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10 Things to Know for Thursday, March 20

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

 

OSP investigating death of 25-year-old near Pendleton

Oregon State Police, with the assistance of the Umatilla County Deputy Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Hillsboro man. Preliminary investigation indicates a drug overdose is the apparent cause of death. 
 

BRIEFLY: 15-year-old cited for alleged assault

15-year-old cited for alleged assault

A 15-year-old was cited into juvenile Monday afternoon after allegedly assaulting a younger student at La Grande Middle School, police said.

 

Forest access bill rallies support

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Rep. Greg Walden announced Monday he has introduced a bill to Congress that would give local governments more control of federal forests. The bill would halt travel management plans and require consensus before roads are closed. (KELLY DUCOTE/The Observer)

Local officials, residents back Walden’s bill, introduced last Friday 

Residents and officials voiced support for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s Forest Access in Rural Communities Act Monday morning. 

 

School board ratifies contract

It is official — Beth Burton, an Arlington educator, is set to become the Imbler School District’s next superintendent.

The Imbler School Board formally named Burton as the school district’s future superintendent Tuesday night. The board unanimously ratified a two-year contract for Burton, who will also serve as the Imbler Elementary School principal. 

 

Thieves empty lockers at high school

Limited number of items stolen during incident

Powder Valley High School students received a shock when they arrived at school Monday morning.

The students learned that almost all of the nearly 100 lockers on the second floor of their school had been emptied Sunday night. Fortunately, few items were reported missing, according to school district officials. 

 

Funding structure

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Top 1 percent of wildfires to be funded as natural disasters through FEMA

A bipartisan group of members of Congress at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise pledged Monday to work on behalf of legislation that would change the funding structure for fighting wildfires.

 

Water project in the works

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The water drainage system and Gekeler Slough may undergo changes in the next few years following the adoption of a new surface water management plan. The plan seeks to address flooding issues in and around La Grande. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Grande Ronde Valley drainage improvement alternatives laid out  

Officials may soon be working to upgrade the drainage system in and around La Grande to better address flooding situations in the valley.

A draft of the Gekeler Slough Surface Water Plan was presented Monday night in a joint work session of the La Grande City Council and Union County Board of Commissioners.

 

State: Eastern president will do right by the university

Despite departure, Bob Davies will push hard for new governance model

The impending departure of Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies to Murray State University in Kentucky is raising questions about the direction EOU will take in the future.

New uncertainties now loom, but this much is certain — Eastern is still on track to have the hybrid governance structure Davies is endorsing for the university. The hybrid governance model is one Davies will keep pursuing for Eastern.  

 

Chamber recognizes Doug Durfee as ‘Man of Year’

Firefighter Doug Durfee was named “Man of the Year” Tuesday during the Elgin Chamber Banquet’s “Hometown Heroes” dinner and recognition ceremony at the Elgin Community Center.

Chamber President Kem Brainerd  gave an introductory welcome to the audience before the honors ceremony commenced.

 

Oregon AG to implement gay marriage if ban falls

PORTLAND — Oregon's attorney general told a federal court Tuesday why she believes the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal constitutional rights of homosexual couples. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum added that Oregon is prepared to implement gay marriages if a federal judge strikes down the ban.

 

10 Things to Know for Wednesday, March 19

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

 

Former official involved with Cover Oregon may sue

SALEM — A former state technology manager involved in building the software behind Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange notified the state Monday that she may file a lawsuit for defamation and wrongful termination.

 

Oregon senators support change to firefighting funds

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of members of Congress at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise pledged Monday to work on behalf of legislation that would change the funding structure for fighting wildfires.

 

Cook Memorial Library offers slew of activities

Events in March at the Cook Memorial Library in La Grande include a teen Video Game Tournament and a Spring Tea & Film for adults.

Every week are Baby Tot Bop for ages 0-3 on Tuesday and Children’s Storytime with stories, songs and crafts on Thursday; both start at 11:15 am. There won’t be Storytime during Spring Break on March 27. 

 
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