Union County, OR

Dekker Adams’ Steer Raises $32,000 at Fair

UNION COUNTY – There is seldom an easy way to deal with loss, especially when someone so young is taken before their time. However, the kindness of others can mean the world during a period of grieving. On July 13, 13-year-old Imbler student Dekker Adams passed away, leaving a painful rift in the hearts of friend, family and his community.
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Over $375K raised in Junior Auction at 150th Union County Fair

LA GRANDE – Festivities at the Union County Fair have wrapped up, marking the 150th anniversary of the event since the initial founding of Union County Fair Association on September 22, 1872. The fair has come a long way since the first board meeting in Cove over a century ago, but the Union County community’s love and appreciation of rural culture remains strong, especially when it comes to the livestock trade. So strong that, in total, the Junior Fair Auction raised $378,724 dollars and sold 139 animals. This is a roughly $82,000 thousand dollar increase over last year with the same number of animals.

West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Union County

UNION COUNTY – (Release from Union County Vector Control) West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been detected in mosquitoes at a testing site in Union County, Ore., according to Oregon Public Health officials. The mosquitoes, found just east of the City of Imbler, are the first...

Union County officials support map revision decision

LA GRANDE — The Oregon Department of Forestry’s decision to pull back and revise its wildfire risk map was a wise move, according to a number of Union County officials. “It was a step which had to be taken. They needed to start over again,” said Donna Beverage, a member of the Union County Board of Commissioners, of the decision announced on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Union County Fair Talent Search winners

LA GRANDE – The Union County Fair has started in La Grande and after 2 years without the Talent Search, 12 people were excited to show off their talents and compete for a chance win a prize on Wednesday evening. This year there is no statewide talent show in which local winners participate.

Colorful August walk will celebrate those on the autism spectrum

LA GRANDE — On Aug. 13, Union County residents will celebrate community members on the autism spectrum with flying colors. Color the Blues for Autism Walk is an annual, family-friendly community event hosted in collaboration with the Autism Society of Oregon. Cassiopaia Smith, Union County representative for ASO, said the event is not just for those directly impacted by autism, but for allies, too.

Jury returns guilty verdict in Lee murder charge

LA GRANDE — Union County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Powers sentenced a La Grande man to life in prison on Friday, Aug. 5, after a jury convicted him of murdering his wife in November 2018 at her Cove home. Ronald Lee, 74, will serve a life sentence for killing...

ODOT Schedule 8-2—8-5. Union County

La Grande & Baker City – (Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation) McAlister Rd Bridge: ODOT will be patching and painting the new concrete bridge rail all week. There will be lane closures and flagging with up to 20-minute delays on McAlister Rd all week. 2nd Street Bridge...

Union County voters to have a chance to opt out of Measure 109

LA GRANDE — The Union County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 3, in favor of an ordinance that would prohibit the sale and manufacturing of psilocybin products in unincorporated portions of the county. The proposed psilocybin ordinance will be referred to voters in the Nov. 8 election.