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The Observer
1406 Fifth Street
La Grande, OR 87850


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The Observer

The Observer, established in 1896, is proud to beUnion and Wallowa counties' news leader. The newspaper, with over11,000 readers in those two counties, is published Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. The Observer is part of the Western CommunicationsInc. family of newspapers.
Blue Mountain Humane Association
Animal Rescue & Adoption Center of Eastern Oregon
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Saturday - 10am - 2pm
3212 Highway 30
La Grande, OR 97850


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Blue Mountain Humane Association

The Blue Mountain Humane Association is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit humane organization with the primary mission of operating the Animal Rescue & Adoption Center in La Grande, Oregon as a Low Kill facility, providing a safe haven for animals, and finding forever homes for those animals in our care. We also are committed to educating youth and the general public about responsible pet ownership as well as the ethical treatment of all animals. Our success will help ensure that people and animals can safely coexist, live within the law, and make Eastern Oregon a better place to live.

We invite you to peruse our site to learn more about us and our mission, find resources dealing with animal care, and get a preview of some of the wonderful pets which are desperately in need of a safe and loving home.

History of Union County Oregon

The population growth in eastern Oregon during the early 1860s prompted the Legislative Assembly to split Umatilla and Baker Counties from Wasco County on September 22, 1862. Further development of the Grande Ronde Valley led to calls for the legislature to split Union County from Baker County. This finally occurred on October 14, 1864. Union County's name reflects the support of the people in this area toward maintaining the United States during the Civil War.

Between 1875 and 1913, adjustments were made to Union County's borders with Baker, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties. Union County, lying between the Blue and Wallowa Mountains, is bordered by Wallowa County on the east and north, Umatilla County on the west, and Grant and Baker Counties on the south.

The establishment of a county seat resulted in competition, based on geography and on economic and population growth, between La Grande and the city of Union. The county seat moved between Union and La Grande until it was permanently transferred to La Grande in 1905.

With each transfer of the county seat, there was a similar removal of the county courthouse. The first courthouses were rented structures in Union and La Grande. When the city of Union was designated as the county seat in 1874, the county's records were quickly moved to a new brick courthouse in the area where

Union High School now stands. La Grande regained the county seat in 1905 and moved into the courthouse that had been built the previous year as the city hall. The courthouse was razed in 1996 and offices for the county clerk, assessor, tax collector, and planning department were relocated to the nearby Chaplin Building.

The government of Union County consisted originally of a county judge, two county commissioners, clerk, sheriff, treasurer, assessor, school superintendent, and coroner. It changed from a county court to a board of commissioners in 1991.

The county historically has been a slow growth area. The first census of the county in 1870 showed only 2,552 inhabitants. It has grown steadily and by 2000 the population was 25,470, representing an increase of 3.80% since 2000.

The initial economic interest in the area was mining, but most of the mines were in the area annexed by Baker County in 1901. Over the years farming (wheat, fruit, vegetables, and grass seeds), cattle, sheep raising, and timber replaced mining as the primary economic forces in the county. Nearby mountains and streams provide hunting, fishing, skiing, and camping opportunities.

Excerpt from: Oregon State website