International plight hits close to home

La Grande community’s efforts benefit Rohingya refugees

Imagine trying to travel from La Grande to Pendleton but first needing express permission from … Read more

Hospital faces doctor shortage

Regional Medical Clinic cannot keep up with demand

The doctor shortage currently experienced at Grande Ronde Hospital, specifically at the Regional Medical Clinic, … Read more

POLICE LOG: Jan. 17, 2018

Union County Sheriff’s Office Arrested: Albert Jared Horne, 19, North Powder, on a Union County … Read more

BRIEFLY: Wallowa County Victims’ Impact Panel is tomorrow

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Victims’ Impact Panel is scheduled for Jan. 18 at the … Read more

Regional health board adds three new members

The Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center recently named three new members to its board. … Read more

Officials share 2018 'resolutions'

The Observer asked city representatives in Union County what their cities accomplished in the last … Read more

Elgin shows its heart

Easton Murry receives escort through town

Shannon Murry was about 20 miles from her Elgin home Friday afternoon when she received … Read more

When were television signals first picked up in La Grande?

The answer, to the best of our knowledge, is 65 years ago this month. Television … Read more

Gun confiscation law

New 'well-intentioned' legislation difficult to navigate

Senate Bill 719, which allows families to petition the court to temporarily suspend a person’s … Read more

POLICE LOGS: Jan. 15, 2018

Union County Sheriff’s Office Accident: Nobody was injured in a traffic accident at Third Street … Read more

BRIEFLY: Ron Journigan wins wood raffle

UNION — The Friends of the Union Carnegie Public Library announced that Ron Journigan was … Read more

A closer look

Decades-long persecution intensifies in Myanmar

One of two journalists formally charged in Myanmar Wednesday said the charges are to “stop … Read more

School board passes new budget

Supplemental budget accounts for $1.15 million in unanticipated revenue

The La Grande School Board voted Wednesday to adopt a supplemental budget of $1.15 million, … Read more

Greater Hells Canyon Council sues Forest Service

Group claims federal agency is not protecting threatened plant

A La Grande environmental group announced Wednesday afternoon it is suing the U.S. Forest Service … Read more

SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Congregants observe ‘Blanket Sunday’

LA GRANDE — Pastor Ray Smith will speak on “God’s Vision” at the 10 a.m. … Read more

POLICE LOGS: Jan. 12, 2018

Union County Sheriff’s Office Arrested: Bryan Allen Noyes, 29, unknown address, was arrested by the … Read more

BRIEFLY: Day-use fees waived on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management and … Read more

Urban Renewal Agency declines funds for Ignite E-Center

The Ignite E-Center program, which would provide networking and resources to would-be entrepreneurs, met a … Read more

Committee to study Greenway Project

Group will give recommendation to Island City's city council

The City of Island City is moving forward in its effort to chart the future … Read more

EOU athletes look forward to new track

Installation may start this year

Deer tracks and patches of asphalt are easy to spot at Eastern Oregon University’s outdoor … Read more

Programming the brain

Local brain training expert seeing results

Have you ever tried marching while simultaneously reading the alphabet out loud? How about marching … Read more

BRIEFLY: Josephy Center’s Winter Youth Art program begins

JOSEPH — Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will be offering eight classes every Friday … Read more

Name, sex changes on birth certificate made easier

HB 2673 affirms gender identity

Jan. 1 saw multiple laws go into effect, one of which allows people to affirm … Read more

Forest Service signs off on Ten Cent project

UKIAH — A recently approved Forest Service project will increase public safety around a popular … Read more

Long-time mechanic reflects on active life

Ronald Roethler, 83, could have enjoyed any number of careers in his life, and he … Read more

POLICE LOGS: Jan. 8, 2018

La Grande Police Department Arrested: Christopher Michael Frank, 32, a transient, was arrested on charges … Read more

BRIEFLY: Island City’s city council meets tonight

ISLAND CITY — Island City’s city council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at city … Read more

Rivera-Santiago sentenced to 22 months

The man accused of stabbing another person in La Grande in August 2017 will be … Read more

‘Tobacco 21’ law now enforced in Oregon

Must be 21 years old to smoke

At the first of the year, Oregon began enforcing a new law that raised the … Read more

Brogoitti promoted to regional publisher of Observer, Herald

The Observer has announced the promotion of Karrine Brogoitti to the regional publisher position of … Read more

Land-owners urged not to sign on dotted line

B2H isn’t a done deal despite Idaho Power’s insistence

The Union County Commissioners were asked to tell landowners on the Boardman to Hemingway proposed … Read more

NP high school to be built in spring

Construction of the North Powder School District’s new high school may begin in a few … Read more

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