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Saluting veterans

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Fred Parish poses with the quilt he received at the end of his trip to Washington, D.C. Each of the veterans on the trip was given a unique quilt honoring his patriotism. (Jeff Petersen/The Observer)
The contingent of 50 Oregon veterans from World War II, all in their 80s and 90s, average age 91, landed in Chicago enroute to Washington, D.C., in late September.

Veterans will soon wait less for health care

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Brian Westfield, director of the Walla Walla VA Medical Center, speaks to local veterans during a town hall Friday in La Grande. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Long waits for medical care will soon be ending for military veterans in Northeast Oregon and throughout the United States.

Bi-Mart broken into, burglar attempts to hit Short Stop

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The front window of Bi-Mart was temporarily replaced with wood after burglars broke in Sunday night. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Bi-Mart and the Short Stop are working with police after burglars hit both businesses over the weekend.

BRIEFLY: Meth lab fire leads to arrest in Wallowa

WALLOWA — A 49-year-old Wallowa man was arrested over the weekend when a meth lab started a fire in his home.

Friday, the Wallowa Fire Department responded to a fire called in by a neighbor at 302 S. Storie St. in Wallowa. Firefighters called the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office when they found what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab inside the home.

Following an investigation, Edward BQ May of Wallowa was arrested and charged with manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, first-degree arson and reckless endangerment.

First-degree arson was charged because May was “knowingly engaging in meth and that person caused a fire or explosion,” said Sheriff Steve Rogers.

May is lodged at the Union County Jail awaiting arraignment. The house has been condemned, said Rogers, and the other people living in the home have been displaced.

“The house has been condemned by the Department of Human Services,” said Rogers. “Anyone who tries to enter the property will receive an automatic Trespass One charge.”

Rogers said the house was cleaned of hazardous materials by NRS Environmental Services of southwest Washington.

The investigation is ongoing under the authority of the Street Crimes Unit, said Rogers, comprised of Wallowa and Union County sheriffs’ offices and the La Grande and Enterprise police departments.


La Grande Rural Fire departments responds to illegal burn

Last night, the La Grande Rural Fire Department responded to a large illegal slash pile burn on Black Hawk Trail Lane, according to Rural Fire Chief Larry Wooldridge.

Lostine man sentenced for illegal grow

ENTERPRISE — A 39- year-old Lostine man was sentenced Wednesday for charges stemming from a 2013 marijuana grow bust.



Voter turnout strong locally

Union and Wallowa counties had strong voter turnouts in Tuesday’s mail election following late surges in ballot returns.

Two men arrested after pursuit

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Two men were arrested just before 10 p.m. Tuesday after the vehicle they were in crashed into a pair of yard fences while being pursued by a La Grande police officer. (La Grande Police Department photo)
Two men were arrested Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. after their vehicle crashed into two yard fences while being pursued by a La Grande police officer. 

BRIEFLY: VFW hosts parade, spaghetti feed

The annual La Grande Veterans Day Parade will take place Tuesday from 
11 a.m. to noon. All are invited to come celebrate veterans and what they have done to secure our freedom. The parade, which is sponsored by American Legion Post 43, will proceed down Adams Avenue from Hemlock Street north to Third Street.

All World War II veterans in the parade will serve as its grand marshals. The WWII vets will be provided with transportation in the parade.

Any WWII vets who would like to be in the parade should call Lonnie Myers at 541-963-2908. The lineup for the parade will start at Hemlock Street and Adams Avenue at 10 a.m. 

A spaghetti feed will be conducted at the American Legion Hall, 301 Fir St., La Grande, immediately following the parade. The public is invited to attend.


Lostine man sentenced for in-home grow operation

ENTERPRISE — A 39 year-old Lostine man was sentenced Wednesday for charges stemming from a 2013 marijuana grow bust.


ODOT, ODFW agree on plan to repair culverts

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Trucks and equipment from Meridian, Idaho drilling contractor Haz-Tech Drilling, Inc. are parked alongside Interstate 84 near Ladd Canyon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Oregon taxpayers and native fish will both benefit under a new culvert repair pilot program agreed upon by the Oregon departments of transportation and fish and wildlife, and recently approved by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Howard Cruises

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Union County leaders Bill Lindsley, left, and Jack Howard greet each other at an election night party Tuesday as Carol Lauritzen, right, prepares refreshments. Lindsley was re-elected mayor of Union and Howard was elected to the Union County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
On a night when Republicans and incumbents dominated elections across the nation, Democrat Jack Howard of La Grande went against the grain.

Rock, Brown win city council positions

The La Grande City Council has two new councilors and a new mayor after Tuesday night’s election.

BRIEFLY: Veterans Day ceremony set

ELGIN — Elgin Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and associated student body will host the third annual Elgin for the Enlisted, a Veterans Day celebration, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Stella Mayfield Elementary School auditorium.

LGPD involved in high speed chase

Two men were arrested Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. after their vehicle crashed into two yard fences while being pursued by a La Grande Police officer.


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