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Student body president faces heat

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Eastern Oregon University senior Matt Chatham, standing, speaks before Eastern’s student senate on Monday. Chatham is circulating a petition calling for the resignation or impeachment of Eastern student body president Philip Sebastiani. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Controversy is swirling around Eastern Oregon University student body president Philip Sebastiani as he approaches the midway point of his one-year term.

Two hurt in accident

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A construction site, located on Hull Lane near Imbler, collapsed Monday and injured two workers. Piles of wooden debris were laid out like match sticks in the center of the structure. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
IMBLER — Two construction workers were seriously injured early Monday afternoon when roof trusses collapsed on them while they were working on a project on the south edge of Imbler.

Basket program gets reprieve

ENTERPRISE — Temperatures in the single digits and snowstorms set the tone for this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. As the days grow shorter, Northeast Oregonians prepare to feast and fest toward the new year.

Council: Finished project not good

ELGIN — The Elgin City Council is not pleased with the finished project as it stands for the Stella Mayfield School Safe Routes to School project.

BRIEFLY: Don’t miss Jingle Through Joseph

JOSEPH —The Jingle Through Joseph Holiday Bazaar is coming to the Joseph Community Center Friday and Saturday and Dec. 5-6. 

The bazaar will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 

For sale will be a variety of gifts, decorations and greenery, including fresh Christmas wreaths and swags. Santa Paws will be at the bazaar on the second weekend; attendees may bring their pets and/or kids to have their picture taken with Santa.


Joe Miller sentenced to 15 years

A North Powder man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.


Two men injured when trusses collapse


Grande Ronde Hospital: Getting a brand new look

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Nursing Supervisor Macy Clark explains how crowded the walkways at the Grande Ronde Hospital Children’s Clinic can become if one nurse is taking a baby’s weight with another taking a child’s weight and another child having his vision screened. Once the clinic is moved into the Regional Medical Plaza, those measurements will be taken in a designated cut out that won’t obstruct walkways. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A lot can change in a year. That will be the case for Grande Ronde Hospital’s women’s and children’s clinics.



Pre-planning pays off for district

La Grande School District officials took pains months ago to put the district in a position to hit the ground running if its $31.85 million bond for maintenance and capital construction was approved by voters. 

Burglaries frustrate law enforcement

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Bud Ashcraft, owner of Bud Jackson’s, points out damage done in an October break-in in this file photo. Police have exhausted all leads in the break-ins with no arrests. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Police have pursued all leads, but there’s been no break in the case of 14 area burglaries.

BRIEFLY: Community invited to Thanksgiving meals

The annual Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries’ Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1204 Spring Ave., La Grande. The meal is free; donations will be accepted.

In Enterprise the community is invited to a Thanksgiving dinner at the Enterprise Community Connection dining room at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. There is no charge for the dinner, but diners may bring a donation to the local food bank or a dessert. To arrange transportation to the dinner, call 541-426-3840 by the end of today. The event is made possible by the Wallowa Resources board and local volunteers.


Weekend: After Hours


Eastern Promise gives students a head start

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La Grande High School students Sarah Rasmussen and Andrew Kevan work on a lab project in their Advanced Biology class. The class is part of the Eastern Oregon University Promise program. Students who pass can earn EOU credits. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Three years into the Academic Momentum program, Eastern Promise officials say 3,550 students are participating in the program across the region, from Wallowa County to Gilliam County.

Enrollment leads to drop in revenue

The La Grande School District’s budget picture is taking a $300,000 hit because its enrollment is less than forecast.

Council to take up site plan

The La Grande City Council will reconsider a site plan application for the new Union County Courthouse in January.

Holidays Bazaar Schedule: Nov. 21-22


BRIEFLY: PFLAG to play board games at Shelter

PFLAG’s monthly board game night will be held tonight at 6 p.m. The location has changed from Bear Mountain Pizza to Shelter From the Storm, 1111 5th St., La Grande.



I-84 Weather Update

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, Ore. Highway 204 (the Weston to Elgin highway) is closed to commercial trucks between milepost zero (Ore. Highway 11 junction) and milepost 40 (the Elgin Ore. Highway 82 junction ) due to icy conditions on the Ore. Highway 11 side of the mountain pass. 


Interstate 84 road closures update

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, Interstate 84 westbound is now closed in Baker City at milepost 302. The westbound closure was moved from La Grande to Baker City due to backed up trucks that have filled the truck stop and are parked along the freeway and other streets near the Exit 265 interchange. 

Ranger district proposes forest road closure

The Union County commissioners traveled up Highway 204 to Forest Road 3734 after the Walla Walla Ranger District said it is considering closing the road.

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