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15 Year old found

A 15-year-old boy who was reported missing in the Buck Creek camping area early Wednesday morning has been found.


City taken to task for removal of bricks

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The floor of Max Square, which was lined with bricks bearing the names of community members, is being replaced as part of the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project, and some of those individuals who purchased bricks in 1998, when they were laid in the square, are dismayed that their bricks are now in pieces. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Max Square is in the beginning stages of being torn apart for the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project, and much like last week’s tree removal, people aren’t happy about it.

State braces for fire season

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Oregon experienced a dry winter, which turns into a dry summer, Debbie Miley, executive director for NWSA, said. However, wildfires are dependent on more than just dry weather, Miley noted. “The fires are started by natural causes,” Miley said. “Lightning strikes are a significant danger. Those are the variables no one can really predict.” (Courtesy photo)
The National Wildfire Suppression Association is predicting above normal potential for wildland fire this season.

Translator district exploring expanding channel offerings

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The Blue Mountain Translator District is attempting to get connected to an Internet fiber optic line running through the Grande Ronde Valley, which would allow the BMTD to increase the number of television channels it provides. (Blue Mountain Translator District photo)
The number of television signals being broadcast over the air in the Grande Ronde and Baker valleys may soon jump.

BRIEFLY: Memorial Day ceremony planned

La Grande American Legion Post 43, with assistance from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2990 of Union, will be staging an observance of Memorial Day at Grandview Cemetery.  Activities will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday with the placing of the “Avenue of Flags” at Grandview. The flags will be in place until 
3 p.m. Monday, with illumination provided during hours of darkness.

The ceremony on Memorial Day will start at 11 a.m. with the raising of the cemetery flag by members of 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Army National Guard. 

The National Anthem will be sung by Melissa Chamberlain, Rev. Roger Cochran will speak and “Taps” will be played by La Grande High School band members.

In addition, the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard will fly over Grandview Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. 

The flyover is sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion Post 43. The 173rd Fighter Wing is based in Klamath Falls.

Assistance would be appreciated in preparing the flags at Legion Post 43, 301 Fir St., at 3 p.m. Friday, as well as returning the flags from the cemetery at 3 p.m. Monday. For more information, call Lonnie Myers at 541-910-1061.


FSR 600 to be closed until Thursday

 Road maintenance will occur on Forest Service Road 600 off Forest Service Road 77 this week in the Corral Creek vicinity and the south fork of Catherine Creek. 

Chapter adds to long-running tradition

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Caleb Minthorn, left, and Kellen Joseph, both of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, play the drums Saturday at the powwow at EOU. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Rod Begay had the honor of putting his memory of Native American music to the test on Saturday.

Mayor would like more partnerships

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La Grande mayor and EOU business-economics professor Steve Clements makes a point at his colloquium at Ackerman Hall Thursday. Clements gave a presentation about how the university can better serve the community. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The buzz is one La Grande Mayor Steve Clements believes is unmistakable.

$100M request on the table

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown and other political forces in Oregon are standing behind a landmark request for $100 million for new affordable housing that will face off against budget realities and concerns about whether now is the time for that kind of investment.

BRIEFLY: Imbler School Board meets Tuesday

IMBLER — The Imbler School Board will meet for a regular session Tuesday in Room 1 of the high school immediately following the Budget Committee meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

VIDEO: Tree removal creates concern downtown


‘Impressive’ storm causes flash flooding

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Flooding on Jefferson Avenue and Hemlock, above, caused a waterfall-like effect that fell into the underpass on Island Avenue, forcing the street to be closed. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A thunderstorm late Thursday afternoon caused flash flooding in parts of 
La Grande. 

Spring Chinook fishery opens on Powder River

LA GRANDE, Ore. — A unique spring Chinook fishery will open next Wednesday on the Powder River, where the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release approximately 200 spring Chinook salmon into the river. 

BRIEFLY: Promise Reunion set for holiday weekend

PROMISE — The annual Promise Reunion gathering will take place May 23-24 at the Promise Grange hall. All former and current Promise residents, their descendants and friends, as well as anyone interested in the history of Promise are invited to attend. Saturday afternoon will feature a chili feed at 1 p.m. and a book signing of “The North Woods of Wallowa County” by Orvalla Hafer. Plans are in the works for live music Saturday evening. Sunday there will be a 10:30 a.m. church service and a 1 p.m. potluck and program. For more information or to pass on any history related to the Promise area, contact Myrna Journot at 541-377-7333 (P.O. Box 386, Wallowa 97885) or Orvalla Hafer at 509-488-2569 (6816 Sagehill Road, Othello WA 99344).

Trees set for removal Friday

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Left to right, Joe Beans owner Colleen MacLeod, Expressions Salon's Jill Duby and Emily Kenny stand next to one of the trees that's scheduled to be removed starting Friday morning. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Some downtown La Grande business owners are upset they will soon lose their shade.

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