Category: Local News

Baker City prepares for snow plow season

Baker City Public Works is preparing for the upcoming snow plow season, by introducing the 2018-2019 snow plow policy. In the event of a snow fall and accumulation of at least 4″ of snow with more on the way, city crews will begin plowing city streets. It is imperative...

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Local health officials recommend vaccines for chickenpox

Baker County Health Department and Center for Human Development Public Health announce a chickenpox exposure at the Northeast Oregon Classic Wrestling Tournament that was held in Union, Oregon on Saturday December 1, 2018. Chickenpox, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is...

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OTEC to return record amount in capital credits

With the holidays lurking right around the corner, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is getting into the holiday spirit in a big way. The OTEC Board of Directors recently approved the retirement of $6 million in capital credits to the members of the cooperative, more than...

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Oregon strike teams home from the Camp Fire

All 15 of Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s strike teams that have been assisting with battling the Camp Fire for the past 12 days have demobilized and are all back at their home stations as of yesterday, just in time to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Strike...

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BLM announces the first Veteran Interagency Hotshot Crew

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Oregon/Washington office announced today the Lakeview Veterans Fire Crew has achieved certification as the Lakeview Veterans Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC). Of the 112 IHCs throughout the nation, Lakeview Veterans is the tenth BLM-funded...

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Power outage across Union County early Friday morning

At approximately 2:30AM Friday morning, an outage was reported in the La Grande area affecting a number of members in Union County. Crews had been dispatched to a substation in the Ladd Creek area and worked to restore power as quickly as possible. Power was restored to...

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Leaf removal to begin in La Grande

The City of La Grande Public Works Department and City Garbage Service will start the annual leaf removal beginning at 7AM Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and will continue until all streets have been cleaned once, or until winter weather stops the process. City Crews will start in...

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Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

The studded tire season in Oregon begins Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2019. ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or...

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Additional time to submit request for Interested Person Status

Today the Forest Service published a legal notice titled “Notice of an Additional Opportunity to Submit a Request for Interested Person Status” regarding the Revised Blue Mountains Forest Plans. Due to the volume of Forest Plan objections that the Forest Service had...

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Oregon Department of Forestry announces new board members

The Oregon Department of Forestry welcomes three new Board Members. Governor Kate Brown announced her nomination of Joe Justice, Brenda McComb, and Jim Kelly on Aug. 30, 2018. The Oregon State Senate confirmed appointees on Sept. 26 with their term beginning on Sept. 28, 2018....

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Vehicle vs. pedestrian fatal crash near Baker City

On Friday, October 19, 2018, at about 5:12PM, a fatal crash occurred on Oregon Route 86, milepost 2.5, near Baker City. The location was just east of Interstate 84, milepost 302 interchange. Preliminary information revealed that Dennis Tim Cheney, age 59, of Walla Walla, WA,...

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