The rush is on. The Christmas shopping season is in its final few days.
What better time to make sure the rest of our shopping is done locally —
in Union and Wallowa counties.
The Santa Mall has become one of our area’s greatest Christmas
traditions. And for good reason. It gives children a chance to make sure
they can buy gifts for their loved ones — even if they don’t have the
resources to do so.
Wallowa County Fairgrounds proponents are right in deciding to forge
ahead and try to keep the fairgrounds operating despite funding
uncertainties. Wallowa County needs its fairgrounds.
The recent crash involving a pickup truck hitting emergency vehicles
parked along icy Interstate 84 in Ladd Canyon should serve as a wake-up
call for everyone. The winter season multiplies highway dangers, and
motorists need to be extra cautious.
An Oregon State Police trooper, rescue workers from La Grande Rural
Fire Protection District and ambulance personnel from the City of La
Grande were responding to an earlier crash when the Ladd wreck
occurred. The pickup hit an OSP cruiser and a rescue truck before
coming to rest against the back of an ambulance, which had a patient on
Imbler is doing its part to reverse the disinvestment in education that has become so prevalent in Oregon. Proof is in the groundbreaking for a new elementary school that may take place as early as next March, if Mother Nature cooperates. Contractors and architects say the new 27,000-square-foot school could take from six to 10 months to complete and be ready for the 2011-12 school year. The new school will replace Imbler’s aging elementary school complex. The main building was built in 1912. The gym, Wade Hall, was built in 1929, and the east wing was built in 1954.
An advertisement placed in Friday’s Observer by the Friends of the
Grande Ronde Valley alleges that a conspiracy was at work in Horizon
Wind’s efforts to negotiate a Strategic Investment Program with Union
County. They contend, too, that The Observer was “in cahoots’’ with
Horizon and the county.
The advertisement is intended to turn people against the SIP by
planting seeds in people’s minds of a “conspiracy’’ and insinuations
that a crime was committed. The allegation is ludicrous — nothing more
than a conspiracy theorist’s imagination gone wild.
It’s Thanksgiving. The Great Recession is turning out to be only fair to
good. Costs are rising. Paychecks, for those who are lucky enough to
have one, are stagnating. Everywhere you look, it seems, the economic
biscuits are burning.
A recent report from Sgt. Pat Caldwell, combat correspondent with the
116th Brigade Combat team, says the unit has put the final touches to
its training and is set to embark on its mission in Iraq. Here’s hoping
each and every soldier comes back safe.
After the Oregon State Beavers won the NCAA baseball title, not just
once but twice, Oregon residents began believing almost anything is
possible. Who would have believed? Now the Oregon Ducks football team
has won eight straight games and is on top of the BCS ratings. The
high-flying Ducks are just three extremely difficult Pac-10 conference
games away from playing for the national title. Coach Chip Kelly with
his motto “Win the Day” has the Ducks prepared to go out on the field of
battle and be the best they can be, one day at a time.
It’s amazing what a small university with big ambitions can accomplish.
Take “The Phantom of the Opera,” for instance. It’s the longest-running
musical in Broadway history. And now it has come to La Grande. The
Eastern Oregon University production ends its run this weekend with
shows tonight, Friday and Saturday night at 7 and Sunday at 2 p.m. in
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