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Residents raise concerns over Scenic Waterway proposal

More than a dozen people, including state Sen. Bill Hansell, testified Wednesday morning in opposition to establishing a portion of the Grande Ronde River as an Oregon Scenic Waterway.

Union County commissioners, after a brief presentation about the Scenic Waterway proposal, heard public comments on the matter.

Rep. Walden to talk forests in La Grande Monday

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will be in Eastern Oregon on Monday for meetings on forestry and agriculture.

Chromebooks will help Imbler students prepare for new test

Imbler Elementary School second-grade teacher Becki McIntosh helps Sara Baylink, one of her students, while she works on a Chromebook. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Technology is a tool for self expression, but sometimes it can pose a communication hurdle.

Candidates touch on key voter concerns

Union County Commissioner candidate Jack Howard, second from right, answers a question as opponent Bill Rosholt, right, listens during Tuesday’s candidate forum at the La Grande Middle School. Eight candidates answered the voters’ questions during the forum. The candidates included La Grande mayoral candidate Steve Clements, and city council candidates Pat Cochrane, Eddie Garcia and Justin Rock. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The two candidates vying for the Union County Commissioner Position 1 seat stole the show at Tuesday night’s forum as Jack Howard and incumbent William Rosholt squared off.

Area residents cover county campus in prayer

About 50 people circled the county campus in silent meditation Monday night as part of a Unity Vigil.

BRIEFLY: Josephy Center celebrates horses

JOSEPH — Thursday is the next Cinema Night at the Josephy Center. The movie “Secretariat” will be shown as part of the ongoing “The Year of the Horse” program.

In the film, Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. Doors open at 
6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

“The Year of the Horse” program continues Friday as the Josephy Center presents bestselling author Molly Gloss. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gloss’ writing touches the core of the horse lover’s heart with books such as “The Hearts of Horses” and “Falling From Horses.” Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who lives in Portland. Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

Trucking company given approval to continue operating

The Island City City Council voted to let Oregon Trail Transport, a trucking company owned by Jon Fregulia, to continue operating following a hearing Monday night.


As of 12:01 am, October 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission. 

Chamber backs purchase

The Wallowa County Chamber’s board of directors voted to write a letter in support of the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership’s pursuit to purchase nearly 1,800 acres of the east moraine for eventual ownership by the county. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer )
ENTERPRISE — Maintaining the integrity of Wallowa Lake’s east moraine has been a mission of the county since it wrote its land-use plan in 1976. Last week, the Wallowa Lake Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors voted to write a letter of support to put nearly 1,800 acres into county ownership.

Waterway comments due by Wednesday

The state is in the midst of an evaluation to see if it will consider designating part of the Grande Ronde River as a Scenic Waterway. The portion of the river from the Washington border to the confluence with the Wallowa River has already been designated a Scenic Waterway. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Members of the public have until Wednesday to complete a survey for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as it considers adding a portion of the Grande Ronde River to its State Scenic Waterways.

Anniversary recalls a different era.

Citizens of the town of Cove put up light posts in this early 20th Century photograph. Union County celebrates its 150th anniversary Tuesday. (W.R. Gekeler photo)
Union County was far from the cutting edge of communications technology when it was founded Oct. 14, 1864.

BRIEFLY: Candidates forum set for 7 p.m. Tuesday

Hear from candidates in local contested races during a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the La Grande Middle School Commons.

The forum will be a time to hear from La Grande City Council candidates and those vying for the position of county commissioner and House District 58 representative.

BRIEFLY: Seniors can earn auto insurance discount

The next “Smart Driver” Driver Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Cost for the updated class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.

For registration and more information, call Fred Moore at 541-910-9797. In most cases, completion of the class entitles drivers older than 55 to a discount in their auto insurance.

Learning to let go

Beth Upshaw maintains a record of her cancer journey in the back of her planner. She still makes a note after visiting her Portland oncologist every three months.(Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Though it ran in her family, Upshaw didn’t think she, too, would hear the words, “You have cancer.”

Police arrest wanted felon

Officers from the La Grande Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office converge on a home on the corner of V Avenue and Ash Street Thursday afternoon. Police said Cody Hamlin, who had fled from parole officers, was hiding inside the house and was later taken into custody. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande Police arrested a 24-year-old transient Thursday afternoon after he attempted to elude parole officers.

Supreme Court makes stop in La Grande

Justices with the Oregon Supreme Court listen to arguments for a case Thursday at La Grande High School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Twin sisters Jayden and Jerika Christman, seniors at La Grande High School, enjoyed a power lunch Thursday, a meal with two of the most influential people in Oregon — state Supreme Court justices Virginia Linder and Martha Lee Walters.

Law enforcement arrest man fleeing parole officers

(Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande Police, with the help of the Union County Sheriff's Office, arrested Cody Hamlin this afternoon after Hamlin fled from parole and probations officers who informed him he was under arrest on a charge of parole violation. 

BRIEFLY: View film Thursday, attend lecture Oct. 16

ENTERPRISE — This year’s Fishtrap Fall Arts & Lecture Series continues with an exploration of Anna Leonowens’ account of her life in Siam, the inspiration for “The King & I.” The film will be shown Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Fishtrap House, 400 E. Grant St. Admission is $5. Next week, Oct. 16, Alfred Habeggar’s lecture will look at how Leonowens may have misrepresented an Asian people and a nation. For more information, call Maya at 541-426-3623.

Down to the last ‘straw’

The wolf may huff and puff, but there’s no way this straw house is coming down. 

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