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Oregon National Guard’s JTAP Contract Expires

SALEM, Ore. – The fiscal year 2014 contract for the Oregon National Guard’s Joint Transition Assistance Program, known as JTAP, which assists service members and veterans with civilian job placement, has expired. The contract employed approximately 16 contractors across the state of Oregon and was developed as part of the...

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. While the Baker 5J School...

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...
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 Oregon employment continuing to grow
Oregon employment continuing to grow Oregon’s payroll employment shot up by 9,900 in October. Most major industries added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, with three showing solid strength: professional and business services (+2,700 jobs); manufacturing (+2,200); and health care and social assistance (+2,000). The gain of 9,900 was...
Recently in National America Conducted Fewest Executions Since 1994
America Conducted Fewest Executions Since 1994 Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Death Penalty Information Center on Thursday released its annual report, which found that America conducted the fewest executions in 20 years in 2014.The report says that just 35 executions took place in 2014 in seven states, the smallest number of people put to death...