Cherise is the assistant editor/multimedia editor at The Observer. Her beats include city council and breaking news. Kaechele started working at The Observer in 2014 and is a 2010 graduate from the University of Oregon.
Drug Recognition Experts are pros at detecting impaired drivers
Law enforcement spots a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic. The driver can’t seem to stay in one lane. The officer flashes the red and blue lights, pulling the vehicle over. “Walk heel to toe in a straight line,” the officer tells the driver.
Union County Search and Rescue leases land for equipment facility
The volunteer-based Union County Search and Rescue organization has finally found a home for its rescue equipment. The SAR unit, which has 37 volunteers, has leased land from the City of La Grande to construct a building to house the equipment. SAR Lieutenant Nicholas Vora
Commissioners agree to consider health care resolution
The Union County Commissioners voted to discuss passing a resolution to call on the Oregon Legislature to create an affordable health care system. Oregon Rural Action, which is leading the push to have the Legislature put a measure on the ballot, packed the Joseph Annex
Self-serve gas met with a mix of emotions from Oregonians
While those in Eastern Oregon may not stare blankly when they find themselves without an attendant to pump their gas, apparently that’s not the case on the other side of the state. Recently, the state became a nationwide joke when Western Oregonians subsequently “panicked,” as
Regional Medical Clinic cannot keep up with demand
The doctor shortage currently experienced at Grande Ronde Hospital, specifically at the Regional Medical Clinic, is not exactly a new thing in the hospital’s history. “Primary care doctors is where the current shortage is,” said Paul Shorb, senior director of provider services at GRH. “We can’t fill the demand. The Oregon Health Plan changed (which led to the shortage).” The change, due to the Affordable