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Groups drop 1 proposal for minimum wage hike

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers have avoided at least one ballot fight with this month’s passage of an alternative measure to raise the state’s minimum wage through a unique tiered system based on geography, although a second, more aggressive ballot proposal still looms.

Air service cleared for landing in 1946

A local military band performs at the La Grande/Union County Airport in 1948 in front of an Empire Air Lines DC-3 named after La Grande. Union County became part of an Empire Air Lines route that included Pendleton, Baker City and Ontario in Oregon; Boise, Clarkston, Moscow, Gooding and Burley in Idaho; and Spokane, Pullman and Walla Walla in Washington. (LaVerne Locken collection)
The platinum anniversary of a long-forgotten milestone is approaching for 
La Grande. Sept. 28 will mark the 70th anniversary of the start of a noteworthy era in La Grande, the first in which the community was served by daily passenger airline service connected to points throughout the region.

Young attorneys take over new courthouse

La Grande students Alyssa McDowell, front, and Tanner Harmon participate in a mock trial Saturday at the Union County Courthouse. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
The new Union County Courthouse was a buzz of activity on Saturday when a group of young attorneys tried a criminal case involving drugs, a team mascot and a basketball game.

BRIEFLY: Teenager injured in snowmobile accident

 A 17-year-old was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident in Wallowa County on Friday. 

 The individual suffered a leg injury in a crash on U.S.F.S. road 200, south of Salt Creek Summit. The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, Wallowa County Search and Rescue and medical staff from Wallowa Memorial Hospital responded to the accident, which was reported early in the afternoon. 

 The accident victim was flown from the Salt Creek Summit area by Life Flight to St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington.

Four students wounded in shooting at Ohio high school

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Come on down: LHS grad is the next contestant on "the Price is Right"

Bethany Herman DeChant, front, and members of her family ham it up for the camera before being part of the studio audience during the taping of an episode of “The Price Is Right” in Los Angeles. In the back, from the left are Bethany’s husband, Caleb, her parents, Glen and Vicki Herman, and her sister, Ellyn Herman. (CBS photo)
It will forever be one of the most memorable moments of Bethany Herman DeChant’s 
life — a moment so unforgettable she barely remembers it.

BRIEFLY: Register by April 8 for Tree School East

BAKER CITY — The upcoming Tree School East offers classes on trees and woodlands and a whole lot more. The day-long event will be held April 23 at the Baker High School campus in Baker City. This OSU Extension Service mini-college is offering 25 courses including classroom and field sessions taught by OSU Extension educators, professional land managers, and other specialists.

This fun and informative program will include forestry classes on how to know what’s killing your trees, planning for reforestation success, post-fire restoration, and minimizing your federal tax burden. 

Other courses offer information on raising healthy hives of honey bees, creating high-quality bird habitat, what climate change means for NE Oregon, the geology of NE Oregon, and how to prune ornamental and fruit trees to keep them healthy and productive.

Registration must be completed by April 8. The $50 registration fee ($20 for age 18 and younger when attending with an adult family member) includes up to four classes, access to vendors and exhibits, snacks and lunch. 

For a brochure and registration information, contact the Baker County OSU Extension Office at 541-523-6418 or go to www.extension.oregonstate.edu/baker/.

OBITUARIES: February 26, 2016

George, Roberts, Lovell, Munsell

Chamber of Commerce awards announced

The best and the brightest of Union County were saluted at the 82nd annual Union County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet Thursday night.

Shooting reported at Kansas business

Authorities say they have responded to a shooting at a business that makes lawn mower products in south-central Kansas.

Bob Chandler, of Bulletin parent company, dies

By Claire Withycombe, Wes Com News Service 

Robert Wilbur Chandler, the son of the former editor and owner of Western Communications and The Bulletin, died Wednesday night.

In the doghouse: Pooches get the boot from local cemeteries

La Grande Cemetery District employee Crayson McBride, left, holds up a “No Dogs Allowed” sign Wednesday while Matt Rainwater fastens the sign near one of the western entrances to Hillcrest Cemetery on 12th Street. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Dogs may soon be harder to find in La Grande cemeteries than headstones from the mid-1800s.

Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush’ planning Baker County segments

BRIEFLY: Meeting in Imbler tonight on septic/sewer needs

IMBLER — There will be a community meeting to discuss septic/sewer needs of the Imbler School District at 7 p.m. tonight at Imbler High School. A number of options are being considered, ranging from on-site systems that address only the school’s needs to off-site systems that could help address community needs in Imbler. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain community input before moving forward. 

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