desert location to fulfill their annual training requirement.

Commissioners vote to pass resolution to delist gray wolf

The Union County Commissioners voted to begin the process of delisting the gray wolf from the endangered species list in Union County.

BRIEFLY: Vendors wanted for EOLS flea market

UNION — The City of Union Chamber is seeking vendors for a downtown flea market to take place June 13 in conjunction with the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. 

For more information or to reserve a place, call 541-562-5270 or 541-910-1033 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

State’s Snowpack conditions below normal

Cade Cunningham and Owen Cunningham play in the snow Friday afternoon at the ski resort near Spout Springs. The resort is closed, with no activity because of the lack of snow this winter. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Oregon’s snowpack is looking dismal for much of the state. For Eastern Oregon, the “normal” has become less than what it really should be, but conditions may improve.

Literacy center helps kids, adults reach their potential

Tutor Pam Busey helps student Sylvia Tommy with her reading at the literacy center at Cook Memorial Library Wednesday afternoon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Students reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who aren’t, said La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze.

School district targets publicity

The Cove School District is launching an effort to advertise its board meetings more thoroughly and improve the procedures it follows at meetings. 

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