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Union County communities weigh options

Union is not alone in Union County.

Union is not the only city in the county still in the process of deciding whether it will opt out of Measure 91, the measure Oregon voters approved a year ago that legalized the sale and production of marijuana in Oregon for recreational purposes.

BRIEFLY: Union City Council to discuss marijuana

UNION — The Union City Council will meet Tuesday for a work session. The work session will start at 6 p.m. at city hall. Street funding and marijuana will be two of the topics discussed. 

DIVERSITY OF VOICES: Opinions vary on marijuana

The City of Union is one of only four towns in Union County that have not officially opted out of recreational marijuana sales. (Tim Mustoe/ The Observer)
The question has supporters and foes of the sale of recreational marijuana buzzing in Union.

Should Union opt out or in?

The question rolls lightly off the tongue but weighs heavily on the minds of Union’s city councilors and citizens.

Meanwhile, the clock continues to tick as an all important deadline approaches.

The Union City Council is now deciding whether to opt out of Measure 91, the measure voters approved a year ago that legalizes the sale and production of marijuana for recreational purposes in Oregon.

BRIEFLY: Theater offers special needs show

The Granada Theater will cater to their sensory-sensitive patrons with an 11 a.m. Saturday showing of “Peanuts” (rated G). The lights will be dimmed but not turned off and the volume will be decreased. 

Those who are light and sound sensitive are invited to participate in this special showing and let the staff know if it was more comfortable for them. The staff at the Granada are using this event to see if their sensory-sensitive patrons come out to see it and respond well to the changes. 

If successful, the Granada will schedule more sensory-friendly shows in the future. 

Additional public meetings scheduled in December on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

NORTH POWDER — The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a public meeting for Dec. 15 in North Powder to discuss aspects of the agency’s work on revising the management plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Malheur national forests.

I-84 eastbound closed Tuesday night after multiple vehicle accidents

Read more... Interstate 84 was closed Tuesday through the night after Oregon State Police responded to two separate accidents involving multiple vehicles.

City ready for new 20th Street

20th Street, from Gekeler Lane to Adams Avenue, has been closed to through traffic as work crews work on the new Gekeler Slough crossing. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)

La Grande’s 20th Street is long overdue for a new overlay, a project set to finally come to fruition next year.

And then there were none

MAXVILLE — The last remaining building in the extinct logging town of Maxville has been dismantled for later reconstruction.

Marijuana town hall in Union draws supporters and opponents

BRIEFLY: PFLAG honors Transgender Day

Friday is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to honor the memory of those people who have died because of anti-transgender prejudice and violence. PFLAG Union County will light candles in memory of those killed during a memorial service at Max Square in La Grande from 5 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m. Friday. Volunteers to help light candles are welcome. The event is open to all.

ODOT: High winds across NE Oregon area

Classroom expansion nearing completion

Rob Castell of Interior Insulation Inc., out of Boise, Idaho, prepares sections of sheetrock for installation in the new extension to Greenwood Elementary School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)

A day some people likely thought would never come is fast approaching.

Much work remains to be finished, but it appears that Greenwood Elementary School’s staff and students will have a big addition to celebrate about seven weeks from now.

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