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Little Basin Fire Update

IMNAHA – The Little Basin Fire reported Monday morning 10 miles north of Imnaha grew to 515 acres overnight.

Hot shot crews headed to Hells Canyon fire

The Little Basin Fire is burning in Little Basin Creek off the Dug Bar road in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. Monday and is currently 100 acres and burning in grass.


Hot shot crews headed to Hells Canyon fire

The Little Basin Fire is burning in Little Basin Creek off the Dug Bar road in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. Monday and is currently 100 acres and burning in grass.


Never too late to learn

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Jess Roberts, left, and Ronn Witcraft visit after the Eastern Oregon University Student Awards Assembly Friday afternoon. Both were named students of the year in their respective departments and graduated Saturday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Twenty-somethings weren’t the only people celebrating their graduation from Eastern Oregon University this weekend.

Veteran visits D.C. for very first time

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Royce Irby, 91, of Summerville, shows a photo of him and his wife, Geneva. The couple met while growing up in Payette, Idaho, and were married while Irby was on a 72-hour leave during World War II. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
On Friday and Saturday mornings, Royce Irby has one thing on his mind: yard sales.

Fire season starts Tuesday

Warm dry weather prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry to declare the official start of fire season Tuesday.

BRIEFLY: Health board talks dental plans Tuesday

UNION — There will be a South County Health District regular board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dental plans will be discussed.

Search for missing man continues

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Mel Ackley
The La Grande community is searching for an 85-year-old Island City man.

Troopers stop van falsely suspected of carrying fugitives

Oregon State Troopers in Eastern Oregon were pulled briefly into the national search for two escapees from an upstate New York prison, but it quickly became clear the men they stopped on Interstate 84 had nothing to do with the fugitives.


All cracked up

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The La Grande High School tennis court has deteriorated over the years. The school is encouraging the community to work with the school district to raise funds to repair the court and track. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The four tennis courts at La Grande High School are losing their matches against Father Time.

Area fire agencies prepare for above normal season

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Two single-engine air tankers, like the one pictured above, well-suited for canyon country, will be based in La Grande for the summer fire season. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
Northeast Oregon fire agencies are gearing up for what’s been called an above normal fire season with higher temperatures and lightning expected as well as drier conditions on the ground.

OLCC looks to east side for rep

When the Oregon Liquor Control Commission released the names of Oregon residents who will serve on the committee to discuss what should be regulated with the legalization of marijuana, Oregon Sen. Bill Hansell saw a glaring hole — Eastern Oregon representation was missing.

BRIEFLY OSP seek poacher who killed deer

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for unlawfully wounding a buck deer outside of La Grande in the Starkey Unit. 

According to Sgt. Chris Hawkins, a citizen reported the mortally wounded buck only a couple miles off Interstate 84, a short distance up Ladd Creek Road. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers responded and determined the buck had been shot with a .17 caliber rifle twice in the head, on or before June 3. There are no legal deer hunting seasons occurring during this time of year. 

Oregon Hunters Association has offered a reward through the Turn-in-Poachers program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888. 

Anyone with information can contact Senior Trooper Kris Davis at the Oregon State Police office in 
La Grande at 541-805-4757.


City hires economic development director

A new economic development director is set to begin work for the City of La Grande next month. The city announced today that it has hired Christine Jarski as the city's new economic development director. She is set to start the job July 6.

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