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Downtown improvement initiatives get green light

Acting as the Urban Renewal Agency board Wednesday night, the La Grande City Council approved a flurry of initiatives aimed at downtown improvement.

In an Urban Renewal Agency meeting immediately following the regular city council session, the board began by approving a motion to shift some $185,000 from the agency contingency fund to a fund for capital outlay.


Two charged in city-wide rifle shooting spree

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Kyle J. Dalton
Jacob R. Johnson
Jacob R. Johnson

Two La Grande men were arrested early this morning in connection with a city-wide shooting rampage that injured no one but caused extensive damage to vehicles and buildings including La Grande High School and Veterans Memorial Pool.

Kyle J. Dalton and Jacob R. Johnson, both 19, were taken into custody after being stopped in a vehicle on the Eighth Street hill. A .22-caliber rifle was seized at the arrest scene.


Students unearth career possibilities

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WITH A LITTLE HELP from a friendly ODOT worker, Hannah Lovelady of Vale takes the controls of a trackhoe and scoops up a load of gravel at Construction & Utilities Education Day. CHRIS BAXTER / The Observer
 

Operating construction equipment is a heavyweight task — a multi-ton job that 205 high school juniors and seniors were encouraged to weigh the merits of Wednesday.


Phillipses: At home on the ranch

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Charlie Phillips loads hay while one of the dogs looks on. KATY NESBITT / The Observer
 

JOSEPH — A rancher’s year begins when his pasture is dotted with newborn calves and lambs wobbling around on their knobby kneed legs, nuzzling their mothers for warmth and nourishment.


Local educators voice concerns about bill to make all-day public kindergarten mandatory

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Willow Elementary School kindergartners Cheyanne Barton, left, and Ava Hedden work together Tuesday afternoon in their classroom. The children are students in Jakki Boehne’s class. DICK MASON / The Observer
 

A state Senate bill that would make all-day public school kindergarten mandatory in 5 1/2 years has local education leaders up in arms.

The educators believe the bill would provide already financially strapped school districts with yet another costly unfunded state mandate.


Company commander reflects on 2nd Iraq tour

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Capt. Seth Musgrove, commander of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), listens to 3rd Battalion commander Lt. Col. Phil Appleton at the C Company command post in January. Musgrove led a platoon during the 3rd Battalion’s first deployment to Iraq in 2005 and survived two IED attacks. PAT CALDWELL photo
 

TIKRIT, Iraq — What goes around comes around.

Capt. Seth Musgrove is more familiar with that adage than most, especially when it comes to Iraq.

One night six years ago, far away from his home, Musgrove, who is a La Grande native, drove over an improvised explosive device.


‘Squaw’ place names on board agenda

The Union County Board of Commissioners is slated Wednesday to take a look at proposed name changes for five local geographic locations with names containing the word “squaw.”

Forums on school option levy slated

Two public forums on the five-year local option levy the La Grande School District is seeking have been scheduled.

The forums, hosted by the La Grande School Board, will be conducted April 11 and April 26. Both forums will be held in the Willow Elementary School gym, 1305 N. Willow St.


Titanic Dinner and Historic Artifact viewing set for April 16

A harrowing voice of the past and a postcard sent by a hero to be.

These are two additions diners will see and hear at the sixth annual Titanic Dinner and Historic Artifact viewing set for April 16. The dinner will be conducted for the first time at the site of Union County’s most venerable waters, those of Hot Lake Springs.

 


N.P. council to discuss proposed SIP pact tonight

Community could realize $600,000 over life of wind farm under SIP terms

Lundy brings ability to listen to Cove mayor post

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COVE — “His Honor the Mayor” is not a title that has gone to James Lundy’s head.
In fact, he has no visions of grandeur for himself or Cove. Unlike some mayors, he is not hell-bent on turning a cozy town into a booming metropolis.


Wheeling out Refurbished WHEELS

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Residents from the RiverBend Correctional Facility at Hilgard prepare to hoist the antique wheels they refurbished into a truck for transport to the Union County Museum. The wheels will be reunited with an 1890s fire hose cart, which will be part of new displays at the museum this May. MIKE SHEARER / The Observer

Youths from RiverBend restore hose cart wheels in time for museum’s opening day


Major crime team investigating assault near church

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Officers from the Union County Sheriff’s Department and Oregon State Police stand at the sealed-off parking lot of the First Christian Church in La Grande this morning. CHRIS BAXTER / The Observer
 

Victim sustains serious injuries in assault in parking lot at First Christian Church; life-flighted to Boise hospital


30 architectural firms interested in designing Imbler’s new school

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A drawing depicts Imbler’s new $4 million elementary school.

The Imbler School District will have no problem finding a design team for the new $4 million elementary school it will soon begin building.


Wolf legislation draws Wallowa County ranchers to Salem

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RANCHERS TESTIFY: Dennis Sheehy, Karl Patton and Todd Nash testify in support of wolf legislation to members of the House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee Wednesday in Salem. KATY NESBITT / The Observer

SALEM — Once again, wolf legislation has been introduced to the Oregon Legislature. Wednesday, the House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee heard testimony from cattlemen, environmentalists and hunters at the state Capitol.


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