In a session that seemed almost anti-climactic, the La Grande Budget
Committee wrapped up its 2010-2011 deliberations Tuesday, approving
budgets for enterprise and other funds.
Meeting for a final time at Cook Memorial Library, the committee,
consisting of the city council and appointed citizens, heard from
department heads from public works, street maintenance, sewer and water
ELGIN — Mayor John Stover together with City Administrator Terrie
Richards, city councilors and Police Chief Kevin Lynch met with
Municipal Court Judge Martin Birnbaum Tuesday evening for a work
session at City Hall to discuss how the city can collect payments on
outstanding citations and traffic tickets.
“We want to find a pathway to get payments for these numerous
tickets and violation citations,” said Stover. “We have too many
outstanding tickets, and people are thumbing their noses at us and
never paying their fines.”
|Nobody knows the story behind this cotton quilt owned by Earlene Lamb of
The Observer/DICK MASON This quilt, made during the Civil War era or just after it, will be among those displayed Saturday at the United Methodist Church’s spring luncheon.
La Grande. But imagine the stories its creator may have told.
First-hand accounts of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee or perhaps the
Oregon Trail and the original transcontinental railroad may have been
ENTERPRISE — A Wallowa County grand jury Tuesday issued an
indictment against Christopher Lane Kiesecker of Joseph for multiple
counts related to a series of burglaries downtown April 13.
Kiesecker, 30, is charged with nine counts of second-degree
burglary, a Class C felony; two counts of first-degree criminal
mischief, a Class C felony; five counts of second-degree theft; three
counts of second-degree attempted burglary; two counts of third-degree
theft; and nine counts of third-degree criminal mischief.
ELGIN — Family Nurse Practitioner Tempie Bartell opened her own medical
practice in Elgin May 10 and will offer primary health care services
four days each week.
Bartell, MS, FNP-C, has opened her own practice at the newly
established Elgin Health Center, 720 Albany St. She is being assisted
by Office Manager Sheree Follett, who will schedule appointments and
manage patient accounts.
What does the future hold for Central Elementary School?
Look north to Alaska.
Reta Doland, an educator from King Salmon, Alaska, who has strong
Oregon ties, has been named Central Elementary’s next principal.
“She has a wonderful track record as an elementary principal,’’ said
La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze “We are excited
about having her as part of our administrative leadership team.’’
Bill Rosholt held off John Lamoreau to win the Republican nomination
for Union County commissioner, Position 1, in Tuesday’s primary
Rosholt, who works as the county’s director of golf promotion and economic development and has
never held elective office before, collected 1,844 votes, 53 percent of the total. Lamoreau garnered 1,639 votes, or 47 percent.
The often-controversial state representative Republican primary race
between Greg Smith and Colleen MacLeod ended Tuesday night in a
convincing victory for the incumbent.
Smith, the seated representative for District 57, captured more than
60 percent of the district vote to win his party’s nomination. In
November, he will run against Wallowa County Democrat Jean Falbo.
Taxpayers living in the Cove, Union and North Powder school
districts nixed a proposed operating levy for the Union clinic Tuesday,
voting against it 830-592.
For the Cove-Union-Powder Medical Association, the group that
supports the clinic through a variety of volunteer efforts, it’s a
On the other hand, the clinic likely will survive, said CUP President Walt Brookshire.
ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners will have a new member next year.
Two-term incumbent Dan DeBoie lost handily in Tuesday’s Republican primary to Paul Castilleja. The vote was 1,062 to 459.
Castilleja will face Marc Stauffer, who is running unaffiliated, in the November general election.