Category: Local News

Venerated Baker County Library administrator retiring

After 30 years with Baker County Library, manager Carmen Wickam is retiring on June 30. The Library District is grateful for Carmen’s many years of outstanding service to the community. She has been committed to providing exceptional library service and earned her way to...

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Search and rescue training planned for this weekend

This weekend the Eastern Oregon Search and Rescue (EOSAR) group will be training on the Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA), Morgan Lake and the surrounding vicinity. Seventy search and rescue members from the ten eastern Oregon counties which comprise EOSAR will be...

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Workshops scheduled for funding Safe Routes to School projects

Six workshops and a webinar are scheduled around the state this summer to help school districts, safety advocates, parents, teachers and others learn about the new state program that will fund Safe Routes to School projects such as improving intersections, adding sidewalks and...

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Spring Chinook season extended on Umatilla River

The spring Chinook season on the lower Umatilla River from the Hwy 730 bridge to Threemile Dam has been extended through June 30 thanks to a strong return to the Threemile Dam. The season was originally set to close after June 10. “After a slow start to Chinook run, the numbers...

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Two juveniles drown in rafting accident in Wallowa County

On Sunday June 3, 2018 the Oregon State Police and the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office responded to Troy on the Grande Ronde River in Wallowa County to conduct a death investigation involving two juveniles. Preliminary investigation revealed that a father was rafting with his...

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Fireworks and exploding targets ban on BLM-managed public lands

Effective June 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from...

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Price gouging consumer alert following State of Emergency

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today issued a consumer alert following Governor Brown’s declaration of a state of emergency for contaminated drinking water in Marion and Polk Counties. “Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an...

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Suspect in custody after high speed vehicle pursuit

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at about 12:25PM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the La Grande Area Command pursued a vehicle that was driving recklessly on Interstate 84, near milepost 258 westbound (two miles west of La Grande). Preliminary investigation revealed that a Green...

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ODFW looks to simplify big game hunting regulations

ODFW is proposing some changes to big game hunting regulations beginning in 2019, the latest in a multi-year effort aimed at simplifying hunting and fishing regulations. “Hunters tell us the regulations are too complicated, so we are making an effort to simplify whatever...

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