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BRIEFLY: Help kids cope with divorce, separation

Learn how divorce or separation impacts your children and what you can do to help them at a workshop offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St., La Grande. The workshop is facilitated by Mary Lu Pierce and sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee. 

Cost is $30 per person (cash or check only). The fee may be waived by prior order of the court, or if attendance occurs prior to or within 45 days of filing for custody, dissolution, separation or modification. Support persons and community members may attend for free.

The workshop is for adults only. Child care is not provided. For more information, call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228.

Scott Marcum filed a tort claim notice against Union County

Buffalo Peak Golf Pro Scott Marcum filed a tort claim against Union County after Commissioner Jack Howard filed an ethics complaint in May .

VIDEO: brawl at Five Guys in Florida

Commissioners accused of election violation by Sheriff Rasmussen

It was a very lively Union County Commissioners meeting today when Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen submitted a letter to the Union County Commissioners regarding an accusation that "commissioners" went to an unnamed sheriff's deputy and asked him to run for sheriff. 

A dangerous threat?

Oregon Rural Action board member Norm Cimon starts his presentation on derailments of crude oil tank cars by showing a photo of the derailment that happened in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, which killed 47 people and destroyed 30 buildings. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
It is a fact as undeniable as it is daunting — a big part of La Grande is in a potential oil train “blast zone.”

Trains loaded with volatile crude oil from the Midwest regularly pass through the heart of La Grande while en route to ports. A derailment or accident involving one of these trains could trigger a fire and explosions that would endanger everyone within a mile radius of the accident, also known as the blast zone, according to Norm Cimon a board member with Oregon Rural Action.

Plan could restrict forest access

The Blue Mountain Conference Center was packed with members of the community who wished to speak about the national forest revision plan regarding the Umatilla, Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman national forests. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The United States Department of Agriculture held a meeting regarding the Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests on Monday night. Many people came, and most had one message: Don’t take away the roads in the forests.

Boy charged for shooting pellet gun at car

Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove, left, and Capt. Craig Ward of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, stand by at the perimeter of a pellet gun shooting Tuesday. Police say a 13-year-old boy shot at a vehicle with his BB pellet gun. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A 13-year-old boy has been charged with criminal mischief in the third degree and reckless endangering after he allegedly fired a BB pellet gun at a vehicle Tuesday morning.

BRIEFLY: Halloween was October’s rainiest day

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged much warmer than normal during the month of October. The   average temperature was 54.6 degrees, 5.8 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 69.5 degrees, 7.2 degrees above normal. The highest was 86 degrees on the Oct. 10. This was the third warmest October on record.

Low temperatures averaged 39.7 degrees, 4.5 degrees above normal. The lowest was 29 degrees on Oct. 23. There were 4 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.29 inches during October, which was at normal. Measurable precipitation (at least .01 inch) was received on nine days with the heaviest, 0.57 inches reported on Oct. 31. The highest wind gust was 43 mph on Oct. 10.

The outlook for November from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande fall from 54 degrees at the start of November to 40 degrees at the end of November. Normal lows fall from 33 degrees to 26 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 2.03 inches.

OBITUARIES: November 4, 2015

Hansell,  Sarman, Volle

Pellet gunshot forces school lockdown

A juvenile male shooting a pellet gun near La Grande Middle forced area schools on lockdown after a vehicle window was shot at.

Danger of oil trains passing through La Grande discussed

Comedian ready for the windy city

Johnson currently is working at Joe Beans on Adams Avenue. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
One La Grande resident may follow in the footsteps of comedians Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Chris Farley when he auditions at Second City in Chicago in less than a year.

Bid awarded for Mayfield gym project

The Stella Mayfield School gym has been closed since the summer of 2014 for safety reasons. Stella Mayfield School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ELGIN — The future of the Stella Mayfield School gym, closed for about 18 months for safety reasons, is suddenly much brighter.

Coats for Kids warms families

There were 16 members of the La Grande Soroptimists Club at the Coats for Kids Drive on Saturday at the Riveria Activity Center. Hundreds of boots, gloves, socks and scarves were collected throughout the year to go to families who need them. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Two local organizations came together this weekend to provide warm clothing for families in Union County.

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