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Library Looking at Syringe Drop Box – Asking for Public Opinion

The Baker County Public Library is looking for public feedback on a proposal to install a used syringe drop box, also known as a sharps disposal bin, at the library. It comes about after the library has reported several incidents in which syringes found in trash bins or on library grounds. The rate of those […]

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Riverside Greenway Improvements in La Grande

As part of its efforts to expand and improve the Riverside Park Greenway Trail, La Grande Parks and Recreation’ urban forestry division has planted more than fifty native and trees and shrubs along the greenway. The plan is for the trees and shrubs to provide a natural privacy screen between the trail and nearby properties. […]

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Oregon News

Land Protection Guarantee

A newly released management plan for the Owyhee Canyonlands in Oregon will bring greater protections for more than 400,000 acres of public land. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment has been 20 years in the making. The region is viewed as a crucial wildlife corridor and also important […]

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Oregon Wildfire Fault Verdict

A jury has found PacifiCorp liable for causing Oregon wildfires in 2020. Jurors ruled June 12 that energy provider PacifiCorp helped cause some of the state’s Labor Day 2020 wildfires. They also found the company owed more than $73 million to the 17 plaintiffs in James v. PacifiCorp, and jurors also decided to award punitive […]

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Oregon Revenue Surplus

Oregon’s latest state revenue forecast far exceeded expectations Wednesday, giving lawmakers more money for a two-year budget that’s due in June. State economists said Wednesday that they were increasing earlier revenue estimates owing to an unexpected surge in tax payments. A lot of the money will be returned to Oregon taxpayers through credits on next […]

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Fish Passage Projects Funded

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding Oregon a little over $2 Million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support fish passage projects in Benton, Crook, Douglas, and Lane Counties. The money will pay for removing barriers to Oregon rivers and streams and is part of a $35 million investment for 39 fish passage […]

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Mushroom Permits Available

The USDA says now… as the snow recedes, mushrooms will begin returning to the forest floor. Personal-use mushroom picking is free and does not require a permit or payment under the legal limits, which authorizes an individual to harvest, possess, or transport less than a gallon of them in Oregon and less than five gallons […]

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Expanded Workers’ Compensation Bill Gains Senate Approval

The Oregon Senate has passed Senate Bill 418…. the Expanded Workers’ Compensation Bill. It means injured workers will get paid for time spent at medical appointments and will no longer need to dip into vacation and sick time to get treated for their injuries. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill late Monday. The measure […]

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Local Man Headed to Federal Prison

A resident of the Umatilla Indian Reservation was sentenced on Tuesday and now is headed to federal prison. 23 year old Tom Redhawk Tias was ordered to spend 48 months in federal prison, plus another three years of supervised release, for repeatedly striking a fellow resident of the reservation with his fists. Tias admitted to […]

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Fishing Regs Changing

If you still want to do a little spring chinook salmon fishing in the mainstem of the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam, you still have some time left… but not much. Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington now say Tuesday is the final day of a brief extension. The season upstream of Bonneville Dam, […]

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