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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...

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...

Police investigate fatal traffic crash south of La Grande

Late Monday night on Highway 203 South of La Grande, there was a fatal traffic crash resulting in the death of an adult female from Mt. Vernon. Sergeant Kyle Hove, of the Oregon State Police, said that a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Lucille Swarthout, age 87, was southbound on State Route 203 near...

Capitol Christmas tree to pass through Eastern Oregon on Sunday

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a gift from Washington State, will be passing through Eastern Oregon along Interstate 84 on Sunday, November 10, 2013. The special Christmas tree can be tracked to see when it will be passing through La Grande and Baker City. The 88-foot long Engelmann Spruce, that...

Idaho man injured in traffic crash near Elgin

An Idaho man was injured Tuesday afternoon in a single vehicle rollover crash along Highway 82 near Elgin in northeast Oregon. Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. According to Senior Trooper Jed Stone, on October 29th at approximately 3:40 PM, a 2008 Pontiac...

La Grande Mayor not seeking re-election

City of La Grande Mayor Daniel Pokorney announced this week that he will not seek re-election in 2014. After serving four years as Mayor of La Grande, eight years as a member of La Grande School Board, and four years as City of La Grande Councilor, Mayor Pokorney decided to allow other individuals to run for...

Apply now for I-84 chain-up helper permits

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue permits for individuals interested in chaining up commercial vehicles during the winter months along specific sections of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon. This year the ODOT District 13 office in La Grande will issue three permits for the I-84 Ladd...

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