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Sewer lines to be cleaned beginning Monday

A sewer main line rehabilitation project will begin on Monday in various areas around La Grande.

La Grande to consider marijuana moratorium

The La Grande City Council voted Wednesday night to direct City Manager Robert Strope to draft a moratorium ordinance on marijuana facilities within the city.

Don’t leave home without a plan—and your chains

The Oregon the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police warns motorists that a winter storm watch is in effect with ice and snow expected on eastern Oregon highways starting tomorrow. Winter driving conditions demand drivers slow down and reduce distractions to arrive safely.

Here comes the snow

Tyler Isaacson switches out a customer’s tires at Les Schwab in La Grande on Tuesday afternoon with a full parking lot of cars waiting for the same job to be completed. Les Schwab could easily see nearly 1,000 cars this week because of the impending snowfall. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Les Schwab Manager Bob Butler saw the droves of customers come in Monday morning wanting to get snow tires on their vehicles before winter weather hits the Grande Ronde Valley.

School bond still in limbo

Nov. 19 is a day La Grande School District supporters are circling on their calendars.

City leaders reject stimulus plan proposal

UNION — The City of Union’s proposed mini-stimulus program for new businesses may have been dealt a fatal blow Monday evening. 

BRIEFLY: Class of 1954 meets Thursday morning

The La Grande High School class of 1954 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Flying J Travel Plaza.

Asotin woman dies in car crash at Oregon/Washington border in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — An Asotin woman died Monday afternoon when she drove off Buford Grade near the Oregon/Washington border.

The last sun before the snow

Saluting veterans

Fred Parish poses with the quilt he received at the end of his trip to Washington, D.C. Each of the veterans on the trip was given a unique quilt honoring his patriotism. (Jeff Petersen/The Observer)
The contingent of 50 Oregon veterans from World War II, all in their 80s and 90s, average age 91, landed in Chicago enroute to Washington, D.C., in late September.

Veterans will soon wait less for health care

Brian Westfield, director of the Walla Walla VA Medical Center, speaks to local veterans during a town hall Friday in La Grande. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Long waits for medical care will soon be ending for military veterans in Northeast Oregon and throughout the United States.

Bi-Mart broken into, burglar attempts to hit Short Stop

The front window of Bi-Mart was temporarily replaced with wood after burglars broke in Sunday night. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Bi-Mart and the Short Stop are working with police after burglars hit both businesses over the weekend.

BRIEFLY: Meth lab fire leads to arrest in Wallowa

WALLOWA — A 49-year-old Wallowa man was arrested over the weekend when a meth lab started a fire in his home.

Friday, the Wallowa Fire Department responded to a fire called in by a neighbor at 302 S. Storie St. in Wallowa. Firefighters called the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office when they found what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab inside the home.

Following an investigation, Edward BQ May of Wallowa was arrested and charged with manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, first-degree arson and reckless endangerment.

First-degree arson was charged because May was “knowingly engaging in meth and that person caused a fire or explosion,” said Sheriff Steve Rogers.

May is lodged at the Union County Jail awaiting arraignment. The house has been condemned, said Rogers, and the other people living in the home have been displaced.

“The house has been condemned by the Department of Human Services,” said Rogers. “Anyone who tries to enter the property will receive an automatic Trespass One charge.”

Rogers said the house was cleaned of hazardous materials by NRS Environmental Services of southwest Washington.

The investigation is ongoing under the authority of the Street Crimes Unit, said Rogers, comprised of Wallowa and Union County sheriffs’ offices and the La Grande and Enterprise police departments.

La Grande Rural Fire departments responds to illegal burn

Last night, the La Grande Rural Fire Department responded to a large illegal slash pile burn on Black Hawk Trail Lane, according to Rural Fire Chief Larry Wooldridge.

Lostine man sentenced for illegal grow

ENTERPRISE — A 39- year-old Lostine man was sentenced Wednesday for charges stemming from a 2013 marijuana grow bust.

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