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Union County Commissioners hear marijuana testimony

Should Union County opt in or out with regard to allowing the sale and production of marijuana?

Close to 10 people testified before the Union County Board of Commissioners late Wednesday morning with regard to this issue. The hearing was a continuation of one started on Sept. 2, one which had so many people who wanted to testify that there wasn't time to hear everyone.

Sinkhole on Anthony Lakes Highway to receive final repairs September 29 through October 1

Baker City, OR - The sinkhole on Anthony Lakes Highway (Forest Service Road 73) near the lower crossing of Antone Creek will receive final repairs on Tuesday September 29 through Thursday October 1.

Under renovation: Demolition under way for Market Place Family Foods

Troy Berglund, who will run the new Market Place Family Foods on Fourth Street and Adams Avenue, stands in a corridor between the future grocery store shopping area and a bistro that’s being added on. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Demolition is bringing new life to a vacant property.

Walden takes issue with U.S. Senate

Rep. Greg Walden, right, talks with Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers following Walden’s town hall meeting in Enterprise Tuesday. (Chuck Anderson/For The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, rapped the U.S. Senate and environmental groups Tuesday for failing to require government agencies to manage publicly owned forests to minimize fire danger.

Island City asks for review

The City of Island City is being investigated by the Union County Sheriff’s Office because of an alleged budget shortfall of $43,473, which may be connected to reimbursements for questionable expenses and use of a city fuel card for personal purposes.

BRIEFLY: Courthouse Concert to be held inside

ENTERPRISE — Due to cold and wet weather in the forecast Thursday’s concert, the final performance of the season in the Courthouse Concert Series, will be held at Lear’s Main Street Grill. 

Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature country roots musician John Lilly, an award-winning songwriter and performer from Charleston, West Virginia. He writes new songs that sound as old as the hills, and sings old songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”

LHS complex plans released

La Grande High School students Darin Rolf, left, and Darren Binder examine a piece of equipment in their welding class on Friday. LHS’s current welding lab will be replaced with a new structure in less than two years. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
A promising piece of La Grande High School’s future is coming into sharper focus.

Homeless left with little options

Amanda Whittington stands behind the truck that has currently become her living space. The bed of the truck is used for extra storage while the cab is used for sleeping. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The stress is evident on Amanda Whittington’s face.

Crews keep blazes at bay

Grizzly Bear Complex firefighters could not stop the wind this weekend, but they did stop the blaze they are combating from growing.

BRIEFLY: Public welcome at school board meeting

IMBLER — The Imbler School District Board of Directors will meet for a regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1 of Imbler High School. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions of the Imbler School Board.

‘It changed everything’

Members of Eastern Oregon’s Army Guard unit, the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment conduct training at the Orchard Combat Training Center before deploying to Iraq in 2010. Before the deadly, 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 3rd Battalion had not deployed to a combat zone since World War II. During the war on terror the battalion deployed twice to Iraq. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)
Brian Dean remembers his anger when it happened. Dan Ishaug remembers the confusion.

Christopher Miller recalls that Sept. 11, 2001, started out with a trip to the rifle range at the U.S. Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California. All three men were in different places but the sudden, bloody terrorist attack 14 years ago was the trigger point of an epoch of transformation, tragedy and challenges for the American military.

Charter leaves some baffled

The La Grande City Council’s emergency declaration to ban the presale of recreational marijuana last week did not require an unanimous decision — something that confused some of those on the council. 

La Grande man sentenced to 15 years for fatal April crash

A La Grande man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in an April crash that killed a 23-year-old man.

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