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BRIEFLY: LHS Class of 1947 meets Monday

La Grande High School Class of 1947 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Flying J Truck Plaza. Everyone is welcome.


Cove continues looking into bond levy

COVE — The Cove School Board is a small step closer to deciding whether it will seek a bond levy for capital construction and maintenance work.


Candidates vie for votes in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — Candidates vying to represent District 58 in 2015-16 lobbied Wallowa County residents this week. The two Republicans, Greg Barreto of Cove and John Turner of Pendleton, will square off in May’s primary election.



Years of service saluted in Island City

The Island City Lions Club recently celebrated 40 years of existence. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
The Island City Lions Club was founded in January 1974, a time when the slide rule was still a popular tool for solving math problems. 


2014 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW: Oregon lawmakers set modest agenda for February

The Oregon Legislature convenes Feb. 3 for the 2014 session. (The Associated Press photo)
SALEM — Oregon lawmakers spent three days earlier this month discussing big, bold changes for Oregon, ranging from a bridge replacement project that would be the most ambitious in state history to deep shifts in the way consumers might obtain booze and marijuana.


Rare winter wildfires in SW Oregon and Coast Range

Unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in Western Oregon. In the Astoria District between Arch Capes and Manzanita, the 50-acre Falcon Fire is burning, and nearby the 30-acre Shingle Mill Fire. Oregon Dept. of Forestry and partner fire agencies are fighting both blazes. 


Arrest made at EOU radio station

Officers of the Union-Wallowa Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the Eastern Oregon University campus early Friday morning.

Officers arrested Grant F. Parker, 22, Summerville, at the KEOL radio station on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of oxycodone and unlawful delivery of oxycodone.


10 Things to Know for Friday, Jan. 24

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


Adkison named provost at Henderson State University

Steve Adkison

Steve Adkison, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Eastern Oregon University, has accepted the provost position at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. beginning July 1. 

Adkison and his wife, Jennifer, an associate professor of English and writing, will remain at EOU through the end of spring term. 


EOU's Adkison takes job in Arkansas

Steve Adkison, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at EOU, has accepted the provost position at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. beginning July 1.


Adkison and his wife Jennifer, an associate professor of English and writing, will remain at EOU through the end of spring term. 


County eyeing facility design

Union County Commissioners were encouraged Wednesday morning to seek a one-story design for the new courthouse.


UHS student a finalist in competition

Cory Andrews

Cory Andrews’ essay offers optimism about nation’s future

Union High School senior Cory Andrews is proving he has the write stuff.

An essay written by Andrews has been selected as a state finalist in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy contest. 


Counterfeit bills circulate downtown

Jenny Bartell, of Community Merchants, now checks incoming bills with a counterfeit detector pen, which runs black if the bill is fake. Bartell discovered a counterfeit $20 bill last week while counting her register. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande Police Department advises merchants to accept bills with caution 

When Jenny Bartell, owner of Community Merchants, was counting money from her register last Thursday, she noticed something odd in the stack of $20 bills.

One just didn’t feel quite right. 


Police try to map thefts

Victims, information sought in widespread diesel thefts around Eastern Oregon

Victims of diesel fuel thefts in Central and Eastern Oregon are helping Oregon State Police map out where thefts occurred from May 2012 to January of this year.

The OSP continue to seek information and possible victims related to the thefts, which OSP officials believe likely occurred in remote and rural areas including Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler, Grant, Morrow, Gilliam, Umatilla, Union, Harney, Malheur, Wallowa, Deschutes, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties.


PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Wednesday, Jan. 22


Briefly: Two Big Read events on tap for Thursday

WALLOWA — Fishtrap celebrates the 2014 Big Read with seven weeks of events surrounding the classic Western novel “True Grit.” Thursday, Paul VanDevelder will present “Portrayal of Indians in True Grit and Western Literature” at 6 p.m. at the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center and at 7 p.m. at the Wallowa Senior Center. For more information on the Big Read, go to www.fishtrap.org.


Change made in 200-mile race

The Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race is a highly recognized race in the West, offering the only Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifier in the region. A balance of consistency and change has helped keep this race at the forefront of the best-run races, organizers said.


Novice musher hits trail

Susan Parraga runs her Siberian Huskies along the Divide Country between Big Sheep Creek and the Imnaha River some of the same ground covered by the mush teams of the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race. (Courtesy Gary Parraga)

Rural Joseph woman tests dogs in Eagle Cap Extreme

Celebrating 10 years of hosting dog sled racers from around the West and Canada, this year’s Eagle Cap Extreme welcomes local Susan Parraga of rural Joseph to its list of competitors.


Snow removal for residents to end

The City of Elgin will likely halt snow removal services for elderly and disabled residents.

That was the consensus of the Elgin City Council at a Tuesday work session.


WURA gets support from state parks

WALLOWA — The framework for a coalition to pursue construction of a trail along the Joseph Branch was laid out by representatives from Oregon State Parks Tuesday at the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority’s monthly meeting.

Rocky Houston presented an outline of how the state parks department planned to facilitate the planning process to determine if communities along the line, stretching from Elgin to Joseph, support a trail alongside the railway and if the project is feasible.

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