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BRIEFLY: Imbler School Board meets Tuesday

IMBLER — The Imbler School Board will meet for a regular session Tuesday in Room 1 of the high school immediately following the Budget Committee meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

‘Impressive’ storm causes flash flooding

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Flooding on Jefferson Avenue and Hemlock, above, caused a waterfall-like effect that fell into the underpass on Island Avenue, forcing the street to be closed. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A thunderstorm late Thursday afternoon caused flash flooding in parts of 
La Grande. 

Spring Chinook fishery opens on Powder River

LA GRANDE, Ore. — A unique spring Chinook fishery will open next Wednesday on the Powder River, where the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release approximately 200 spring Chinook salmon into the river. 

BRIEFLY: Promise Reunion set for holiday weekend

PROMISE — The annual Promise Reunion gathering will take place May 23-24 at the Promise Grange hall. All former and current Promise residents, their descendants and friends, as well as anyone interested in the history of Promise are invited to attend. Saturday afternoon will feature a chili feed at 1 p.m. and a book signing of “The North Woods of Wallowa County” by Orvalla Hafer. Plans are in the works for live music Saturday evening. Sunday there will be a 10:30 a.m. church service and a 1 p.m. potluck and program. For more information or to pass on any history related to the Promise area, contact Myrna Journot at 541-377-7333 (P.O. Box 386, Wallowa 97885) or Orvalla Hafer at 509-488-2569 (6816 Sagehill Road, Othello WA 99344).

Trees set for removal Friday

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Left to right, Joe Beans owner Colleen MacLeod, Expressions Salon's Jill Duby and Emily Kenny stand next to one of the trees that's scheduled to be removed starting Friday morning. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Some downtown La Grande business owners are upset they will soon lose their shade.

River Woods man in custody

Following a tense standoff on the upper Imnaha River community of River Woods, Wednesday night Scott Fouste turned himself in to the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office.

I-84 Westbound on ramp from Ladd Creek Road (Exit 270) closed for construction

LA GRANDE, Ore., - Construction work to replace the Ladd Creek culvert that runs under Interstate 84 at Exit 270 will result in the closure of the westbound freeway on ramp from Ladd Creek Road. The ramp closure is expected to begin May 26and continue through the end of October. Travelers needing access to the westbound freeway from Ladd Creek Road at Exit 270 can use the following detour.

EOU: The search is over

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Tom Insko was named the 12th Eastern Oregon University president Tuesday after a vote by the State Board of Higher Education. Insko, shown here next to the portraits of past presidents, will take the helm of the university July 1. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The Oregon Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Tuesday to name Tom Insko the 12th president of Eastern Oregon University. Insko takes the helm of the university July 1.


Union: City, school district may purchase sign

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Union Mayor Bill Lindsley, right, talks with city councilor Ken McCormack at the end of Monday’s meeting. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
UNION — A new electronic message board sign may be on the horizon for Union.

Elgin: Council votes to allocate funds

ELGIN — The Elgin City Council voted to pass a resolution Tuesday allocating funds from its Police Reserve Fund account to its Emergency Equipment Reserve Fund — a move several community members feared is the last chance of the city ever having a police department again.

Imnaha standoff ends peacefully

IMNAHA — A standoff between police and a man holding two people hostage ended early Tuesday morning without casualty.


Insko named next EOU president

The State Board of Higher Education has voted to approve the appointment of Tom Insko as Eastern Oregon University's next president.


Project ready to move forward

Wallowa County grocer Troy Berglund breathed a sigh of relief last week.

La Grande wins choir state title

Never judge a choir by the quality of its dress rehearsal.

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