Category: Local News

Rains causing high water over roads; drivers cautioned

Flooding on Tuesday, has caused several highways in eastern Oregon to close: U.S. 395, south of Pilot Rock is closed; OR 244 between Ukiah and I-84 Hilgard is closed; OR 237 between Cove and Union near MP 1 closing soon and expected to stay close through the night. Crews are...

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Rent relief funds available through Community Connection

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. announced the release of $162,250 in rental assistance funds for the counties of Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa to assist households who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Households qualify if they have lost income or...

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OHA distributes additional COVID-19 rapid testing instruments

On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority announced that it has distributed 12 additional Abbott ID NOW rapid testing instruments to various healthcare providers around the state. OHA distributed the first three of a federal shipment of 15 in April but was unable to send the...

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City Of La Grande Awards 3rd Round Of Emergency Loans

The City of La Grande has just completed the third round of loans for the City’s Emergency Loan Program. In total, 22 Emergency Loans for small businesses in La Grande have been approved totaling $169,020. “It is critical to our City to keep our small businesses...

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Missing canoeists found in late night search

At approximately 10:11 PM on the evening on Monday, May 4th, Union County 911 Dispatch received a report of a 49 year-old male and his 11 year-old son who were overdue returning from a planned canoe trip on the Grande Ronde River. The pair’s plan was to canoe the river...

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OSP seeking public assistance with hit & run near La Grande

Update 05/02/20: OSP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance. The driver of the involved CMV has been identified as Marlo Griffin (70) of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Charges of Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver and Assault 4 will be forwarded to the...

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Umatilla National Forest to begin Invasive Plant Treatments

The Umatilla National Forest will begin invasive plant treatments in late April using an integrated approach of prevention, manual, mechanical, herbicide, biological control and cultural treatments to reduce the risk of invasive species expanding on the forest. Treatments are...

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Studded tire deadline extended until May 15

Oregon drivers will not be required to remove studded tires until 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 15. The deadline had previously been extended from April 1 to May 1. While studded tires are allowed in Oregon by law from November 1 through March 31, the Oregon Department of...

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Fall tags reduced for some deer, elk hunts in Eastern Oregon

Tag numbers for some deer and elk hunts this fall have been reduced from the numbers shown in the 2020 Big Game Regulations. The reduction of a total of 3,953 buck tags and 287 antlerless deer tags affects deer hunts in Desolation, Fort Rock, Hood, Metolius, Mt Emily,...

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Curbside COVID-19 assessment site opens in Baker City

Administrative and clinical leadership from St. Luke’s EOMA and Saint Alphonsus Baker City have established a curbside evaluation site for patients who are concerned they may have COVID-19. Patients need to be aware that testing supplies remain limited, and due to overwhelming...

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Semi-Annual fire hydrant testing to begin in La Grande

The City of La Grande is starting a Semi-Annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance program. Public Works Department will be conducting these tests this year starting April 1, 2020. This program is very important to allow the public works department to identify the quantity of...

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