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Highway collision results in fatality

ISLAND CITY — A head-on collision between a semi truck and a passenger vehicle claimed the life of one person this morning on Highway 82 just west of Booth Lane.

List of organizations and resources to go toward Umpqua Community College

For anyone who wants to help the Umpqua Community College and the town of Roseburg, here is a list of organizations and other suggestions according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office: 

OSP Medical Examiner rules UCC shooter's death a suicide

The Umpqua Community College shooter's cause of death is suicide, according to a news release from Oregon State Police.

EOU campus shaken by shooting

There are several emergency assistance boxes on the Eastern Oregon University campus with a red button to press to summon help. Potentially, this box could warn people of a possible shooting on campus. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
It’s becoming a repetitive experience. Open a media page or turn on the television to read reports of another mass shooting. The tragedy in Roseburg Thursday hit closer to home since the shooting, which left approximately nine dead and at least seven injured, occurred in Oregon — and on a campus of a similar size to Eastern Oregon University.

Former La Grande resident survives mass shooting at UCC

Kerrie Wylam may never know who pounded on the door of the break room in the administration building at Umpqua Community College late Thursday morning. 

Fundraiser in front of medical marijuana shop cut short

A fundraiser for the La Grande High School Band in front of Hwy 30 Cannabis, a medical marijuana dispensary, ended abruptly Thursday afternoon.

BRIEFLY: Nile Club gathers at Denny’s Monday

Union County Nile Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Denny’s Restaurant on Island Avenue in La Grande.

Committee generating master plan

A master plan for the La Grande/Union County Airport is underway and it will focus on how to better accommodate the U.S. Forest Service and its use of the airport. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
A master plan for improving the La Grande/Union County Airport is underway and, after this summer’s busy fire season, it focuses on the U.S. Forest Service and how to accommodate the agency.

La Grande: violent crime low for the area

La Grande Police Sgt. Gary Bell conducts a traffic stop earlier this year. Data released by the FBI Monday shows the city of La Grande is just as safe, if not safer, as cities of similar size. (Observer file photo)
La Grande remains a relatively safe place, according to recently released FBI crime data.

The data, released late Monday, indicates the city is just as safe, if not safer, as cities of similar size.

In 2014, La Grande tallied 15 violent crimes and 326 property crimes, according to the data set.

Grizzly Bear Complex still a threat to some cabins

Days are getting shorter and nights cooler, but the stubborn 80,725-acre Grizzly Bear Complex fire is a long way from being extinguished.

“This fire will remain on the landscape until there is a significant rainfall or a snow event,” said Joani Bosworth, a public affairs specialist for the Umatilla National Forest. 

County burn ban extended until Oct. 14

Union County's burn ban will have a two-week extension due to persistently dry conditions, said La Grande Rural Fire Chief Larry Wooldridge, who spoke on behalf of all the fire chiefs in the county to the Union County Commissioners Wednesday morning.

BRIEFLY: Money available for wolf-livestock conflict

PENDLETON -— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set aside $190,000 for livestock losses, with $83,690 awarded to Washington and $66,000 for non-lethal prevention, along with $81,300 to nine Eastern Oregon counties in June. 

For more information, visit www.fws.gov/endangered/grants.

Restrictions eased on Interstate 84

Anthony Lakes Highway work begins Tuesday

BAKER CITY — The sinkhole on Anthony Lakes Highway (Forest Service Road 73) near the lower crossing of Antone Creek will receive final repairs on Tuesday through Thursday.

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