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Area firefighters participate in wildfire simulation



A wildfire simulation was conducted at Eastern Oregon University Thursday, teaching all the relevant entities what to expect when fire season begins.

Crash leaves 2 hospitalized with serious injuries

Fire crews work to extinguish a car fire Thursday on Interstate 84 west of La Grande. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening closed Interstate 84 and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

BRIEFLY: RSVP by Tuesday for senior picnic dinner

COVE — The final Cove senior dinner before summer break will be May 29 at the Cove Baptist Church. The meal will be a picnic-style dinner featuring hamburgers and hot dogs, a variety of salads, baked beans and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Coffee and tea are served starting at noon with lunch at 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge per meal. RSVP with Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Tuesday.

Crash leaves 2 hospitalized with serious injuries

A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening closed Interstate 84 and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns

SALEM — The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping firearms from people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order.

Flash flood warning in effect for Grande Ronde Valley

A flash flood warning is in effect beginning at 3 p.m. today through tomorrow evening for central and northeast Oregon.

15 Year old found

A 15-year-old boy who was reported missing in the Buck Creek camping area early Wednesday morning has been found.

City taken to task for removal of bricks

The floor of Max Square, which was lined with bricks bearing the names of community members, is being replaced as part of the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project, and some of those individuals who purchased bricks in 1998, when they were laid in the square, are dismayed that their bricks are now in pieces. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Max Square is in the beginning stages of being torn apart for the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project, and much like last week’s tree removal, people aren’t happy about it.

State braces for fire season

Oregon experienced a dry winter, which turns into a dry summer, Debbie Miley, executive director for NWSA, said. However, wildfires are dependent on more than just dry weather, Miley noted. “The fires are started by natural causes,” Miley said. “Lightning strikes are a significant danger. Those are the variables no one can really predict.” (Courtesy photo)
The National Wildfire Suppression Association is predicting above normal potential for wildland fire this season.

Translator district exploring expanding channel offerings

The Blue Mountain Translator District is attempting to get connected to an Internet fiber optic line running through the Grande Ronde Valley, which would allow the BMTD to increase the number of television channels it provides. (Blue Mountain Translator District photo)
The number of television signals being broadcast over the air in the Grande Ronde and Baker valleys may soon jump.

BRIEFLY: Memorial Day ceremony planned

La Grande American Legion Post 43, with assistance from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2990 of Union, will be staging an observance of Memorial Day at Grandview Cemetery.  Activities will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday with the placing of the “Avenue of Flags” at Grandview. The flags will be in place until 
3 p.m. Monday, with illumination provided during hours of darkness.

The ceremony on Memorial Day will start at 11 a.m. with the raising of the cemetery flag by members of 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Army National Guard. 

The National Anthem will be sung by Melissa Chamberlain, Rev. Roger Cochran will speak and “Taps” will be played by La Grande High School band members.

In addition, the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard will fly over Grandview Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. 

The flyover is sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion Post 43. The 173rd Fighter Wing is based in Klamath Falls.

Assistance would be appreciated in preparing the flags at Legion Post 43, 301 Fir St., at 3 p.m. Friday, as well as returning the flags from the cemetery at 3 p.m. Monday. For more information, call Lonnie Myers at 541-910-1061.

FSR 600 to be closed until Thursday

 Road maintenance will occur on Forest Service Road 600 off Forest Service Road 77 this week in the Corral Creek vicinity and the south fork of Catherine Creek. 

Chapter adds to long-running tradition

Caleb Minthorn, left, and Kellen Joseph, both of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, play the drums Saturday at the powwow at EOU. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Rod Begay had the honor of putting his memory of Native American music to the test on Saturday.

Mayor would like more partnerships

La Grande mayor and EOU business-economics professor Steve Clements makes a point at his colloquium at Ackerman Hall Thursday. Clements gave a presentation about how the university can better serve the community. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The buzz is one La Grande Mayor Steve Clements believes is unmistakable.

$100M request on the table

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown and other political forces in Oregon are standing behind a landmark request for $100 million for new affordable housing that will face off against budget realities and concerns about whether now is the time for that kind of investment.

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