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LA GRANDE — Local doctors and public health are hopeful the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 will deliver similar benefits as the flu season takes flight.

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ISLAND CITY — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Shelter From the Storm has worked to show that in downtown La Grande.

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UNION — The city of Union could be in a better position to respond to some emergencies more quickly if voters approve a revised charter in the Nov. 3 election, according to Union city officials.

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SUMMERVILLE — Blacksmithing is one of the oldest trades in the world, yet few people are part of it. Summerville resident Peter Clark is working on getting the next generation of blacksmiths ready.

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District’s School Resource Officer program has received a boost.

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PORTLAND — U.S. Bank plans to close 32 branches in Oregon, most in the Portland metro area, including three in Vancouver, Washington.

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LA GRANDE — The Oregon Department of forestry announced the end of the fire season in the Northeast Oregon District effective Saturday, Oct. 17, at 12:01 a.m.

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UNION COUNTY — Most schools in Union County scored high grades for students walking away with diplomas, according to the Oregon Department of Education’s latest school report cards. The depart…

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La Grande Public Works Department employees Dallas Stone (left) and Jared Huff clean the city’s main sewer line Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2020, in front of The Observer at 911 Jefferson Ave.

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PENDLETON — Echo farmer Bobby Levy is the strong favorite in the Republican stronghold of Oregon’s House District 58 this November, but she still has to beat out Pendleton resident and Democra…

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BAKER CITY — The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is proposing to increase fees at 28 campgrounds and to charge fees at 24 other recreation sites, most of them also campgrounds, that are free n…

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ENTERPRISE — The city of Enterprise received $58,350.77 from the federal Treasury’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it…

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JOSEPH — Nearly nine months after a fire devastated the main Joseph Charter School gym on Jan. 16, repairs and renovations of the facility are nearing completion.

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UMATILLA COUNTY — State Rep. Greg Smith and state Sen. Bill Hansell are facing some unusual circumstances in their reelection bids — a Democratic challenge.

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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Human Services is temporarily increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for the month of October.

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BAKER CITY — Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative announced in a press release it has five vehicles for sale in its annual surplus auction at the cooperative's Baker City headquarters.

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SALEM — The Department of Administrative Services set the maximum rent increase at 9.2% for 2021, preventing landlords from increasing rent any higher than the percent allowed. In 2020 the max…

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LA GRANDE — Two of the most recent livestock depredations the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated in Eastern Oregon lack any markings that point to a wolf.

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LA GRANDE — La Grande has a new memorial to the late Doug Trice, the community volunteer who lifted young people to greater heights without raising his voice.

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UNION — Law enforcement for the city of Union received a noteworthy boost Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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JOSEPH — The accident nearly cost Joseph Charter School cross-country runner Keelan McBurney his leg, but he is not letting it keep him down.

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UNION COUNTY — Close to 250 of the La Grande School District’s youngest students are no longer going online each weekday morning and afternoon for classes. Instead they are getting in line — f…

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UNION COUNTY — Residents of Imbler and Cove will have two mayoral candidates to choose from on their ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. Imbler voters can choose incumbent Rick Vicek or Ja…

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LA GRANDE — The COVID-19 pandemic will not prevent La Grande tree enthusiasts from reaching the century mark this year, thanks to members of the city’s Community Landscape and Forestry Commission.

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LA GRANDE — Ronald Dwight Lee of La Grande is headed to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem instead of to a murder trial for the death of his wife Loretta Williams.

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LA GRANDE — Historian Richard Roth, the author of a series of books about Hot Lake’s history, is again in a paradoxical position.

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Morgan Lake reopened Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, due to reduced fire danger. Extreme fire danger forced the city of La Grande to shut down Morgan Lake on Sept. 11. The lake will remain open until it…

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