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Judge sides with Oregon in 2nd dispute with Oracle

PORTLAND — A federal judge said Friday that the state of Oregon may be immune from a copyright lawsuit filed by Oracle Inc., over the state's failed health insurance website, but she's giving Oracle a chance to improve its argument.

Police make arrest in Wednesday shooting

An Oregon State Police investigator takes measurements Thursday outside the scene of a Wednesday night shooting in the 700 block of C Avenue. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Police have arrested a La Grande man in a case where a 31-year-old man was shot Wednesday night in 
La Grande.

Looking for a new home

Union High School students from left, Ethan Patterson, Kordale Nowak, Jacob Tishmack and Jordan Alexander, each a member of the school’s FFA and Future Business Leaders of America chapters, bring in food on Thursday to the Union Food Bank. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Change is on the horizon for the Union Food Bank. 

Shelter finds new home

Big changes are in store for Shelter From the Storm.

BRIEFLY: Check out Christmas village on display

The community is invited to view a Christmas village display at the La Grande Forest Service Ranger District building. The village is set up in the conference room.

Police: 1 injured in Wednesday shooting

UPDATE (7:50 p.m. 12/18): La Grande Police have arrested Matthew Woodford, 33, in connection to Wednesday night's shooting. He is charged with assault in the second degree and is lodged in the Union County Jail, Police Chief Brian Harvey said.

"Both he and his family members are cooperating with the investigation," Harvey said. 

Santa Train rolls again

(Observer file photo)
A cherished La Grande Christmas season tradition, one derailed a year ago, will be renewed late this afternoon.

Barreto appointed to ag, business, ed committees

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek selected Greg Barreto, right, to serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Business and Labor Committee and Education Committee during the 78th Legislative Assembly.
Union County businessman Greg Barreto is ready to get to work on key issues in the region, including agriculture, business and education.

Timeline set for school projects

Greenwood Elementary School, Island City Elementary School, La Grande Middle School and La Grande High School may be hubs of extensive construction activity next summer.

BRIEFLY: Bonfire for teens kicks off winter break

The City of La Grande’s Parks & Recreation Department and its Youth Advisory Board are hosting a Winter Break Kick-off Bonfire at Pioneer Park. The event will take place behind Optimist Field in the gravel parking lot from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Friday. This is a supervised free event for high school students and refreshments will be provided.

Will revised ordinance help curb barking Dogs?

Kendall McGinnis of La Grande walks her dog, Norah, in downtown La Grande. McGinnis says that Nora generally barks at other dogs and skateboarders walking by but hasn’t had any problems with neighbors. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County officials are excited about a revised animal control ordinance and its potential to quiet barking dogs.

Will city dip into budget to fix issues?

New sidewalks in Elgin built to help get children to school safely have drainage issues, amongst other problems. The city council said with the cold weather, the water can turn to ice and the students are still going into the street to avoid falling. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The City of Elgin will likely have to use the $10,500 set aside from its budget for the Stella Mayfield Safe Routes to School project, despite continuous efforts not to use the funds.

Former teacher, coach leads fast-paced life

Max Lane and Virginia McLaughlin dance Thursday during the noon hour at the Union County Senior Center. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Max Lane of Cove knows four or five dance steps.

BRIEFLY: R&C Family Store broken into last week

R&C Family Store was broken into approximately 3 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Manager Mike Simonis. 

The burglars smashed the windows to get into the store and took approximately $87, according to La Grande Police Sgt. Jason Hays. 

“There is no reason to believe it was connected to the (14 burglaries previously),” Hays said. “This is an isolated incident.

Simonis said they made a mess when they smashed the window and the security cameras the store has were not working at the time. He said they are getting in contract with the security company about the possible malfunction.

Hays said the burglars left money and did not take any merchandise from the store. 

New courthouse site plan final

Shelter From the Storm officials have dropped an appeal to the site plan for the new Union County courthouse. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande City Council is no longer set to hear the site plan application for the new Union County Courthouse.

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