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La Grande wins choir state title

Never judge a choir by the quality of its dress rehearsal.

BRIEFLY: Passenger dies from injuries in April crash

One more person has died from an accident that occurred just after 2 a.m. April 26 on Interstate 84 at milepost 238 in the Meacham area. Bryan Yeager, 53, Elgin, died May 4 from injuries sustained in the accident. 

Yeager was in the passenger’s seat of a Chevy Tahoe with Steven Gardner, 60, Cove, who was driving and lost control of the vehicle, traveling through the median where it struck the guardrail and rolled over, according to police. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene. Yeager was transported via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Tri-Cities, Washington, with critical injuries. Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

According to OSP Sgt. Kyle Hove, the vehicle lost traction off the overpass bridge. 

“A bridge will freeze up before anything else does,” Hove said.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic was closed for approximately four hours after the crash.


Police respond to alleged armed robbery

The La Grande Police searched La Grande for a robbery suspect after receiving reports of an armed robbery with possible shots fired Sunday afternoon.


OSP continuing investigation into Baker County death

The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.


ODFW to present fall hunting update

PENDLETON — The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will provide information about the fall hunting season and big game herds at a public meeting Tuesday in Pendleton.


Another dies stemming from I-84 accident on April 26

Oregon State Police said one more has died from injuries sustained in an Interstate 84 accident that occurred on April 26. 


Union mayor set to retire

A reminder from his wife of a promise the couple made to each other several years ago persuaded Union Mayor Bill Lindsley to resign his position later this month.

Commissioners fund tourism, economic development

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The Union Hotel, a tourist attraction in itself, also charges a transient room tax to its customers by law. The local hotels and motels all charge this tax, and the local economic development organizations and the chambers benefit from it. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The Union County commissioners allocated more than $142,000 to the Union County Economic Development Corporation and the Union County Chamber of Commerce to help promote economic development and tourist attractions in Union County.

Six projects funded

Six local projects got the OK for funding from the Urban Renewal Agency Wednesday night.

BRIEFLY: Celebrate Older Americans month

May is Older Americans month and the Union County Senior Center is celebrating Older Americans ACT’s 50th anniversary Monday. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a free lunch served at 11:30 a.m. The senior center says, “Come see what the community can do for you.”

Young Eagles take flight


Streetscape work comes with concerns

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The $1.5 million Phase II of the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project is funded through the city’s Urban Renewal program, which generates revenue from property taxes within the district. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Construction work to further improve La Grande’s downtown sidewalks will soon begin.

Cleanup day set for Saturday

La Grande and Island City will receive their most thorough spring cleanings since 2012 on Saturday.

BRIEFLY: Breakfast in park supports scholarship

Tickets are now available for the 73rd annual Soroptimist International of La Grande’s “Breakfast in the Park.” Set for May 31 at the Riverside Park Pavilion, this annual event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Union County Chamber of Commerce office or from any Soroptimist member. They will also be sold at the door. 

Net proceeds support a scholarship for a Union County resident in her or his senior year at Eastern Oregon University. For more information, contact Di Lyn Larsen-Hill at 541-963-5341.



Movie about Bells set to be made

The compelling and tragic story of Jadin Bell and his father Joe Bell is set to become a film.

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