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Trees set for removal Friday

Left to right, Joe Beans owner Colleen MacLeod, Expressions Salon's Jill Duby and Emily Kenny stand next to one of the trees that's scheduled to be removed starting Friday morning. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Some downtown La Grande business owners are upset they will soon lose their shade.

River Woods man in custody

Following a tense standoff on the upper Imnaha River community of River Woods, Wednesday night Scott Fouste turned himself in to the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office.

I-84 Westbound on ramp from Ladd Creek Road (Exit 270) closed for construction

LA GRANDE, Ore., - Construction work to replace the Ladd Creek culvert that runs under Interstate 84 at Exit 270 will result in the closure of the westbound freeway on ramp from Ladd Creek Road. The ramp closure is expected to begin May 26and continue through the end of October. Travelers needing access to the westbound freeway from Ladd Creek Road at Exit 270 can use the following detour.

EOU: The search is over

Tom Insko was named the 12th Eastern Oregon University president Tuesday after a vote by the State Board of Higher Education. Insko, shown here next to the portraits of past presidents, will take the helm of the university July 1. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The Oregon Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Tuesday to name Tom Insko the 12th president of Eastern Oregon University. Insko takes the helm of the university July 1.

Union: City, school district may purchase sign

Union Mayor Bill Lindsley, right, talks with city councilor Ken McCormack at the end of Monday’s meeting. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
UNION — A new electronic message board sign may be on the horizon for Union.

Elgin: Council votes to allocate funds

ELGIN — The Elgin City Council voted to pass a resolution Tuesday allocating funds from its Police Reserve Fund account to its Emergency Equipment Reserve Fund — a move several community members feared is the last chance of the city ever having a police department again.

Imnaha standoff ends peacefully

IMNAHA — A standoff between police and a man holding two people hostage ended early Tuesday morning without casualty.

Insko named next EOU president

The State Board of Higher Education has voted to approve the appointment of Tom Insko as Eastern Oregon University's next president.

Project ready to move forward

Wallowa County grocer Troy Berglund breathed a sigh of relief last week.

La Grande wins choir state title

Never judge a choir by the quality of its dress rehearsal.

BRIEFLY: Passenger dies from injuries in April crash

One more person has died from an accident that occurred just after 2 a.m. April 26 on Interstate 84 at milepost 238 in the Meacham area. Bryan Yeager, 53, Elgin, died May 4 from injuries sustained in the accident. 

Yeager was in the passenger’s seat of a Chevy Tahoe with Steven Gardner, 60, Cove, who was driving and lost control of the vehicle, traveling through the median where it struck the guardrail and rolled over, according to police. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene. Yeager was transported via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Tri-Cities, Washington, with critical injuries. Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

According to OSP Sgt. Kyle Hove, the vehicle lost traction off the overpass bridge. 

“A bridge will freeze up before anything else does,” Hove said.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic was closed for approximately four hours after the crash.

Police respond to alleged armed robbery

The La Grande Police searched La Grande for a robbery suspect after receiving reports of an armed robbery with possible shots fired Sunday afternoon.

OSP continuing investigation into Baker County death

The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.

ODFW to present fall hunting update

PENDLETON — The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will provide information about the fall hunting season and big game herds at a public meeting Tuesday in Pendleton.

Another dies stemming from I-84 accident on April 26

Oregon State Police said one more has died from injuries sustained in an Interstate 84 accident that occurred on April 26. 

Union mayor set to retire

A reminder from his wife of a promise the couple made to each other several years ago persuaded Union Mayor Bill Lindsley to resign his position later this month.

Commissioners fund tourism, economic development

The Union Hotel, a tourist attraction in itself, also charges a transient room tax to its customers by law. The local hotels and motels all charge this tax, and the local economic development organizations and the chambers benefit from it. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The Union County commissioners allocated more than $142,000 to the Union County Economic Development Corporation and the Union County Chamber of Commerce to help promote economic development and tourist attractions in Union County.

Six projects funded

Six local projects got the OK for funding from the Urban Renewal Agency Wednesday night.

BRIEFLY: Celebrate Older Americans month

May is Older Americans month and the Union County Senior Center is celebrating Older Americans ACT’s 50th anniversary Monday. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a free lunch served at 11:30 a.m. The senior center says, “Come see what the community can do for you.”

Young Eagles take flight

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