La Grande homicide investigation ongoing

La Grande Police Lt. Gary Bell told The Observer Monday morning there is no new information to release about what happened to Lesley Kopp, who was found dead at 1902 Fourth Street on April 19.

Law enforcement continues to work on the case and stated in a press release sent last week they are in the last stages of the investigation. They added they will not release information about the cause of her death until then.

Bell said he anticipates more information will be released soon.

Union City Council schedules executive session

UNION — The Union City Council will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. May 2 at city hall. The council will meet under ORS 192.660, a statute that allows the council to consult with legal council in executive session regarding current litigation or litigation that is more likely than not to be filed. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The city council will meet in open session immediately after the executive session at approximately 7 p.m.

Dr. Dale Robinson speaks at next EOU health talk

LA GRANDE — The next EOU Health Speaker Series is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 1 in Huber Auditorium of Badgley Hall, featuring Dr. Dale Robinson, an OB/GYN at Grande Ronde Hospital Women’s Clinic. Dr. Robinson has extensive knowledge and experience in the rural practice of obstetrics and gynecology, along with a passion for helping pre-health students navigate complex career choices. He loves to discuss traditional and alternative health careers with students and answers health career questions at and The series is free and open to the public.

UC Democrats will meet May 16 this month

LA GRANDE — This month’s meeting of the Union County Democrats will be held May 16 in the conference room at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave., La Grande, to follow the reporting of the primary elections. Those who attend are asked to arrive by 5:50 p.m. to ensure front door access. The monthly meeting is usually held on the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information go to or contact Cheryl Simpson, secretary, at or 541-663-6468.

Oregon Trail event celebrates 175th anniversary with living history

LA GRANDE — “Artifacts and Tales of the Trail,” a celebration of the Oregon Trail, comes to La Grande Saturday. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 in the Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall on the EOU campus.

The story of Ezra Meeker’s extraordinary efforts to preserve the Oregon Trail will be recounted by “Ezra” himself, along with living history actors narrating trail experiences and reading diary quotes from early travelers. Family possessions brought here on the Oregon Trail will be displayed, and descendants of early Union County settlers will be recognized. Maps for visiting nearby Oregon Trail sites will be available, with a video of hikes and current information about efforts to preserve the trail. Admission is $15 and includes a deli lunch and live music by Blue Plate Special. For more information call 541-678-5634 or 541-963-3562.

No Teen Movie at library in May

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library will not have a Teen Movie in May. The library’s next Teen Movie will be at 4 p.m. June 1 in the Community Room. Teen Movie is a free event, open to anyone in middle or high school. Free popcorn and soda are included. Call 541-962-1339, visit the library, or view its web, Instagram and Facebook pages for current movie title and upcoming teen events.

Exhibit, event support gender equality

LA GRANDE — Olivia Starks, a junior at EOU, invites the community to the opening of the exhibit accompanying her recently completed “The Future Is Equal” project. The exhibit, which uses art and personal stories to support gender equality, will be launched May 4 at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande.

Starks interviewed women of all ages and ethnicity, both on campus and in the community, gathering their thoughts on issues of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination along with their stories and their ideas on how to create a positive change in our society. Stark took a photograph of each woman and combined them to make one final portrait photograph that symbolizes unity and equality. This, several other related photographs and the statements from the women interviewed will be displayed at ACE throughout the month of May.

The opening runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Local speakers, including Mayor Steve Clements, will begin around 5 p.m. Those who attend are encouraged to wear black to create a collective and unified atmosphere. For more information email Starks at

Kelsie McDaniel addresses UC Republicans

LA GRANDE — The Union County Republican Central Committee will have its next monthly meeting at noon May 3 at the Flying J Truck Stop in La Grande. Invited speakers are Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel and a representative from Stop Sanctuary Cities in Oregon. A no-host lunch is available and seating is limited.

C ove’s city council meets tomorrow

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting May 1. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder.

North Powder School District breaks ground Wednesday

NORTH POWDER — The North Powder School District invites the community to attend the North Powder New Facility Ground Breaking Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the school grounds. The entire community is invited to celebrate the district’s successful bond and the new school, according to Superintendent Lance Dixon.