Category Archives: East Oregonian

Oregon Guardsmen transport supplies to support medical response 

The Oregon National Guard, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services is scheduled to provide and deliver 150 military cots along with blankets and hygiene packs Thursday to La Grande. Source: Oregon Guardsmen transport supplies to support medical response | Coronavirus |

Our view | Washington demonstrates rare unity of purpose

The news on Wednesday morning that the White House and Senate leaders reached a pact on a massive relief bill was good news and will hopefully set the stage for a brighter future for the entire nation. The size of the emergency relief bill — $2 trillion — is historic. Yet, we are now mired […]
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Local law enforcement stresses education as Gov. Brown’s order confuses residents

After an unofficial request for Oregonians to stay home led to potentially dangerous crowds filling the state’s beaches and parks over the weekend, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Monday officially restricting the state’s 4 million people to their homes except for essential work and needs. Those who violate the order are subject to […]
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Local districts await guidance on graduation requirements

If Oregon’s K-12 students return to school April 29, they will have lost a month and a half’s worth of instruction time. Those lost hours are especially critical to high school seniors, who need enough credits to graduate on time. Source: Local districts await guidance on graduation requirements | Coronavirus |

Marquez | Invest now in our state’s students

It is urgent and imperative to provide for Oregon students’ educational needs while protecting their health and that of their teachers and communities. Let’s use a 21st century tool to avoid a bleak future for our state’s students, both immediately and in the long term. Internet-connected tablets and/or laptops will allow students to continue to […]
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Morrow County Circuit Court closes for COVID-19

The Morrow County Circuit Court in Heppner is closing its doors to the public until further notice in response to local, state and federal emergency declarations for the novel coronavirus pandemic. Source: Morrow County Circuit Court closes for COVID-19 | Coronavirus |

Attempt to move Oregon-Idaho border fails again

The movement to redraw state lines to move most of Oregon into Idaho continues to strike out in Union County. Union County Clerk Robin Church said she rejected, for the third time, a petition from Michael McCarter of La Pine seeking to create the new state of Greater Idaho using most of Oregon, including Union […]
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Our view | Time to heed government warnings

East Oregonians are typically an independent bunch who take great pride in overcoming challenges, from natural disasters to forest fires to economic downturns. Our independence is a hallmark of a great culture, and it is one that resents outside interference or government overreach. We carry a muted skepticism of government, a sentiment rooted in the […]
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Local businesses and governments react to ‘stay home’ order

Pressed by Oregon media about what was and wasn’t covered by her “stay home” executive order, Gov. Kate Brown tried to simplify it down to a single sentence. “If you cannot telecommute, if you cannot socially distance safely, then you need to shut down,” she said in a teleconference with the media. Source: Local businesses […]
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Coronavirus responses vary among local governments

Within hours of Oregon Health Authority’s March 2 announcement that Umatilla County had received its first case of novel coronavirus, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation declared a state of emergency. It would take another 16 days for Umatilla County to follow suit. Source: Coronavirus responses vary among local governments | Coronavirus | […]
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