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Council to hear Eagle Cap appeal

Eagle Cap Dispensary will have to make some compelling arguments to the La Grande City Council to persuade it to remove the condition of its operating hours it imposed at January’s meeting.

A second vacation?

The La Grande City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 P.M. tonight on the vacation of K Avenue and Fifth Street. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande City Council last year approved vacating K Avenue from Fifth Street to Sixth Street. With parking needs still not met, the county faces a number of conditions on its approved site plan that officials hope can be alleviated with a second vacation — on K Avenue from Fourth Street to Fifth Street and on Fifth Street from K Avenue to L Avenue.

BRIEFLY: Don’t miss one-day rummage sale

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande will have a rummage sale Saturday. The one-day sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use the entrance at the corner of Fifth Street and K Avenue.

OBITUARIES: March 4, 2015

Voght, Mitchell, Nelson, Stratos, Peplinski

Hideout robbed at gunpoint


Local law enforcement responded to a downtown bar Tuesday night after it was robbed at gunpoint.

North Powder man found dead in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — A North Powder man was found dead near the Pallette Ranch on the upper Imnaha River Road Sunday afternoon.

Shelter’s food bank set to open for business

Kris Cross and Debera White-Waters set up for Shelter From the Storm’s soup supper on Saturday. Most of the ingredients in the soup are organic, and the food comes from many local businesses. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Shelter From the Storm has been full steam ahead lately, and last week’s food bank approval added to the organization’s enthusiasm.

Homesites approved on Joseph farmland

ENTERPRISE — After almost a decade of attempts to subdivide Hayes Farm on Airport Lane west of Joseph, the Wallowa County Planning Commission at its Feb. 24 meeting gave approval for the creation of two two-acre parcels.

Fire season may come early this year

The Grande Ronde Valley has experienced highs in the upper 50s, rain and snow — and that’s all within the past couple weeks. The area’s precipitation is normal for this time of year, but Eastern Oregon is definitely falling short when it comes to snowpack.

BRIEFLY: Union School Board to negotiate contracts

UNION — The Union School Board will meet Tuesday. The meeting will start at 6:15 p.m. at the high school athletic complex. The board will conduct contract negotiating sessions first with the school district’s classified staff and then the school district’s teachers. 

The board will meet in executive session at the start of the meeting to conduct deliberations with the person designated to carry on labor negotiations. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Bond projects on track

From left, FFA members Victoria Lattin, of Enterprise, Annie Story, of Joseph, and Caitlin Robb and Sarah Abdeldayem, of Wallowa, look over information for proficiency testing in the La Grande High School auditorium Thursday morning. Renovation of the LHS auditorium is one of the first bond projects to take place, set to start this summer. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande School District has received a $4.1 million boost.

Group submits grant proposal for livestock loss

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County is putting its money into range riders, cowboys who ride the range looking for wolves where cattle graze, to decrease wolf/livestock interaction.

Suits keep scandal alive

Cylvia Hayes
SALEM — Cylvia Hayes — the woman at the center of an ethics scandal that prompted the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber last week — has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye.

BRIEFLY: Mark your calendar for Wallowology

JOSEPH — Wallowology in Joseph is keeping the county’s interest in the outdoors alive with lectures and outings into the summer months.

This Saturday, Jim Akenson and Mike Hansen will lead a bear hibernation outing. Those interested are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Enterprise Office parking lot, 65495 Alder Slope Road. Participants will take their own cars to a western larch den tree located off Highway 3. Driving will involve roughly 50 miles round trip, and it is a 10-minute hike from the vehicle to the den-tree. There will be a remote camera and the group will look for possible bear activity. Everyone should bring a day-pack with a lunch and water plus binoculars and a camera. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coming up later this year are lectures and presentations at Wallowology, located at the corner of East Maple and North Main streets in Joseph. March 27 is the Wallowa Land Trust elk hunt raffle and elk presentation. On April 17, Jay VanTassel presents “The Strange Change in the Course of the Wallowa River.” On May 7, Shane Vatland speaks on climate change and stream fish. On June 12, Karen Antell expounds on pollination, and on July 10, Jim Harbeck presents the fisheries work of the Nez Perce Tribe. All lectures begin at 7 p.m.

On July 31, the Blue Moon Mothing Night outing with Karen Antell begins at dusk.

La Grande School District receives extra $4.1 million

UPDATE: Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody

An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility. 
Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston. 

No ordinary training: Guard unit prepares to go to National Training Center in California

An M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank assigned to Eastern Oregon’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, opens fire at the Orchard Combat Training Center south of Boise, Idaho, in this 2013 photo. When the Eastern Oregon Guard outfit deploys to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in August, a lot will be riding on how the unit performs in the simulated combat environment on the Mojave Desert. (Pat Caldwell/For WesCom News Service)
BAKER CITY — The summer deployment of Eastern Oregon’s largest Army Guard unit to the National Training Center in California is more than just another training exercise, top leaders of the citizen-soldier outfit said last week.

Parents voice support for Cove district

A group of Cove parents are standing up for the Cove School District and its school board.

Child abuse reports rising

La Grande Police Sgt. Jason Hays had a busy January. The detective received 42 reports of child abuse last month, the most he has seen as a police officer.

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