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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.


10 Things to Know for Friday, March 28

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


Arrest made in check fraud case

Read more... A man who allegedly ran an extensive check fraud scheme in Union county and other parts of Northeast Oregon has been arrested.

Luis Ernesto Fuentes-Parada, 27, was arrested Tuesday on a Union County Northwest States felony warrant while lodged at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. 


Woman treated and released after being trapped in vehicle

A Meridian, Idaho, woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she spent several hours in her crashed vehicle down in a ravine off U.S. Highway 95 near Rome in Southeast Oregon. 


Traffic stop leads to arrest

(Oregon State Police photo)

An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop afternoon along Interstate 84 near North Powder led to the arrest of a Portland resident after the trooper found approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside the rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation. 


BRIEFLY: Cove senior exercise class begins soon

COVE — The Cove Senior Exercise class has its last meeting for this session Thursday.

The class will resume with a five-week, 10-class session on April 15 and continue to May 15. The class meets from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cove Baptist Church on Main Street. All adults are welcome. Cost is $30 a full session or $4 per class for drop-ins.


Summerville man involved in log truck accident

Crash leaves truck overturned in Phillips Creek

A log truck driver received minor injuries Monday after losing control of his semi-truck, resulting in the truck and trailer loaded with logs coming to rest on their side in Phillips Creek along Highway 204 about a mile west of Elgin.  


City water rates may keep rising

La Grande water rates may continue to rise over the next decade to maintain funds for capital improvements.

Engineers from Anderson Perry and Associates told city councilors in a Monday night work session that La Grande’s water system is in fairly good shape but that improvements should be made in the next few years to ensure the city has an adequate water supply for the next century.


Elgin man gets sentence for sodomy, rape

Jeremy Flannery convicted for his involvement with a 15-year-old girl

An Elgin man was sentenced last week to jail time and supervised probation for his sexual assault of an underage girl.

Jeremy Lee Flannery, 35, was convicted of sodomy in the third degree and rape in the third degree Friday for his sexual assault with a 15-year-old girl last summer. 


Awareness critical in landslide preparedness

Could an event as catastrophic as the one in Washington happen here? Geologist Jason McClaughry is quick to note that the geology and landscape is much different in Eastern Oregon but doesn’t rule out the possibility. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Education is the best tool in preparing for a landslide, officials say.

With several people dead and scores missing following a catastrophic landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., local officials are urging residents to be aware of the risks that come with living in a valley. 


Barreto rakes in $30K donation

Longtime Union County businessman doesn’t believe money wins races, though

Local state representative candidate Greg Barreto recently got a nice gift — a $30,000 campaign donation from Loren Parks.

Parks, a Nevada businessman who is the largest campaign donor in Oregon history, donated the money to Barreto’s campaign in the race to represent House District 58.

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