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Wildfire puts lower Imnaha off-limits to salmon fishing

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Chinook salmon anglers on the Imnaha River will find limited access to the lower river due to the nearby Little Basin fire. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is alerting anglers that Dug Bar Rd. leading to the lower Imnaha has been closed by the U.S. Forest Service.


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.

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