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BRIEFLY: Clocks ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend. At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, clocks will “spring forward” one hour. 

DST was first used by Germany during World War I as a way to conserve energy. The goal was to take advantage of the daylight hours in spring by moving an additional hour of daylight from the morning to the evening and not letting people sleep through the first few hours of sunshine. America didn’t adopt a policy on DST until 1966.

Daylight Saving Time will end Nov. 1, when we “fall back” one hour.


Vacation proposal called 'shell game'

Union County's proposal to vacate additional portions of streets within the county campus for the courthouse project was called a "shell game" by critics and the mayor during a La Grande City Council public hearing on the matter.


Man found dead after vehicle got stuck in snow

ENTERPRISE — A North Powder man was found dead near the Pallette Ranch on the upper Imnaha River Road Sunday afternoon.

Council to hear Eagle Cap appeal

Eagle Cap Dispensary will have to make some compelling arguments to the La Grande City Council to persuade it to remove the condition of its operating hours it imposed at January’s meeting.

A second vacation?

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The La Grande City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 P.M. tonight on the vacation of K Avenue and Fifth Street. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande City Council last year approved vacating K Avenue from Fifth Street to Sixth Street. With parking needs still not met, the county faces a number of conditions on its approved site plan that officials hope can be alleviated with a second vacation — on K Avenue from Fourth Street to Fifth Street and on Fifth Street from K Avenue to L Avenue.

BRIEFLY: Don’t miss one-day rummage sale

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande will have a rummage sale Saturday. The one-day sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use the entrance at the corner of Fifth Street and K Avenue.

OBITUARIES: March 4, 2015

Voght, Mitchell, Nelson, Stratos, Peplinski

Hideout robbed at gunpoint

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Local law enforcement responded to a downtown bar Tuesday night after it was robbed at gunpoint.


North Powder man found dead in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — A North Powder man was found dead near the Pallette Ranch on the upper Imnaha River Road Sunday afternoon.


Shelter’s food bank set to open for business

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Kris Cross and Debera White-Waters set up for Shelter From the Storm’s soup supper on Saturday. Most of the ingredients in the soup are organic, and the food comes from many local businesses. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Shelter From the Storm has been full steam ahead lately, and last week’s food bank approval added to the organization’s enthusiasm.

Homesites approved on Joseph farmland

ENTERPRISE — After almost a decade of attempts to subdivide Hayes Farm on Airport Lane west of Joseph, the Wallowa County Planning Commission at its Feb. 24 meeting gave approval for the creation of two two-acre parcels.

Fire season may come early this year

The Grande Ronde Valley has experienced highs in the upper 50s, rain and snow — and that’s all within the past couple weeks. The area’s precipitation is normal for this time of year, but Eastern Oregon is definitely falling short when it comes to snowpack.

BRIEFLY: Union School Board to negotiate contracts

UNION — The Union School Board will meet Tuesday. The meeting will start at 6:15 p.m. at the high school athletic complex. The board will conduct contract negotiating sessions first with the school district’s classified staff and then the school district’s teachers. 

The board will meet in executive session at the start of the meeting to conduct deliberations with the person designated to carry on labor negotiations. Executive sessions are closed to the public.


Bond projects on track

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From left, FFA members Victoria Lattin, of Enterprise, Annie Story, of Joseph, and Caitlin Robb and Sarah Abdeldayem, of Wallowa, look over information for proficiency testing in the La Grande High School auditorium Thursday morning. Renovation of the LHS auditorium is one of the first bond projects to take place, set to start this summer. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande School District has received a $4.1 million boost.

Group submits grant proposal for livestock loss

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County is putting its money into range riders, cowboys who ride the range looking for wolves where cattle graze, to decrease wolf/livestock interaction.

Suits keep scandal alive

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Cylvia Hayes
SALEM — Cylvia Hayes — the woman at the center of an ethics scandal that prompted the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber last week — has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye.

BRIEFLY: Mark your calendar for Wallowology

JOSEPH — Wallowology in Joseph is keeping the county’s interest in the outdoors alive with lectures and outings into the summer months.

This Saturday, Jim Akenson and Mike Hansen will lead a bear hibernation outing. Those interested are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Enterprise Office parking lot, 65495 Alder Slope Road. Participants will take their own cars to a western larch den tree located off Highway 3. Driving will involve roughly 50 miles round trip, and it is a 10-minute hike from the vehicle to the den-tree. There will be a remote camera and the group will look for possible bear activity. Everyone should bring a day-pack with a lunch and water plus binoculars and a camera. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coming up later this year are lectures and presentations at Wallowology, located at the corner of East Maple and North Main streets in Joseph. March 27 is the Wallowa Land Trust elk hunt raffle and elk presentation. On April 17, Jay VanTassel presents “The Strange Change in the Course of the Wallowa River.” On May 7, Shane Vatland speaks on climate change and stream fish. On June 12, Karen Antell expounds on pollination, and on July 10, Jim Harbeck presents the fisheries work of the Nez Perce Tribe. All lectures begin at 7 p.m.

On July 31, the Blue Moon Mothing Night outing with Karen Antell begins at dusk.


La Grande School District receives extra $4.1 million


UPDATE: Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody

An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility. 
Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston. 

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