La Grande Rural Fire Chief Larry Wooldridge has been named the new chief of the Tangent Rural Fire Department in Linn County. Wooldridge will begin his new job January 2nd. He’s been with the La Grande Rural Fire Department for 10-1/2 years, the last 9-1/2 as its chief. Wooldridge says leaving the Grande Ronde Valley will be difficult, as he loves the area. The La Grande Rural Fire Department is now accepting applications for his successor. Applications are due by today. For information call 541-963-6895.