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ODOT on expanding rural broadband access

House Bill 4095 was introduced this February, stating opportunities for extending broadband internet access. The bill asks the Oregon Department of Transportation to coordinate, for the purpose of laying fiber optic cable, access to trenches which are open during road construction. The bill is headed by...

Oregon World War II Memorial construction underway

The onsite construction of Oregon’s World War II Memorial will begin on the grounds of the State Capitol, on Monday, February 3. A formal dedication ceremony at the memorial is planned this year on June 6, the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day. World...

U.S. House passes long awaited Farm Bill

After more than two years of disagreements, the Farm Bill passed the U.S. House and is now on its way to Senate. The Farm Bill, which covers food and farm policy, contains a small cut in food stamps and preserves most crop subsidies. This five year Farm Bill will support Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and...

Eastern Oregon Youth Writing Contest seeking submissions

Eastern Oregon’s 2014 Youth Writing Contest is inviting young writers to enter works of poetry, short fiction, or creative non-fiction in this years’ completion. The event is open to North East county students in Baker and Union. This is the third year that this event has been made possible through a...

Cell phone use causes vehicle wreck near Baker City

A single vehicle rollover traffic crash was the result of a distracted driver using a cell phone, on Wednesday. Madison Moore, age 21, from Sherwood, Oregon, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 334 on January 15 in a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Moore was reportedly distracted while trying to use her...

Oregon report shows more opportunities for job seekers

There is great news for people seeking employment this year, as Oregon’s private-sector employers reported more job vacancies in fall 2013 than in prior years. According to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department, there were 32,300 job vacancies estimated...

Most hunting reports due end of January

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requires that hunters who purchased 2013 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline of January 31, 2014. Whether hunters were successful or not, they are still required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn, and turkey...

New year means new laws in Oregon

With 2014 here, there are many new laws and revisions to look at in order to avoid higher fines and fees. This year there will be an increase on cigarette taxes, raising the current tax 13 cents to $1.31 a pack. Cigarette taxes are used to support the Oregon Health Plan and the state general fund. Most of...

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