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Cattle loss alarms ranch

Above normal cattle loss that graze on public land prompted a Baker County ranch manager to send a letter to area agencies and media early last week.

George Rollins of the Pine Valley Ranch said 12 mature cows and 12 calves (not pairs) were missing from the cattle turned out in July on the East Pine Valley allotment north of Halfway. The cattle were gathered in October.

 

Finding a future for sage grouse

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The greater sage grouse, known for its mating dance, is in decline across the West. The United States Bureau of Land Management’s preliminary blueprint is designed to prevent the sage grouse from securing protective status under the mandates of the Federal Endangered Species Act.

One critical implication of a recent spate of meetings about the future of sage grouse in Oregon is that ranchers and farmers must be attuned to potential regulatory initiatives, the chairman of a key Oregon Cattlemen Associations committee said.

 

Helping US veterans cut through red tape

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Lonnie Myers, standing next to a sign for the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, devotes much of his time to helping veterans. The retired U.S. Marine colonel is an active member of the advisory board of the Community Based Outpatient VA Clinic in La Grande. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

Lonnie Myers extending meaningful support to veterans

Miles of red tape often are insurmountable roadblocks for military veterans seeking health care from the Veterans Administration.

 

Harold Fruitts sentenced to 20 months

Elgin man fined, sentenced to prison for 2012 death of county public works employee

Harold “J.R.” Fruitts was sentenced to 20 months in a Department of Corrections facility Friday morning.

The sentencing follows a December conviction of criminally negligent homicide in the February 2012 death of John Rysdam III. 

 

Garcia targets LGPD, others

La Grande talk show host files complaints against police officer, deputy district attorney

Local radio personality Eddie Garcia has filed official complaints against a La Grande police officer and a Union County deputy district attorney. 

 

Caught in a typhoon

Portland-based band gets students electrified about music, begins national tour in Cove

 

10 Things to Know for Monday, Jan. 20

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Fruitts sentenced to 20 months in prison

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Harold "J.R." Fruitts was sentenced to 20 months in a Department of Corrections facility Friday morning.

The sentencing follows a December conviction of criminally negligent homicide in the February 2012 death of John Rysdam III. 

 

Beer fest name decided

Date, location still to be determined

The Eastern Oregon Beer Festival will soon be coming to La Grande.

That was the name decided by event organizers at a meeting Thursday night.

 

Advisory commission applications up

City council appoints commissioners, confirms committee assignments

The La Grande City Council confirmed appointments to advisory commissions and councilor committee assignments Wednesday.

City Recorder Sandy Lund said she was pleased to get numerous applications for the advisory commissions vacancies. 

 

Students create city website

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Joseph School ninth-grade students in Liza Butts’ computer applications class redesigned and took on the management of the city’s josephoregon.com website. In the fall, the kids took pictures to update the art on the site. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Joseph ninth graders take on task of creating new website for city

JOSEPH — When the City of Joseph was faced with looking for a new website vendor, a team of computer experts came to the rescue. The Joseph School’s Computer Applications class took on the task of managing the website this fall and the new design rolled out the first of the year. 

 

Busy session on the horizon

Guns, pot big issues as Oregon lawmakers get ready to get back to work

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature will return to the Capitol this February to tackle issues running the gamut from expanding background checks on gun sales to setting the stage for legalizing recreational marijuana to easing state control over liquor sales.  

 

Blackman arrested, dismissed from EOU football team

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Eastern Oregon quarterback Dominique Blackman was released Tuesday from the football team following a Monday night arrest. Blackman was charged with fourth-degree domestic assault.

Dominique Blackman will not be suiting up in Eastern Oregon blue and gold next season. 

The 23-year-old quarterback was released Tuesday from the football team following a Monday night arrest. Blackman was charged with fourth-degree domestic assault.

 

Tough decision looms for campus leadership

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Evan Bryan, Eastern Oregon University’s student body president, is a strong supporter of the hybrid model for governance of the state’s four regional universities. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Tough decision looms for campus leadership

The question has people buzzing in Oregon higher education circles.

How will Oregon’s four regional state universities be governed 1-1/2 years from now in the wake of radical changes triggered by the passage of Senate Bill 270 last summer? 

 

Public Safety Report for January 17, 2014

Public Safety Report for January 17, 2014
 

BRIEFLY: Search and rescue finds 93-year-old

TROY — Wallowa County Search and Rescue was dispatched Tuesday to find a 93-year-old woman who had left her house north of Troy after dark.

Sheriff Steve Rogers said a call came in at 7:25 p.m. that Betty Parr of Grouse Creek Lane was reported missing. Her family had been looking for her since 5 p.m. before they called for help.

Rogers said Parr frequently walks on her road near the house. “We deployed Search and Rescue, but a neighbor found her 6 miles from home at 10:47 p.m., barefoot. Her feet were bloody and she was cold.”

Otherwise Parr was fine and returned to her family.

 

Learnin' the fiddle

 
 

10 Things to Know for Friday, Jan. 17

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

 

Cell phone use cause of injury accident on Interstate 84

Read more...Distracted driving related to the use of a mobile communications device was a contributing factor in a Wednesday morning single vehicle rollover traffic crash along Interstate 84 about 30 miles east of Baker City. 

 

Lawmakers grill Cover Oregon leader over problems

SALEM — State lawmakers grilled the leader of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange Wednesday about whether Cover Oregon's technology and reputation can ever recover from widespread problems with an online enrollment system.

 
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