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Enterprise police chief steps down

ENTERPRISE — Enterprise Chief of Police Wes Kilgore tendered his resignation to the city council Monday.

BRIEFLY: Get tickets for FBLA donkey basketball

ELGIN — Elgin FBLA will host donkey basketball at 7 p.m. March 31. Advanced tickets are being sold. Contact any Elgin FBLA member for tickets.

Blue springs crossing set to open in may

Ground leveling work is done near the main entrance of the construction site of the Blue Springs Crossing housing complex last week. The 38-unit, $7.6 million project will be finished by the end of May after breaking ground in September. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ISLAND CITY — Old Man Winter is sparing the Grande Ronde Valley his icy grip this year and many are thankful, none more so than John Moody, superintendent of LMC Construction of Tualatin.

Wyden focuses on ‘Fast Track’ during visit

Sen. Ron Wyden addresses a full room at the Union County Senior Center Friday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Sen. Ron Wyden talked veterans, education and “Fast Track” at a town hall meeting Friday at the Union County Senior Center.

Some cities lose funding

Several small communities in Oregon, including North Powder and Wallowa, are no longer eligible for large grants that would help them pay for water and sewer systems, community centers and food banks.

BRIEFLY: Free dental exams offered for kids

“Give Kids a Smile” is a program in which dentists from Northeast Oregon come together at the hygiene school in La Grande and donate their time to children under age 18 who may not otherwise receive dental 
care. To arrange an appointment for the required preliminary exam, call the hygiene school at 541-663-2721.  This exam will be used to determine what dental needs the child has, and then, if needed, an appointment will be scheduled for the May 8 Give Kids a Smile.

Ready to get started: Enterprise water project set to go to bid next month

Enterprise’s water improvement project will begin in late May in order to get work done on Highway 82 between Robert and Arthur streets. ODOT will be chip sealing the highway through town the third week of June. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — The City of Enterprise’s water improvement project is going out to bid next month with construction scheduled for May.

Agency signs off on change

One-fifth of funding from the La Grande Urban Renewal Agency for a proposed grocery store will be allocated to U.S. Bank to use for liquidity purposes.

Farm set to host seed swap

Cindy Edwards, co-owner of Folly Farm, had a flourishing garden last year. Folly Farm is also a you-pick garden for the surrounding community. Edwards will share her plan for her garden for the upcoming summer at Saturday’s event. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
It doesn’t matter if you have a green thumb or not: The semi-annual seed swap at Folly Farm welcomes the community to come, trade seeds and learn about or share their techniques and knowledge with like-minded individuals who want to grow their own non-modified fruits and vegetables.

BRIEFLY: Senior meal celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

COVE — The Cove senior meal on March 20 at the Cove Baptist Church will be corned beef and cabbage, braised red potatoes and Irish bread. Dessert is yellow cake with green frosting. Coffee and tea are served starting at noon with lunch at 12:30 p.m. RSVP with Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Tuesday. There is a $5 charge per meal.

Agency OK's grocery store agreement changes

The La Grande Urban Renewal Agency approved, on a 5-2 vote, amendments to its agreement with owners of a proposed downtown grocery store in a special session Wednesday night.

Reforming lives: Oregon Youth Authority’s Riverbend facility trains, certifies firefighters


  A column of smoke billowed through the trees, visible from Interstate 84.

Union mulls zoning request

UNION — The Union City Council is giving serious consideration to an expansion request, one that could shape the economic future of Union County.

Warm winter coming to an end

Jake Post, 2, enjoys the warm spring-like temperatures Tuesday at Birnie Park in La Grande. The temperature was 66 degrees, and sunny and many people were out enjoying it while it lasted. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
CORVALLIS — If it seemed like Oregon has had a lot of unseasonably warm days this winter,  
it’s because it has. 

BRIEFLY: Watercolor workshop focuses on rock-work

Beginning and intermediate painters are offered a new watercolor workshop taught by well-known artist Jan Clark Saturday at the Art Center at the Old Library. Students will complete a painting of “The Old Stone Church” during the class, which will run from        9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The class will teach students how to make dynamic rock-work in sun and shade and how to choose their palette. The cost for the class is $45, or $40 for Art Center members. 

Register at www.artcenterlagrande.org, call 541-624-2800 or stop in the Art Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

La Grande man celebrates 100 years

 Alfred Johnson was born about the time the Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup.

Getting on his soap box: Former Enterprise teacher Ron Osterloh hopes to get a new soap box derby

Ron Osterloh, right, examines his soap box derby car, the Flashback Express. Matt Sirrine of La Grande, who is helping Osterloh organize a soap box derby here, is also examining the Flashback Express. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The power of gravity is a wonderful and sometimes mysterious thing.

Union appeals 2014 DEQ fine

The City of Union is appealing a fine levied by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a small amount of chlorine released into Catherine Creek in 2014.

BRIEFLY: NEOEDD board meets Thursday afternoon

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Misener Room of the Union County Courthouse Annex, 1007 Fourth St., in La Grande. All NEOEDD board meetings are open to the public.

The NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

A return to its roots: Micronesian students at Eastern may double within a year

Eastern Oregon University students Ciara Haruo, Ngeyaol Polycarp and Meyar Mamis enjoy a light moment Monday at EOU’s Multicultural Center. All three of the students are from Palau, a part of the region of Micronesia. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University’s pipeline to the Western Pacific, after slowing to a trickle, may soon begin flowing robustly again.

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