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BRIEFLY: Students participate in ‘Fields of Faith’

Students from La Grande High School and surrounding schools in the Grande Ronde Valley will be joining thousands of youth on athletic fields across the nation this evening to share their Christian faith during the ninth annual “Fields of Faith” event. 

Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. 

Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to hear fellow students share their faith experiences.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the LHS JV football field. For more information contact Coach Billy Carroll at 541-786-3343 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

City of Union may opt out

The Union City Council will soon begin deciding whether it will ban the sale and production of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Mobile data terminals to aid with Union County Sheriff’s Office communications

Union County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Woodward works on a new mobile data terminal, which was donated by the Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Union County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles are being brought into the 21st century.

Local soldier steps into key 3rd Battalion slot

Maj. Seth Musgrove recently returned to the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard. Musgrove’s father also served in the 3rd Battalion. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)
When Maj. Seth Musgrove was a young man, he often dropped by his father’s office at the local armory.

FIRE UPDATE: Smoke from fires still visible

Smoke continues to be seen in a portion of the 12,763-acre Eagle Complex fires, 10 miles east of Medical Springs.

BRIEFLY: Scott to give free presentation Tuesday

Cameron Scott, a local author and fishing guide, will give a free multimedia presentation on the intersection of fly fishing and writing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Zabel Hall, Room 101, at EOU. 

Scott guides for Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Colorado in the summer and Winding Waters in Joseph in the winter. 

His writing has appeared in The Fly Fishing Journal, The Drake and High Country News. He currently writes an outdoor column called “Steelhead Nation” for the Observer and works as the Fishtrap Story Lab Coordinator for the non-profit literary arts organization in Enterprise.

Scott’s forthcoming second book, “The Book of Cold Mountain,” recently received the Blue Light Press Poetry Award. He was also an editor for “A Democracy of Poets,” a finalist this year in the Colorado Book Awards.

For more information contact Michael Hatch, EOU’s Outdoor Adventure Program coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 541-962-3621.

La Grande High School football LIVE tonight

Watch La Grande High School football vs. Mac Hi LIVE Friday night at 7 p.m. at La Grande Alive TV.

Broadcast a production of La Grande Alive TV and Brent Clapp Media Services .


Recreational fire restrictions

Milestone Moment

Alex Fuentes peers out of the Northeast Oregon Public Transit trolly on Thursday afternoon as it travels across town. Sometime late next week, the 300,000th rider is expected to board a bus on NOPT’s 14-mile La Grande-Island City fixed route. The service began in 2005. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A decade ago, Frank Thomas had many reasons to doubt that this day would ever come.

A day in which he would be contemplating the celebration of a once unfathomable number.

Sometime late next week, the 300,000th rider is expected to board a bus on Northeast Oregon Public Transit’s 14-mile 
La Grande-Island City fixed route. A celebration will ensue and prizes will be awarded.

Fire destroys EHS football, track structure

The field house at the Enterprise football field was completely destroyed by a fire Thursday, as was all of the football and track equipment inside. An electrical arc is believed to be the cause of the fire. (Madison Falk Photography)
ENTERPRISE — A fire Thursday morning destroyed a structure holding football and track equipment at the Enterprise High School football field. 

County to move forward with opt-out ordinance

The Union County Commissioners will have the first reading of an ordinance to completely opt out of the sale and production of medical and recreational marijuana at its Oct. 21 meeting.

BRIEFLY: Events planned to benefit Al Peterson

Al “Alfie” Peterson, longtime caretaker at the La Grande Mavericks, has recently experienced some health issues, and the Mavericks and many of Alfie’s friends have organized events and a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses.

The first event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mavericks Club House, and will include a finger food potluck (bring your own beer), games, storytelling and bidding on silent auction items.

A day of benefit roping is planned for Sunday at the Mavericks Grounds. Roping sign-up is from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with the roping to follow at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m. there will be a live auction, the announcement of winners of the silent auction and a no-charge potluck. Tri-tip and table service will be provided; participants are asked to bring a salad or dessert if possible. The roping will resume after the potluck. 

For more information and to view auction items in advance, go to the Alfie Peterson Appreciation Day Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AlfiePetersonDay.

The La Grande Mavericks and Union County Fair have agreed to open the big gate between the two organizations on Saturday morning, and the fairgrounds horse stalls will be available to roping participants for use at no charge. The fairgrounds request that horses not be left tied to trailers to avoid pawing and damage to the grounds. Tying inside of the fair arena is allowed.

Those who wish to make monetary donations through GoFundeMe may do so at this site as well as send Alfie a message. Go to www.gofundme.com/9m597wkg.

Ranchers get added prison stretch

An Eastern Oregon rancher and his adult son on Wednesday finally got the prison sentences they deserve — according to the law — for deliberately setting fires that spread from their property onto federal land.

La Grande City Council votes to opt out of sale and production of marijuana

La Grande City Council voted 5 to 1, with Gary Lillard voting against and Mayor Steve Clements absent, to opt out of the sale and production of medical and recreational marijuana at tonight's meeting.

Forest Service proposes large timber sale in Elkhorns

The East Face project, which is designed to reduce the risk of large wildfires, includes almost 50,000 acres of public land, mostly Forest Service with about 1,700 acres of BLM ground.


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