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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...

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...

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...

Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust in Union County

An Oregon State Police traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, along Interstate 84 near North Powder led to the arrest of a Portland resident. The trooper found approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside the rented car. March 26, at approximately 12:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2013 Ford Fusion displaying...

Log truck crashes into river west of Elgin

About a mile west of Elgin, along Highway 204, a log truck driver lost control of the truck and it landed on its side in Phillips Creek. The driver, Justin Wright from Summerville, recieved minor injuries. According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Walt Anderson, Monday, March 24, the Freightliner...

Report shows increase in low-wage job vacancies in Eastern Oregon

Private employers in eastern Oregon were looking to fill about 1,250 job vacancies at any given time during 2013, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. Roughly half offered starting wages below $10 per hour and few required more than a high school...

Governor Kitzhaber appoints new DA Kelsie Davis McDaniel

In January, Governor Kitzhaber announced the acceptance for Union County District Attorney applications. The current DA at the time, Tim Thompson declared his retirement will take effect February 28th. The Governor looked at applications based on merit and concluded that Kelsie Davis McDaniel will be the new...

Fire and landslide cause traffic delays Wednesday night

Motorists were held up on Wednesday, due to fire and rock slides blocking the road along Interstate 84. Not even 20 minutes apart, a commercial trucks semi-trailer caught fire and a landslide collided with a passenger car. Huntington Fire Department personnel were called into action to extinguish a...

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