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Eastern Oregon derailment caused by misaligned track

PENDLETON, Oregon (AP) — Union Pacific says a misaligned track caused a train derailment last month in Eastern Oregon.

New library alarm making a lot of racket

Warning signs adorn the north entrance to Cook Memorial Library in La Grande. The door was closed and an alarm installed after the library staff discovered a month ago that materials were disappearing at a disturbing rate. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
In a building where quiet is the norm, last Thursday and Friday were two of the noisiest days in the eight-year history of the Cook Memorial Library.

Making their voices heard

Members of the Oregon Joint Ways and Means Committee hear testimony from members of the public Friday. The committee launched a series of public meetings in La Grande on the Eastern Oregon University campus. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Residents of Eastern Oregon made their funding priorities known to state legislators as the Joint Ways and Means Committee launched a series of public meetings in La Grande Friday.

Health district requests support

The Union County Board of Commissioners will be asked to support the expansion of the Elgin Health Clinic at Wednesday’s commissioner meeting.

BRIEFLY: RSVP for dementia support group meeting

Wildflower Lodge’s dementia support group will meet at noon Wednesday. 

The support group is open to everyone and a free lunch is provided. RSVP is appreciated. The topic of the meeting will be “The Differences and Advantages of Dementia Focused Care.” Call Wildflower Lodge at 541-663-1200 for more information or to reserve a seat.

OSP investigating early morning crash

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a Sunday morning fatal traffic crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 274, 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon. 

Turning trials into triumph

Members of the “Get Away, Give Away” mission program explore and admire a home they recently built in Mexico. The group, with the help of locals, completed six homes for the needy during a spring break mission trip. (Courtesy photo)
First, an advance team digs and pours a concrete foundation. 

Supporters share stories for Joseph Branch

The Joseph Branch Rail with Trail project is still early in its planning process.

Daughter still hoping to find missing mom

Carolyn DeFord was at loose ends emotionally the morning of Oct. 26, 1999, but she did not know why. 

BRIEFLY: Weigh in on the state budget this evening

The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee will kick off a series of public hearings on the state budget tonight at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Members of the committee will travel to La Grande on Friday and take public testimony from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gilbert Center, adjacent to Ackerman Hall. This is an opportunity for the public to provide testimony to the budget committee on priority issues. All are welcome to attend.

Field hearings will continue around the state throughout the month. For more information, contact University Advancement at 541-962-3740 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Stepping up to the podium

La Grande High School teacher John Lamoreau and student Shelby Baker wait for a response from attorney Mark Zaid during a video Skype session last week. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande High School senior Jared Rogers admits he was on edge as he walked up to the front of his school’s audio visual auditorium recently for a face-to-face encounter with internationally known journalist and author Peter Maas. 

Video: Demolition of the former Shelter From the Storm Advocacy Center

Citizen asked to cease, desist

The City of Elgin has delivered a cease and desist letter to a community member after the city claims he publicly and verbally attacked and made false claims against city employees.

BRIEFLY: LHS class of ’54 meets for lunch

The La Grande High School class of 1954 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Flying J truck stop.

La Grande house fire breaks out Tuesday morning

La Grande Fire Department firefighters responded to a house fire this morning at 1601 Seventh Street.

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