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Joining elite company

Larry Glaze, left, is completing his eighth year as superintendent of the La Grande School District. Greenwood Elementary School Principal Ryan Westenskow, blue shirt, is on the right. (Observer file photo)
he names of two influential but long forgotten La Grande educators, Lyle Riggs and Ronald Walk, are resurfacing.

Heart ‘n’ Home honors vet

George Blanton, middle, receives an award Saturday for his service in the military from Sgt. 1st Class Nate Schultze, left, and 1st Sgt. Lou Gerber. Blanton, 84, served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division in the 1950s. (Brian Stewart photo )
Surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, veteran George Blanton was recognized for his service in the military by two fellow veterans through the Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice “We Honor Veterans” program.

BRIEFLY: Primary election set for May 17

With four terms on the La Grande City Council set to expire Dec. 31, a primary election will be held May 17 to fill those vacant positions.

The mayor position, which is a two-year term, plus three councilor positions that are four-year terms will be up for the vote if three or more candidates file for a particular position number. If two or fewer candidates file for any position, the names of those candidates will be placed only on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Only qualified electors who have resided in La Grande during the six months immediately preceding the May 17 primary election can be nominated for the council positions. Nomination is by petition, which has to be signed by at least 20 registered voters who reside in the City of    La Grande. 

Candidate packets are available from City Recorder Angelika Brooks on the second floor of the La Grande City Hall, and petitions have to be filed no later than 5 p.m. March 1. For additional information, contact Brooks at 541-962-1309.

OBITUARIES: January 25, 2016

Trump, Harsin, Bashon, Estes, Zimmerman, Shuman, Perren, Frazer, Dayley

Oregon makes a ‘Promise’ to students

La Grande High School Career Center Coordinator Lezlie Wright discusses the Oregon Promise plan with senior Blaine Kreutz Thursday in the high school’s Career Center. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A new source of hope is something Oregon Promise, a new state program that offers virtually free tuition to students who want to attend community college, is providing to high school students, according to local educators. 
“It is a great opportunity for students,” said Teresa Dowdy, a guidance counselor at La Grande High School.

Meeting plan coming clearer

The game plan for an important upcoming town hall crystallized Wednesday night.

County hears more testimony

The Union County Commissioners heard about an hour’s worth of testimony Wednesday concerning the Boardman to Hemingway project from concerned residents who had already spoken at the B2H advisory committee meeting.

BRIEFLY: American Legion invites all to crab feed

La Grande’s American Legion Post No. 43 invites the public to a crab feed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 103 Fir St. Tickets are $35 at the door. For non-crab eaters, prime rib is available for $20.

La Grande to take public comment

La Grande's Fiscal Committee will host a town hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday at La Grande Middle School in order to give a presentation and take public comment on possible funding solutions to the city's projected budget shortfall.

Bundy: Occupiers aren’t the ones breaking the law

LaVoy Finicum, one of the armed militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, lugs a box of supplies Wednesday at the refuge with a revolver holstered on his hip. Another occupier said they receive about 50 to 100 packages per day via mail, which they pick up in Burns. (Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin)
BURNS — Ammon Bundy gave a simple explanation Wednesday afternoon as to why he, his brother and their followers were not arrested Tuesday when they traveled 60 miles round-trip into Burns to attend a public meeting.

Different Outlook

Summer Christensen mixes paint for a room in the Union County Juvenile Department that will house future meetings for the juvenile department. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Theo Miller started out like most of the teenagers in the juvenile department that he’s working at now: in and out of the system, both before he was 18 years old and when he became an adult. 

Wolves feared to be culprit in death of Union-area dog

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Hans Hayden looks over a section of the Shoemaker property near Union Tuesday afternoon in search of signs of a struggle or tracks. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
UNION — Lance Shoemaker suspected that something was wrong late Saturday afternoon when he drove up with his family to their home on Highway 203, 2-1/2 miles east of Union. 

Views change over issue

UNION — The tide appears to be turning against marijuana in Union.

BRIEFLY: Academy offers public tour Friday

Grande Ronde Academy will host a school tour at 12:30 p.m. Friday. GRA is a kindergarten through 8th grade private Christian school in La Grande serving Union County families. The public is invited to take a tour and learn more about the school’s curriculum, the staff and the benefits of attending a private school. For more information call Donna Tsiatsos, GRA administrator, at 541-975-1147.

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