Sir Brian Urquhart, former Undersecretary of the United Nations, spoke
in La Grande in April 1997 on the topic, “The United Nations: Past,
Present and Future” at the first event sponsored by Blue Mountain
He was followed in August by state Sen. David Nelson and Rep. Mark
Simmons discussing “Reflections on the 1997 Legislative Session.’’ In
November of that year, Wayne Inman, retired Portland police officer and
retired Sheriff of Yellowstone County, Montana, who had been featured
in a documentary, “Not in Our Town,’’ spoke about racism in American
The first year’s programs had been planned by a local group that met
for the first time on Feb. 6, 1997, at the home of Gary and Kate
Hathaway to form an organization whose purpose was “to bring to this
region informed and distinguished speakers to promote diversity and
substance in public discourse.”
Letters and Comments for March 6, 2009
On behalf of all Eastern Oregon University students, faculty, alumni
and staff, I would like to humbly thank this wonderful community for
its support. As we prepare for Eastern’s next president to be named, I
reflect on all this community has helped us accomplish.
Our challenges have been great, and the ways in which La Grande,
Union County and the Eastern Oregon community has responded to assist
us are many.
Financial giving to the EOU Foundation for increased scholarship
opportunities has made a difference in whether some students attended
at all, or were able to stay once admitted and enrolled — thank you...
As we watch the excitement building on television about the 2010
Olympics, hear that inspiring music theme and realize it is only an
eight- or nine-hour drive from La Grande to Vancouver, B.C., isn’t it
fun to envision yourself or your kids getting out on a rink and skating
to cool music or your kids picking up a hockey stick and scrimmaging
Don’t you wish you or your kids could take part in some of the activities you see?
Maybe we have a future Olympian in our town, but without a skating
rink no one would ever know. It’s time to change that and try to build
an ice rink and events center.
Similar to how studies show most accidents occur close to home, the most dangerous part of a 2,700-mile journey is the last 30 miles.
That’s the biggest thing I’ll take from my journey here from Texas, although there are plenty others to choose from.
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