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Time for spring spruce-up


As many of you may have noticed in a recent Observer article, Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity Inc. is in the middle of a home-building project here in La Grande, right now, thanks to all of the community’s support. One of the new ways that your local Habitat affiliate generates revenue is by operating a thrift store we call “Restore ... The Store that Builds Homes.’’

Our Restore is located in the old Dome Plumbing property, 2304 East R Ave., which is behind Wendy’s and McDonald’s restaurants. It is stocked with new and used building materials, some major appliances and sinks.



Cattle are No. 1

By Bill Moore March 28, 2009 07:54 am

For the sixth consecutive year, Oregon’s farmers and ranchers have experienced positive sales growth, grossing an estimated $4.9 billion in 2008 — the largest total in the state’s history, according to a report just released by Oregon State University.

Cattle are Oregon’s No. 1 agricultural commodity with $664 million in sales, surpassing nursery crops (when excluding greenhouse crops) for the first time in recent history and ahead of dairy, wheat and farm forest products.

The 1,900-member Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is proud of what our cattle industry has accomplished, but we have lots of challenging issues ahead of us to work on in 2009.



Making a difference

By Di Lyn Larsen-Hill, president of Soroptimist of La Grande Foundation March 26, 2009 01:56 pm

Times are tough. It’s plain to see everyone is cutting costs and doing without some basic necessities. We hopefully look ahead to better times.

Regardless of those cost-saving measures, citizens of Union County remain generous to a fault when it comes to others in need. Recently, Soroptimist International of

La Grande hosted a reception to distribute the net proceeds from our 21st annual Festival of Trees to 12 extremely appreciative local agencies and organizations. The festival, a mainstay in our valley’s holiday events, garnered close to $20,000 to award in grants.



Live in harmony with the seasons

By Jennifer A. Moore March 26, 2009 01:51 pm
We in Eastern Oregon experience a long, drawn out early spring. It’s frustrating. One day, 50 degrees. The next we wake up to new snow. The daffodils poke their little green shoots up, growing a millimeter a day, and we wonder if spring will overcome winter. Spring is a time of new growth and rebirth, and it does always prevail over winter.


Window of opportunity

March 21, 2009 10:45 am
The controversy surrounding the production of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” has created a window of opportunity for community growth and understanding. Presently, though, there seems to be more heat than light.

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