Guest Column: We must act to prevent wildfires

Oregonians have faced some of the worst fires in our state’s history this year. We have watched in shock as every day comes with more smoke and reports of new fires. With arrival of the first fall rains, we can and should turn our attention to the recovery efforts after the fires. Perhaps the fire […]
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Crosstalk: Is federal forest policy sound? — Guest Opinion(s)

Pro – The public outrage against the 15-year-old Vancouver boy suspected of throwing a firework from the Eagle Creek trail and igniting a major wildfire is understandable but misplaced….. Con – Federal forest policies are creating a tinderbox in rural landscapes, as evidenced by the Eagle Creek wildfire now burning through diseased and overstocked stands […]
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Fire stalled, landslide threat remains

Little growth came at the Eagle Creek fire since cooler weather and rain settled in. The fire’s burning roughly 48,668 acres Friday — and is 46 percent contained. #A scaled down fire camp is operating at Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn at 735 WaNaPa St. in Cascade Locks. Remaining crews packed up their Odell […]
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Walden proposes Gorge forest restoration bill

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has introduced a bill that fast-tracks salvage logging and reforestation projects within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and other scenic areas stricken by wildfires — such as the Eagle Creek fire. Walden brought forth the bill, H.R.3715, in the U.S. House on Friday, Sept. 8. The “Scenic Columbia Gorge […]
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SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Oregon receives grant to boost export opportunities for small businesses

Export opportunities for Oregon’s small businesses have increased thanks to a $562,000 grant from the Small Business Association’s State Trade Expansion Program. STEP is designed to increase both the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for small businesses currently exporting.  Source: SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Oregon receives grant to […]
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Walden roundtable tackles economic development

Controversial Boardman to Hemingway power project also discussed. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, held a roundtable discussion on Wednesday to discuss economic development with Union County officials and business owners. Source: Walden roundtable tackles economic development; Controversial Boardman to Hemingway power project also discussed

Walden meets with officials

The revised Blue Mountain Forest Plan and paying to put out fires dominated the conversation Tuesday when Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, attended a meeting of Eastern Oregon county officials at the Wallowa County Courthouse. Walden said there is enormous pressure to fix “fire borrowing,” a term denoting the federal government “borrowing” money from other purposes […]
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History stands: Hunt Hall demolition comes to fruition

Two red excavators worked at Eastern Oregon University clearing debris at the site where 78-year-old Hunt Hall formerly stood. The heavy equipment broke concrete into smaller chunks and separated rebar from concrete. They were preparing for the arrival of a crusher, which would break the concrete into pieces the size of three-quarter-inch gravel. Source: History stands: […]
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Enterprise ranked among state’s best

Enterprise School District was named Oregon’s 14th-best school district in the 2018 Best School Districts by Niche, a website that analyzes education data about schools across the U.S. The Wallowa County district was the only school district in eastern Oregon to make the top-15 district list. Source: Enterprise ranked among state’s best;

Escapees awaiting pending charges

The two juveniles who escaped from Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility outside La Grande in June won’t be returning to Eastern Oregon any time soon. Brittain McAuliffe, 19, of Klamath Falls, and Micah West, 18, of Salem, are awaiting charges in separate facilities after each was detained by the police. Source: Escapees awaiting pending charges;