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Job Program putting veterans back to work

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John Asanuma is one of 18 military veterans on a fire and thinning crew working for the Umatilla National Forest this summer. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
TROY — High up on a ridge near Lookout Mountain on the Walla Walla Ranger District there is sign of timber harvest in various stages. Neat piles of logs and slash piles are evidence of active forest management along Forest Road 62.

Union County auctions off forfeited cattle

Union County auctioned more than two dozen head of cattle that were seized earlier this year as part of an investigation of alleged animal neglect.

BRIEFLY: LHS class of í57 meets for lunch

The La Grande High School class of 1957 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Flying J truck stop.

Child Center set to close doors

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Grande Ronde Child Center Director Mark Kubin adjusts the outdoor sprinkler toy for Sam Clement while the centerís executive secretary, Jane Peacock, background, adjusts the water pressure at the Grande Ronde Child Center. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A linchpin in the La Grande educational community for more than four decades will soon shut its doors forever.

Guard unitís proud history of service

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A mine resistant, ambush protected armored vehicle from Eastern Oregonís 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment moves through a checkpoint south of Balad Iraq, in this 2011 photo. (Pat Caldwell/The Observer)
Nearly four decades of tradition and history will be on the line this summer when the region’s Army National Guard unit deploys to the National Training Center in the Mojave Desert.

School district hit by budget shortfall

The Elgin School District, facing a budget shortfall, will cut two teaching positions.

Semi-truck rolls on Interstate 84 eastbound

A semi-truck rolled onto its passenger side at milepost 272 on I-84 eastbound just before 11 a.m.

BRIEFLY: Missing Island City man found dead

A missing 85-year-old man was found deceased Monday afternoon, Union County Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen said. Melvin Ackley, of Island City, had been missing since Friday morning. Search parties on Monday found him deceased in a secluded area of Island City, according to the sheriff’s office. Rasmussen said no foul play is suspected in the death.

Wildfire puts lower Imnaha off-limits to salmon fishing

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Chinook salmon anglers on the Imnaha River will find limited access to the lower river due to the nearby Little Basin fire. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is alerting anglers that Dug Bar Rd. leading to the lower Imnaha has been closed by the U.S. Forest Service.


Little Basin Fire Update

IMNAHA – The Little Basin Fire reported Monday morning 10 miles north of Imnaha grew to 515 acres overnight.

Wallowa Mountain Loop Road 2015 Construction Schedule


Hot shot crews headed to Hells Canyon fire

The Little Basin Fire is burning in Little Basin Creek off the Dug Bar road in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. Monday and is currently 100 acres and burning in grass.


Hot shot crews headed to Hells Canyon fire

The Little Basin Fire is burning in Little Basin Creek off the Dug Bar road in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. Monday and is currently 100 acres and burning in grass.


Never too late to learn

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Jess Roberts, left, and Ronn Witcraft visit after the Eastern Oregon University Student Awards Assembly Friday afternoon. Both were named students of the year in their respective departments and graduated Saturday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Twenty-somethings weren’t the only people celebrating their graduation from Eastern Oregon University this weekend.

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