La Grande will never be Las Vegas. And it doesn’t want to be a 24/7 bright lights gambling mecca, with all the fun and corruption that implies. But over the course of the past few years, the small city in Northeast Oregon has become a livelier place to live.
Those who have come to know me, come to really know me — not just reading about me, but who have met me, know that I am blunt and am not an exact science. I have been a strong and vocal opponent of Urban Renewal from the time I moved here, June 2013, for reasons that many have come to know.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Oregon Community Foundation. As OCF has grown and changed over four decades, so has Oregon itself. In the 1970s, Oregon’s population was well over 90 percent white; now the number is 78 percent.
At Christmas time most consumers are seemingly awash in seeking gifts, purchasing gifts and distributing presents. While there is surely plenty of room to debate — in this age of pop-culture fads and focus on the buyer — the true meaning of the holiday, many consumers should be aware of the real risk of identity theft and fraud.