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Fire fighting activity has a positive impact

Groups of businesses and community members have expressed their appreciation to the firefighters for their hard work in keeping the community safe by putting up signs. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ELGIN — The City of Elgin has seen a bustle of activity since the Phillips Creek Fire started Aug. 2.

Enterprise man convicted for illegal elk shoot

The antlers of the elk illegally shot by Skyler Willis of Enterprise scored a 319 on the Boone and Crockett system. (Oregon State Police photo)
ENTERPRISE — An Enterprise man was sentenced in the Wallowa County Circuit Court after being convicted for taking elk without a valid elk tag and second-degree criminal trespass. 

Phillips Creek Fire evacuation notices lifted

ELGIN — Many Union County residents likely enjoyed their best night of sleep in about a week.

BRIEFLY: LG School District registration begins

Registration for elementary school families new to the  La Grande School District will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at all three elementary schools — Greenwood, Central and Island City. According to the school district, it is important that new students be registered this week.

Returning families may also come in at this time to pay the elementary school supply fees and receive information for the upcoming school year.

Evacuation notices lifted

ELGIN — All of the Level 1 evacuation notices which had been issued for the Phillips Creek Fire have been lifted.

The decision to lift the evacuation notices was made by the Union County Board of Commissioners which is working in cooperation with fire officials.

Community meeting on Phillips Creek Fire set

ELGIN — The Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Community Center.

Containment of Phillips Creek Fire jumps

ELGIN — Firefighters are continuing to make significant progress on the Phillips Creek Fire, seven miles northwest of Elgin.

Enterprise man convicted of hunting crimes

Read more... An Enterprise man was sentenced in the Wallowa County Circuit Court after being convicted for taking elk without a valid elk tag and second-degree criminal trespass.

A truly collaborative effort

ELGIN — As the sun began to set on the Grande Ronde Valley, fire camp was coming to life at the Elgin Stampede Grounds Thursday night.

Containment of Phillips Creek Fire improving

Flames and smoke appear on the downward side of Middle Ridge toward Highway 204 Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews aim to manage the fire down the hill and contain it at the highway. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ELGIN — The news on the Phillips Creek Fire front continues to get brighter. 

Council votes to add officer

The La Grande City Council voted to approve a new police officer position at Wednesday night’s meeting.

BRIEFLY: Sunday concert caps choir camp

WALLOWA LAKE — The public is invited to a concert performed by choir camp participants at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Wallowa Lake Methodist Camp located at the south end of Wallowa Lake. 

The 30-member choir is under the direction of Peter Wordelman, professor of music and dean of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Oregon University. 

The concert will include choral anthems, African drumming, a bell choir and solos. For more information, call 541-263-1519.

Containment of Phillips Creek Fire jumps to 13 percent

Progress in the battle against the Phillips Creek Fire, seven miles northwest of Elgin, was made today by firefighters.

Type 3 Team Deployed to Lime Hill Fire


BAKER CITY — The Lime Hill Fire has grown to more than 12,000 acres, according to a Thursday afternoon press release from the Bureau of Land Management. 

Progress made on Phillips Creek Fire

ELGIN — Steady progress continues to be made in the battle against the Phillips Creek Fire, fire officials said Thursday.

Officials express optimism about Phillips Creek Fire

Forest fire officials, speaking at a community meeting, expressed optimism Wednesday night about the progress being made to contain the 1,582-acres Phillips Creek Fire, which is seven miles northwest of Elgin.

Lime Hill Fire Grows, Huntington Threatened

The Lime Hill Fire west of Huntington was reported earlier Wednesday and has already grown to more than 7,000 acres. (BLM photo)
VALE – The Lime Hill Fire off of Interstate 84 near mile marker 344 has grown substantially. 

La Grande City Council votes to fund additional police officer position

The La Grande City Council voted to fund a new police officer position in Wednesday night's city council meeting.

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