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County did not analyze costs

Despite labeling one choice as the cheapest option of seven, Union County commissioners did not analyze cost differences among alternative options for siting a new courthouse, according to testimony heard in court Wednesday.

BRIEFLY: Chef prepares pork chile verde at market

Saturday at the La Grande Farmers’ Market, enjoy a performance from Envoy, followed by a special demonstration by Mark Gomez at the ReMax Chef at the Market booth. During the music break at 10:30 a.m., Gomez will demonstrate how to prepare pork chile verde, and people are encouraged to stop by for a free sample

Section of Whiskey Creek Road expected to close for two weeks in September

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s contractor JAL Construction will be closing a short section of Whiskey Creek Road 5.5 miles east of Wallowa starting the week of September 8 or September 15.

One more attack on livestock may mean kill order for wolves

GRANTS PASS — One of Oregon’s wolf packs is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to be considered for a kill order under the state’s unique rules.

County: Suit is a 'publicity stunt'

Judge Eva Temple presided over a day-long hearing Wednesday regarding Shelter From the Storm and Union County.

SFS is seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the eviction of the nonprofit from its advocacy center on the Union County campus. On April 1, the county notified the shelter that they must evict the building by Sept. 1.

Housing project to break ground

An event marking the start of the first building project of its kind in Union County in at least two decades is fast approaching. 

Nature’s Pantry Owners optimistic about new grocery store

Linda Clayville, co-owner of Nature’s Pantry, looks forward to seeing more foot traffic in the area thanks to a new grocery story being built across the street from her. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Nearly three decades ago, Linda and Dennis Clayville went out on a limb to open their own natural foods store.

Veterans raise money for memorial signs

Two signs will be installed in Union County to commemorate Vietnam veterans. The total cost for the signs is $2,200 which was raised from funds donated by local veterans. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
It took nine days to raise $2,200 for the local Vietnam Veterans to get their Interstate 84 signs.

Drill brings teachers face-to-face with shooter scenario

La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey, right, looks on as officers react to a gunman scenario in the active shooter drill on Tuesday at the Grande Ronde Academy. (Tim Mustoe/ The Observer)
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active shooter scenario?

BRIEFLY: Learn to help children cope with divorce

The next Helping Children Cope with Divorce/Separation class, facilitated by educator Mary Lu Pierce, will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St. For more information, call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228. People are asked not to bring their children, as child care is not provided. The free class is sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee.

Single vehicle crash kills 1 near Enterprise

The Oregon State Police continues to investigate the cause of Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 82 south of Enterprise that resulted in the death of an adult female from Enterprise. 

North Pine section of FSR 39 to be open until Oct. 14

Construction continues on the 13-mile stretch of the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, also known as the North Pine section of Forest Service Road 39. The North Pine section begins at the junction of Highway 86 and FSR 39 and heads north for 13 miles on FSR 39 to the junction of FSR 66.

Court hearing for truck company delayed

A hearing regarding the long running dispute involving an Island City trucking company owned by Jon Fregulia, Oregon Trail Transport, was delayed Monday night.

Truck driver stabbed near Ontario

Oregon State Police are investigating a stabbing of a commercial truck driver along Interstate 84 about 15 miles west of Ontario.

Agency vote is just the start

The Urban Renewal Agency issued its decision. Now the work begins.

Teachers work long hours preparing for First Day of School

Eastern Oregon University graduate and first-time teacher Emily Manley prepares her first-grade classroom for the new school year at Greenwood Elementary School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Emily Manley had planned to make a relaxing shopping trip to Boise this past weekend.

That was before she received a phone call that jolted her world.

Ombudsman volunteers needed in La Grande

Nellie Edwards, left, throws her dice during a game of Yahtzee Friday at the Elkhorn Adult Foster Home in Baker City as Barbara Sanders, center, and Geri Riggs look on. Hutzler/WesCom News Service)
Volunteers are needed in La Grande to advocate for residents in assisted living homes and adult foster homes.

BRIEFLY: Senior center hosts picnic in park

The Union County Senior Center invites the community to a picnic at Riverside Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Cost for lunch for those younger than 60 is $5.50. Suggested donation for those 60 and older is $2.50. The menu will include chicken, baked beans, potato salad, rolls, watermelon, cookies, coffee, water and ice tea.  

Riots not a concern here

Ferguson, Mo., has had its fair share of the news the last few weeks with the officer-involved shooting of an unarmed black man earlier this month.

Court facility bid awarded

Union County Commissioners on Wednesday awarded the bid for construction of a new courthouse to Mike Becker General Contractor.

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