The Union County commissioners are in the process of deciding whether to
put an advisory vote on the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm on the
November ballot. The commissioners held a public hearing Wednesday, and
another is scheduled for Aug. 18. Holding the hearings and putting the
issue to a vote both make sense.
The La Grande City Council’s decision to place a local option levy for
public safety on the November ballot would be a much easier sell if
voters had been assured that the city had done everything possible to
reduce its general fund budget before seeking a tax hike.
La Grande’s Cook Memorial Library, like many public entities, is feeling
the pain of the ongoing recession. The library’s budget has been cut.
But Library Director Terri Washburn seems to be making the best of a bad
Higher stamp prices. A possible end to Saturday delivery. Higher rates
for magazines. All may be coming down the line as the U.S. Postal
Service looks to deal with a spiraling budget crisis. The Postal Service
is hemorrhaging money. It lost $2.8 billion in its last fiscal year,
and could lose $5 billion this fiscal year (ending Sept. 1).
In Northeast Oregon, there are two seasons: winter and road
construction. There are also two types of drivers: ones that are in a
hurry, and ones that are in even more of a hurry. Even here, in the
Valley of Peace (aka the Grande Ronde Valley) we seem to be taking our
cues from popular culture and driving faster and faster, as if we are
being chased by the chronic stress monster. That’s a recipe for
For the past 20 years Enterprise has boasted one of the grandest ranger stations in the U.S. Forest Service system. The home of the Wallowa Valley and Eagle Cap ranger districts as well as many other federal offices, the building also doubled as a visitor center and served as a beacon and entryway to Enterprise and the Wallowa wonderland.
Ever been confused by some of the ballot measures that have been
presented to voters over the years? Not sure which side is telling the
truth in their advertising? Voted “no’’ on a measure because it’s the
The Citizens’ Initiative Review process, which did a test run in 2008
and will put the full process to work on two measures that will appear
on the November 2010 ballot, hopes to lessen voters’ confusion over
Agriculture is among our region’s leading industries. As a stalwart of
the local economy it’s important that local agriculture stay on the
cutting edge in terms of advancements. Luckily, our region’s
agricultural producers do just that, as evidenced by the annual Union
County Crop Tour held last week.
The Union County Fireworks Action Committee will once again provide a
fireworks show and community gathering on the Fourth of July at
Community Stadium, just as it has done for the past couple of decades.
But the all-volunteer group’s coffers are getting a little thin, as are
its ranks. If the community wants to ensure the July 4 shows continue,
both this year and beyond, people are going to have to chip in and step
What’s most troubling about Oregon’s budget crisis is that it’s so
unstoppable. According to experts, not even a strongly-revived economy
will avert the disaster looming in 2011.
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