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Well-known science teacher passes away

La Grande lost one of its most respected and popular educators.


City council votes to replace stop sign

The Elgin City Council voted to take down a stop sign and erect a yield sign on 10th Street to alleviate some complaints by community members at last night’s meeting. 


The heart of wolf country

Where Grouse Creek empties into the Imnaha River sits the Grouse Creek Ranch — 3,300 acres Eric and Marilyn Porter have called home for 10 years.

Firsthand experience

Curt Weeks, top, fires a simulated 240 Bravo 7.62 mm machine gun at virtual enemy soldiers, planes and helicopters (on a screen surrounding the vehicle) from an exact replica of a combat Hummer, as Kelli Flores fires an M4 machine gun. (Joshua Dillen/ WesCom News Service)
Choppers, fighter planes, tanks and more were part of a special event this month for a select group of employers from across the region.

Flag memorial remembers fallen

A flag memorial in front of Stella Mayfield School in Elgin will be up through Tuesday. The display, which is comprised of 6,840 small American flags was created by members of the Elgin High School National Honor Society Chapter. (Courtesy photo)
ELGIN — This striking display is stopping traffic and starting conversations about heroism and sacrifice.

EOU graduate tackles human trafficking

La Grande native and Eastern Oregon University graduate Dawn Schiller spoke about an increasing problem in the nation — modern-day slavery.

BRIEFLY: Presentation focus is on salmon

The Blue Mountains Conservancy invites the public to a talk by biologist Winston Morton about the history of salmon in the Grande Ronde River basin from pre-settlement abundance to present-day restoration efforts. Learn how humans impacted the native salmon runs and the work that is being done to improve spawning and rearing habitat. In collaboration with ArtsEast there will also be a display of historic images and hand-drawn maps of the Grande Ronde Valley. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Memorial Library conference room in La Grande.

Union girls track and field team named state champs

For the first time since 1996, the Union girls track and field team are state champions.

Paying tribute to local Veterans



 Union High School students were searching for heroes late Thursday morning. Some were much easier to find than others.

Area firefighters participate in wildfire simulation



A wildfire simulation was conducted at Eastern Oregon University Thursday, teaching all the relevant entities what to expect when fire season begins.

Crash leaves 2 hospitalized with serious injuries

Fire crews work to extinguish a car fire Thursday on Interstate 84 west of La Grande. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening closed Interstate 84 and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

BRIEFLY: RSVP by Tuesday for senior picnic dinner

COVE — The final Cove senior dinner before summer break will be May 29 at the Cove Baptist Church. The meal will be a picnic-style dinner featuring hamburgers and hot dogs, a variety of salads, baked beans and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Coffee and tea are served starting at noon with lunch at 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge per meal. RSVP with Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Tuesday.

Crash leaves 2 hospitalized with serious injuries

A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening closed Interstate 84 and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns

SALEM — The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping firearms from people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order.

Flash flood warning in effect for Grande Ronde Valley

A flash flood warning is in effect beginning at 3 p.m. today through tomorrow evening for central and northeast Oregon.

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

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

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

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.

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