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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

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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.

 

Remembering Iwo Jima

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Mel Elder of La Grande served as a radio operator during the battle of Iwo Jima. Elder did so while aboard the USS Hinsdale. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande man recalls famous battle for Japanese island that ended 69 years ago today

Mel Elder can still hear the officers’ words echoing on the public address system of the USS Hinsdale as the ship approached Iwo Jima, a small Japanese island about 760 miles south of Tokyo.

“They all said, ‘Don’t expect a tough assignment. We should have the island secured in three or four days,’” Elder recalled. 

 

Search temporarily suspended for missing boater

Story updated at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

ENTERPRISE – The search continued into Tuesday afternoon for the body of a Caldwell, Idaho, man who has been missing since his boat capsized in the Snake River Friday.

 

Oregon pot stores go legal, despite uncertainty

SALEM — Medical marijuana shops in Oregon are opening their doors with state approval for the first time this week, but at least one may not be in business very long.

 

10 Things to Know for Wednesday, March 26

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

 

Water rates likely to increase over next decade

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 the 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.

 

Greg Barreto receives $30,000 campaign donation

Loren Parks, the largest campaign donor in Oregon history, reached into his pocketbook again last week. The Nevada businessman gave $30,000 to Greg Barreto, a Republican from Cove and candidate for House District 58.

Barreto, head of his own manufacturing company, is facing off against John Turner of Pendleton in the May 20 Republican primary.

 

Summerville man involved in log truck wreck near Elgin

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A Summerville man sustained minor injuries after the truck and trailer he was driving came to rest in Phillips Creek Monday afternoon. (OSP photo)
A log truck driver received minor injuries Monday after losing control 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. 

 

March 31 launches construction season on I-84

Beginning March 31, the second construction season of a three-year project along Interstate 84 from milepost 248 to milepost 260.7 will begin, resulting in the below width and length restrictions.

 

BRIEFLY: AARP meeting, potluck set Thursday

AARP meeting, potluck set Thursday

An AARP meeting and potluck takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month through May at the Union County Senior Center.

 

Idaho man remains missing

Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office continues search for Caldwell man

The search continues Monday for a 42-year-old Idaho man who went missing after a weekend boating accident on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about 7 p.m. Friday regarding a boating accident on the river near the Hells Canyon Dam.  

 

Brownlee Reservoir levels might dip

The water level at Brownlee Reservoir might drop several feet during April, but most of the boat ramps along the 53-mile-long reservoir should remain usable throughout the spring.

Idaho Power Company owns and operates the dam along the Snake River that forms the reservoir on Baker County’s eastern border with Idaho.

 
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