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BRIEFLY: Veterans Day ceremony set

ELGIN — Elgin Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and associated student body will host the third annual Elgin for the Enlisted, a Veterans Day celebration, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Stella Mayfield Elementary School auditorium.

LGPD involved in high speed chase

Two men were arrested Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. after their vehicle crashed into two yard fences while being pursued by a La Grande Police officer.

Nov. 2014 Election

Here are the final unofficial results for Union County

LHS students given an electoral voice

La Grande High School history teacher John Lamoreau counts student ballots following a special vote in his government class on Friday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande High School history teacher John Lamoreau is giving the students in his government class a voice in Tuesday’s election. 

Candidates coming down the Homestretch

Joyce Beeman has been sitting on the Island City City Council for 28 years. She said she’s finished campaigning for the election season. “I want to do the same as I’ve always done,” she said. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Voters have just over 24 hours left before ballots are due and the political ads end. For the candidates, they’re on the homestretch. 

BRIEFLY: Events to support veterans take place Friday

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center is hosting two events for veterans, family members and the public Friday, Nov. 7, in La Grande.

A Resource Fair and open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Grande VA Clinic, 202 12th St. All veterans and family members of veterans who are looking for information about VA services and eligibility are encouraged to attend this event. VA departments and staff that will be represented at this event include: eligibility, release of information, My HealtheVet, Homeless Program, OEF/OIF, and much more. Eligibility staff will be on hand to establish eligibility and start the sign-up process; attendees should bring a copy of their DD214 or other discharge papers to expedite the process. There will be free blood pressure checks for all and veterans can get a free flu shot as well. Refreshments will be provided by the Walla Walla VA Canteen Service.

A town hall meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 301 Fir St., La Grande, one of many quarterly town halls being held by VA facilities across the nation. These meetings are intended to provide local veterans a wide-open forum and for VA officials to hear directly from beneficiaries as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among veterans.

For more information about these events, please contact Linda Wondra, Public Affairs officer, at 509-525-5200, ext. 26520. 

BRIEFLY: Cove City Council meets Tuesday

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder St. 

Person monitored for Ebola in Multnomah County

One person is being monitored for Ebola in Multnomah County according to the Oregon Health Authority. The person is under isolation and there is no threat to the public, according to their website.

Garcia found guilty of trespass

Deputy District Attorney Jared Boyd asks Garcia to clarify certain parts of a series of text messages that were presented as evidence during Thursday’s first day of testimony. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Edward Garcia was found guilty of first-degree trespassing after a six-person jury took just over one hour to deliberate Friday morning.

Looking twice saves lives

A bicycle stands chained to a street sign near the Foley Building in downtown La Grande. At least four bicyclists have died in Oregon due to collisions with motor vehicles since Aug. 12. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The statistics are heart-wrenching.

SFS closes down its food bank

Union County is losing one of its most accessible food banks.

BRIEFLY: I-84 restrictions lifted west of La Grande

The width, height and trailer length restrictions on Interstate 84 between Meacham and La Grande have been lifted. 

I-84 westbound was restricted to 14 feet in width, while eastbound lanes were restricted to 12 feet in width. There were additional trailer length, overall length and height restrictions in place, depending on direction of travel. 

In addition, the westbound on-ramp from U.S. 30 to I-84 near Exit 259 (west end of La Grande) is now re-opened.

There may be occasional, short-term lane closures over the next couple weeks, but the freeway is back to two-lane traffic for both eastbound and westbound freeways between mileposts 260 and 246 (La Grande to Kamela Interchange).

Motor carriers should direct questions to the Over-Dimension Permits Unit at 503-373-0000. The Over-Dimension Permits Unit is available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on state holidays and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays for staff meetings.

Garcia trespassing case to continue for second day

Eddie Garcia's trespassing case will continue into this morning for closing statements and deliberations of the jury.


Last day to mail election ballots in Oregon

SALEM — The Oregon secretary of state's office says Friday is the last day for residents to put their ballots in the mail if they want them to arrive in time for Tuesday's election.

Eddie Garcia trial

After fours hours in the courtroom, the jury has been selected to hear Eddie Garcia's trespassing case.

La Grande City Council passes recreational marijuana sales tax

In a 4-3 vote, the La Grande City Council voted to pass a 25 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana.

BRIEFLY: Area Commission on Transportation meets

The North East Area Commission on Transportation will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 5 Headquarters, 3012 Island Ave. The public is invited to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities, per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The NEACT is comprised of transportation stakeholders from Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Baker counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Time has been set aside for public comments regarding project proposals and other transportation-related topics. To schedule time on the agenda at NEACT meetings, call Lisa Hill at 541-963-3179.

Chamber honors farmers, ranchers during banquet

Pam Glenn presents Donna Beverage with the Ag Woman of the Year award at Tuesday’s awards banquet. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Donna Beverage was one of several farmers and ranchers celebrated Tuesday for their commitment to the agricultural community.

City council candidate headed to court

A candidate for La Grande City Council will be in court Thursday for a six-person trial by jury regarding a misdemeanor charge from September 2013.

Police: Actively working case

Police have identified two individuals, above, as persons of interest and are looking to speak with them. La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey said they are looking to the public to help identify the two men photographed. “We’d like to talk to these folks,” Harvey said. (La Grande Police Department Photo)
Catching those responsible for a spree of burglaries last week across La Grande is a top priority, said La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey.

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