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Oh, deer: Union residents want to address city’s nuisance deer problem

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Residents of Union go about their daily routines as deer walk through town Tuesday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
UNION — Eight decades ago, deer in the Union city limits was something of a novelty. 

Commissioners: Eight years not long enough

The responsibility of a commissioner can weigh heavily on the person who holds the position. The learning curve and the relationships needing to be built take time and effort — something that cannot be done in eight years if term limits are enacted, according to Union County Commissioners Mark Davidson and Steve McClure. 

City to tackle pot ‘opt out’ options

The La Grande City Council will hold a work session Monday to discuss the new legislation signed by Gov. Kate Brown that allows counties that voted 55 percent or more against Measure 91 to opt out of dispensaries and the production of recreational and medical marijuana.

BRIEFLY: Children get dirty, learn about science

The City of La Grande Parks and Recreation is offering two science classes for kids next week.

“Mad Scientist” will feature a new and exciting science topic each day, such as discovering how to send secret messages using special codes or creating exciting chemical reactions. Discover that science can be cool and a little wacky too. Class is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 27-30 and is for ages 6 and older. Cost is $30.

Participants in “Grossology” will explore the ooey, gooey and gross things about science, experimenting with everyday ingredients to make them fizz, splatter and pop. 

The Mad Science staff will lead kids on a hands-on journey learning about slime, creepy crawlers, super sticky stuff and more. Kids should wear old clothes. Class is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 
27-30 and is for ages 5 and older. Cost is $25.

Both classes will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Pioneer Park. For more information or to register, go to www.lagrandeparks.org or call 541-962-1352.


Firefighters battle tough terrain and dry fuel conditions

A wildfire has started from a lightning strike on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands near the Oregon/Washington border in Northern Wallowa County, including Nez Perce Precious Lands, according to a press release from ODF.


Family, police stumped in disappearance

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Police and family continue to search for clues in the disappearance of Neli-Cristina Rogers, who has been missing since June 19. (Rogers family photo)
More than a month after the disappearance of Neli-Cristina Rogers, family and local law enforcement are no closer to explaining what happened to the 27-year-old.

Group wants term limits

A grassroots group of Union County residents has taken the first steps in regulating the number of terms a commissioner can serve in Union County.

Explosion kills man in old Pendleton City Hall

PENDLETON — An explosion downtown Tuesday morning blew out windows and ignited massive flames that burned for more than an hour in a century-old building in northeast Oregon.

BRIEFLY: Registration open for AARP driver class

An AARP “Smart Driver” class will be offered Aug. 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The class will run from        9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Participants may be eligible to receive a discount on their car insurance by completing the class. 

Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, call Fred Moore at 541-910-9797.


Union County drought declared

GRANTS PASS — Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in three more Oregon counties.


Committee: Everything on the table when it comes to city finances

Nothing is off the table for the La Grande Fiscal Committee, committee members said Monday.

The ad hoc committee held its first meeting Monday night to begin discussions of how to move forward in addressing the city's general fund deficit. 


Project moving forward

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La Grande City Councilor John Bozarth, left, shows fellow councilor John Lackey a part of the intricate woodwork Friday in one of the European-style corridors of storefronts. Bozarth’s wife, Janis, and their grandchildren, Anthony and Gianna DiFalco, look on. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande’s Market Place has obtained its occupancy permit, but much work remains before the center opens.

New cameras for traffic control

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Elcon Corporation’s Cody Childs hoists himself up in a bucket to install a camera on the corner of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
New cameras atop 
La Grande traffic lights are nothing nefarious, ODOT officials say.

A race to the finish line

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Carl Strickler participated in Saturday’s La Grande Soap Box Derby. He constructed his vehicle in two days, and coordinator Ron Osterloh said he had the best brakes in the derby. (Alyssa Sutton/The Observer)
La Grande held its first ever Soap Box Derby during the annual Crazy Days that took place downtown over the weekend. 

BRIEFLY: City council to meet in special session

The La Grande City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight for a special session. The council will consider awarding a bid for demolition and cleanup of the property at 1601 Seventh St. The house was substantially damaged by fire in April.

Public comments will not be taken during the special meeting.

Following the special session, the La Grande Fiscal Committee will meet. Public comments may be taken at the end of the meeting, at the discretion of the ad hoc committee.


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