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La Grande’s debt to Imbler

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I read with great interest The Observer’s front page article on Feb. 11,

“La Grande District Option Levy...,” to see if there would be a line item for payment to Imbler Charter School District (ICSD) of $136,749.25, the payment for the education of 12 La Grande students with individual education plans, or IEPs, for the 2008-2009 school year.

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Dissolve renewal district

By Carrie Lane February 10, 2010 02:02 pm
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As longtime residents of La Grande and the Grande Ronde Valley, we are disheartened to see the City of La Grande considering cuts to essential services and facilities that enhance the quality of life when an option with less overall impact still remains.

It is easy to target fire, safety and emergency services as well as the library and pool because they are the services most visible and utilized by community members and those which evoke an emotional response from people. The dissolution of the city’s Urban Renewal District is one option that has not been “put on the table” by the La Grande City Council.

Fire, police and ambulance services should not be cut except under the most dire circumstances, as these essential services are a core part of the community infrastructure.

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Museum ‘kicked to the curb’

By Observer Upload January 25, 2010 02:23 pm

A travesty of justice was handed the Elgin Museum and Historical Society at the Elgin City Council meeting Jan. 12.

After 10 years of operating in the former police department in the Elgin Opera House building, the city council voted to vacate the museum from these premises for expansion of the current opera house lessee’s theater business. In October, the city council voted to remove the museum from the upstairs former library of the opera house, which it had occupied for the past seven years.

Museum board members approached the city council on Aug. 13, 2002, asking permission to expand the museum to the second floor of the opera house (the former library). Following is a quote from the city council minutes: “The consensus of the council was in favor of this request.”

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Letters and Comments for January 22, 2010

By Observer Upload January 22, 2010 02:06 pm

Letters and Comments for January 22, 2010

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The importance of Ladd Marsh

By Observer Upload December 02, 2009 01:47 pm
Editor’s note: Leslie Graham’s fourth-grade class at Central School visits Ladd Marsh several times a year to learn about wetlands. Students were shocked when they read about recent vandalism at Ladd Marsh, Graham said. They decided to write letters to the editor to let everyone know their view about the vandalism. Four of the letters appear below.
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