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House approves SRS extension


WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. House Thursday passed a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program secured by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River. The extension, which was included in a bipartisan bill that reforms how doctors are paid under Medicare, provides needed funding for schools, roads, and law enforcement in rural forested communities. The measure passed by a vote of 392-37.



Speaking another language: Union Hotel owners plan to open Chinese immersion school

By Dick Mason, The Observer March 25, 2015 12:39 pm
Charlie Morden and Ruth Rush, owners of the Union Hotel, plan to open a Chinese language immersion school as early as September of 2016. The school will be based in the third floor of the Union Hotel. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
UNION — The Union Hotel, which opened in 1921, is a local icon, owning the distinction of being one of the oldest hotels in Eastern Oregon.


Training will be intense for Guard unit

By Pat Caldwell March 25, 2015 12:33 pm
Two members of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard sniper section practice a live fire exercise at the Orchard Combat Training Center in Idaho in this 2013 photo. (Pat Caldwell/For The Observer)
There isn’t much subtlety to the sprawling National Training Center.


Timber money on the way?

By Katy Nesbitt, The Observer March 25, 2015 12:17 pm
Retaining federal funding for Oregon’s rural communities took a couple steps forward Tuesday on Capitol Hill.


BRIEFLY: Barreto, Hansell town halls scheduled

By Observer staff March 25, 2015 11:49 am

State delegates Sen. Bill Hansell and Rep. Greg Barreto will be in town this weekend for a series of town halls.

Hansell and Barreto announced today they will be in Pendleton and La Grande Friday. Barreto will also make a stop in Enterprise on Saturday.

On Friday, the duo will hold a noon town hall at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate. They will be in La Grande at 6 p.m. at the Flying J Travel Plaza, 63276 Highway 203.

Barreto will be in Enterprise at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Northeast Oregon Community Connection Building, 702 N.W. First St.

Hansell and Barreto will provide their thoughts on the 2015 legislative session.


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