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BRIEFLY: Travel management meetings scheduled

Travel management meetings scheduled

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, will be in Eastern Oregon for town hall meetings to discuss travel management plans.

Two meetings are planned in Union County: 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Wallowa-Union Train Depot, 300 N. Eighth St., Elgin;  9:15 a.m. Monday, at AC Power Sports, 10701 Walton Road, La Grande.


Glaze lauded by board in evaluation

Superintendent receives three-year contract extension

La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze has received two thumbs up on his job performance review from the school board.

The La Grande superintendent was praised Wednesday in a letter from the school board summarizing its critique of his job performance. The letter was read at Wednesday’s board meeting by board chair Joe Justice.


Bowling center would be welcome among students

EOU students present findings from survey

A bowling center and extended business hours might go a long way toward drawing Eastern Oregon University students to downtown La Grande more frequently.

These are two of the conclusions from a La Grande Main Street Downtown Survey conducted by seven students in an EOU marketing research class taught by business professor Gary Keller. A total of 333 students who take classes on campus were surveyed. The group selected represented a cross section of the on-campus students.


10 Things to Know for Friday, March 14

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Second Oregon wolf shot, killed by Idaho hunter

BOISE, Idaho — A second GPS-collared wolf from Oregon has been killed by a hunter in Idaho.


Walden to hold town hall meetings, discuss travel management plans in Eastern Oregon

Beginning Saturday, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, will be in Eastern Oregon for town hall meetings in five counties — Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Sherman.


10 Things to Know for Thursday, March 13

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Davies named Murray State University president

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies is bound for Murray State University in Kentucky.

Davies was named the next president of Murray State University today by the university's board of regents. Davies is tentatively set to assume his new position on July 14, the Murray Ledger & Times reported.


City OKs ban of feeding wildlife

UNION — The Union City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night banning the feeding of certain wildlife within the city limits. Several residents came out to voice support for the ordinance prior to the vote.

“I’m here to support the ordinance about not feeding wild critters,” said Union resident Don Baxter.


Miller to serve time for chase

The man who led local law enforcement on a chase through Union earlier this year pled guilty to crimes associated with the incident Monday.

Remington Miller, 26, of rural La Grande, entered guilty pleas on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person, driving under the influence of intoxicants, harassment and failure to register as a sex offender. The charges stem from a reported domestic dispute and subsequent vehicle pursuit Jan. 21.


Residents seek transparency in Urban Renewal program

Roundtable discusses Urban Renewal program, what it does

La Grande residents made it clear Tuesday night they would like to see more transparency from the city on the Urban Renewal program.

About a dozen residents gathered at Cook Memorial Library for a forum on the program.


Summerville artist carving in the fast lane

Hoyt examines an abstract drawing version of one of his car sculpture designs. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Dennis Hoyt’s sculptures draw attention of Kuwait’s prime minister

English race car driver Brian Redman momentarily robbed Summerville artist Dennis Hoyt of his sharp focus several decades ago. 

Redman provided Hoyt with a ride in a Ferarri Testarossa, accelerating to 187 miles per hour.


New district attorney faces challenger

Wallowa, Union counties have contested races for commissioner spots

The newly appointed Union County district attorney will be challenged by the chief deputy DA for the top spot in the office this year.

Chief Deputy DA John Schilling will challenge Kelsie McDaniel for the elected position. According to the Secretary of State’s office, that race will be decided during the November election.


Enterprise man killed after structure collapses

An Enterprise man working with a crew to erect a new grain silo in Enterprise fell to his death Tuesday morning. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Harry McNall falls 60 feet while working on new grain silo

ENTERPRISE — An Enterprise man was killed in an accident Tuesday morning while erecting a new grain silo, according to Enterprise police.

Enterprise Chief of Police Wes Kilgore said Harry McNall, a longtime Wallowa County Grain Growers employee, was approximately 60 feet off the ground and walking along some scaffolding when the structure’s leg tipped over, buckled at 40 feet and slammed into the silo, catapulting McNall to the ground. 


City budget looks solid for 2014-15

No cuts slated for upcoming budget

ISLAND CITY — The 2014-15 budget picture for the City of Island City looks bright.

The city is set to adopt a budget of about $4.5 million, one which would be up about 3 percent from the current years budget of $4.409 million.

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