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Ranchers get chance to Hone their Monitoring Skills

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Wallowa County ranchers attended a workshop co-sponsored by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association on rangeland monitoring along Little Sheep Creek outside of Joseph. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
JOSEPH — Ranchers are vitally dependent on grass during the grazing months. They track what grass is palatable to their livestock and how much they need to feed so many calf/cow pairs at a specific time of year. 

Marijuana dispensary break in

La Grande’s only medical marijuana dispensary, Green Apothecary, was reportedly broken into Wednesday morning, according to La Grande police.

Police Chief Brian Harvey said officers were dispatched to the dispensary at 3:23 a.m. and found the building had been forcibly entered but the suspect had departed. An investigation is under way, Harvey said, to determine if anything was taken.



BRIEFLY:Teens throw water at homeless woman

A homeless woman was doused with water thrown at her by three teenagers over the weekend.

Terri Sebastian, 57, had a bucket of water splashed over her Sunday night by the teens.

According to La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey, these teenagers were being malicious.

Sebastian was unharmed in the incident and is not prosecuting, Harvey said.

A Facebook post on the Union County Classified page posted three photos of the teenagers’ car, a silver Volkswagen Jetta, with one of the teenagers running back into the car after the incident.

The witness called the police and reported it.


EOU welcomes new students to campus this week

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EOU photo by Laura Hancock / Incoming students participate in PlayFair activities as part of EOU's Week of Welcome. New Student Convocation, guest speakers and entertainment, outdoor events and more kick-off Sept. 24.
Eastern Oregon University students are going to start moving in on Wednesday.

Law enforcement voice concern over dispensaries

The message to be taken from Monday night's La Grande City Council work session is crime will rise with the new medical marijuana dispensary, and others that may come in, and law enforcement does not have the resources to adequately handle it.

Advisory commission’s duties questioned

A member of La Grande’s Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance Advisory Commission is questioning whether the commission has been given the authority to properly carry out its duties.

Finding La Grande’s past behind walls

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Lisa Mangum, foreground, helps with restoration work at Liberty Theatre on Saturday morning. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Walls fell and intriguing questions arose this weekend at the old Liberty Theatre.

Court upholds Eviction of Shelter From the Storm

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John Hibbert finishes writing out his placard before a protest Friday outside the courthouse. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Visiting Judge Jack Billings on Friday ordered Shelter From the Storm to vacate its advocacy center.

BRIEFLY: Shabulous Show features antiques

COVE — Sister Shic’s third annual Shabulous Show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at 68389 Kerns Loop, Cove. 

The event includes antiques, crafts and booths as well as a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a soup kitchen with a hot chocolate bar and scarecrows on parade.


Wolves injure dogs, kill sheep in Northeast Oregon

SALEM — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says wolves killed eight sheep and injured two flock protection dogs in Northeast Oregon.


Respiratory virus may have arrived in Oregon

BEND — Two children recently treated at an Oregon hospital may have been afflicted with a severe respiratory illness that has sickened kids in more than 20 states.



Commercial truck rolls on I-84 Saturday morning

An accident occurred early Saturday morning on I-84 westbound four miles east of La Grande.


BRIEFLY: Music, food samples highlight market

Saturday at the La Grande Farmers’ Market, enjoy a demonstration by Lynn Curry at the ReMax Chef at the Market booth. During the music break at 10:30 a.m., Curry will demonstrate how to prepare dry-fried beef with crispy kohlrabi and carrots. Stop by for a free sample.



Search and rescue recover body of missing man

TROY — The body of a missing Wallowa County man was recovered earlier this week by Wallowa County Search and Rescue. 


Judge claims Shelter From the Storm has no case

Visiting Judge Jack Billings had some choice words to say to the Shelter From the Storm at today's Forcible Entry and Detainer hearing- they have no case, they're occupying the building illegally.


Banned: High School Limiting Cellphone Use in the Classroom

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La Grande High School student Tyler Erickson checks his cellphone for text messages before class starts. The high school is looking to cut cellphone use in class. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Scott Carpenter is making a heartfelt request of parents.


BRIEFLY: DUI impact panel meets Sept. 24

A driving under the influence impact panel will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Huber Auditorium, Badgley Hall on the Eastern Oregon University campus. 

People are asked to arrive early for registration. 

The event is free to those who are not court ordered and is sponsored by the Union County District Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Program with the support of the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Circuit Court.


County deal not yet in place

Union County commissioners will hold a special meeting Sept. 24 to consider approving an agreement with Mike Becker General Contractor.


13-year-old admits to writing bomb hoax

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The Union County Sheriff’s Office said it has cited a 13-year-old in the writing of a bomb threat last week at Stella Mayfield School in Elgin. (Observer file photo)
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has cited a 13-year-old female for the bomb threat last week that caused the evacuation of Stella Mayfield School in Elgin.


Eastern Oregon University: Not a pretty picture

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect a correction. EOU will not experience another $4 million in cuts at this time. The $4 million in cuts announced this spring will be implemented over a two-year period.]  

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Eastern Oregon University Interim President Jay Kenton speaks to faculty and staff Tuesday during the school’s Fall Convocation. Kenton outlined the facts concerning Eastern’s financial situation, including another $4 million cut to its budget. (Tim Mustoe/Observer)
Interim Eastern Oregon University President Jay Kenton proved to be a man of his word Tuesday.


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