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Car reported missing; police located it within an hour

Police Chief Brian Harvey was taking the theft report when the car passed him on the street.
 A car was stolen, and quickly recovered, thanks to the La Grande Police Department and some poor choices by the thief. 

Army recruiter saves woman from car I-84 vehicle fire

Fire crews extinguish a car fire on Interstate 84 on May 21. Avis Elain Thomas, 59, of Portland, sustained major injuries, according to the accident report from the Oregon State Police.
 Whether it was impeccable timing or a guardian angel, Sgt. Thomas Jury was in the right place at the right time and saved a woman’s life two weeks ago.

EOU's Easton-Brooks named dean of the School of Education at USD

Eastern Oregon University's Donald R. Easton-Brooks has been named the dean of the School of Education at the University of South Dakota. Easton-Brooks will begin his new position June 22.

Police officer funding dropped

The La Grande Police Department will not be getting a new police officer after all.

Two summer bond projects face delays

The La Grande High School auditorium may have to wait a bit longer to get an upgrade. The auditorium will be completely gutted and then updated with a brand new sound system and seats.
 A busy summer on the construction and renovation front is looming in the La Grande School District.

Council adopts budget without new police officer funding

The La Grande City Council has adopted the city's 2015-16 budget — without funding for a new police officer.

BRIEFLY: Meet Jon Matye, USFS special agent

Meet Jon Matye, USFS special agent

BAKER CITY — The public is invited to the 6:30 p.m. Friday EOMA meeting at Baker City City Hall for a chance to meet Jon Matye and hear about his approach to law enforcement on the forest. Matye worked on the Wallowa-Whitman previously and is familiar with this part of Eastern Oregon. He has had an impressive career that includes successful arson and criminal investigations. 

County OK’s land-use plan changes

ENTERPRISE — After careful consideration and many hours of debate, the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an amendment to its land-use protection plan.


Buffalo Peak’s future not quite so bleak?

Despite last week’s dismal discussion over Buffalo Peak Golf Course’s budgetary issues, Union County Commissioner Jack Howard does not think the future is as bleak as it was made out to be.

Water rates could rise

La Grande residents should anticipate another water rate increase this year — though not as steep as last year’s $6 increase.


BRIEFLY: Teen Movie Night scheduled for Friday

The next Teen Movie Night will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St., La Grande. Teen Movie Nights are offered year-round and are always free and open to anyone in grades 6-12. Free popcorn and soda will be served. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. 

Call 541-962-1339, visit the library or go to www.cityoflagrande.org/library or the library’s Facebook pages for current movie information and upcoming teen events. 

Woman a reluctant parade grand marshal

Katy Nesbitt/The Observer Georgia Wilson was named grand marshal for Wallowa’s Independence Day parade.
 WALLOWA — You might say Georgia Wilson is a reluctant grand marshal. When she was chosen to lead Wallowa’s Independence Day parade, she said, she declined, at first.

Police add armored vehicle to toolbox


The La Grande Police Department acquired an armored vehicle by donation in 2011 through a program that donates retired vehicles to law enforcement agencies.
 After years of volunteering time and effort toward securing an armored rescue vehicle, the La Grande Police Department has unveiled its newest major resource.

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire update for Monday, June 1, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry fire update for Monday, June 1, 2015. 

OSP investigating I-84 semi-crash

Oregon State Police are investigating Friday's rollover crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 260 involving a semi-truck loaded with lumber.

Shelter staff continues to move forward

From left, Mindy Mowery, Angelia Boggs, Stefanie Duncan and Alicia Potts discuss business at Shelter From the Storm. Potts is the newest member of the organization. She began two months ago as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Stefanie Duncan is ready to lace up, pedal and ride 70 miles next weekend.

College explores adding trail

Imbler Elementary School kindergartners and first graders enjoy themselves on a portion of the south loop of Eastern Oregon University’s proposed trail. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Small strands of pink synthetic fiber may be a sign of something big to come at Eastern Oregon University.

District to add six teaching positions

Beth Huntington and her afternoon kindergarten class wash and scrub chairs for next year’s kindergarten class behind Willow School Thursday afternoon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande School District is set to add personnel next year.

Highway 203 paving and chip seal work scheduled in June

Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be blade patching a section of Oregon Highway 203 that parallels Catherine Creek, east of Union, between mileposts eight and 10. Work is expected to begin next Monday and continue for about four days. Travelers can expect lane closures, flaggers, pilot cars, crews and equipment on the roadway, plus delays of up to 20 minutes. Motorists are advised to plan extra travel time, slow down and drive with extra caution through this and all highway work zones.

BRIEFLY: Cove City Council meeting postponed

COVE — The City of Cove’s regular council meeting on Tuesday has been changed to June 9. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder.

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