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New year brings new laws

A host of new laws will be on the books for 2016, including several that sparked vigorous debate during the last legislative session.

Names released in fatal train crash

Oregon State Police have released the names of the victims of Tuesday’s fatal crash.

BRIEFLY: Nile Club meets Monday morning

The Union County Nile Club will meet Monday. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Harvest Restaurant in La Grande.

Police: 3 dead in SUV, train crash

Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal crash involving a train and SUV south of Union in Union County. The names of the three occupants will be released following confirmation of family notifications, police said.

light ‘er up: Liberty sign set for official lighting Thursday

Read more...Some remember watching Elizabeth Taylor star in her breakout film “National Velvet,” or the epic “Ten Commandments” starring Charlton Heston.

Others remember the balcony. Specifically, they remember knowing not to sit just underneath the edge, where popcorn and other falling objects were bound to land.

‘Dory’s Diary’ fulfills lifelong dream

Dorothy Swart Fleshman signs a copy of her new book, “Dory’s Diary,” at her home. The 262-page, illustrated hardcover book is a collection of her columns printed in The Observer from 2009 to 2011. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Dorothy Swart Fleshman began writing for The Observer in 1944, the year Bing Crosby released his chart-topping record “Swinging on a Star.”

Student groups recycle area Christmas trees

Members of the La Grande High School Swim Team place the trees on the back of a truck, which will then go to Ladd Marsh. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)

As in years past, the La Grande High School Swim Team and Boy Scout Troop 511 are collecting Christmas trees to recycle and to raise money for their respective groups.

Happy Valley man arrested after pursuit

BAKER CITY — A Happy Valley man was arrested Wednesday following a pursuit that ended with a crash in Baker City.

BRIEFLY: Union City Council talks about deer, pot

UNION — The Union City Council will meet for a work session on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at city hall. Deer and marijuana will be two of the topics discussed at the work session. 

Man arrested after pursuit near Baker

Putting new plans in place

French Hall, a building located on the campus of the Cove ascension school, has been used for student summer programs ever since being built in the 1930s. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Plans are being finalized for the possible construction of a new activity building for the Ascension Camp and Conference Center, one that would feature a large meeting space with a stage, a small kitchen and more. The proposed building would have about 3,800 square feet and cost an estimated $500,000.

Valley unlikely to have white Christmas

Going over the Blue Mountains will be an icy experience during Christmas weekend for travelers. While the area isn’t expecting much snow, the temperatures will be below freezing and ice will be likely in most parts of the Grande Ronde Valley. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
As long as Santa doesn’t plan to drive his sleigh through Ladd Canyon or down Cabbage Hill, he shouldn’t have any problem getting to the Grande Ronde Valley.

Pot will not be sold in Cove

COVE — It’s official — no marijuana will be sold legally in Cove for recreational purposes.

BRIEFLY: I-84 closed early Monday evening

A 71-mile stretch of Interstate 84 was closed by the Oregon Department of Transportation for 45 minutes early Monday evening because of poor driving conditions caused by bad weather. Interstate 84 was closed from the Hermiston area to La Grande. 

“It was done as a precaution,” said Peter Murphy, a public information officer for ODOT.

Murphy said the closure was necessary because of strong winds and icy conditions.

The closure was in effect from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Murphy said that ODOT wanted to prevent any accidents from occurring.

“We wanted to take control of adverse conditions,” he said.

Christmas star added at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church


A 30-foot high Christmas star light decoration has been added to the front of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande by its parishioners.The parishioners who put it up were Joe Schlieski, Tony Faro and Bill Acevedo.

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