Buses carrying soldiers have been arriving in La Grande every few days
for more than a week. The soldiers of the 3/116th are home again, and
this community couldn’t be more proud of its National Guard unit. We
thank you for your service to our country, but more than anything, we
are just glad you’re all home safe and sound and able to renew life with
Sunday will be a solemn day for most Americans as we pause to remember
the tragic events that unfolded 10 years ago. Sept. 11, 2001, is a day
like few others that will live in infamy because of the terrorists
attacks that took so many lives and shook our nation to its core. But
remember that day we will, forever and always.
Well, it’s hard to believe and to put ourselves into the mindset that
summer is almost over. The start of school throughout the area is proof
that it’s probably later than we think. And it is time to change our
mindset, especially as we’re out and about in our cars while kids are
going to and from school and their bus stops
Grande Ronde Hospital’s plan for helistop would enhance area’s health care system
A little more than a week ago Susan Castillo, state school
superintendent, stopped by La Grande on her whirlwind tour of Eastern
Oregon. She was delivering the message that when the federal “adequate
yearly progress’’ — or AYP — reports come out it’s likely that Oregon’s
schools won’t fare very well. She wanted people to know that the numbers
won’t adequately reflect progress in Oregon because the state had
raised the bar.
What’s up in the dog days of summer in Union County?
Only two years ago few people in the community had any idea what the
Liberty Theater was. The former theater was hidden in the bowels of what
appeared to be just another run-down building on Adams Avenue that
happened to house, on a small portion of its ground floor, Domino’s
Pizza for many years. Nobody really gave the building much thought.
A non-profit organization, Friends of La Grande Ice & Event Centre,
has been working for some time toward a goal of developing an ice rink
and event center in La Grande. The organization realizes that such a
goal is a lofty one and that it will need to take incremental steps
along the way. The first significant step the organization has
identified is the need for a skating facility in La Grande — both to
gauge interest in skating and to provide an outlet for young people to
take part in such activities as inline roller hockey, floor hockey,
broom ball and roller skating.
Saturday was a dream come true for La Grande’s downtown merchants. The
downtown was packed with people for the annual Crazy Days celebration
and the Grande Ronde-A-View car show. It was great to see.
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