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Volunteers gathered Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, to continue work on the indoor city recreation center near the baseball fields in Enterprise. The center is expected to be ready for use by March 1.

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LA GRANDE — Music teacher Carla Arnold is Central Elementary School’s go-to person for many technology questions related to distance education.

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JOSEPH — After operating 1917 Lumber for 44 of its nearly 104 years in business, Jim and Terri Russell sold Wallowa County’s only lumberyard to Kevin and Nancy Jo Coddington as of Jan. 1.

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JOSEPH — The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture publicly launched the “Key to Our Future” capital campaign Wednesday, Jan. 13, to purchase, renovate and expand the building located on 403 Mai…

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LOSTINE — Results from the recent online MidValley Theatre Co. community film festival indicate theater and creativity are absolutely alive and well in Wallowa County, according to a press release.

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JOSEPH — After three years of fundraising, the Hurricane Creek Grange near Joseph has had its new hardwood floor installed, according to a press release.

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District will hold a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

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UNION COUNTY — The fight against an increasing food insecurity problem in Union County is set to gain some momentum thanks to a FEAST grant from the Oregon Food Bank.

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WALLOWA COUNTY — Gay Behnke was up reading late Monday evening, Jan. 4, when she heard what she first thought was a sonic boom.

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SUMMERVILLE — Digital technology is keeping the spirit of an ancient martial art alive in Northeast Oregon.

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UNION COUNTY — New local outbreaks and a return to double-digit daily new COVID-19 cases will keep Union County under “extreme risk” public health measures, even as statewide vaccination effor…

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Mule deer cross Aquarius Way in south La Grande on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Mild weather conditions are making it easier for deer to feed on La Grande lawns this winter.

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa Resources is spearheading an effort to retain funding for noxious weed programs in Wallowa County, despite funds being diverted elsewhere because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LA GRANDE — The deadly storming of the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, has left people all along the political spectrum in La Grande feeling distressed and angry.

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LA GRANDE — A billboard in La Grande featuring a Black Lives Matter logo was defaced with white paint last weekend.

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SALEM — Oregon will expand its COVID-19 vaccination efforts to include all Oregonians older than 65, K-12 educators and staff, and child care workers on Jan. 23, according to a press release f…

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ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise City Council received an update on the city’s search for a new police chief, Monday, Jan. 11, as well as saw new officials sworn in and former officials honored.

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LA GRANDE — Two separate semitrailer crashes about a dozen miles apart shut down most of Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon for much of Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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ELGIN — If the Boise Cascade plywood plant in Elgin closes this year, it could cost Eastern Oregon 446 jobs, nearly $21 million in labor income and more than $78 million in economic output wit…

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LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity is asking for volunteers who live in Union County to help continue home building projects and minor home repair in the county.

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LA GRANDE — A Union County sheriff’s deputy who previously was a star Eastern Oregon University football player soon will be helping young people tackle life’s challenges.

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ANTHONY LAKE — The COVID-19 pandemic has made it possible for some people to spend a couple of nights this winter in a snowbound log cabin high in the Elkhorn Mountains.

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Two earthquakes, including one felt by residents south of Lostine, hit during the overnight hours of Jan. 4-5, 2021. The two were actually among four earthquakes in less than four weeks that h…

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JOSEPH — Stewart Jones has left the building — well, almost. He and wife, Catherine Matthias, are closing Stewart Jones Designs downtown in February and moving to their home north of Joseph wi…

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Mark Lanman of Eastern Oregon University rakes up debris Jan. 5, 2021, from decorative plantings at a site along Gekeler Lane, La Grande, just south of an EOU sign.

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COVE — Residents in Cove soon will have a new place to get their morning espresso.

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