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To pot or not?

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Young marijuana plants stand under grow lamps at a marijuana growing facility. Locally, La Grande, Enterprise, Union, Cove and Union County have not yet decided whether to opt out of Oregon House Bill 3400. (The Associated Press file photo)
It’s easier to list the number of cities who have not opted out of Oregon House Bill 3400 — allowing the sale and production of recreational and medical marijuana — than list the municipalities who have.

Bronze sculptures unveiled

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Summerville artist Judd Koehn, left, installs a public art piece outside Umpqua Bank on Adams Avenue on Thursday afternoon as Dan Martens from the City of La Grande Public Works Department looks on. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Residents of the Grande Ronde Valley have worn many hats through the years.

No one hurt in morning blaze

Nobody was injured Thursday morning in a small apartment fire on the 1800 block of Adams Avenue.

BRIEFLY: Cove farm offers tours, open house

COVE — Nella Mae’s Farm will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Cove Cherry Fair. Offered will be tours of the farm, located at 1006 Antles Ln. in Cove; tastings of tomatoes, jelly, vinegar, salsa and sauerkraut; and special fruit and veggie boxes.

Progress on Bendire Complex, Windy Ridge makes big push east

BAKER CITY — The Windy Ridge Fire has continued to move aggressively to the northeast toward Interstate 84, and is now estimated to be 15,000 acres in size. As a result, Interstate 84 has been closed between Ontario and Pendleton.  


I-84 Closure update


Dozens of homes evacuated in wildfire path in eastern Oregon

BAKER CITY — Dozens of homes in a rural area south of Baker City have been evacuated in the path of two growing wildfires in eastern Oregon.


Nobody hurt in morning LG fire


Training: Local national guard unit set for California trip

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The 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment consisting of citizen-soldier units from seven Eastern Oregon cities will train at the National Training Center for three weeks.
By the middle of this month most of the 500-plus members of Eastern Oregon’s largest Guard unit will be training in the sweltering Mojave Desert. 

Patient figures under dispute

The actual number of non-emergency transports out of Grande Ronde Hospital is under debate, and the revenue can make or break a city department.

Vehicles vandalized with paint

At least half a dozen La Grande residents woke up Monday to vandalized cars.

BRIEFLY: MERA motorized trails closed

Under Oregon Department of Forestry advisement, Union County Mount Emily Recreation Area has closed all motorized trails until further notice, Sean Chambers, Union County parks coordinator, said in an email.

“Currently there are several fires in the region which have spread out local resources,” Chambers said.

The ODF has increased its Regulated Use Closures, limiting chainsaw to a 10 a.m. shutdown. Cutting dry cured grass and motorized travel on unimproved roads is also prohibited.


BRIEFLY: MERA motorized trails closed

Under Oregon Department of Forestry advisement, Union County Mount Emily Recreation Area has closed all motorized trails until further notice, Sean Chambers, Union County parks coordinator, said in an email.

“Currently there are several fires in the region which have spread out local resources,” Chambers said.

The ODF has increased its Regulated Use Closures, limiting chainsaw to a 10 a.m. shutdown. Cutting dry cured grass and motorized travel on unimproved roads is also prohibited.


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