Afew months ago I became aware of the county’s plan to demolish the Shelter From the Storm building and erect a courthouse on its site. Since then, I have discussed this issue with many people from diverse backgrounds, and I’ve been struck with two recurring themes.
Recently, I signed the Record of Decision for the Tollgate Fuels Reduction Project and began implementing a series of activities to reduce hazardous fuels on Umatilla National Forest lands adjacent to the Tollgate community.
The news that the La Grande School District intended to bring back a school resource officer has been around for a couple months. Still, we couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief when the district, Union County Sheriff’s Office and La Grande Police Department finalized a plan last week to make the SRO’s return a reality.