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Washington Man Dead Following Incident on I-84 in Union County

In a tragic incident on I-84 in Union County, a Washington man lost his life while chaining up his semi-truck. According to Oregon State Police, the driver, whose identity remains undisclosed, was securing chains on his commercial motor vehicle near Spring Creek on the morning of February 28th when he suffered a suspected cardiac event. […]

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North Powder Sewer Project Planned

The city of North Powder revealed plans for a wastewater lagoon dredging project scheduled for November. The estimated cost… a staggering $850,000. Residents should brace themselves for a $13 monthly increase in sewer rates. The dredging initiative is a response to misuse of the sewer system. Vegetables, paper towels, wipes, and even unexpected items like […]

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Local Schools Getting Grants

4 local schools are celebrating a significant boost in their technical education programs. The Oregon Department of Education has awarded them a total of $250,000 each in Career and Technical Education Grants. Elgin School District in Union County will enhance its agricultural resources through the “Building Agricultural Resource Networks project. Pine Eagle Charter School in […]

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‘drug Flushers’ Foiled

In a recent operation in Ontario, authorities cracked down on fentanyl dealers. During a raid at the Ontario Inn, three suspects were arrested on outstanding warrants. Despite their attempt to flush their fentanyl supplies down the toilet, law enforcement seized significant amounts of the deadly drug, along with thousands of dollars in suspected drug proceeds, […]

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Riverside Rebuild Moving Forward with Plans

Riverside Rebuild, a project aimed at funding and constructing a new Riverside Park Playground in La Grande, is making remarkable progress as the deadline for crucial grant applications looms. Since its fundraising kickoff in November 2023, the project has garnered $197,275 in collected donations, with an additional $19,820 pledged but not yet received. This brings […]

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Soroptimist Donation Benefits Eastern Oregon Branch of Child Care Resource & Referrals

In La Grande, Soroptimist International has generously donated $2,500 to the Eastern Oregon branch of Child Care Resource & Referrals… the regional early learning and childcare program that serves Union, Umatilla, and Morrow Counties. The funds will specifically support new children’s books as part of their Story Time Express Program. Soroptimist remains open to supporting […]

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Hundreds Enjoy Free Ski Day

On Monday, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort celebrated its 10th annual Veterans Ski Day. Hundreds of veterans and their families enjoyed a day on the slopes with free rentals, lift tickets, and lunch. About 150 skiers and snowboarders, and a total of 250 people turned out for the event.

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Baker County Road Closure

In Baker County, the Homestead Road tunnel near Oxbow was closed due to a rockslide. Idaho Power has set up a detour for local traffic. An engineering safety inspection is scheduled for Thursday to assess the situation. Stay tuned for updates on the reopening timeline.  

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Oregon News

Oregon Employment Department Warns of Possible Online Delays

The Oregon Employment Department is migrating to a new system, and that is causing several services to go offline until March 4th. Unemployment insurance phone lines will be closed beginning today and until March 1. Benefits may be delayed if deadlines are missed. More information is available online at www.unemployment.oregon.gov.

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Oregon News

Governor’s Housing Move Raising Eyebrows

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek is pushing a bold housing bill during the Legislature’s short session. The centerpiece of this legislation, Senate Bill 1537, aims to tackle the state’s intertwined housing and homelessness crisis. But what’s causing a stir? The chance for cities to bypass Oregon’s stringent land-use laws. While conservationists raise eyebrows, Kotek’s bill offers […]

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