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Boy charged for shooting pellet gun at car

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Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove, left, and Capt. Craig Ward of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, stand by at the perimeter of a pellet gun shooting Tuesday. Police say a 13-year-old boy shot at a vehicle with his BB pellet gun. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A 13-year-old boy has been charged with criminal mischief in the third degree and reckless endangering after he allegedly fired a BB pellet gun at a vehicle Tuesday morning.

BRIEFLY: Halloween was October’s rainiest day

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged much warmer than normal during the month of October. The   average temperature was 54.6 degrees, 5.8 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 69.5 degrees, 7.2 degrees above normal. The highest was 86 degrees on the Oct. 10. This was the third warmest October on record.

Low temperatures averaged 39.7 degrees, 4.5 degrees above normal. The lowest was 29 degrees on Oct. 23. There were 4 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.29 inches during October, which was at normal. Measurable precipitation (at least .01 inch) was received on nine days with the heaviest, 0.57 inches reported on Oct. 31. The highest wind gust was 43 mph on Oct. 10.

The outlook for November from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande fall from 54 degrees at the start of November to 40 degrees at the end of November. Normal lows fall from 33 degrees to 26 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 2.03 inches.


OBITUARIES: November 4, 2015

Hansell,  Sarman, Volle

Pellet gunshot forces school lockdown

A juvenile male shooting a pellet gun near La Grande Middle forced area schools on lockdown after a vehicle window was shot at.


Comedian ready for the windy city

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Johnson currently is working at Joe Beans on Adams Avenue. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
One La Grande resident may follow in the footsteps of comedians Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Chris Farley when he auditions at Second City in Chicago in less than a year.

Bid awarded for Mayfield gym project

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The Stella Mayfield School gym has been closed since the summer of 2014 for safety reasons. Stella Mayfield School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ELGIN — The future of the Stella Mayfield School gym, closed for about 18 months for safety reasons, is suddenly much brighter.

Coats for Kids warms families

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There were 16 members of the La Grande Soroptimists Club at the Coats for Kids Drive on Saturday at the Riveria Activity Center. Hundreds of boots, gloves, socks and scarves were collected throughout the year to go to families who need them. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Two local organizations came together this weekend to provide warm clothing for families in Union County.

BRIEFLY: URA to act on program policy changes

The La Grande Urban Renewal Agency on Wednesday will consider revisions to the Revitalization Incentive Program Policy, commonly referred to as the “call for projects.” Primary changes involve amending the weighting of criteria, specifically for projects that are for-profit and have a job creation component. Other changes from the Urban Renewal Advisory Commission include adding verbiage to disqualify “undeveloped or bare land” from receiving points under the mitigation of blight criterion.

The URA meets following a regular session of the La Grande City Council. The council will consider an amendment to the city manager’s contract, which would move the city manager’s annual evaluation to coincide with the city’s fiscal year.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the city council chambers at City Hall.


Working his way back

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Calvin Martin poses for a photo while in the hospital in Seattle, Washington. Martin, 14, is recovering after suffering a brain hemorrhage Oct. 14. (Kelly Martin photo)
Fourteen-year-old Calvin Martin is recovering in a Seattle, Washington, hospital following a brain hemorrhage suffered Oct. 14 that required emergency surgery that night.

“He’s been moved from Harborview to Seattle Children’s (for) rehab,” said his mother, Kelly Martin.

On the afternoon of Oct. 14, Calvin, a freshman on the Imbler football team, began to complain of not feeling well during the Panthers’ practice.

“He ran off the field to vomit and then passed out,” Kelly Martin said. “Coaches didn’t get a response and called 911.”


GOP gubernatorial candidate visits EOU

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Republican candidate for governor Dr. Bud Pierce introduces himself to a group of Eastern Oregon University students and faculty Wednesday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Dr. William “Bud” Pierce wants to make the lives of Oregonians better as 
governor.

LHS students get unique lesson

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John Lamoreau’s U.S. government class welcomed a 2012 Academy Award nominee on Wednesday. James Spione, who has directed films like “Incident in New Baghdad” answered the students’ questions about his experience directing, as well as questions about the National Security Administration’s whistleblowers. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Many Americans think they have no reason to be concerned about increasing federal government electronic surveillance because they believe they have nothing to hide.

These individuals should think again.


BRIEFLY: Celebrate asexual awareness week

PFLAG Union County is holding an Anti-Valentine’s Day party tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in celebration of asexual awareness week. The event will be held at Art Center East,1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. Costumes may be worn. 

Pizza and drinks will be provided. Party-goers may bring snacks and candy if they wish. Decorating will begin at 4 p.m., and all are welcome to come early and help.


Oregon officials recommend stripping wolves of protections

PORTLAND — Oregon wildlife officials are recommending that wolves be removed from the state's Endangered Species Act list.


Union City Council discusses marijuana issue


All about the east side: West side delegates visit Wallowa County to learn about life in NE Oregon

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Chelsea Matthews of Anchor Bar Ranch speaks about the wolves that arrived in the Grouse Flat area following the Grizzly Bear Fire this summer. After her dogs were attacked, she now fears for the safety of her pets and children. (Kelly Ducote/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — Elected officials from across the state — and across the aisle — learned a bit about life in Northeast Oregon this week.

Buzz-in security systems installed in school district

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La Grande Middle School secretary Ellen Jones checks the visual monitor on the left when someone buzzes to enter LMS. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
This high-tech doorbell at La Grande Middle School does not chime or ring, but it is creating a buzz among the school’s students, staff and parents.

BRIEFLY: Slough work began this week

Construction crews will be completing the replacement of the culvert structure on Gekeler Slough within 20th Street near the Drive-in for about the next month. Construction began Tuesday and is expected to be completed around the end of November.

This is the first of multiple projects that will take place on 20th Street within the next few months in preparation for the complete reconstruction of the roadway, which is schedule for spring/summer 2016. The closure will be centered on the bridge structure and extend 100 yards in both directions within the roadway.


Changes in store for Rite Aid after takeover by Walgreens


GOP gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce visits campus

Dr. Bud Pierce of Salem, Republican candidate for governor of Oregon, will be on campus Wednesday to talk with students and community members about the issues affecting the state. 


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