SALEM — After a two-day delay caused by FBI reports of possible right-wing attacks on state capitals, the Oregon Legislature got down to the business of the 2021 session.
SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Friday, Jan. 22, she will stick with her controversial plan to vaccinate school staff ahead of elderly residents.
LA GRANDE — The American Red Cross holds its next blood drive in La Grande next week at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1802 Gekeler Lane.
LA GRANDE — Two ranching operations in Union County received more than $17,000 total for nonlethal means to protect their livestock from wolves.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Volunteers gathered Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, to continue work on the indoor city recreation center near the baseball fields in Enterprise. The center is expected to be ready for use by March 1.
UNION COUNTY — Oregon State Police reported a traffic stop in Union County led to arrests on drugs and weapons charges.
ONTARIO — A fight between two inmates in December 2020 at Snake River Correctional Institution, Ontario, escalated into one of the largest disturbances in recent times at the prison, according…
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LA GRANDE — Music teacher Carla Arnold is Central Elementary School’s go-to person for many technology questions related to distance education.
LA GRANDE — Misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has proven persistent, even a year after the first case of the disease was documented in the United States. Despite widespread and …
JOSEPH — After operating 1917 Lumber for 44 of its nearly 104 years in business, Jim and Terri Russell sold Wallowa County’s only lumberyard to Kevin and Nancy Jo Coddington as of Jan. 1.
JOSEPH — The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture publicly launched the “Key to Our Future” capital campaign Wednesday, Jan. 13, to purchase, renovate and expand the building located on 403 Mai…
SALEM — The Oregon Employment Department reported unemployment across the state rose to 6.4% in December from 6.0% the month before.
MOLALLA — In the spring, when COVID-19 began to spread in the United States, first responders were charged with ensuring safe transport to hospitals. So, Molalla Fire went looking for a fast a…
COVE — The Cove School District’s search for a new principal is off to a promising start.
LOS ANGELES — Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, Jan. 17, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said.
BALTIMORE — When Joe Biden entered the White House as vice president, the economy was cratering. Job losses were mounting. Stocks were crashing. Millions of Americans were in the early stages …
NEW YORK — The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine, and tens of thousands of people who…
ATLANTA — As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday, Jan. 20, as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Tru…
LOSTINE — Results from the recent online MidValley Theatre Co. community film festival indicate theater and creativity are absolutely alive and well in Wallowa County, according to a press release.
PENDLETON — Pendleton police arrested a man on Monday, Jan. 18, who was suffering from an “apparent psychosis” most likely brought on by the substance kratom after he caused a public disturban…
PORTLAND — The Oregon Department of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 19, issued updated guidance for the return of in-person learning, which includes a requirement that schools provide on-site COVID…
BAKER CITY— The Baker County Sheriff’s Office has seized two donkeys, eight cats, four dogs and 23 chickens and cited the owner of the Baker Valley property where the animals were kept after i…
SALEM — Mackenzie Rolf doesn’t usually bring jumper cables to choir class.
WASHINGTON — Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year because of the…
Monday, Jan. 18
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, Jan. 20, declaring that “democracy has prevailed" as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherit…
LA GRANDE — Teri Champlin of La Grande is the new chair of the Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees.
JOSEPH — After three years of fundraising, the Hurricane Creek Grange near Joseph has had its new hardwood floor installed, according to a press release.
PORTLAND — The Trump administration is removing a decades-old ban on logging large trees in six national forests across Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington.
LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District will hold a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.
PORTLAND — Oregon Association of Nurseries, which represents nearly 700 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers statewide, announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, it will host a virtual …
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UNION COUNTY — The fight against an increasing food insecurity problem in Union County is set to gain some momentum thanks to a FEAST grant from the Oregon Food Bank.
UNION — A North Carolina firm is proposing the city of Union make its water rates more equitable.
SALEM — On a Sunday in December, a crowd of people carrying American flags descended on a house in a sleepy neighborhood in west Salem to declare they’d had enough.
WALLOWA COUNTY — Gay Behnke was up reading late Monday evening, Jan. 4, when she heard what she first thought was a sonic boom.
SUMMERVILLE — Digital technology is keeping the spirit of an ancient martial art alive in Northeast Oregon.
Drilling continues on Baker City’s new drinking-water well, but progress has been slower than expected since the $677,000 project started in early October.
EUGENE — The University of Oregon is set to create an institute focusing on environmental and racial justice after receiving a grant of more than $4.5 million, the largest humanities award in …
BAKER COUNTY — Baker County’s respite from Oregon’s most extreme COVID-19 restrictions will last just two weeks.
UMATILLA — Three inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 in the ongoing outbreak at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla died over the weekend, according to press releases from the…
Hanford contractor to lay off 30 workers
Friday, Jan. 15
BAKER CITY — Kerry McQuisten is Baker City’s new mayor.
LA GRANDE — The United States electoral process received a heartfelt show of support Sunday, Jan. 17, in downtown La Grande.
RENO, Nev. — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles of fuel breaks they contend would violate the Endangered Speci…
Oregon FFA receives endowment
WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has taken away about a third of the commercial fishing industry’s revenue, according to a federal report released on Friday, Jan. 15.
WASHINGTON — As the rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, many of the police officers had to decide on their own how to fight them off. There was no direction. No plan. And no top leadership.
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LA GRANDE — The bustle of sixth-grade students again filled the halls and classrooms at La Grande Middle School.
LA GRANDE — “My officers are drowning, they’re drowning in these calls. It’s a crisis.”
LA GRANDE — A trio of La Grande School District administrators are set to retire.