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Council is official

City Councilors Wayne Brown, left, Gary Lillard, Troy Pointer and Justin Rock were sworn in at Wednesday night’s meeting. Brown and Rock are first-time councilors, while Lillard and Pointer were voted in for another term. New Mayor Steve Clements was also sworn in during Wednesday’s meeting. (Mike Boquist photo)
The newly sworn-in La Grande city councilors were thrown into the deep end of the pool Wednesday at their first meeting with a public hearing on a conditional use permit for La Grande’s second medical marijuana facility.

Council tables appeal of clinic site plan

The La Grande City Council heard more than two hours of testimony on an appeal for a site plan project at the Regional Medical Clinic that several neighbors feel was not handled properly.

BRIEFLY: New group gives caregivers support

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County Caregivers, a free support group for anyone caring for a loved one, will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Wallowa Memorial Hospital’s conference room. The confidential meetings take place the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The group organizers say, “Come as you are. Stay as long as you can.”

New dispensary coming to town, moratorium approved

The La Grande City Council made two big decisions at Wednesday night's meeting: to enact a 120-day moratorium against any future marijuana dispensary, and to approve a conditional use permit for La Grande's second medical marijuana dispensary.

Fake currency found at downtown bank

Money is run through a machine at U.S. Bank in La Grande that detects counterfeit bills. The La Grande branch of U.S. Bank received a $100 counterfeit bill on Monday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
It takes mere seconds, costs just a few dollars and could save a business money and some headaches to avoid having a counterfeit bill cross the counter threshold. 

Guard, Legion Aim for stronger bonds

Sgt. Matt Henneke, La Grande, a communications specialist assigned to Eastern Oregon’s Oregon Army Guard unit, the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, tests a radio in a Humvee last year at the Orchard Combat Training Center south of Boise, Idaho. (Observer file photo)
Two renowned regional organizations want to build a stronger bond for the future to assist those who served the nation in the armed forces.

Barreto takes new title — representative

Greg Barreto is sworn in as the new District 58 representative Monday. (Greg Barreto/For The Observer)
La Grande businessman Greg Barreto is getting a crash course in state government ahead of this year’s legislative session.

BRIEFLY: Walden is coming to La Grande, Enterprise

U.S. Rep, Greg Walden will hold town hall meetings in Wallowa and Union counties Sunday. The representative will take questions from the public and provide an update on his efforts to reduce regulation on small business and to create jobs in Eastern Oregon.

Walden will be at the Wallowa County Senior Center, 702 NW First St., Enterprise, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Union County meeting runs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St., La Grande. Participants are advised to arrive early.

Another wandering wolf arrives in Southwest Oregon

GRANTS PASS — Another wandering wolf has found its way to the Cascades of Southwestern Oregon, where OR-7 has established his pack after trekking thousands of miles in search of a mate.

Teens accused of burglaries, arrested

La Grande Police believe two teens are responsible for several rashes of burglaries in late 2014.

Walden to hold town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will hold a town hall meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 18th in the Cook Memorial Library in La Grande. Walden will take questions from the public and provide an update on his efforts to reduce regulation on small business and create jobs in eastern Oregon.People are asked to show up early as seats are bound to go fast.

Elected service comes to an end

La Grande Mayor Dan Pokorney will attend his last meeting as mayor of La Grande on Wednesday at city hall. Once old business is taken care of, Mayor-Elect Steve Clements will take control of the meeting. Pokorney reflects fondly on his time in city government and is appreciative of a council that worked collaboratively to find solutions. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
It seemed only fitting on New Year’s Eve that Mayor Dan Pokorney be the person to light up “2015” as 
La Grande’s own New York City-style ball dropped at midnight.

Forest Service asks for help

Read more...PENDLETON — In response to a strongly negative public opinion of the Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision, the Forest Service is looking for help.

Body cameras remain key issue

Body cameras have become a hot topic. So much so, in fact, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize spending $75 million toward purchasing the cameras for police across the nation.

BRIEFLY: Retired teachers look at LHS Aspire

The Union County Retired Educators will meet at the Dusty Spur restaurant Wednesday. Lunch orders will be taken at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting will include a presentation on the La Grande High School Aspire program and a discussion on the River Bend donation. New and interested people are invited to attend.

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