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80-year-old killed in crash near Boardman

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year old male. The names of the involved persons have not yet been released. 


Police working on weekend burglaries

The La Grande Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries that took place late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Enticing new businesses

Charma Vaage, left, the owner of Union Bagel Shop, talks with customers Michael and Tamarah Rysavy of La Grande on Thursday. The city council has directed city administrator Sandra Patterson to prepare a resolution for a mini-stimulus package that would fund up to two new businesses in the 2014-15 fiscal year. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
It is a question an increasing number of Union residents will be asking in the near future.

Some not happy with GRH construction

Some neighbors of Grande Ronde Hospital are not happy about the hospital’s construction project, a 17,000- square foot addition that includes a parking garage. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The Grande Ronde Hospital's 4th Street clinic is undergoing some construction and some neighbors aren’t happy about it.

BRIEFLY: South County Health District meets Tuesday

UNION — The South County Health District will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Union Family Health Center. The public is welcome to attend.

The Weekend

EOU presidential search begins

The quest to find a new Eastern Oregon University president is under way.

Incumbent faces spirited challenger

Challenger Jack Howard, left, speaks as incumbent Bill Rosholt listens during Tuesday’s candidate forum at La Grande Middle School. The two county commissioner candidates are vying for Position 1 in the Nov. 4 election. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County commission candidate Jack Howard hopes to shake up county government if elected.

Shelter to appeal court’s decision

Shelter From the Storm is contesting a judge’s September decision to dismiss its lawsuit against Union County.

BRIEFLY: Walden in town for forestry summit

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will participate in a forestry summit at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande.

Walden and U.S. Forest Service Region 6 Forester Jim Peña will hold a forestry issues summit to discuss the management practices needed to create rural jobs, maintain access and restore forest health. 

Participants will also discuss mining, timber, recreation, grazing and collaboratives. Panelists include Tom Insko (Boise Cascade), Larry Cribbs (Eastern Oregon ATV Association), Mark Davidson (Union County commissioner), Jan Alexander (Eastern Oregon Mining Association), Vernita Ediger (Blue Mountains Forest Partners) and Todd Nash (Oregon Cattlemen’s Association).

Residents raise concerns over Scenic Waterway proposal

More than a dozen people, including state Sen. Bill Hansell, testified Wednesday morning in opposition to establishing a portion of the Grande Ronde River as an Oregon Scenic Waterway.

Union County commissioners, after a brief presentation about the Scenic Waterway proposal, heard public comments on the matter.

Rep. Walden to talk forests in La Grande Monday

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will be in Eastern Oregon on Monday for meetings on forestry and agriculture.

Chromebooks will help Imbler students prepare for new test

Imbler Elementary School second-grade teacher Becki McIntosh helps Sara Baylink, one of her students, while she works on a Chromebook. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Technology is a tool for self expression, but sometimes it can pose a communication hurdle.

Candidates touch on key voter concerns

Union County Commissioner candidate Jack Howard, second from right, answers a question as opponent Bill Rosholt, right, listens during Tuesday’s candidate forum at the La Grande Middle School. Eight candidates answered the voters’ questions during the forum. The candidates included La Grande mayoral candidate Steve Clements, and city council candidates Pat Cochrane, Eddie Garcia and Justin Rock. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The two candidates vying for the Union County Commissioner Position 1 seat stole the show at Tuesday night’s forum as Jack Howard and incumbent William Rosholt squared off.

Area residents cover county campus in prayer

About 50 people circled the county campus in silent meditation Monday night as part of a Unity Vigil.

BRIEFLY: Josephy Center celebrates horses

JOSEPH — Thursday is the next Cinema Night at the Josephy Center. The movie “Secretariat” will be shown as part of the ongoing “The Year of the Horse” program.

In the film, Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. Doors open at 
6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

“The Year of the Horse” program continues Friday as the Josephy Center presents bestselling author Molly Gloss. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gloss’ writing touches the core of the horse lover’s heart with books such as “The Hearts of Horses” and “Falling From Horses.” Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who lives in Portland. Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

Trucking company given approval to continue operating

The Island City City Council voted to let Oregon Trail Transport, a trucking company owned by Jon Fregulia, to continue operating following a hearing Monday night.


As of 12:01 am, October 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission. 

2014 La Grande Candidates Forum Live Stream

Chamber backs purchase

The Wallowa County Chamber’s board of directors voted to write a letter in support of the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership’s pursuit to purchase nearly 1,800 acres of the east moraine for eventual ownership by the county. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer )
ENTERPRISE — Maintaining the integrity of Wallowa Lake’s east moraine has been a mission of the county since it wrote its land-use plan in 1976. Last week, the Wallowa Lake Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors voted to write a letter of support to put nearly 1,800 acres into county ownership.

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