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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.


Elgin decides to opt out of the sale and production of marijuana

The Elgin City Council moved forward with Oregon House Bill 3400, the bill that allows communities in counties that voted more than 55 percent against Measure 91 to opt out of selling recreational and medical marijuana.

Sinkhole on Anthony Lakes Highway to receive final repairs

NORTH POWDER — The sinkhole on Anthony Lakes Highway near the crossing of Antone Creek will receive final repairs starting Monday and running through Aug. 20.


Wolf pack in northeast Oregon preys on sheep again

PENDLETON — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirms that wolves from the Mount Emily pack killed an adult sheep last week on the Umatilla National Forest in northeast Oregon.


Marijuana odor bothers Union residents


Fire fighting activity has a positive impact

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Groups of businesses and community members have expressed their appreciation to the firefighters for their hard work in keeping the community safe by putting up signs. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
ELGIN — The City of Elgin has seen a bustle of activity since the Phillips Creek Fire started Aug. 2.

Enterprise man convicted for illegal elk shoot

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The antlers of the elk illegally shot by Skyler Willis of Enterprise scored a 319 on the Boone and Crockett system. (Oregon State Police photo)
ENTERPRISE — An Enterprise man was sentenced in the Wallowa County Circuit Court after being convicted for taking elk without a valid elk tag and second-degree criminal trespass. 



Phillips Creek Fire evacuation notices lifted

ELGIN — Many Union County residents likely enjoyed their best night of sleep in about a week.

BRIEFLY: LG School District registration begins

Registration for elementary school families new to the  La Grande School District will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at all three elementary schools — Greenwood, Central and Island City. According to the school district, it is important that new students be registered this week.

Returning families may also come in at this time to pay the elementary school supply fees and receive information for the upcoming school year.


Evacuation notices lifted

ELGIN — All of the Level 1 evacuation notices which had been issued for the Phillips Creek Fire have been lifted.

The decision to lift the evacuation notices was made by the Union County Board of Commissioners which is working in cooperation with fire officials.


Community meeting on Phillips Creek Fire set

ELGIN — The Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Community Center.


Containment of Phillips Creek Fire jumps

ELGIN — Firefighters are continuing to make significant progress on the Phillips Creek Fire, seven miles northwest of Elgin.


Enterprise man convicted of hunting crimes

Read more... An Enterprise man was sentenced in the Wallowa County Circuit Court after being convicted for taking elk without a valid elk tag and second-degree criminal trespass.


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