Category: Local News

Oregon DMV begins offering Real ID and new online services

Oregon DMV completed a multi-year project to replace its computer systems on Monday, July 6. The replacement is part of the broader DMV Service Transformation Program – a 10-year, $90 million investment in the future of DMV. Replacing antiquated technology, originally installed...

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OTEC Announces Trade & Lineman School Scholarship Recipients

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that five local students have earned scholarships to attend either a trade school or lineman school. Luke Barnes and Tristain Pogue, both from Baker City, were recently each awarded a $5,000 OTEC scholarship to pursue a...

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Playgrounds reopening in La Grande

The City of La Grande Parks & Recreation Department received new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority regarding Playgrounds on Tuesday, June 9th. Playgrounds in all parks will reopen Wednesday, June 10th. The Parks & Recreation Department encourage practicing...

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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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