Category Archives: La Grande Observer

Our view: Both sides must work together

Oregon Republicans most likely clearly understood at the end of the last session that the controversial carbon emission issue wasn’t going to go away. Already, one of the architects of the carbon emission reduction bill that failed during the last session is hard at work crafting a new proposal. Source: Our view: Both sides must […]
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Our View | Gun storage measure is confusing

No responsible gun owner would object to the basic premise that guns should be stored in a way designed to ensure that nobody who shouldn’t have access to the guns will have it. The National Rifle Association, no fan of restrictions on gun owners, emphasizes safe handling and storage of firearms. One of the NRA’s […]
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My Voice: Fuel reduction is a flawed assumption

Proponents of thinning for “fuel reductions” on the Lostine River operate under a number of flawed assumptions, including that fuel build-up is responsible for large blazes. Yes, you need some fuel and ignition, but fuel and ignition aren’t what creates large fires. If this were the case, the largest fires in Oregon would be in […]
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My Voice: Our Vietnam veterans deserve a memorial in Salem by 2022

On Nov. 11, 1969, Operation Fulton Square in the Quang Tri Province was in full force with the assistance of the 1st Marine Division, 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Infantry Division. This was one of 20 operations active throughout Vietnam. There were more than 500,000 United States military personnel assigned to the Vietnam War […]
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Eastbound lanes open again in Ladd Canyon as first phase of construction winds down

The Oregon Department of Transportation has good news for motorists traveling through Ladd Canyon on Interstate 84. Both I-84 eastbound lanes at the west entrance into Ladd Canyon are now open almost continuously from milepost 271 to 273 for the first time since last spring, ODOT has announced. Source: Eastbound lanes open again in Ladd […]
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DEMOCRATS: How to fix PERS

Policymakers must look at complete picture, avoid ill-informed changes. The Oregon Public Employee Retirement System was created to provide a stable and secure retirement for public employees and allow universities, police and fire departments, local governments and the state to compete for employees. This retirement benefit is an essential part of the total compensation for […]
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IRS extends relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers affected by severe weather

The Internal Revenue Service has extended tax relief for farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought, flooding or other severe weather in recent years.Among the Oregon counties eligible for federal assistance are Baker and Union counties. Counties that border those listed are also eligible for federal aid. Source: IRS extends […]
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My Voice: Proactively managing forests today is better than letting them burn tomorrow

In his recent My Voice (“Science: Reducing fuel load in forests has little effect on wildfires,” The Observer, Oct. 7), George Wuerthner cited weather as a reason not to manage forests to reduce wildfire risks. His opinion piece misses a key point. Fire needs fuel to burn. We can’t control wind and weather, but we […]
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Effort made to restore funding

Nancy Gromen of La Grande, executive director of the Eastern Oregon Mediation Center, felt optimistic about her agency’s budget for the 2019-21 biennium as the Legislature’s session neared its conclusion in mid-July. Then the unexpected happened: The budget for the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution, which funds the Eastern Oregon Mediation Center, was cut […]
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My Voice: Science: Reducing fuel load in forests has little effect on wildfires

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is proposing to log the Lostine Wild and Scenic River corridor. The basic justification is to reduce the potential for large wildfires. Yet according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, in 2019 only 16,868 acres burned in the state, compared to 846,411 acres burned last year. Why the big difference? Is […]
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