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Hospital welcomes New Year baby

Emmalynn Tayler Halsey is Union County’s first baby of 2014. Emmalynn made her grand entrance into the New Year at Grande Ronde Hospital’s Family Birthing Center at 4:26 p.m. on Jan. 3, weighing 6 lbs, 12 ounces and measuring 22 inches long. The parents are Scott Halsey and Ashley Aldrich. 


School districts receive state grant funding

Wallowa, Enterprise land combined $730,314 to boost vocational technical programs

Enterprise and Wallowa school district officials are beginning the new year with new problems — the type of problems educators dream of having.


Former EOU director receives big surprise

Muriel Shaw, the retired director of the OHSU School of Nursing at EOU, is surprised Monday by the news that a Badgley Hall room will be named in her honor. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Muriel Shaul to be honored with Badgley Hall dedication

Muriel Shaul retired as the director of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing at Eastern Oregon University in June. 

The popular educator still stays in close contact with her colleagues, but her visits to Eastern’s campus since June have been infrequent. Shaul soon, however, will have an everlasting presence at EOU.


Reason for base closure elusive

Air Methods, one of the country’s largest air ambulance fleets, began operating as Air Life in La Grande in October 2013 as competition with Life Flight Network. The Colorado-based company closed its air ambulance bases in La Grande and Ontario Friday.

Air Life reciprocity deal still in place with Life Flight 

Air Life, the company that abruptly closed its air ambulance bases in La Grande and Ontario Friday, is not expounding on a reason for the sudden base closures.

The bases employed 24 people.


Special delivery

Union County Citizens for Good Government volunteer Terry Edvalson, center, submits signature sheets to Union County Clerk Robin Church Tuesday morning. The group, which includes Jim Mollerstrom, left, submitted the signatures to get a measure on the May 20 ballot that would pose to voters, “Shall the office of Union County Commissioner become a nonpartisan office?” (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Petitioners submit signature sheets to county for commissioner ballot measure

An effort to create a nonpartisan county board of commissioners took a major step forward Tuesday. 


Round-Up picks queen; Willis serves as princess

Kylie Willis

The Pendleton Round-Up Association announced that Shaina Zollman of Pendleton will reign as queen of the 104th annual Pendleton Round-Up.

The 2014 queen and court were announced last month during an introduction breakfast at the home of Dr. Doug Corey, DVM, where court members met each other together for the first time. The event was attended by Zollman and princesses Kylie Willis of Enterprise, Crystal Mitchell, an Eastern Oregon University student from Pendleton, Kylee Jensen of Pilot Rock and Katy West of Athena. 


The Book of Ocho

 In a new collection of poetry, local writer Cameron Scott reflects on life through the simplicities of a cat afflicted with cancer

In a county of 7,000 souls, the wealth of artistry never ceases to amaze — from the painters to the sculptors, the photographers, the musicians and the writers. Some of the citizens of this corner of Oregon are lucky enough to have two or more artistic talents.


Public Safety Report for January 8, 2014

Public Safety Report for January 8, 2014

BRIEFLY: Senate candidate to visit Friday

U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby will describe her vision for Oregon during an appearance from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at Joe Beans Coffee.


Elgin man pleads not guilty to sex crimes charges

A National Guardsman arrested on sex crime charges in August pleaded not guilty to all charges in court Tuesday morning.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday, Jan. 8

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


Cover Oregon enrollment numbers low

PORTLAND — Oregon's problem-plagued health insurance exchange says it has enrolled about 20,000 people in private coverage, far below original projections.


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:





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

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

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

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

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.

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