It could be up to a week before vehicles can be allowed north of Hells Canyon Park. Idaho Power crews are removing a 60-yard-long section of boulders and rock, and clearing additional unstable material from the cliff above the road.
OXBOW, Oregon, January 22, 2015 — The only road to Hells Canyon Dam could be closed for up to a week due to a large rock slide that completely blocked the road about three miles north of Hells Canyon Park Wednesday afternoon.
Students walk out one of the many outer doorways of La Grande High School on Friday. Even though the school has many points of entry, Principal Brett Baxter said the school was locked down within five to 10 minutes. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
La Grande High School Principal Brett Baxter did not fear the worst while reaching for his ringing cellphone, but he suspected that an urgent message awaited him.
Dale Mammen, left, chair of the Liberty Theatre Foundation, and La Grande Community and Economic Development Director Charlie Mitchell look around inside the old theater. Mitchell is set to take a new job next month but hopes to be back for the first show at the Liberty. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Charlie Mitchell arrived in La Grande in October 2008 after the city council decided to hire someone to work on economic development.