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County deal not yet in place

Union County commissioners will hold a special meeting Sept. 24 to consider approving an agreement with Mike Becker General Contractor.


13-year-old admits to writing bomb hoax

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The Union County Sheriff’s Office said it has cited a 13-year-old in the writing of a bomb threat last week at Stella Mayfield School in Elgin. (Observer file photo)
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has cited a 13-year-old female for the bomb threat last week that caused the evacuation of Stella Mayfield School in Elgin.


Eastern Oregon University: Not a pretty picture

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect a correction. EOU will not experience another $4 million in cuts at this time. The $4 million in cuts announced this spring will be implemented over a two-year period.]  

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Eastern Oregon University Interim President Jay Kenton speaks to faculty and staff Tuesday during the school’s Fall Convocation. Kenton outlined the facts concerning Eastern’s financial situation, including another $4 million cut to its budget. (Tim Mustoe/Observer)
Interim Eastern Oregon University President Jay Kenton proved to be a man of his word Tuesday.


Logging Operations Brings Scheduled Closure to Forest Service Road 7700-950

BAKER CITY, OREGON – Forest Service Road (FSR) 7700-950 near Catherine Creek Summit will be closed starting around September 22, to provide for public safety during line-logging operations on the Little Bear Timber Sale. 


13-year-old cited for Stella bomb threat

The Union County Sheriff's Office has cited a 13-year-old female for the bomb threat last week at Stella Mayfield in Elgin.


Commissioners hold off on contract approval

Union County Commissioners have recessed a Tuesday morning meeting without approving a contract with Mike Becker General Contractor, the company selected by the commission to construct the new county courthouse.


EOU President has sobering message

Interim Eastern Oregon University President Jay Kenton did not sugar coat the shaky financial situation his school is facing during a presentation at EOU's Fall Convocation Tuesday morning.


BRIEFLY: Squirrel knocked out power to 160 Sunday

A squirrel caused an electrical power outage in the Sunnyhills area of south La Grande Sunday morning.

Power went out at 9:05 a.m. after a squirrel caused a short in a line.  The short left 160 Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative customers without electricity. Power was restored for 142 customers at about 11 a.m. Power for the remaining 18 customers was restored by noon.

The short damaged equipment that had to be replaced before power could be restored, said Jim Horan, OTEC communication manager.


Neighbors not enamored with dispensary

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Armando Robles, owner of La Fiesta and neighbor of Green Apothecary, is concerned for his business with the medical marijuana dispensary open across the street. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
I’m not in favor of it at all,” said Sandee Fox, who lives just down the block from La Grande’s one and only medical marijuana dispensary.Fox doesn’t like that it’s right down the street from her on Adams Avenue and doesn’t want a dispensary in La Grande at all.


Shelter, county headed to court

Shelter From the Storm and Union County will be back in court Friday for eviction proceedings.


SFS served eviction papers

Shelter From the Storm was served with eviction papers Friday.

The nonprofit and Union County will be back in court at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 for eviction proceedings.


New software provides better access to info

A new software system is being used by local law enforcement agencies that is saving money and giving officers more information than ever before.

Kids back at Stella following bomb threat

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Students from Stella Mayfield Elementary School were evacuated Wednesday in an emergency response to a threat made to the school. (Trish Yerges/For The Observer)
ELGIN — Students at Stella Mayfield School returned to school Thursday and Friday after they were evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of a bomb threat.
Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call and roped off the entrance of the school building on Division Street.

Common concern: Some worried about new Common Core-related assessment testing

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Math teacher Chris Wagner helps a student with a problem on Thursday during class at La Grande Middle School. Concerns are being raised about the impending Smarter Balanced test, which is part of Common Core, that is being implemented in public schools in all 43 states that have adopted Common Core State Standards. Oregon is one of the states that has adopted Common Core standards. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The daunting specter of a new student assessment tool, the Smarter Balanced test, is looming large over parents, students and teachers in the La Grande School District and throughout Oregon.
The Smarter Balanced test, which all students, beginning in third grade, must take starting next spring in Oregon public schools, is regarded as far more difficult than the state’s previous assessment test.

BRIEFLY: Yard sale funds Union County scholarship

The Chapter DK P.E.O. annual yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. The multi-family sale will be held at 308 L Ave. in La Grande. All proceeds fund scholarships for Union County students.
GRH Auxiliary meets Monday morning
The Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary will  hold a general meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Island City City Hall. The speaker will be Eden Kruger, who will be familiarizing everyone with the hospital’s MyHealth website.

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