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Oregon congressional map pleases both parties

SALEM — The 2010 election gave Oregon an evenly divided House of Representatives and a power-sharing agreement between Republicans and Democrats, and the result was a redistricting process that left both parties relatively happy.

 

10 Things to Know for Monday, March 31

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

 

US government: Industry hampering oil train safety

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.

 

Oregon now has 22 licensed medical pot shops

SALEM — Twenty-two Oregon medical marijuana shops have now received state approval as Oregon continues to roll out its registry program.

 

Patients and medical records transferred to Oregon State Hospital

The Blue Mountain Recovery Center will close Monday, according to a release from the state of Oregon.

 

Forest meeting draws a crowd

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Wallowa Whitman National Forest Supervisor John Laurence introduces the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision during a public hearing Wednesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)
 

About 250 people jammed the Blue Mountain Conference Center Wednesday night to hear about a proposed revision of plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Malheur national forests, and a portion of the Ochoco National Forest.

The Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, still in the early phases of the public comment period, would update management practices on some 4.9 million acres of national forest land in the region. The revision includes a recommendation for an additional 90,800 acres of wilderness — 20,300 on the Wallowa-Whitman — but also proposes a doubling of timber harvest on the forests.

 

Oregon man arrested for alleged check fraud

Some checks allegedly written for purchases in Union County 

A man who allegedly ran a check fraud scheme dating back to late 2012 throughout Northeast Oregon was arrested while serving a sentence on unrelated charges. 

 

Market Place developer ready to make his pitch

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Developer Al Adelsberger, left, talks with La Grande attorney David Baum Thursday in the Market Place in downtown La Grande. Adelsberger has submitted an application requesting $500,000 from the city’s Urban Renewal fund to help establish a $1.1 million food market on the corner of Adams Avenue and Fourth Street, in the building formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. He is scheduled to present his grocery store project to the Urban Renewal Agency at 6 p.m. Monday in the Cook Memorial Library’s community room. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Al Adelsberger to go before city to outline details of grocery store project

Nearly three years ago a man with big dreams for La Grande pitched an idea for a downtown shopping center and small business incubator.

The project was slated to cost about $130,000. 

 

Six injured, including 5-year-old, in traffic crash on Interstate 84

The Oregon State Police continues to investigate a single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 84 Thursday.

 

BRIEFLY: Icy road blamed for injury crashes

IMBLER — At least two people were injured in a pair of single-vehicle rollover traffic accidents Friday morning about a mile north of Imbler on Highway 82.

The first accident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. The second accident took place less than 10 minutes later about one- 10th of a mile north of the first accident. La Grande Fire and Ambulance crews transported at least one person from each accident to Grande Ronde Hospital.

Highway 82 was slippery at the time of both accidents, according to the La Grande Fire Department. 

 

COURT RECORDS: March 28, 2014

Circuit Courts of Union County Dispositions of Criminal Matters
 

Lower Imnaha River range analysis available for public comment

Project was initiated in 2009 with public meetings and field trips

BAKER CITY — Reauthorization of 43,897 acres of Lower Imnaha River grazing land will be available for public comment, starting today.

The Lower Imnaha Range Analysis considers the environmental impact of reauthorizing of the Cow Creek, Rhodes Creek and Lone Pine allotments within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. 

 

Large turnout hears forest service proposal

About 250 people jammed the Blue Mountain Conference Center Wednesday night to hear about a proposed revision of plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Malheur National Forests, and a portion of the Ochoco National Forest.

 

Cover Oregon bars reporters from oversight meeting

PORTLAND — Oregon legislators and officials with the state's troubled health exchange are considering whether to open the meetings of a legislative oversight committee to the public after journalists were told they could not attend.

 

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