Memorial Weekend is upon us. Although the weather isn’t conducive to
the kind of holiday weekend most of us look forward to and enjoy, it
shouldn’t stop us from honoring those service men and women who gave
their lives for their country.
Jim Howell says he doesn’t hear noise when a student might be
practicing in the La Grande High School band room more than a little
off key. He hears progress.
The LHS band director is retiring after 23 years on the job. Under
Howell’s tutelage, the LHS band has placed in the top five at state in
seven of the last 10 years. He led LHS to state titles in 2000 and 2006.
The death of a friend and loved one is never easy to accept, but when
it happens suddenly to a young person with his best years yet before
him, it is something else again.
There’s no chance to say good-bye, and a thousand questions linger
about what might have been. Quick as lightning, a hole is torn in the
fabric of life. People are left with an empty feeling.
That’s how it was with the passing of Dylan Steigers, a 21-year-old who
left his home state of Montana last year to become a part of Eastern
Oregon University and the La Grande community.
Subtract “all” and “a” from the letters in Wallowa Lake and you have
“Wow Lake.” The landmark lake is putting the wow in fishing, and
Northeast Oregon on the map, this spring. The lake has yielded two U.S.
record kokanee already this year — and it’s just May.
Face it. We’re a nation of couch potatoes. While Oregon’s ranking of
No. 1 in battling childhood obesity is good news, the state needs to
continue working to do even better.
Oregon was the skinniest state in a recent study. Just under 10 percent
of Oregon children ages 10 to 17 years are obese. Mississippi was the
fattest state with more than 20 percent of its children falling into
the obese range.
The City of La Grande Budget Committee made a decision Wednesday that
can only be described as, to use an old phrase, pennywise and pound
Secretary of State Kate Brown last week projected a 37 percent turnout
for the May 18 primary election. Frankly, that’s embarrassing. With
Oregon’s vote by mail system, there’s no excuse for not having a higher
turnout. It’s so much easier to fill out a ballot and mail it in over a
two or three-week period than it is to stand in line at a polling
station, maybe in a spring rainstorm, during certain hours of a certain
Recession? What recession? FBLA students are marching ahead regardless of the state of the economy with optimism about the future — for themselves and for the region. The students’ success bodes well for the area that when the economy gets bustling again, there will be plenty of trained business-savvy students ready to take the helm of small and big businesses alike.
How effective is Oregon’s Public Meetings and Records Law? Do
governments understand it? Abide by it? Does the public have a clue
about what it is and what it is for?
Oregon’s attorney general is seeking public opinion about transparency
in government in Oregon, specifically how well the Public Meetings and
Records Law works.
Attorney General John Kroger is in the process of holding meetings
around the state on transparency in government. He will convene such a
meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Hospital’s Blues Room in
We’re deeply interested in the political process, but even we need a double dose of NoDoz to care much about the race for state superintendent of public instruction. As we’ve said on numerous occasions, this shouldn’t be an elected position at all. The office should be filled by gubernatorial appointment.
Try a little pop quiz:
1) Who’s the incumbent? The answer, for those who drew a complete blank, is Susan Castillo, a former state senator who’s completing her second term.
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