Category: Local News

Break-in at BPA substation discovered by employee

Bonneville Power Administration security officials report that a recent break-in at the McNary Substation in Umatilla, Oregon, resulted in the theft of 29 copper ground wires. The substation is McNary Dam’s first point of integration to the region’s power grid. A...

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OTEC celebrates 30 years as cooperative

An organization that celebrates 30years is usually just hitting its stride and coming into its own. That was the message Saturday, April 14, as Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative celebrated its 30th Annual Meeting of the Membership at the Harney County Fairgrounds in Burns. OTEC...

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New playground to be installed at Pumpkin Park in La Grande

The La Grande Parks & Recreation Department received a grant from Oregon State Parks last fall to replace the playground at Benton (Pumpkin) Park. Parks & Recreation Director Stu Spence said, “Unfortunately the pumpkin has to be removed due to liability concerns....

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Annual wolf report shows Oregon home to more wolves

ODFW wildlife biologists counted 124 wolves in Oregon this past winter, an 11 percent increase over the number counted last year. This count is based on verified wolf evidence (like visual observations, tracks, and remote camera photographs) and is considered the minimum known...

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EOU Board of Trustees discuss tuition, capital projects

Trustees approved a 3.3 percent tuition increase for Eastern Oregon University students during its regular meeting today in La Grande. The rate change boils down to an increase of about $75 per term for full-time, on-campus residents starting in fall 2018. Trustee Richard...

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La Grande Police Department to hold drug take back

The City of La Grande Police Department, will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Initiative XV on Saturday, April 28, 2018 between 10AM – 2PM. This is held in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Union County Safe Communities...

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Harney County law enforcement agencies respond to armed robbery

On April 3, 2018, shortly after 6AM, Harney County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery that occurred at the Bare Bones Store in Hines and the suspect had fled the scene. A major crime team callout was subsequently initiated. Oregon State Police Detectives...

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Oregon studded tire season extended through April 15

ODOT and the Washington Department of Transportation have extended studded tire season in the two states until the end of the day Sunday April 15, 2018. Travelers can use studded tires from November 1 through March 31. State law grants each state’s transportation...

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Art exhibit to showcase Cascadia – Where Oregon Meets

“Cascadia – Where Oregon Meets,” is a traveling fine art juried photography exhibition. 48 uniquely Oregon photographs which emphasize our similarities and diversity as a state, yet aspires to bridge the east and west, urban and rural – divided...

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