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Carter pleads guilty

The man taken into custody following a 5 and 1/2 hour standoff on Leffel Road in north La Grande on Feb. 22  pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges of menacing and recklessly endangering another person.

 

New law comes into focus

Conservation agreement vital preservation tool for landowners

BAKER CITY — It is called a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances, or CCAA, and it may just be one of the most significant preservation tools for landowners and cattlemen that you’ve never heard of.

 

New state science standards will challenge students

La Grande High School science teacher Pat Des Jardin offers a thoughtful and intriguing reaction to the news that the State Board of Education has adopted more challenging science standards.

“I’m both excited and terrified,” Des Jardin said.

 

BRIEFLY: PFLAG meets Thursday evening

PFLAG meets Thursday evening 

Union County PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Shelter From the Storm, 1111 Fifth St.

Agenda items include a continuing discussion of community outreach projects.

 

Beauty and the beast

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Mount Joseph looms beyond Wallowa Lake. The photo was taken at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas. It involves 20 35mm f1.8 30-second ISO1600 photos stitched together. (TANNER STEWART photo)
 

Former Enterprise photographer spans the globe to battle human trafficking

Slavery ended with President Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation of the slaves in the 1860s, right? Wrong.

It’s still going strong around the world. Just ask Tanner Stewart. The former Enterprise resident’s life-changing moment occurred in 2012 when he was visiting Bulgaria and a man tried to sell him a baby for $50. 

 

UPDATE: Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

 

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.

 
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