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10 Things to Know for Tuesday, Jan. 7

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

 

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Monday, Jan.3

 

 

BRIEFLY: NARVRE meets Wednesday

NARVRE — National Association Retired Veterans Railroad Employees — will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cook Memorial Library.

 

Police make arrest in burglary

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Kendall McGinnis looks at the damaged front door at JC Penney in La Grande. Photo by Phil Bullock.
 

A routine late night patrol led to a burglary arrest in downtown La Grande early Monday.

 

Trees picked up for recycling

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Bryce Ebel, a member of the La Grande High School swim team, lifts a Christmas tree into the back of a pickup on Saturday. Photo by Chris Baxter.
La Grande High School swimmers and members of Boy Scout Troop 511 gave Christmas trees new life on Saturday. 

 

No major injuries reported with Friday morning crashes

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Emergency responders investigate a rollover accident on Interstate 84 Friday morning. Spots of ice in the area resulted in numerous crashes. Photo by Chris Baxter.
No major injuries were reported following a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 84 Friday morning.

 

Several factors hamper search and rescue efforts

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Dale Smith, 51, was piloting a Beech Bonanza airplane over rugged, isolated backcountry of Idaho when he lost radio contact. Courtesy photo.
On the first day of December death hovered beyond the line of mountains at the edge of the Baker Valley.

 

Air Life closes base, ends operations

New air ambulance provider Air Life has ended operations in Union County.

 

10 Things to Know for Monday, Jan. 6

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

 

Public Safety Report for Jan. 3, 2014

 

 

BRIEFLY: La Grande shivers through December

As anyone who looked at their heating bill will know, temperatures at La Grande averaged colder than normal during December.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, the average temperature was 26.6 degrees, which was 4.1 degrees below normal. 

 

Group seeks nonpartisan commission

Citizens group to deliver signature sheets Tuesday to Union County

A ballot measure to create a nonpartisan county board of commissioners will likely be on the May 20 primary election ballot.

Union County Citizens for Good Government will deliver signature sheets for the measure to Union County Clerk Robin Church at 9 a.m.  Tuesday. Once the signatures are certified, the measure will go before voters.

 

School district recognized for PLC commitment to PLCs

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Professional Learning Communities expert Janel Keating, left, the superintendent of the White River School District in Buckley, Wash., works with Island City Elementary School teachers (back to front) Ingrid Bornstedt, Rachel Robinson and Ellen Lester. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

It is an hour which defines the La Grande School District, helping it capture the attention of the Oregon Department of Education.

Each Monday during the school year, La Grande classes begin an hour late so teachers can meet for Professional Learning Communities sessions. The teachers meet to share information about their students’ progress and develop data-driven strategies to help them meet state benchmarks.

 

Second load leaving Oregon

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A security officer walks past the megaload while at a stopping point outside of Arco, about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho Transportation Department officials say the 45-ton shipment of oil production equipment is drawing close to the Montana border and could leave Idaho roads this weekend, around the same time a second shipment enters Idaho from Oregon. (AP)

Another Canada-bound megaload should cross into Idaho by the weekend 

A second megaload making its way across Oregon and into Canada will enter Idaho as soon as this weekend.

This is the second of three loads headed for the tar sands of Ft. McMurray, Alberta.

 

Ready for a new home

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Presiding Judge Russ West says pillars in the Union County courtroom make it easy for defendants to hide. An agreement under way with the Oregon Department of Justice will allocate funding for a new Union County court facility. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Courthouse construction could start in fall; facility to address safety, access issues 

On a day in 1993, Brian Dretke had just finished up his first day as a lawyer — as a Union County deputy district attorney. He was about to leave when Russ West stopped him and told him he wouldn’t be going home. Instead, they would be making cold calls to garner support for a bond levy for a new Union County court facility.

 

10 Things to Know for Friday, Jan. 3

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

 

No traffic fatalities during New Year holiday, state says

No traffic fatalities were reported in Oregon during the 30-hour New Year's holiday reporting period, according to preliminary information.

 

Study finds Medicaid expansion drove up ER visits

SALEM— A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor's office or an urgent care clinic.

 

Several hot-button issues likely on ballots in 2014

In less than a year, Oregon voters could legalize same-sex marriages and recreational marijuana. 

 

10 Things to Know for Thursday, Jan. 2

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

 
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