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First impressions from a southerner, y’all

“Where’s your accent?”

That’s the first thing I hear after meeting people in La Grande. I’m inclined to tell people I threw it out the window when I crossed the Rockies, but I know it’s still lying dormant in my vocal chords, waiting for another drawl to bring it out.


 

Tuition idea needs more work

The proposed “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” tuition concept for Oregon is no doubt an interesting one. But it may also be one that raises more questions than it answers.
 

CJD: An opportunity to celebrate the Old West

Last month I mentioned to a fellow at the Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources that I would return home in time for the first hay cut. The public radio reporter said, “First? We are on our third in the Tri-Cities.”
 

The cost of doing business

La Grande City Councilman Gary Lillard and Mayor Daniel Pokorney made good points during last week’s City Council meeting. At the meeting the council boosted sewer and water fees.
 

Letters to the editor for July 22, 2013

Letters to the editor for July 22, 2013
 

Mountain of wisdom grows steeper each year

Every day I try to learn something new. Some days it happens quicker than other days. Take Wednesday, for instance. Right after sunup, I learned that foxes come in all shades of red. The fox flitting through my west yard carrying a mountain quail in its mouth looked as if he’d been bleached out by too much time in the July sun.
 

Mountain of wisdom grows steeper each year

Every day I try to learn something new. Some days it happens quicker than other days. Take Wednesday, for instance. Right after sunup, I learned that foxes come in all shades of red. The fox flitting through my west yard carrying a mountain quail in its mouth looked as if he’d been bleached out by too much time in the July sun.
 

Wind farms pose big risk for area

The following editorial appeared in the Baker City Herald:

The debate over whether Baker County should welcome wind farms can be distilled to a cost-benefit analysis.

 

How fast did La Grande grow after railroad arrived?

The growth was explosive.

La Grande had about 400 residents when the railroad began operating here in July of 1884. Six years later it had a population of about 2,600. The growth spurt created a housing boom. A total of 35 new homes were built in 1889, while 152 were constructed in 1890 and 183 were built in 1891.

 

A banner season for local team

Talk about entering your own personal Field of Dreams. Or writing a script deserving of Hollywood.
 
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