Ladd Marsh Bird Festival brings birders together

Bird lovers of all ages will gather for the 14th annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival … Read more

North Powder superintendent saluted

North Powder School District Superintendent Lance Dixon asked himself a question several years ago that … Read more

LHS A Cappella Choir wins state twice in a row

Emma Perry and many of the other 38 members of La Grande High School’s A … Read more

BRIEFLY: May 17, 2019

Elgin School Board meets Monday ELGIN — The Elgin School Board Budget Committee will meet … Read more

Elgin waits for grant, announces contest winners

Upcoming City Council meeting moved to June 25

Not much was on the agenda for Elgin’s City Council meeting Tuesday night, but updates … Read more

Reaching out to seniors

May is Older Americans Month

An often overlooked portion of President John F. Kennedy’s legacy is again coming into sharp … Read more

Changing times on local gasoline scene

More stations offering self-service

Union County residents are receiving an increasing number of opportunities to pump their own gas, … Read more

BRIEFLY: May 15, 2019

Family Fitness Festival returns on Saturday LA GRANDE — Mountain Valley’s Family Fitness Festival will … Read more

Solar power comes to Wallowa County

$49,000 in grants bring renewable energy access to multi-family housing project

Solar energy is about to shine on Northeast Oregon in an innovative way. Energy Trust … Read more

BRIEFLY: May 13, 2019

Preparations are underway to Flora School festival FLORA — This year’s pioneer festival at the … Read more

Increasing enrollment boosts Cove School District budget

The Cove School District’s general fund budget for 2019-20 is set to jump substantially and … Read more

Market Place Fresh Foods opens

New management vows they have turned a new leaf

The grocery store at the corner of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue in La Grande … Read more

Imbler School District budget set to increase

The Imbler School District’s budget may rise by 4.9% in 2019-20. The district’s budget committee … Read more

Bus fare to be eliminated, services expanded

Riders of Northeast Oregon Public Transit buses will soon have one less reason to withdraw … Read more


Union County Sheriff Arrested: James Robert Hensen, 32, unknown address, was arrested on a charge … Read more

BRIEFLY: May 10, 2019

UC Museum brings treasures to historical society LA GRANDE — The Union County Historical Society … Read more

Elgin School board candidate wants state leaders to be aware of fiscal issues facing rural schools

Legislators need a greater understanding of the financial struggles small rural school districts are confronting. … Read more

Budget hearings complete

URA and LG budget committee define 2019-2020 fiscal goals

The Urban Renewal Agency and the City of La Grande budget committees held hearings Monday … Read more

'This is not your grandfather's weed'

Perils of youth marijuana use discussed

The point is one Ed Shemelya, a former state police officer in Kentucky, makes without … Read more

Spend Mother’s Day exploring history at Elgin’s new museum

One-day opening aligns with Eagle Cap Excursion Train event

Moms, their families and wanderers alike can check out the progress on Elgin’s newest attraction … Read more

BRIEFLY: May 8, 2019

WC Commissioners announce hearings ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners will be conducting … Read more

A firefighter and a mentor

In an age of thermal imaging cameras, self-contained breathing apparatuses and robotics, it is easy … Read more

Local organization recognized by Sen. Merkley for service

For 50 years, one local organization has been providing vital community services and has largely … Read more

Spring cleaning

The City of Elgin to hold its annual Cleanup Day this Saturday

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce is hosting its eighth annual Cleanup Day May 11, collaborating … Read more

Candidate believes legal knowhow a plus

A legal background can serve a school board member well. Kevin Smolkowski, who has a … Read more


La Grande Police Department Cited: David M. Denham, 26, La Grande, was cited on a … Read more

BRIEFLY: May 6, 2019

La Grande School Board sets regular and executive sessions LA GRANDE — The La Grande … Read more

Q: When and where was the first flight in Eastern Oregon? A: July 9, 1911, in La Grande

Charles Walsh, an aviator from San Diego, California, introduced La Grande to the miracle of … Read more

A walk for Gideon Gabriel

Sunday cystic fibrosis walk to benefit local 18-month-old

The parents of an 18-month-old La Grande child are hoping a fundraising walk will make … Read more

Survivors empowerd

Local SART coalition helps sexual assault victims take trauma care into their own hands

One coalition has been giving power back to survivors of sexual assault in Union and … Read more

LGCC approves parks fees and LID report

URA moves to extend Liberty Theatre deadline with caveats

By Amanda Weisbrod The Observer At its regular meeting Wednesday night, the La Grande City … Read more

Fireworks fundraising propelled by UC Commissioners

The annual Union County fireworks show, set to make an encore in Union two months … Read more

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