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10 Things to Know for Wednesday, March 12

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday, March 11

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

 

Wildhorse gives funds to community organizations

PENDLETON — The Wildhorse Foundation, a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington, has announced the awards for the fourth quarter of 2013. 

A total of $211,941 was awarded to 32 recipients, bringing the total for 2013 to $848,997.

 

High water possible today in Union County

Streams, creeks and the Grande Ronde River are running high and fast due to rainfall and snow melt runoff. Creeks, streams and the river are expected to crest last today.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory until 4:15 p.m.

 

Walk for Warmth event raises more than $11,000

Community members throughout Union County really came together Feb. 15 to help families in need.        

Everyone who walked, pledged money and sponsored the Walk for Warmth event has a lot to feel good about. 

 

BRIEFLY: Dinner will support drug-free youth

Dinner will support drug-free youth 

The La Grande Rotary Club is hosting an enchilada fundraiser to support the Drug-Free Youth program of the La Grande Middle School and other youth service projects.

The dinner will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. 

 

Standoff suspect to appear in court next week

Gregory Carter faces misdemeanors, is being held on $30,000 bail

The Union County man accused of holding his four minor children against their will in a 5-1/2 hour standoff in February is scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing next week.

 

District selects new leader

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Beth Burton was one of two finalists for school district superintendent

Beth Burton, an educator with strong Northeast Oregon ties, will soon take the reins of the Imbler School District.

Burton has been selected as Imbler’s next superintendent by the district’s school board. On Friday, Burton signed a contract to serve as superintendent. The Imbler School Board will vote later this month on ratification of the contract. Burton was one of 12 applicants for the superintendent’s position. 

 

Cycle Oregon bringing new ride

Bicyclists will be pedaling through Union, Wallowa and Baker counties later this year as part of a new Cycle Oregon ride.

Cycle Oregon has announced the general route that will be covered in the debut of its CO3 ride. It will take cyclists into Enterprise, Baker City, Halfway and Walla Walla, Wash., among other communities.

 

10 Things to Know for Monday, March 10

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10 Things to Know for Monday, March 10

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Imbler names new superintendent

Beth Burton, an educator with strong Northeast Oregon ties, has been named by the Imbler School Board as the Imbler School District's next superintendent.

 

BRIEFLY: Insects subject of next gardener class

The next Master Gardener class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. in Island City.  This week’s topic will be entomology, the scientific study of insects. Guest instructor Paul Blom, an entomologist, will discuss how to identify friends and foes in the garden and explain what measures can be taken to increase/decrease insect populations. 

The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash/check only). Refreshments will be served.


 

Eight breweries announced for La Grande beer fest

First Eastern Oregon Beer Festival to be held June 21 at the Union County Fairgrounds

The region’s first beer fest is sure to be hopping.

Eight Eastern Oregon breweries are confirmed for the first Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, event organizers announced Friday. 

 

Safeway sold for $9 billion, will merge with Albertsons

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The La Grande Safeway store is part of a $9 billion deal to merge with Boise, Idaho, based Albertsons. Combined, the two supermarket companies will have about 2,400 stores, almost double the size of Safeway today. (DICK MASON/The Observer)

Officials say no plans in works to close stores 

Safeway and Albertsons announced Thursday that the two supermarket chains will merge to create a massive nationwide grocery network that both companies hope will help them compete against big-box retailers, convenience stores and niche grocers. 

 

Fee-funded student organizations face cuts

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Approximately 20 student fee funded organizations will receive a combined $158,693 less in incidental fees in 2014-15. The reductions are needed because of a projected decline in student enrollment. The reduction brings the total to be distributed in incidental fees in 2014-15 to $1.142 million. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

The latest issue of Eastern Oregon University’s student newspaper, The Voice, is raising eyebrows on campus.

 

County finalizes building location

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Judge Brian Dretke testifies Wednesday in favor of siting the courthouse on the county campus where Shelter From the Storm sits now. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

County commissioners’ decision to move courthouse leaves future of Shelter From the Storm in limbo 

Despite reservations, Union County commissioners on Wednesday voted to site the new courthouse on the footprint of Shelter From the Storm.

The new court facility’s construction means the Shelter building will be demolished.

 

Davies a finalist for Murray State job

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Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies is a finalist for the presidentís job at Murray State University. He will interview for the position Tuesday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

EOU president will be interviewed on Tuesday 

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies may be moving from the Blue Mountains to the Bluegrass state.

Davies is a finalist for the position of president of Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

 

10 Things to Know for Friday, March 7

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EOU's Davies finalist for position in Kentucky

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies may find himself taking the reins of  Murray State University later this year.

Davies is a finalist for the position of president of Murray State University in Murray, Ken.

 
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