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State: OSP lab is not moving
Many in La Grande thought a plan to place a bigger Oregon State Police Forensics Lab — possibly in La Grande — had simply been put on hold.
A February Request for Information from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services suggests otherwise.
The state has moved to site a new forensics lab in the Pendleton area, according to the RFI.
A plan to locate a lab in La Grande by consolidating labs in Pendleton and Ontario was shelved in July 2012. Rep. Greg Smith intervened at the request of Umatilla County commissioners to keep the lab in Pendleton, the East Oregonian reported at the time. That announcement came following the retirement of OSP Superintendent Chris Brown, who had advocated for siting the lab in La Grande.
In December 2012, La Grande officials were still under the impression that the forensic lab was in limbo but not that La Grande had been struck from the list of potential locations.
“The forensics lab is suspended at this time, but not necessarily gone,” Dan Stark, executive director of the Union County Economic Development Corporation, told The Observer.
See more in Monday's edition of The Observer.