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Idaho Power is still churning out fake news. Last week the company assured Union County Commissioners the Morgan Lake Route was chosen “after receiving extensive input from Union County reside…

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Leaders of Oregon’s rural counties are right to be worried by the state’s emerging Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan. It has the potential to further shrink the amount of …

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Black Lives Matter is a phrase that rubs some folks the wrong way. The response is often All Lives Matter and, locally, an All Lives Matter billboard.

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Is the president a bigot, a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, fascist? Some people think so. These accusations are not so much an insult to the president as they are to the American people.

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These days our mental health is under assault more than ever before. The stress caused by the fast pace of our lives with news bombarding us 24/7 along with the uncertainty and unknowns about …

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Redistricting is that once-in-a-decade event when maps for legislative and congressional districts are redrawn. The way redistricting is done in Oregon is not going to change for the next redi…

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Saturday was a long day, but in the end rewarding. I was in Pendleton with my colleagues from the East Oregonian, who were covering the Black Lives Matter protest there plus the counter protes…

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The evils of human trafficking and child abuse have seen increased attention in recent weeks. Increased awareness of such problems is good, because myths and misconceptions abound.

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Aug. 27 is the deadline for contesting Idaho Power’s proposed but unneeded power line through Union County and Eastern Oregon. For anyone who believes that Idaho Power’s Boardman to Hemingway …

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Most Oregonians would agree that grocery stores, doctor’s offices and libraries should not be out of reach to someone because they use a wheelchair or experience low or limited vision. Yet, 30…

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Fire is the rapid oxidation of burnable materials in a chemical process requiring oxygen, heat, fuel, and a source of ignition.

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to force us to adapt and change, sometimes daily. The Observer’s newsroom has reported on some of these changes, predominantly in business, education and sch…

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My heroes have always been teachers, and I marvel at that mysterious something deep inside them. I'm not sure what it is or how they got it, but I'm positive the "something" they have is not f…