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Union County drought conditions could lead to disaster program eligibility

Continuing dry weather throughout Union County has led livestock producers to be concerned with current drought condition classification. The 2014 Farm Bill provides for implementation of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) whenever a county is rated at a D2 (severe drought) for 8 consecutive weeks during the grazing period. The...

Courts agree additional federal regulation of forest roads not required

A federal judge’s ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests. “We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court have ruled that additional...

Idaho driver arrested outside of La Grande after citizen complaints

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a Nampa, Idaho man Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges after citizen complaints of a driver harassing other motorists led to an attempt to elude and a struggle with troopers along Interstate 84 west of La Grande. On September 2, 2014 at approximately 3:33 PM, an OSP trooper spotted a 1997...

Highway closed West of La Grande for construction season

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) contractor Oregon Mainline has shifted westbound traffic to the eastbound freeway and closed two freeway ramps to accommodate the multi-year highway improvement project between the Kamela Interchange at Exit 246 and the Second Street undercrossing in La Grande, near mile post 260. Most of the...

Forest Plan comment period extended

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended by 60 days; deadline for submitting comments is now August 15, 2014. Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension in order for the public to have time to review...

La Grande School District appoints new High School Principal

Following an extensive hiring process the La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze recommended to the School Board to approve the hire of a new Principal for La Grande High School. The current Principal Andrea Waldrop announced her retirement effective June 30th of this year, making the position available. During the hiring...
Recently in Baker County Police respond to bomb threat at Baker Middle School
Police respond to bomb threat at Baker Middle School Baker City Police responded early Tuesday morning to report of a Bomb Threat directed at the Baker Middle School. Police arrived on scene and secured the building at around 6:40 AM, with the assistance of Baker City Public Works crews who placed barricades, and closed street access around the middle school....
Recently in Union County Union County drought conditions could lead to disaster program eligibility
Union County drought conditions could lead to disaster program eligibility Continuing dry weather throughout Union County has led livestock producers to be concerned with current drought condition classification. The 2014 Farm Bill provides for implementation of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) whenever a county is rated at a D2 (severe drought) for 8 consecutive weeks...
Recently in Northwest Courts agree additional federal regulation of forest roads not required
Courts agree additional federal regulation of forest roads not required A federal judge’s ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests. “We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court...
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Ravens Owner Denies Charges in ESPN Report Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti Monday refuted accusations made by ESPN's Outside the Lines that the team knew former running back Ray Rice had struck his then-fiancee inside a hotel elevators hours after it happened last Feb. 15.Among the other points raised in the...