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4 school board races contested

The Union County Clerk’s Office was a busy place on the school board election front Thursday.

BRIEFLY: Xbox raffle benefits tuition assistance

As part of the school’s semi-annual tuition assistance fund drive, Marian Academy is holding a raffle for an Xbox 360. Tickets are $5 each and the drawing will take place the week after Easter. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Collins at 541-963-0861, ext. 7. Marian Academy is a private Christian school in La Grande educating children in preschool through eighth grade.

One dead in rollover accident near Ladd Canyon

One person is dead after a rollover accident on I-84 near milepost 277 tonight. 

Commissioner OK church parking agreement

Union County Commissioners on Wednesday approved an agreement with Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church for 15-parking spaces adjacent to the church pending the vacation of K Avenue and Fifth Street near the church.

School testing begins

Fifth-graders, from right, Anna Kreutz, Rilyn Kirkland and Braden Henry, use computers to practice for the Smarter Balanced assessment test Monday morning at Island City Elementary. The school is the first in the county to administer the new assessment. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Eighty-three Island City Elementary School students made history Tuesday, and alleviated a little anxiety among local educators in the process.

City seeks ABC Prize

Fill in the blank: If only La Grande had a _____, it would be the perfect place to live.

A commercial airport. A mall. A brewpub. High-speed rail. More sustainable jobs.

Those were some of the suggestions tossed out by the La Grande Rotary Club Tuesday.

Enterprise police chief steps down

ENTERPRISE — Enterprise Chief of Police Wes Kilgore tendered his resignation to the city council Monday.

BRIEFLY: Get tickets for FBLA donkey basketball

ELGIN — Elgin FBLA will host donkey basketball at 7 p.m. March 31. Advanced tickets are being sold. Contact any Elgin FBLA member for tickets.

Blue springs crossing set to open in may

Ground leveling work is done near the main entrance of the construction site of the Blue Springs Crossing housing complex last week. The 38-unit, $7.6 million project will be finished by the end of May after breaking ground in September. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ISLAND CITY — Old Man Winter is sparing the Grande Ronde Valley his icy grip this year and many are thankful, none more so than John Moody, superintendent of LMC Construction of Tualatin.

Wyden focuses on ‘Fast Track’ during visit

Sen. Ron Wyden addresses a full room at the Union County Senior Center Friday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Sen. Ron Wyden talked veterans, education and “Fast Track” at a town hall meeting Friday at the Union County Senior Center.

Some cities lose funding

Several small communities in Oregon, including North Powder and Wallowa, are no longer eligible for large grants that would help them pay for water and sewer systems, community centers and food banks.

BRIEFLY: Free dental exams offered for kids

“Give Kids a Smile” is a program in which dentists from Northeast Oregon come together at the hygiene school in La Grande and donate their time to children under age 18 who may not otherwise receive dental 
care. To arrange an appointment for the required preliminary exam, call the hygiene school at 541-663-2721.  This exam will be used to determine what dental needs the child has, and then, if needed, an appointment will be scheduled for the May 8 Give Kids a Smile.

Ready to get started: Enterprise water project set to go to bid next month

Enterprise’s water improvement project will begin in late May in order to get work done on Highway 82 between Robert and Arthur streets. ODOT will be chip sealing the highway through town the third week of June. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — The City of Enterprise’s water improvement project is going out to bid next month with construction scheduled for May.

Agency signs off on change

One-fifth of funding from the La Grande Urban Renewal Agency for a proposed grocery store will be allocated to U.S. Bank to use for liquidity purposes.

Farm set to host seed swap

Cindy Edwards, co-owner of Folly Farm, had a flourishing garden last year. Folly Farm is also a you-pick garden for the surrounding community. Edwards will share her plan for her garden for the upcoming summer at Saturday’s event. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
It doesn’t matter if you have a green thumb or not: The semi-annual seed swap at Folly Farm welcomes the community to come, trade seeds and learn about or share their techniques and knowledge with like-minded individuals who want to grow their own non-modified fruits and vegetables.

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