Category: Local News

Liberty Theatre Foundation receives large grant funding

La Grande’s Liberty Theatre Foundation is a big step closer to opening the downtown performing arts center following the announcement this week that The Ford Family Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant to the non-profit project. The grant will allow the foundation to forge...

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Oregon tax kicker percentage revised

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) adjusted the “kicker” for the 2018 tax year from more than $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion earlier this month. That means an increase in the amount returned to taxpayers. The state hasn’t issued kicker checks since 2007. The surplus...

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EOU sees significant rise in online enrollment

Eastern Oregon University reported significant increases in online student headcount and credit hours this fall. Of the university’s 3,067 students, 1,246 are undergraduates studying off-campus. Online undergraduate student headcount rose 7 percent over fall 2018, and...

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BMCC hires new Regional Director of Baker & Union Counties

Blue Mountain Community College has hired Baker County native Ian Howarth as its new Regional Director of Baker & Union Counties, and to lead BMCC’s Baker County Center in Baker City. Howarth begins his role on Nov. 4. Howarth fills the role formerly held by Dr. Dan...

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LGPD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10AM – 2PM the La Grande Police Department, partnering with the Union County Safe Communities Coalition, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and...

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Governor looks to fill Baker County District Attorney vacancy

Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is inviting applications for the position of Baker County District Attorney, to fill a vacancy created by her appointment of District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff to the Baker County Circuit Court. Governor Brown intends to fill the...

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New Superintendent at Powder River Correctional Facility

Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), announced the appointment of Tom McLay as the Superintendent of Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) in Baker City. The appointment was effective October 1, 2019. McLay has over 18 years of...

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