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City's water quality is on the upswing

UNION — The quality of the City of Union’s drinking water is on the uptick.

Raising money for vets

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Allen Mullins, shown here on Monday in La Grande, is raising money to help veterans while walking across the United States portraying the superhero Captain America. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Portraying Captain America can be hazardous to your health. 
Allen Mullins, 33, has a scar and at least two brushes with tragedy to prove it.

Family dog shot, killed on Mount Emily

An afternoon of fun and four wheeling turned into a tragedy when Marlene and Russell Kilpatricks’ 6-year-old black lab, Doc, was shot and killed on Mount Emily on June 29.

BRIEFLY: Be a part of GRH advisory council

Grande Ronde Hospital is seeking volunteers to serve a couple hours, one evening, every other month on a new Patient and Family Advisory Council. GRH patients and their family members will be able to provide constructive feedback, suggestions and ideas based upon their own experiences and in turn help GRH’s efforts to provide a culture of patient-centered, quality care. 

Contact the patient experience coordinator at 541-963-1946 for more information or for an application.


Two men injured in Saturday fights

Two men were injured early Saturday morning in a pair of fights in downtown La Grande which appear to have been related, according to police.

Home sweet home

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Tisha Davis, a new tenant of Blue Springs Crossing, keeps one arm occupied with her daughter, Armia, while bringing artwork to add to her home from an outside storage unit. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
 
Laura Fletcher’s days of driving 64 miles for doctor appointments are over.

Fletcher is one of the new residents of the recently opened Blue Springs Crossing low-income housing complex. Fletcher just moved into her new home after moving to Island City from Enterprise. She said she feels lucky to be living at the new complex.


Going the extra mile

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Tami Murphy, an advanced medical support assistant with the Veteran Affairs La Grande Community Based Outreach Clinic, received an I CARE certificate of excellence from the Walla Walla VA in May. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Tami Murphy, an advanced medical support assistant with the Veteran Affairs La Grande Community Based Outreach Clinic, made numerous phone calls on behalf of veterans with medical issues last week.

Motorcyclist killed in crash en route to Baker City rally

BAKER CITY — One motorcyclist was killed and another was injured in separate crashes during the weekend in Eastern Oregon.

BRIEFLY: One killed in Sunday night crash in Cove

An Elgin man was killed in a crash outside Cove Sunday night.

According to police, Union County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash about 8 p.m. Upon arrival, a silver 2006 Dodge 4x4 pickup was in the ditch and had rolled at least once on the roadway. The driver, 62-year-old Galen D. Clark, had been ejected and was pronounced dead by paramedics.

La Grande EMTs, Cove’s quick response unit and Cove Fire responded to the scene in addition to the sheriff’s office. 

The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.


Man killed in Cove rollover

An Elgin man was killed in a crash outside Cove Sunday night.

Police seek details in assault, stabbing

Police are seeking additional information after an assault and a stabbing in downtown La Grande early Saturday morning.


Concert on the Water canceled

The Concert on the Water event that was planned to be at Morgan Lake tonight featuring music by Andy Smith and Brent Smith is canceled due to the weather. 

Mr. President

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New Eastern Oregon University President Tom Insko looks over some paperwork in his office Wednesday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
New Eastern Oregon University President Tom Insko was on the verge of developing a case of writer’s cramp Wednesday.

Dam owners planning needed repairs

JOSEPH — Repairing the Wallowa Lake Dam, a plan in the works for more than 30 years, is getting closer to fruition. At a cost of $15 million, sights are on downstream water users to foot the bill.

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