Archives for February 2019

ACCUSED MURDERER – 71 YEAR OLD RONALD LEE APPEARS IN COURT

71 year old Ronald Lee of La Grande appeared via teleconference in front of Union County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Powers last Friday afternoon for his indictment hearing. Lee is being held without bail on one count of murder in connection with the killing of his soon-to-be ex-wife Loretta Williams in November. The Union County District Attorney requested Lee continue to be held without bail due to the concern for the safety of Williams’ family… arguing that Lee has violated multiple court orders in the past. His release now is pending a status check hearing set for March 1st. Immediately however, Lee was ordered to have no contact with specific members of Williams’ family.

NOVEMBER HOMICIDE IN COVE RESULTS IN ARREST

An arrest now in the case of the November homicide of Loretta Williams. 71 year old Ronald Lee was charged with murder. Lee and Williams were married until last July, and were in the process of divorcing, when Williams was murdered Nov. 17th in Cove. The investigation meanwhile, is ongoing.

NEW WEED MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEE HIRED

Wallowa Resources… the nonprofit land stewardship organization… now has 17 full-time employees… that after the addition of Kris Crowley, a Boise State graduate who is now the new Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership Program Manager. Crowley’s job will be to enhance development, implementation, and evaluation of invasive weed management strategies across the Canyonlands of Wallowa County.

IMBLER SCHOOL DISTRICT PLANS BARN RAISING

The Imbler School District plans a barn raising to provide extra building space needed to maintain and repair its buses. The materials are expected to cost about $50,000. Bids for the project have been submitted and one should be awarded later this month. The new bus barn will be 3,300 square feet, significantly larger than the school district’s present facility. The new bus barn, which will be about 45 by 75 feet, will be large enough to easily fit an entire school bus into. It will be used primarily for bus maintenance and repair. It will also have a large metal lean-to that will protect four to five buses from the elements, and it will be built in an empty space north of Imbler High School.

TEACHERS RALLY FOR SUPPORT IN STATE CAPITAL

Thousands were in the capital on President’s Day, rallying for students, teachers and education here in Oregon. The March for Our Students attracted more than four-thousand people from across the state, to tell lawmakers that it’s time to step up education funding in Oregon. Nicole Watson is a fourth-grade teacher…

Tag: The march was part of the national #RedforEd movement that is gaining momentum, supporting recent teacher strikes in Denver and Los Angeles. Oregon has some of the largest class sizes in the nation and educators say smaller classes would better set students up for success.

COVE SIDEWALK ORDINANCE MOVES FORWARD

The Cove City Council has agreed to have a first public reading of the mayor’s proposed sidewalk ordinance in March, and the Mayor says he feels “pretty certain” the ordinance will pass. Mayor Little has been working on a sidewalk ordinance since November… before he was even elected mayor. It proposes setting legal standards for the care and construction of sidewalks in Cove.

LA GRANDE PRINCIPAL STAYING ON THE JOB

We have been told now, that the La Grande School District will delay the search for a new Island City Elementary principal at least for another year, after a request from John Tolan, Island City’s principal since 2002 to return as principal next fall. Tolan previously announced, back in December, that he planned to retire June 30th, saying he was considering working in education as a substitute teacher or as a supervisor of student teachers for couple years. But Superintendent Mendoza encouraged him to stay on as principal for a little longer.

HOMELESS MAN ATTACKS MAINTENANCE WORKER WITH HATCHET OVER NOISY LEAF BLOWER

A noisy leaf blower lead to a hatchet attack, and jail time for an Oregon transient. A homeless man… Nathan Schrader… who was angry over a noisy leaf blower, swung a hatchet at the head of a maintenance worker in downtown Portland. Schrader was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and order to receive drug treatment. Shrader already has served 55 days in jail since his arrest back in December, and was expected to be released late Tuesday. Fortunately, the victim escaped serious injury, but if that had happened, Shrader could have faced decades in prison.

VETS SKI FREE TODAY AT ANTHONY LAKES

Veterans will “own the mountain” today, at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort. Today from 9 to 3, veterans and family members can ski for free and meet representatives from local veterans assistance programs at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort. The resort will be closed to the public. It’s the fourth annual Veterans Benefit and Winter Ski Festival, sponsored by the Center for Human Development and Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and it offers complimentary ski lessons, equipment rental, lift tickets and lunch to veterans and their families who come from all over Northeast Oregon

CHILD ABDUCTOR NABBED IN LA GRANDE

A woman from Eureka, California was arrested by La Grande Police, and charged with two counts of child abduction. 31 year old Sondra Dean… according to police… abducted two of her own children. An investigation determined that Dean and the missing children were in the La Grande area, after Dean allegedly abducted the children from their father, who is the children’s legal guardian. Dean was staying at a motel in La Grande. She was taken into custody. The children… 4, 6, and 8 year old girls, were in good health, and were turned over to the child welfare division, and the children’s father and grandfather were contacted.