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BRIEFLY: Sunrise Rotary offers Easter egg hunt

Sunrise Rotary offers Easter egg hunt

The La Grande Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Park. The event is for age groups 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 and is 
co-sponsored by The Observer. The Easter bunny is set to arrive at 9:45 a.m.

 

Guard unit prepares for intense training

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The 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. (PAT CALDWELL/WesCom News Service)

Eastern Oregon unit to prepare for rotation to National Training Center 

The leader of Eastern Oregon’s biggest National Guard outfit says this summer’s annual training stint on the high desert south of Boise, Idaho, will be one of the most important since the unit prepared to deploy overseas during the war on terror.

Lt. Col. Brian Dean said that the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. 

 

Preemptive strike

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The La Grande School District will soon apply for a state grant to pay for seismic upgrade work at Greenwood Elementary School. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

La Grande School District to apply for seismic upgrade grants to shore up deficiencies 

It may not be a question of if but when.

There is at least a 50 percent chance that sometime in the next 500 years Northeast Oregon will be hit by an earthquake of at least 5 on the Richter scale, according to United States Geological Survey seismic probability data.

In the event of such an occurrence, the La Grande School District wants to make sure it is prepared. 

 

Pot moratoriums established in 71 Oregon cities

PORTLAND  — At least 71 Oregon cities have moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, and more than 40 others are considering bans, according to the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties.

The Legislature allowed local governments to impose a one-year ban, if enacted by May 1. The law also gives local governments the ability to regulate when and where pot shops may operate.

 

Island City council votes for marijuana moratorium

Medical marijuana dispensaries will not be allowed in Island City for at least a year.

Island City's City Council voted Monday night to place a one-year moratorium on allowing the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The moratorium will be in place through May 2015.

 

 

BRIEFLY: LMS plans honor roll assemblies this week

LMS plans honor roll assemblies this week

La Grande Middle School third quarter honor roll assemblies will take place Wednesday through Friday.

The sixth grade assembly will be at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday in the LMS gym.

Seventh and eighth grade students of advisory teachers Fritz, Kretschmer, Becker, Carson, Bushman, Foggia and Schow will have an assembly at 8:25 a.m. Thursday in the LMS gym.

Seventh and eighth grade students of advisory teachers Benson, Wagner, Carmichael, Nickerson, McIlmoil, Thomas, Patrick and Balnicky will have an assembly at 8:25 a.m. Friday in the LMS gym.

 

Can Joseph grocer create La Grande mainstay?

JOSEPH — A decade ago the building at 208 N. Main St. sat vacant in downtown Joseph.

Two operators had attempted to establish a grocery store at the location to no avail.

 

Tourism figures decline: Union County lags behind neighboring counties in transient room tax dollars

If transient room taxes are a primary indicator of the health of a regional tourism industry, Union County appears to be an underachiever — though things might be looking up.

 

Castilleja rethinks dogs proposal

ENTERPRISE — In light of overwhelming response, Wallowa County Commissioner Paul Castilleja said he is rethinking the two dog per household limit considered under a proposal to reinstate a countywide animal control program.

 

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BRIEFLY: County family expo set this weekend

County family expo set this weekend 

Area families are invited to attend the Union County Family Expo this weekend, a one-stop shop hosted by the local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers.

 

BRIEFLY: County family expo set this weekend

County family expo set this weekend 

Area families are invited to attend the Union County Family Expo this weekend, a one-stop shop hosted by the local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers.

 

Barreto holding fiscal edge

Union County businessman outspending Pendleton challenger in District 58 race

District 58 candidate Greg Barreto is outspending opponent John Turner 3-to-1.

According to campaign finances records available on the Oregon Secretary of State website, Barreto’s committee, Barreto for HD 58, has spent more than $65,000 on the campaign compared to Turner’s $19,829. 

 

On-campus, online students both valuable

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Freshman hurdler Ty Warn of Jordan Valley gets some work in during a track practice at Eastern Oregon University. Athletic programs at EOU benefit financially when on-campus student enrollment is up. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

More on-campus students would boost student activity programs 

Online students make up just over half of Eastern Oregon University’s student body of about 4,100 and play a huge role in helping strengthen the school’s financial bottom line. 

Still, the question is sometimes asked — would Eastern improve its fragile budget picture if a higher percentage of its enrollment consisted of on-campus as opposed to online students? 

 

Perfect Storm

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Eastern Oregon University students study at Pierce Library. A policy change last summer, coupled with flat enrollment, dropped the school’s year-end funding balance below the state’s required 5 percent. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Rising costs, stagnant enrollment and other issues translate into challenges for EOU

An unexpected policy change last summer regarding how Eastern Oregon University assesses bad debt collection jolted the institution and thrust its year-end funding balance far below the minimum required by the State Board of Higher Education and the Oregon University System.

 
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