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City names new chief

The City of La Grande recently announced it will welcome a new chief to the fire department.

Gus Bryant, 56, of Bakersfield, California, will start March 28, according to the city.


BRIEFLY: Union City Council to meet tonight

UNION — The Union City Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Union City Hall. Proposed city ordinances will be one of the subjects discussed at the meeting. 

The meeting will follow a city council work session. The work session will start at 6 p.m. at Union City Hall. 


Serbia: US-bound combat missiles found on passenger flight

BELGRADE, SERBIA - Serbia's authorities are investigating reports that a cargo package bound for the U.S. containing two missiles with explosive warheads was found on a passenger flight from Lebanon to Serbia.

New La Grande Fire Chief has been hired

The City of La Grande announced they've hired a new chief for the La Grande Fire Department and he'll be starting March 28.

Cornice break triggered deadly avalanche

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Kip Rand, director of the Wallowa Avalanche Center, died Tuesday in a steep fall and avalanche. Rand was skiing near Chief Joseph Mountain in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. (Wallowa Avalanche Center photo)
A ski tour of the Wallowa Mountains turned tragic Tuesday when Kip Rand, the director of the Wallowa Avalance Center, died of injuries suffered in an avalanche.

High-speed chase ends in rollover accident

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Oregon State Police troopers and deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office examine the damaged vehicle involved in a rollover accident at milepost 282 on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Ladd Canyon Wednesday. The man driving the car was originally being stopped by an Oregon State Police trooper, starting a high-speed chase. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A Delaware man led police on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 84, wrecked his vehicle, then walked away from a Portland-area hospital where he had been transported because of injuries suffered in the crash.

Joseph woman convicted by jury

BAKER CITY — A Baker County jury on Wednesday convicted a former Baker City woman of aggravated harassment, a Class C felony, for throwing a used tampon at Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner last year, District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff said in a press release.

BRIEFLY: ODFW denies reports of wolf sighting north of Cove

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received evidence that a wolf was north of Cove this week.

But despite reports to the contrary, ODFW biologist Leonard Erickson said there was no visual confirmation of the animal.

“I’m not aware of any sightings,” he said.

Reached Thursday, Erickson said early Tuesday morning, a GPS collar on a female wolf displayed information to ODFW computers of its location north of the Union County town.

“Bottom line, some of the wolves have GPS collars on them,” Erickson said. “We check (the GPS information) twice a day, once in the evening and once at night. It was simply an information transfer of the location to the computer.”

Erickson said that as with any evidence of wolves in a particular region, the ODFW notifies residents with livestock nearby.

“We tell folks with calves so that they can keep an eye on that, as we have done in other places,” Erickson said.

As is the case with all of ODFW’s collared wolves, the agency is continuing to monitor and track the animal daily.


ODFW denies wolf sighting near Cove


Man involved in rollover accident, walks away from hospital in Portland

A rollover crash occurred on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 282, after a high speed chase, spanning nearly 30 miles just before noon on Wednesday.


Third OSP lab under investigation

A former forensic analyst with the state police crime lab in Clackamas was underreporting some urine tests, according to the state police forensic division, making for the latest discrepancy in a series of problems at OSP crime labs. 

No injuries in early morning house fire


Pizzeria moving into Bear Mountain Pizza Co. building

The wait wasn’t too long to find a replacement for the beloved pizzeria on Island Avenue. 


High speed chase ends in rollover accident on Interstate

A high speed chase ended in a rollover accident on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 282. 

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