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ODFW denies wolf report

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife denied a report Friday that it had confirmed a sighting of wolves chasing elk up a hill just west of La Grande.

City council votes for pot opt out

SUMMERVILLE — People will not be traveling to Summerville to legally purchase marijuana for recreational purposes. At least not anytime in the near future.

The Summerville City Council voted Tuesday night to opt out of Measure 91, the measure voters approved in November 2014 legalizing the possession, sale and production of marijuana in Oregon.

Cascadia flag placed on roof of IOOF building

Someone put the Cascadia Doug flag atop the old Independent Order of Odd Fellows building in downtown La Grande over the weekend. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande may have temporarily been the capital of Cascadia.

BRIEFLY: Baked goods on tap at Cove church

COVE — The Cove United Methodist Church will host a Harvest Dinner and bake sale Saturday in the basement of the church. The baked goods and candy sale begins at 11 a.m. and a complete turkey dinner with homemade pie for dessert will be served from  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

VA enters stretch on goals for homelessness, claims backlog

 WASHINGTON (AP) — Though it has made much progress, the Department of Veterans Affairs is likely to miss its target on two ambitious goals: ending veteran homelessness in 2015 and ending the backlog in disability claims.

New Union City Councilor named

Island City council approves trucking operation permit

The Island City City Council on Monday night approved a conditional use permit for Oregon Trail Transport.

Fighting fire with FEMA

Fire lines remain in northern Wallowa County, which was affected by this summerís Grizzly Bear Complex fires, in this Oct. 27 photo. Private citizens dug an estimated 25 miles of fire line to help protect property during the blaze. (Kelly Ducote/The Observer)
The State of Oregon did not meet its wildfire insurance deductible in 2015, thanks to Federal Emergency Management Agency grants.

New book dispels, gives credence to stories

This photo shows the construction of Hot Lake sanitariumís brick addition in 1906. The 105-room structure reportedly cost $500,000 to build.
Hot Lake is shrouded in more than the steam that rises from its waters on cold winter mornings. 

Golf pro files tort

Buffalo Peak Golf Course Pro Scott Marcum has filed a tort claim against Union County stemming from the ethics complaint filed by Commissioner Jack Howard to the Oregon Ethics Commission in May.

BRIEFLY: Lake Wallowa Lodge comes to La Grande

Ellen Bishop and Katy Nesbitt, members of the Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC staff, will host a reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cook Memorial Library.

The lodge went up for auction last summer, and Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC was formed to save the historic building. Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC has until Jan. 
15 to complete purchase of the lodge.

The presentation will detail the lodge’s history as well as its importance to community, habitat and the local economy. 

Bishop and Nesbitt will also talk about the Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC’s present organization and their plans to continue its family-friendly, affordable traditions while protecting the lodge’s old growth and riparian forest.

Food drive looks to feed the hungry


The annual Community Action Network Union County Food Drive, put on by the United Way of Eastern Oregon, is set to be conducted Nov. 13. And the timing could not be better.

“Our donations are down, so this is a very big blessing for us,” said Carmen Pearson, manager for Community Connection of Northeast Oregon’s food bank programs in Union, Wallowa, Baker and Grant counties.

Union County green lights pot opt out

Despite Commissioner Jack Howard fighting tooth and nail to delay the passing of a complete opt out of the sale and production of marijuana in the unincorporated parts of Union County, the ordinance still passed at Wednesday’s meeting.

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