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Valuable Training: OSU students help landowners along Union County’s Catherine Creek fight erosion

Forty-six students from Oregon State traveled to Union over the weekend to help landowners figure out how to prevent the erosion of Medical Springs Highway. Students split into groups and collected data, photos and other information they will later compile in the classroom. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
More than 40 beavers were spotted along Catherine Creek outside of Union over the weekend.

One killed, 2 injured in Saturday car crash

Rescue workers respond to a one-vehicle cash Saturday about eight miles northeast of La Grande. One person was killed in the accident and two others seriously injured. One person was arrested on charges of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants-felony, reckless driving and three counts of recklessly endangering. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
One man died and two children were seriously injured late Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle cash about eight miles northeast of La Grande.

Reaching out to help the community

An automated electronic defibrillator hangs in the Northeast Oregon Transit Center building’s conference room. In an emergency, it can jolt a person’s heart back into a regular rhythm.

BRIEFLY: Purchase tickets for Mother’s Day dinner

ENTERPRISE — Tickets are on sale now for a Mother’s Day dinner, serving prime rib or chicken, to be held at the Enterprise Community Connection dining room May 9.

There will be a seating at 4 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. Call Community Connection at 541-426-3840 for tickets, which must be pre-purchased.

Changing: Spawning habitat shows signs of improvement

James Nash is overseeing a project on his family’s 6 Ranch that will restore meanders to the Wallowa River to improve native fish habitat (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — The work of recovering endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead requires a coordinated effort from spawning grounds to the ocean. One spawning habitat along the Wallowa River is showing measurable improvements through stream channel restoration.

Two charged in Summerville animal neglect case

Two Baker County residents face more than 40 felony counts each for alleged animal neglect in Union County.

Additional meetings to be held on plan revision

BAKER CITY — The forests of the Blue Mountains are preparing to embark on a series of community-hosted public engagement meetings on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision over the next several months. 

BRIEFLY: La Grande author signs books

La Grande author Terrie Biggs will sign books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Looking Glass Books, 1118 Adams Ave.

Biggs’ third published book, “Some Trails Never End,” is the true account of the first white women to travel overland into Oregon “country.” That trek resulted in the coming of the Oregon Trail and forever changed the culture of the indigenous tribes.

Eastern reveals four presidential finalists

The search to find the next president of Eastern Oregon University has been narrowed to four finalists, the school announced in a release Friday morning.


Future unknown for County’s Joseph Building

The Joseph Building. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County has received $2 million to help fund a new courthouse. Construction recently began on the new facility and is due to be completed in October. But not everyone in the Joseph Building is expecting to pack up and leave.

Video: Dust Bowl in the Grande Ronde

Eagle Cap co-owner arrested

Wilma Reynolds, co-owner of Eagle Cap Dispensary, La Grande’s second medical marijuana dispensary, was arrested Friday in Umatilla County on nine criminal counts, including delivery of a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

BRIEFLY GRH Auxiliary meets Monday morning

The Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary’s general meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Island City City Hall.

Eastern Oregon derailment caused by misaligned track

PENDLETON, Oregon (AP) — Union Pacific says a misaligned track caused a train derailment last month in Eastern Oregon.

New library alarm making a lot of racket

Warning signs adorn the north entrance to Cook Memorial Library in La Grande. The door was closed and an alarm installed after the library staff discovered a month ago that materials were disappearing at a disturbing rate. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
In a building where quiet is the norm, last Thursday and Friday were two of the noisiest days in the eight-year history of the Cook Memorial Library.

Making their voices heard

Members of the Oregon Joint Ways and Means Committee hear testimony from members of the public Friday. The committee launched a series of public meetings in La Grande on the Eastern Oregon University campus. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Residents of Eastern Oregon made their funding priorities known to state legislators as the Joint Ways and Means Committee launched a series of public meetings in La Grande Friday.

Health district requests support

The Union County Board of Commissioners will be asked to support the expansion of the Elgin Health Clinic at Wednesday’s commissioner meeting.

BRIEFLY: RSVP for dementia support group meeting

Wildflower Lodge’s dementia support group will meet at noon Wednesday. 

The support group is open to everyone and a free lunch is provided. RSVP is appreciated. The topic of the meeting will be “The Differences and Advantages of Dementia Focused Care.” Call Wildflower Lodge at 541-663-1200 for more information or to reserve a seat.

OSP investigating early morning crash

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a Sunday morning fatal traffic crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 274, 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon. 

Turning trials into triumph

Members of the “Get Away, Give Away” mission program explore and admire a home they recently built in Mexico. The group, with the help of locals, completed six homes for the needy during a spring break mission trip. (Courtesy photo)
First, an advance team digs and pours a concrete foundation. 

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