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No. 25 Eastern Oregon University’s Maya Ah You was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference’s player of the week following her 31-point effort in a 77-65 win over No. 12 Southern Oregon University Saturday.
Eastern Oregon University’s Madeline Laan is leading the team with 12.1 points per game, and is third on the team in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game.
Eastern Oregon University’s Madeline Laan is leading the team with 12.1 points per game, and is third on the team in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game.
One of the trademarks for No. 25 Eastern Oregon University’s success is the team’s cohesiveness. 
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Funding priorities: councilors express interest in funding another police officer

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer January 28, 2015 11:46 am
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Police officer Matt Duncan writes down information on one of the 10 cases he’s currently working on while out on patrol in La Grande Tuesday afternoon. During the La Grande City Council’s annual retreat Monday, councilors expressed an interest in finding a way to fund another police officer. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande Police Department has dealt with a “status quo” budget for the past several years, meaning the department’s funding hasn’t changed. At the same time, they are dealing with more calls, said Lt. Derick Reddington.
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ODFW set to move to Phase II

By Katy Nesbitt, The Observer January 28, 2015 11:40 am
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This May 25, 2014, photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows OR-26, a 100-pound adult male wolf trapped outside La Grande and fitted with a GPS tracking collar. (The Associated Press file photo)
ENTERPRISE — Oregon is moving to Phase II of its wolf recovery plan after wildlife biologists documented six breeding pairs in 2014, a big step toward delisting the species from the state’s endangered species list on the east side of the state.
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Barreto, educators talk troublesome issues

By Dick Mason January 28, 2015 11:33 am
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State Rep. Greg Barreto, right, and La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze listen to input from educators and school board members at Willow Elementary Tuesday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
State Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, told a group of 
La Grande School District educators and representatives Tuesday he will work to reduce the layers of bureaucracy and overregulation they say are gumming up the wheels of the educational process.
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BRIEFLY: Hells Canyon Road to reopen Friday

By Observer staff January 28, 2015 11:24 am

OXBOW — Idaho Power Co. plans to re-open Hells Canyon Road at 9 a.m. Friday, after partial removal of a rock slide that blocked the road north of Hells Canyon Park last week.

A single lane will be open, with flaggers on hand to guide vehicles through the slide area, Brad Bowlin, Idaho Power Co. spokesman, said in a press release. Travelers should expect delays and are urged to use extreme caution in the canyon, especially in the slide area, he said.

No one was injured in the slide, which happened Jan. 20 about three miles north of Hells Canyon Park on the Idaho side of the Snake River.

The slide was about 60 yards long and included numerous large boulders. Crews worked through the weekend to clear the road. Some of the boulders on the road were so large, they had to be blasted to make them small enough to remove, Bowlin said.

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