Category: Local News

Drinking water warning issued in Baker City

Baker City’s municipal water supply has been contaminated with a small amount of PHOS-CHEK WD881 Class A Foam Concentrate fire suppression foam. This chemical can cause skin and eye irritation, irritation to respiratory tract, if inhaled, and gastrointestinal irritation,...

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Reward Increased For Recent Wolf Poaching In Baker County

The reward now stands at $6,150 for information about a wolf poaching incident in Baker County on or around Sept 24. The reward includes $300 or five hunter preference points offered through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) program if the information leads to a citation in the case....

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EOU cancels Trick-or-Treat due to COVID precautions

Following public health guidelines and practical safety measures, Eastern Oregon University Residence Halls will not host their annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat for community members. Many university events integrate students with local life. However, this means when problems...

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Regulated-Use Closure terminated on lands protected by ODF

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is terminating the Public Use Restrictions, or Regulated Use Closure for forest lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District, as of October 10, 2020. Due to moderating weather and seasonal temperatures and precipitation, the closure...

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City of La Grande prohibits recreational fires

Due to the nature of the extreme fire conditions in our area, the City of La Grande Fire Department has evaluated recreational fires within the city limits of La Grande and decided a change in the allowance of these fires is appropriate. Effective immediately, all recreational...

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Wildfires prompt statewide fire ban for all state parks

Dangerous fire conditions and spreading wildfires across the state has prompted Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to issue a statewide fire ban and closures in some state parks. Effective Sep. 8, all state parks are under a fire ban, including campgrounds, day-use...

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Labor Day weekend a risky time for human-caused fires

Labor Day weekend is a traditional time to head outdoors. The fire prevention organization Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and local fire agencies statewide want Oregonians to be aware large fires in Oregon have started...

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Metallic balloon causes outages in Burns

On Wednesday, September 2nd at 1:45PM, power outages in the Burns area were reported affecting approximately 2,600 members. The cause of the outages is believed to be a large, Mylar balloon which had drifted into an OTEC substation. Crews restored power at approximately 2:45PM....

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NEOEDD Secures New COVID Aid for Businesses

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) has been working to access capital from local, regional, state, and national sources to assist for-profit and nonprofit businesses in NE Oregon that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are new options;...

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