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Waterway comments due by Wednesday

The state is in the midst of an evaluation to see if it will consider designating part of the Grande Ronde River as a Scenic Waterway. The portion of the river from the Washington border to the confluence with the Wallowa River has already been designated a Scenic Waterway. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Members of the public have until Wednesday to complete a survey for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as it considers adding a portion of the Grande Ronde River to its State Scenic Waterways.

Anniversary recalls a different era.

Citizens of the town of Cove put up light posts in this early 20th Century photograph. Union County celebrates its 150th anniversary Tuesday. (W.R. Gekeler photo)
Union County was far from the cutting edge of communications technology when it was founded Oct. 14, 1864.

BRIEFLY: Candidates forum set for 7 p.m. Tuesday

Hear from candidates in local contested races during a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the La Grande Middle School Commons.

The forum will be a time to hear from La Grande City Council candidates and those vying for the position of county commissioner and House District 58 representative.

BRIEFLY: Seniors can earn auto insurance discount

The next “Smart Driver” Driver Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Cost for the updated class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.

For registration and more information, call Fred Moore at 541-910-9797. In most cases, completion of the class entitles drivers older than 55 to a discount in their auto insurance.

Learning to let go

Beth Upshaw maintains a record of her cancer journey in the back of her planner. She still makes a note after visiting her Portland oncologist every three months.(Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Though it ran in her family, Upshaw didn’t think she, too, would hear the words, “You have cancer.”

Police arrest wanted felon

Officers from the La Grande Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office converge on a home on the corner of V Avenue and Ash Street Thursday afternoon. Police said Cody Hamlin, who had fled from parole officers, was hiding inside the house and was later taken into custody. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande Police arrested a 24-year-old transient Thursday afternoon after he attempted to elude parole officers.

Supreme Court makes stop in La Grande

Justices with the Oregon Supreme Court listen to arguments for a case Thursday at La Grande High School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Twin sisters Jayden and Jerika Christman, seniors at La Grande High School, enjoyed a power lunch Thursday, a meal with two of the most influential people in Oregon — state Supreme Court justices Virginia Linder and Martha Lee Walters.

Law enforcement arrest man fleeing parole officers

(Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande Police, with the help of the Union County Sheriff's Office, arrested Cody Hamlin this afternoon after Hamlin fled from parole and probations officers who informed him he was under arrest on a charge of parole violation. 

BRIEFLY: View film Thursday, attend lecture Oct. 16

ENTERPRISE — This year’s Fishtrap Fall Arts & Lecture Series continues with an exploration of Anna Leonowens’ account of her life in Siam, the inspiration for “The King & I.” The film will be shown Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Fishtrap House, 400 E. Grant St. Admission is $5. Next week, Oct. 16, Alfred Habeggar’s lecture will look at how Leonowens may have misrepresented an Asian people and a nation. For more information, call Maya at 541-426-3623.

Down to the last ‘straw’

The wolf may huff and puff, but there’s no way this straw house is coming down. 

Answers elusive in business break-in

Police are still looking for leads following a Sept. 24 break-in at Green Apothecary, La Grande’s only medical marijuana dispensary.

Camp a plus for those tackling fire

Firefighters wait in line for dinner Tuesday evening at camp after combating the Mt. Harris fire. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A community of almost 200 people sprang up faster than an Old West mining boom town and soon will disappear just as quickly.

Enterprise man dies in wood cutting accident

ENTERPRISE - An Enterprise man was killed Monday morning while cutting wood on Jayne’s Ridge, 40 miles northeast of Joseph.

Talk show host takes on anti-pot group

Russ Belville, who hosts a Portland radio show, stands in the parking lot at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande on Friday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A pro-marijuana legalization talk show brought the other side of the marijuana argument to drug policy expert Kevin Sabet’s presentation Friday afternoon.

Fire crews making progress with blaze

A fire broke out Saturday afternoon southeast of Imbler, moving quickly from near Market Lane and is now burning in mixed timber, brush and grass on Mount Harris. (Ashley O'Toole Photo)
Fire crews are making progress in the effort to contain a wildfire that broke out Saturday afternoon southeast of Imbler.

Back to school brings renewed sense of optimism

Students returned to campus last week at Eastern Oregon University with a renewed sense of optimism despite an 11-percent drop in enrollment and cuts of $4 million from its budget looming. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Despite an 11-percent drop in enrollment, there is a sense of optimism as school amps back up at Eastern Oregon University.

BRIEFLY: Cove City Council meets Tuesday

COVE -— The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder.

Mount Harris fire proves fire season isn't over yet

A fire broke out Saturday afternoon east of Imbler proving that fire season isn’t quite over yet.

EOU Homecoming Parade 2014

Names released for fatal traffic crash on Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified. 

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