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Home arrow Opinion arrow Our View arrow ALLIANCE MAKES DOWNTOWN A PRIORITY



La Grande has a new player in downtown beautification, and the organization is making an impact.

The Women's Business Owners Alliance, formed earlier this year, is the group responsible for putting up the banners along Adams Avenue. Next spring, flower planter boxes will start cropping up through downtown, thanks to the efforts of the alliance.

THE GROUP recently received a $1,750 grant from the county's share of transient room tax monies to help pay for the flower boxes. The group will work with the Garden Gate Club to place about 65 boxes around town.

The Women's Business Owners Alliance, led by Judy Starr of Kneads Bakery, is proving what an organization can do when its members are on a mission. The alliance hit the ground running and has made downtown beautification its focus.

IT'S NICE TO SEE a group with momentum. The alliance was formed to provide a voice for women-owned businesses. The group certainly is making its presence known, and La Grande's downtown promises to be better off for it.

Thanks, alliance members!


Before anyone gets too excited about the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers both being 3-0 this football season, consider the teams' schedules so far. Neither team has had much competition, and both could suffer later for playing too many lesser opponents to start the year.

The Ducks took on an SEC team, Mississippi State, in their opener. SEC teams usually aren't pushovers. The Ducks came from behind to win their second game, and no one can call Fresno State a pushover. But why the Ducks had Idaho on their schedule, or why Portland State is up this week, is anyone's guess.

THE DUCKS WEREn'T the only ones who had a walk in the park this past weekend. The Beavers demolished UNLV, though it was the first time they'd ever beaten the team from Vegas. OSU, because of the size of its stadium, has some difficulty attracting quality non-conference opponents to Corvallis. But playing the likes of Eastern Kentucky, Temple and UNLV isn't doing the OSU program any favors.

Major college schedules are determined years in advance. But the schedulers of both teams need to do a better job ensuring that Oregon and Oregon State have quality foes, even if it might mean taking a lump or two now and then. Both programs need and deserve better than what this year's schedules have given them.


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