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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...

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...

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...

Bob Davies accepts position at Murray State University

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies has accepted the president’s position at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. beginning July 14. The MSU board of regents voted unanimously today to confirm Davies as the university’s 13th president. He interviewed with...

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