Recently, I signed the Record of Decision for the Tollgate Fuels Reduction Project and began implementing a series of activities to reduce hazardous fuels on Umatilla National Forest lands adjacent to the Tollgate community.
The news that the La Grande School District intended to bring back a school resource officer has been around for a couple months. Still, we couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief when the district, Union County Sheriff’s Office and La Grande Police Department finalized a plan last week to make the SRO’s return a reality.
Oregon likes the pioneering spirit. The state was first in the nation to impose a five-cent deposit on beverage bottles and to save its beaches for public use and enjoyment. The state takes pride in having the nation’s deepest lake — Crater — and the nation’s shortest river, the D at Lincoln City.
We live in an area of the country and state that is rich in culture, history, its hardworking, patriotic and generous people and agriculture. Often, busy lives lead to forgetting the beauty of our backyard and taking for granted all that God has given us.