Category: Local News

Commission approves roadkill salvage rules

The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted administrative rules for the salvage of roadkilled deer and elk during its meeting in Klamath Falls today. The new rules are due to the passage of SB 372 by the 2017 Oregon State Legislature and take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Highlights of...

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Oregon Department of Forestry declares an end to fire season

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will terminate fire season for forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District, as of 12:01 am, October 12, 2018. This includes over 2 million acres of private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by Oregon...

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Apply now to obtain I-84 chain-up helper permits

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue permits for individuals interested in chaining up commercial vehicles during the winter months along specific sections of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon. This year the ODOT District 12 office in Pendleton will issue...

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Turn in Poachers – Get big game preference points

A new program will provide big game preference points in lieu of a cash reward to people who turn in poachers. The program builds on the long standing Turn in Poachers Program (TIP), a successful collaboration between the Oregon Hunters Association and Oregon State Police which...

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Recent sweep turns up unlicensed contractors in Eastern Oregon

Field investigators from the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) conducted a sweep of Eastern Oregon last week, checking over 100 job sites. The enforcement action turned up 33 alleged violations, including 8 unlicensed contractors and 9 contractors working without...

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Two people die in crash near Baker City

On Wednesday September 26, 2018 at approximately 10:10 AM. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 westbound near mile post 301. Preliminary investigation reveals that 1993 GMC PU pulling a U-Haul...

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Federal changes to SNAP go into effect October 1

The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approved an adjustment to the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. The COLA sets...

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Sale of OR-5¢ labeled beverage containers ends September 30

The sale of beverage containers marked with the five-cent refund value will not be allowed past September 30, 2018. After this date, only eligible beverage containers bearing the “OR-10¢” refund value may be sold, with some exceptions. Beverage containers with a...

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Baker City in search of Downtown Christmas tree

The Baker City Community Development Department and Baker City Downtown are in search of this year’s 2018 Community Christmas Tree. Christmas Tree candidates must meet the following criteria: Located within 3 miles of Court Plaza Maximum height of 40 feet If you would...

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First-Ever Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert Test Scheduled

There will be a first-ever nationwide test of the Integrated public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Thursday, Sept. 20. IPAWS encompasses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). The test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications...

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