Category Archives: La Grande Observer

ODOT hopes big signs will have big impact

Electronic message boards almost larger than life soon may save lives on Interstate 84 between La Grande and Pendleton. The Oregon Department of Transportation over the next year plans to install about a dozen electronic message boards, some of which are 10 feet tall and span a width of 30 feet. Source: ODOT hopes big […]
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Hwy 30 Cannabis opens after shutdown

Hwy 30 Cannabis is back in operation. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in November 2019 ordered the medical marijuana dispensary at 1709 Adams Ave., La Grande, to suspend operations. Owner Rona Lindsey appealed, and the business reopened Dec. 19. Source: Hwy 30 Cannabis opens after shutdown | Local News |

Union County, La Grande give little help in 2020 Census

Recruitment of 2020 Census takers is underway in La Grande. But neither Union County nor the city of La Grande are doing much about obtaining an accurate count of the population even with chunks of federal funding at stake. Census 2020 officials have visited with Union County commissioners and the La Grande City Council to […]
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Slow roll a go in Oregon

Oregon bicyclists enter the new year with a new option — the Idaho stop. Bicyclists in Oregon can roll through stop signs and flashing red lights at intersections without braking if they yield to vehicle traffic and slow to a safe speed. The Oregon Legislature in 2019 passed Senate Bill 998 that in essence allows […]
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Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit deadline is Tuesday

People who made donations to cultural nonprofits in Oregon in 2019 have an opportunity to double the amount at no cost to their bank account if they act by Tuesday. Here’s why: the Oregon Cultural Trust’s tax credit program, which the Legislature approved in 2002. Source: Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit deadline is Tuesday

Union County sees increase in flu activity

State and local authorities reported Union County is seeing an increase in flu activity. The Center for Human Development and Grande Ronde Hospital, both in La Grande, are urging people to get the latest flu vaccine to help prevent the spread of the illness. Source: Union County sees increase in flu activity | Local News […]
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What should communities and local government do about homelessness?

When the La Grande City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 4 to allow the Union County Warming Station to operate in its new location, we moved closer to meeting the emergency needs of some of our homeless neighbors for shelter from freezing temperatures. Testimony by many residents supporting or opposing the appeal of the warming […]
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Northeast Oregon will feel impact of food stamp rule change

Many food stamp recipients in Union County could lose their benefits due to a new federal rule set to take effect April 1, 2020. The rule will reduce the food stamp benefits of able-bodied adults 18 to 49 who have no dependents if they are not working or receiving training at least 20 hours a […]
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Nominate your favorite waterway for Wild and Scenic Act protection

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden continues to take nominations from Oregonians for rivers in the state for the national Wild and Scenic Rivers list. Source: Nominate your favorite waterway for Wild and Scenic Act protection | Local News |

Report cards show how local schools are trending

The Oregon Department of Education report cards have been posted for the 2018-19 school year. The report cards allow all schools and their districts in the state of Oregon to see how they stack up with others and to see the progress they are making in areas such at attendance, graduation rates and test scores. […]
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