ODF finds success in battle against fires

As lightning struck Eastern Oregon the weekend of Aug. 10 and the days prior, fires … Read more

Aug. 19 Local Briefings

Union Fire District Board meets tomorrow UNION — The Union Rural Fire Protection District’s board … Read more

Reaching DREAMS

Father Saji Thomas is returning to his roots this week at La Grande Middle School. … Read more

Mayor of Elgin, two students earn Mayor Assoc. awards

A dedicated mayor will work hard to improve and enhance his or her city. The … Read more

Aug. 16, 2019 Local Briefings

Optimist youth football begins soon LA GRANDE — La Grande Optimist Football invites all interested … Read more

Union schools to seek $4 million bond

The Union School District’s aging buildings may be receiving major upgrades in the near future. … Read more

Union rejects zone change request

The Union City Council voted to deny two requests for land use zone changes Monday … Read more

Aug. 14, 2019 Local Briefings

Union School Board meets tonight UNION — The Union School Board will meet tonight, Aug. … Read more

Getting the word out about new ATV ordinances

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is launching an information campaign about a new Union County … Read more

Preparing for the Worst

Looking at the front of La Grande High School Monday, a person might have thought … Read more

Unlocking the pages of history

A new tool is available in Union and Wallowa counties for people trying to discover … Read more

Open house held to address pilot shortage

The trend is one that has many concerned. The number of aircraft pilots in the … Read more

Thinking about poverty

A mission trip to a poor Dallas neighborhood. Seeing homeless people on the streets of … Read more

Aug 12, 2019 Local Briefings

Tuesday’s Brown Bag goes below surface of Lostine River JOSEPH — For the Aug. 14 … Read more


City council gives city manager, mayor OK to take final Quiet Zone steps

The La Grande City Council took its final step Wednesday to implement La Grande’s Quiet … Read more

County approves ATV ordinance

ATV riders received a green light from the Union County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. The … Read more

Incident training happens Monday

The La Grande Police Department released a final notice for the community that on Aug. … Read more

Opioid crisis real in rural Oregon

The numbers provide reason for both hope and alarm. They are the statistics presented Wednesday … Read more

BRIEFLY: August 9, 2019

LHS Class of ‘59 plans 60th reunion LA GRANDE — The La Grande High School … Read more


Union County Sheriff’s Office Arrested: Alex Dean Scott Smith, 20, unknown address, was arrested on … Read more

Service workers rally

Stalled contract negotiations may spur workers who provide student services at Oregon’s state universities, including … Read more


La Grande Police Department Arrested: Donna Michelle Freeman, 32, a transient, was arrested on charges … Read more

BRIEFLY: August 7, 2019

Forum tonight addresses local opioid abuse LA GRANDE — A community forum to address opioid … Read more

Major general to speak at Sept. event

One of the best known generals in recent Oregon history is set to make an … Read more

Numbers keep improving at the Fair

The resurgence of the Union County Fair is continuing. Attendance at last week’s four-day fair … Read more

Making solar power real

Solar installation for buildings lived in by lower-income families, older adults and people with disabilities … Read more

Inspiring John Belushi, sharing a love of the blues

Curtis Salgado will never forget the sense of bewilderment he felt four decades ago. The … Read more

UHS ag program wins national honor

Union High School’s agricultural science and technology program is on the rise. And the National … Read more

Restoration taking place near Bird Track Springs

The two-mile stretch of the Grande Ronde River by Bird Track Springs Campground is currently … Read more


Union County Sheriff’s Office Arrested: Lynsey Rose Rogers, 32, unknown address, was arrested on a … Read more

BRIEFLY: August 5, 2019

Meals on Wheels drivers urgently needed LA GRANDE — Community Connection is in urgent need … Read more

Spotlighted for 4-H service

Bobby Cornford of La Grande is a delightful paradox. Cornford is an antique car enthusiast … Read more

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