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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...

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...

Wolf impacts on ranchers softened by grant program

The first year of a program to prevent wolf impacts and compensate ranchers who have suffered livestock losses due to wolves has been operating smoothly. Out of the 100-thousand dollars allocated for the biennium, about 83-thousand was spent the first year– most of it for non-lethal prevention measures....

Christmas tree permits available locally

BAKER CITY — Permits to cut a Christmas tree on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are available for sale at local Forest Service offices and several commercial outlets. Permits cost $5 each and are valid for the cutting of one tree up to 20 feet tall on National Forest land. The permit does not...

Fall prescribed burning projects set to begin

BAKER CITY — The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is preparing to implement the fall prescribed burn program on about 10,000 acres across the forest. Cooler temperatures and rain are expected in the next several days which will provide conditions conducive for fall burning. Prescribed fire managers...

Two Imnaha pack wolves to be killed after another confirmed livestock loss

LA GRANDE —- ODFW staff will kill two wolves from the Imnaha pack after confirming they were involved in another livestock loss. The two wolves that will be targeted are the alpha male and an uncollared wolf in the pack. Data from the alpha male’s GPS collar confirm he was at the scene where the calf was...

Second large outdoor marijuana grow found in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — A multi-agency investigation this week led to the arrest of two suspects at a remote northeast Oregon outdoor marijuana grow site, the second large outdoor grow site located this summer in Wallowa County. The investigation and arrests are leading Oregon law enforcement officials to again...

Fatal traffic crash on Minam

WALLOWA — Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s multiple vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to six other people on Highway 82 near the Union / Wallowa county line. Available names are being...

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