BRIEFLY: GRH Hospice earns recognition

Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice has been recognized at the national level for superior performance. GRH … Read more

LHS alumnus finds fame on Facebook

For one former La Grande High School gridiron star, Facebook, rather than football, has proven … Read more

Union voters to decide on library levy

Union voters will have a chance in November to provide their public library with a … Read more

Family says father was not forgotten

Elbert Hempel’s cremains were taken to Portland without knowledge, family says

Brian Hempel, of La Grande, received a shock a week ago that has left him … Read more

Deputy reaches out to child in Georgia

Union County Deputy Dane Jensen treasured his collection of 21 police patches, but he treasured … Read more

No bag limit at Thief Valley Reservoir due to dry conditions

The no bag limit will begin Aug. 16

NORTHEAST, Ore. — Dry conditions in Eastern Oregon and declining water levels in Thief Valley … Read more

New fires reported across Umatilla National Forest

Nelson Fire burning 25 miles southwest of La Grande

PENDLETON — Several new fires were detected across the Umatilla National Forest Monday as cloudy … Read more

Keller brings wealth of wisdom

Interim fire chief brings knowledge to fire department

La Grande’s new interim fire chief has come a long way since he started out … Read more

DJ always looks forward to Grassroots

On Saturday, crowds of people lined the streets and city park in Union for the … Read more

BRIEFLY: Cove man hurt in motorcycle-elk crash

A Cove man was injured in motorcycle accident Sunday night in southwest Union County. Andrew … Read more

OBITS: Aug. 14, 2017

McGlasson, Walker

Betty J. McGlasson Formerly of La Grande Betty J. McGlasson, 106, of Salem and formerly … Read more

POLICE LOG: Aug. 14, 2017

La Grande Police Department Accident: A non-injury accident was reported at 408 Adams Avenue in … Read more

Water users vote to form district

State-regulated organization will seek funds to fix aging dam

ENTERPRISE — The formation of the Wallowa Lake Irrigation District is paving the way for … Read more

Teeter requests amendment to release deal

An 18-year-old Imbler teen who has been charged with multiple counts of sex abuse went … Read more

Sunset Drive fire guts house

Family displaced after Thursday blaze starts in garage

One family has lost its house and most of its possessions after a fire ravaged … Read more

Small city pops up to aid crews

About 500 people stationed at Bear Butte Fire camp

NORTH POWDER — Just six months ago, the meadow at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area was … Read more

UCEDC quiet about case

Embezzlement of county economic development funds went on for 2 years

An employee of the county’s economic development agency embezzled more than $21,000 over a two-year … Read more

SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Landmark Baptist Church meets at 2 p.m.

The Sunday afternoon service at the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in La Grande will … Read more

Faith Lutheran Church sends team of nine people to Haiti

The Book of Acts provides an account of the first-century church. There were hardships with … Read more

County, city enact burn ban

The Union County Fire Defense Board wants to be safe rather than sorry and will … Read more

BRIEFLY: CHD warns of unhealthy air quality in valley

The Center for Human Development Public Health is urging community members in the Grande Ronde … Read more

POLICE LOG: Aug. 11, 2017

La Grande Police Department Arrested: Richard Alan Perry, 52, La Grande, was cited in lieu … Read more

Hot, hazy conditions to continue in Grande Ronde Valley

The hazy, hot conditions the Grande Ronde Valley is experiencing are expected to persist for … Read more

National forests bump up public use restrictions

Beginning Friday, the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests will move into Phase C public use … Read more

CHD issues air quality alert

Due to wildfire smoke, the air quality readings Thursday for the La Grande area are … Read more

Elgin woman addresses city council

Cherrie Swisher tells council $11 trash fee is too high for some city residents

ELGIN — During the public comment session at Tuesday’s City Council meeting in Elgin, resident … Read more

Renters face limited options

Tight rental market in Wallowa County good for landowners

ENTERPRISE — Some of Northeast Oregon’s small towns face big city problems. A lack of … Read more

Community center installs a new floor

Benefactor’s funds used to refloor Elgin Community Center

ELGIN — The Friends of the Elgin Community Center contracted with Next Step Carpet LLC … Read more

Elgin Stampeders send royalty court to NFR in Nevada

ELGIN — The Elgin Stampeders are sending their royalty court to enjoy four days at … Read more

Will business ‘take off’ for airports during eclipse?

Baker City airport expecting to see increase in traffic, La Grande expecting business to be pretty close to normal

Businesses in Union and Baker counties are bracing for an influx of people visiting Aug. … Read more

High temperatures had impact on fair attendance

The hot afternoon weather Northeast Oregon experienced last week was both a positive and a … Read more

BRIEFLY: ODF identifies seasonal firefighter injured in Saturday accident

The Oregon Department of Forestry identified the firefighter injured in Saturday’s motor vehicle accident as … Read more

POLICE LOG: Aug. 9, 2017

La Grande Fire Department La Grande Fire Department responded to 10 calls for medical on … Read more

Two Harl Butte wolves dead

State kills wolves in response to repeated attacks on livestock

ENTERPRISE — Two Harl Butte Pack wolves were killed this week following a request by … Read more

Trump signs disaster declaration for Oregon winter storms

SALEM — President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for damage done by January storms, … Read more

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