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Request filed to kill Imnaha Pack wolves Pack involved in four kills this month

ENTERPRISE – A rash of livestock kills outside of Enterprise prompted Wallowa County ranchers to ask the state to kill problem wolves.


Click here for a link to the live stream of the candidate forum at 6pm Tuesday March 29th at the La Grande Middle School commons. 

ANSWER MAN: Honorable Distinction

Fred Hill, left, and Fred Parish, both of the La Grande area, are the final two surviving original members of the Oregon Air National Guard. (Observer file photo)

Fred Hill, a La Grande veteran, could not believe his good fortune in the winter of 1941-42.

Path to the pulpit has taken several turns

Sam Brown has been a pastor for the last 11 years, including for nearly six years at “The Way” in La Grande, which he started in 2010. In addition to preaching every Sunday, part of Brown’s duties as a pastor include leading worship, small groups, and a weekly Bible study with students at Grande Ronde Academy. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
For more than a decade, Sam Brown has operated under what he says is a calling in his life — a calling to ministry. Brown, 40, spent nearly 11 years serving as a pastor in two different churches, with the last six of those years leading “The Way,” a church in La Grande he started when he moved back to the Grande Ronde Valley in 2010.

BRIEFLY: Spaghetti feed, auction for treatment

A spaghetti feed and live auction to raise money to fund Elijah Simonis’ treatment for Lyme Disease is planned for Friday at New Song Church, 3008 Cove Ave., La Grande. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the auction at 7. To make donations or for more information, call 541-805-5734. Donations may also be made at gofundme.com/elijahsimonis.

Woman hurt in Sunday morning car accident

A woman suffered minor injuries late Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 237 three miles south of Union.

Local agencies, state held to high standards

To maintain the integrity of the La Grande Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office, new hires are put through extensive testing and training to ensure they’re the right person for the job. (Observer file photo)
According to La Grande Police Department Chief Brian Harvey, Oregon was the first state in the country to stage confrontation simulation training — essentially an exercise in which officers and deputies are tested in role-play scenarios that mirror confrontations they might face in the field.

Did area opt out of pot pay off?

The Oregon Department of Revenue collected nearly $3.5 million in taxes in January from sales of recreational marijuana, but whether those results are indicative of a long-term trend is still an open question.

BRIEFLY: Union City Council to meet Monday

UNION — The Union City Council will meet Monday for a work session. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Union City Hall. 

The possible digitalization of Union’s city codes will be one of the subjects discussed at the work session.

Renovation work gets underway

Logan Loennig of CM Company, Inc., of Boise, Idaho, takes apart wood boards from behind the stage at La Grande High School’s auditorium Tuesday. Loennig was removing the wood to make way for a new section of the auditorium being constructed to the side of the stage. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The video age was just taking shape when 
La Grande High School’s gym and auditorium were built six decades ago.

Cavalry commander labels command tour rewarding

Lt. Col. Brian Dean, formerly of La Grande, watches a tank company maneuver at the Orchard Combat Training Center in the summer of 2015. Last month, Dean turned over command of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard. Lt. Col. Martin Nelson of Kennewick, Washington, replaced Dean as commander of Eastern Oregon’s largest guard unit. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)

When he joined the Oregon Army National Guard, Brian Dean was a young man determined to find a way to pay for college.

BRIEFLY: RSVP by Monday for Cove senior meal

COVE — The Cove senior dinner to be held April 1 at the Cove Baptist Church will feature chicken fettuccine Alfredo, vegetables, salad, rolls and chocolate chip brownies. Coffee and tea will be served at noon, and lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge per meal. RSVP with Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Monday.

Traffic stop nets drug arrest

Terror attacks kill dozens in Brussels this morning

Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (Martin Meissner / AP)

BRUSSELS — More than two dozen people were killed on Tuesday in terrorist attacks that targeted the airport and a subway station in Brussels, with the Belgian capital under lockdown as authorities rushed to secure other sites. 

Central teacher uses technology, family atmosphere

Central third-grade teacher Kristy Boyd looks over Savannah Mellinger’s shoulder during a math game called “Fractions Coverup” where students learn how to build fractions in class. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)

Do you have a question about the 2016 Iditarod dog sled race?

Ask a student in Kristy Boyd’s third-grade class at Central Elementary School. Boyd’s students may know more about the grueling 1,000-mile event than many Alaskans after monitoring the daily progress of this year’s Iditarod race through the Internet.


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