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Howells taken into custody

Read more... JOSEPH – Jon D. Howells, 35, was arrested Wednesday following a-day-and-a-half on the run after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend and burning down the hand-hewn log cabin she rented in rural Joseph.  


Locals authorities take over Elgin blaze

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Firefighters line Highway 204 earlier this month to keep the flames from jumping the highway. The Phillips Creek Fire today is a far cry from what it was two weeks ago when it posed a serious threat to homes on the northwest edge of Elgin and in an area north of Summerville. (Observer file photo)
ELGIN — Monday was a red letter day in the saga of the fire that terrified the Elgin community earlier this month. 

Cosner leaving Liberty project

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Liberty Theatre Foundation Executive Director Chantell Cosner, a 2012 Eastern Oregon University graduate, has accepted a position with Washington State University in Pullman and is set to leave La Grande around the end of the month. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
After three years at the helm of the Liberty Theatre Foundation, the curtains are closing for Executive Director Chantell Cosner.

BRIEFLY: Housing authority board meets Tuesday

The quarterly meeting of the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Blue Springs Crossing’s community room, 10801 Walton Road, Island City. 

The meeting is open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Audrey Smith at 541-963-5360, ext. 21.



Eagle Complex fires expand


Crime tape surrounds burned home

Read more...  JOSEPH – Firefighters and law enforcement officials including Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers and Joseph Fire Chief Jeffrey Wecks were still on the scene at midday today after a house burned in rural Joseph around 9 p.m. Monday.


Air quality still poor in Union County

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said there is poor air quality throughout Oregon due to wildfire smoke, including in Union County.

Eagle Complex fires do not expand

Firefighters held their own against the Eagle Complex fires, 10 miles east of Medical Springs, on Monday.

Doors being added to classrooms

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Brothers Jake, left, and Adam Nolind of the Masonry Center in Boise, Idaho, install classroom doors Thursday at Island City Elementary School. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Art work is not being added to classrooms in the La Grande School District this summer, but artistry is being practiced within them by people like door hanger Jake Nolind.

BRIEFLY: American Legion post celebrates birthday

La Grande’s American Legion Post 43 will celebrate its 95th birthday with a picnic and barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rotary Pavilion in Pioneer Park. Soft drinks and birthday cake will be provided. The celebration is free to Legion members, veterans and their families. Membership applications will be available at the event.

Independent Party will participate in primary election

SALEM — Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins announced Monday that the Independent Party of Oregon has qualified to be a major political party and will be permitted to participate in the May 2016 primary election.


Level 3 evacuation notices issued for Eagle Complex fires


Evacuation notices issued in Grant County

The El Dorado Fire reported Friday morning 5 miles southeast of Unity, Oregon is exhibiting extreme fire behavior including wind-driven runs and is approximately 12,000 acres at this time. Fire officials say that they are expecting a significant spread to the east and northeast and are recommending that people avoid driving near the fire due to increased firefighting traffic.

Evacuation notices issued in Grant County

The El Dorado Fire reported Friday morning 5 miles southeast of Unity, Oregon is exhibiting extreme fire behavior including wind-driven runs and is approximately 12,000 acres at this time. Fire officials say that they are expecting a significant spread to the east and northeast and are recommending that people avoid driving near the fire due to increased firefighting traffic.

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