Facility prepares for new upgrades

State grant to aid with courthouse renovations

ENTERPRISE — During the next year, the Wallowa County Courthouse will be undergoing drastic changes … Read more

USFS asks public to stay away from La Grande Reservoir

Construction crews working on fish passages around reservoir

The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to avoid La Grande Reservoir this summer … Read more

BRIEFLY: La Grande School Board approves budget

The La Grande School Board approved the district’s proposed 2017-18 budget Wednesday at a special … Read more

CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Congregation honors the day God set apart

The La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church welcomes guest speaker Jim Harris from Elgin during the … Read more

Legislature OKs tax on health providers

Health bill goes to governor

SALEM — Three Senate Republicans joined Democrats to approve a $673 million health provider tax … Read more

OSP searching for two escaped youth inmates

Escapees spotted near Oregon Trail Interpretive Park Wednesday morning

A pair of teenagers from the Oregon Youth Authority remain on the run Wednesday morning … Read more

Area high school students explore medical careers

Isabelle Sauers held a Doppler pulse check instrument in her right hand and a tube … Read more

Cold winter, long spring delay start of fire season

ENTERPRISE — A cold winter and a long spring are postponing wildfire season in the … Read more

Firefighting crews head out to fires

The wildfire season is likely to arrive later than usual in Northeast Oregon, but some … Read more

Imbler teenager faces rape charges

Jordan Teeter makes initial court apperance Monday

An 18-year-old Imbler man will be under the continuous supervision of his parents after he … Read more

BRIEFS: Chamber reschedules 'family meeting'

The Union County Chamber of Commerce has announced that its “family meeting” scheduled Thursday will … Read more

La Grande-based physician helps brighten smiles

Doctor volunteers with program that provides free surgeries for children, adults in developing nations

They are children being rescued from the shadows of society, lives of darkness they will … Read more

Book finds its way back

Doran Hopkins compelled to return book to local family

The book’s cover was a bit faded and so was the handwritten inscription on its … Read more

Eastern sends off senior class

EOU graduates one of its larger classes

The Eastern Oregon University campus was busy Saturday with excitement as students, faculty, friends and … Read more

Free walk-in clinic for mumps vaccine set for Wednesday

A free walk-in vaccination clinic for mumps will be conducted from 4 p.m. to 6 … Read more

POLICE LOG: June 19, 2017

Union County Sheriff’s Office Arrested: Sabrina Marlene Clark, 39, Elgin, was arrested on a Union … Read more

Rural vets get help

Highly Rural transports veterans to distant doctors appointments

ENTERPRISE — In just two years, more than 500,000 miles were logged transporting veterans in … Read more

Hardesty arrested on rape charge

La Grande man allegedly caught by caretaker in the act

Devon Brian Hardesty has been released to the Rise Inc. Pendleton location after being arrested … Read more

BRIEFLY: Library sponsors garden tea party

COVE — A garden tea sponsored by the Cove Library will be held from 11 … Read more

Family donates conservation easement to Wallowa trust

JOSEPH — More than 50 acres of Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine was protected from development … Read more

Mid-Co comes under scrutiny

School board, bus company discuss issues with student transportation

At Wednesday’s regularly scheduled La Grande School Board meeting, representatives of the Mid-Columbia Bus Co. … Read more

Group brightens La Grande with painted rocks

Jennifer Boyd has a simple solution for people dealing with busy schedules or coping with … Read more

Plan leaves out passenger trains

Transportation plan does not include funding for returning rail service

Advocates for returning passenger rail service to Eastern Oregon were in Salem earlier this month … Read more

Council approves COLA raises

La Grande police, management to see pay increases

The La Grande City Council approved cost of living adjustments for the police department and … Read more

BRIEFLY: Benefit for Bingham family is June 17

Helping Hands is hosting a bazaar to benefit the Bingham family from 9 a.m. to … Read more

POLICE LOG: June 16, 2017

La Grande Police Department Arrested: Joseph Newell Smith, 24, unknown address, was arrested on a … Read more

Local Boy Scout troop reaches out to MERA

Members of Boy Scout Troop 514 plant more than 500 trees recently

The Mount Emily Recreation Area has a greener future thanks to Boy Scout Troop 514. … Read more

Stampeders honor Botz as 2017 grand marshal

ELGIN — The Elgin Stampeders are honoring Ed Botz as their grand marshal to preside … Read more

EOU graduation set for Saturday

EOU alum and Micronesian senator to speak

Eastern Oregon University alum and At-Large State of Pohnpei Representative to the Twentieth Congress of … Read more

Horse ride brings awareness

Survivor to ride 10,000 miles across U.S. in four years

The old John Wayne quote “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway” … Read more

Health officials work to curb spread of mumps

OHA says Union County mumps cases first in at least a decade

A mumps outbreak continues to hit Union County, and health officials are urging people to … Read more

Library closing topic of hearing

Cuts to county’s budget behind proposed closure

ENTERPRISE — It was standing room only in the Wallowa County Courthouse Thornton Conference Room … Read more

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