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Fire season begins Wednesday

The official start of fire season in Northeastern Oregon will be at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, two weeks or so earlier than usual.

IC City Council gives green light to housing complex

ISLAND CITY — The Blue Springs Crossing housing complex for low-income residents is set to become a reality.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday, June 10

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

La Grande couple says medical marijuana can boost one’s quality of life

RELATED STORY: Community-active couple has witnessed firsthand the perils of marijuana

Chronic pain and nausea are round-the-clock companions of Dorene Johnson of La Grande.

Community-active couple has witnessed firsthand the perils of marijuana

RELATED STORY: La Grande couple says medical marijuana can boost one’s quality of life

La Grande dentist Lynn Harris speaks not of toothaches but of heartache when discussing the 21 months he recently spent treating inmates at state prisons in Baker City and Pendleton.

Case made against national education standards

The drive toward full implementation of Common Core State Standards for public schools is gaining momentum, much to the dismay of Bob Perry of Redmond.

Man critically injured after falling from pickup in Union

UNION — A 22-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday night when he fell out of the back of pickup in Union.

Taylor appointed to state arts board

Anne Taylor of La Grande was appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. John Kitzhaber last week.

McClure to testify for forest access bill

More than two years after the U.S. Forest Service withdrew a Travel Management Plan for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Union County Commissioner Steve McClure is heading to the U.S. Capitol to testify on the matter.

National Guard braces for busy training summer

Last month, Eastern Oregon’s Oregon Army National Guard outfit fought an enemy force in a number of running battles where tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles were destroyed and troopers were killed or wounded. 


BRIEFLY: Power outage hits La Grande Sunday

A breaker at the Cove Avenue Substation in La Grande opened up due to a broken pole near Sixth and K streets at 2:40 p.m. Sunday. This caused a power outage for 1,510 members in the southwest side of La Grande, including the Grande Ronde Hospital and Eastern Oregon University.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative crews were able to isolate the problem and restore power to all but 21 members at 3:55 p.m.  The remaining members had their power restored at 9:30 p.m. after the pole was replaced.

10 Things to Know for Monday, June 9

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Driver records second DUII in three days

The Oregon State Police arrested a commercial truck driver for driving under the influence of intoxicants and other traffic-related offenses Friday afternoon after receiving a complaint on Interstate 84 east of La Grande. 

BRIEFLY: Reserve police officer graduation set

Reserve police officer graduation set 

BAKER CITY — The graduation ceremony for the 2014 session of the Eastern Oregon Regional Reserve Police Officer Training Academy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers of Baker City Hall.


Minor crimes on the rise

Car prowls, thefts increase as weather warms up

Police are used to the number of car prowls increasing as summer arrives.

This year, though, the La Grande Police Department is investigating a string of thefts like one they haven’t seen in a while. 

EOLS royalty court forging bond together

The 2014 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Royal Court, from left, Marli Tracy-Mallory, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Shania Ryan and Brea Harris. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — A love for horses unites them, but the hard work and dedication needed to be part of the 2014 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show will forge a bond between them forever.

Shania Ryan, Brea Harris, Marli Tracy-Mallory and Stephanie Greenhalgh make up this year’s EOLS rodeo court. It has been a different kind of race for the girls since kickoff to fulfill their court responsibilities.

Shelter fight rages on

March co-organizer Sharon Evoy, right, leads protesters in chanting “find another spot” Wednesday. The rally was held to show county commissioners their disapproval of the decision to demolish the Shelter From the Storm advocacy center building. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Marchers hope county leaders will reconsider their shelter decision

The Union County Board of Commissioners may not have been in session, but residents hoped to send a strong message as they marched through La Grande Wednesday night.

Save Our Shelter group rallies at commissioner office

      More than 130 people took to the street Wednesday night to protest the demolition of the Shelter From the Storm Advocacy Center in order to site a new county courthouse on its footprint. 

Union County commissioner slated to testify for forest access bill

The Union County Board of Commissioners today joined commissioners from Wallowa County in voicing support for HR 4272, the Forest Access in Rural Communities Act.

The bill, proposed by Rep. Greg Walden, is scheduled to be discussed in a House Natural Resources Subcommitteee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation hearing Tuesday and is intended halt the travel management rule on national forests in the West. Union County Commissioner Steve McClure is slated to testify on the matter.

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