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Oregonian editorial board calls for governor's resignation

PORTLAND — The editorial board of Oregon's largest newspaper on Wednesday called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign amid escalating ethical questions about his fiancee.


Council OK's parking lot plan, compensation

The La Grande City Council on Wednesday night approved a modified site plan for a parking lot on Fourth Street.


Historic milestone: Powder Valley High School officials ready for 2016 centennial

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Powder Valley High School is gearing up to celebrate its centennial. The school district is in the preliminary stage of organizing its celebration and is inviting people with old photos and historic information to come forward so they can later be shared with the public. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Today, the amphitheater is gone and the student productions it showcased are mostly forgotten. Stories of the school’s past, however, still burn brightly in the minds of many, tales that will soon take center stage.

3rd Battalion gears for training

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Sgt. Brent Caldwell, Cove, a member of Baker City’s Fox Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, presents a class on a .50 caliber machine gun during Fox Company’s drill last month. (Pat Caldwell/For the Observer)
This summer the men and women who fill out the roster of Eastern Oregon’s largest Army National Guard outfit will once again deploy to a desert location to fulfill their annual training requirement.

Commissioners vote to pass resolution to delist gray wolf

The Union County Commissioners voted to begin the process of delisting the gray wolf from the endangered species list in Union County.

BRIEFLY: Vendors wanted for EOLS flea market

UNION — The City of Union Chamber is seeking vendors for a downtown flea market to take place June 13 in conjunction with the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. 

For more information or to reserve a place, call 541-562-5270 or 541-910-1033 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


State’s Snowpack conditions below normal

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Cade Cunningham and Owen Cunningham play in the snow Friday afternoon at the ski resort near Spout Springs. The resort is closed, with no activity because of the lack of snow this winter. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Oregon’s snowpack is looking dismal for much of the state. For Eastern Oregon, the “normal” has become less than what it really should be, but conditions may improve.

Literacy center helps kids, adults reach their potential

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Tutor Pam Busey helps student Sylvia Tommy with her reading at the literacy center at Cook Memorial Library Wednesday afternoon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Students reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who aren’t, said La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze.

School district targets publicity

The Cove School District is launching an effort to advertise its board meetings more thoroughly and improve the procedures it follows at meetings. 

BRIEFLY: Library shows movies to tweens and teens

Teen Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Cook Memorial Library. Teen Movie Nights are offered year-round and are always free and open to anyone in grades 6-12. Free popcorn and soda are provided. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. Call 541-962-1339, visit the library, or view its web and Facebook pages for current movie information and upcoming teen events.

High schools post strong graduation rates

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Taylor Tandy, left, writes down notes as Becky Wilson instructs her 11th and 12th grade world literature class on Thursday at Imbler High School. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Imbler High School and Wallowa High School officials learned Thursday that their schools are in elite company.

Local delegates ready for session

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Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, and Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, chat as the Oregon Senate convenes for the 2014 session in Salem. (The Associated Press file photo)
Northeast Oregon’s state delegates are gearing up for a busy legislative session, set to start Monday.

UPDATE: More than 80 animals seized

Dozens of animals were seized by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday in an alleged neglect case.

BRIEFLY: Nile Club meets Monday morning

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

Dozens of animals seized near Summerville

The Union County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday seized dozens of animals in an alleged animal neglect case near Summerville.

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