A project at La Grande Reservoir that will bring steelhead back to Beaver Creek, is complete. A concrete fish ladder, 17 miles south of La Grande, is designed to bring steelhead runs back to upper Beaver Creek, which flows into La Grande Reservoir. Steelhead have not been able to complete the migration since about 1910 when their passage was blocked by a dam built at La Grande Reservoir. The new fish ladder will open up 17 miles of spawning grounds for migratory fish.
Archives for October 2017
La Grande Main Street Downtown has a new executive director. Chris Hooper has a background in music and acting, and is finishing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Eastern Oregon University. In addition to his arts background and interests, Hooper also has experience with event organization and promotion. As a musician, Hooper has worked to promote shows regularly in the past, a skill he brings with him to his new position.
The Union County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force arrested three people in two separate traffic stops this week. 26 year old Evann Brown; 35 year old Dallas Miller; and 39 year old Jennier Hernandez… all of La Grande, are now behind bars in the Union County Jail on drug and other charges.
Someone shot and killed a yearling heifer on the Zumwalt Prairie, and now… the sheriff’s office is investigating, and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. At first, the owner thought it was a wolf kill, but a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife who was called in, determined that the young, pregnant cow, had been shot in the neck.
A foreclosed ranch will soon hit the auction block… the minimum bid… $910,800. More than 2,000 acres formerly owned by Dave and Crystal Talbott outside of Joseph is being sold, after the ranch was saddled with a long list of liens, including $200,000 in unpaid payroll taxes to the IRS.
Some help is on the way for Shelter From the Storm. Jim Whitbeck, the owner of Blue Mountain Outfitters, reached out to Shelter From the Storm recently, to see if they were in need of anything for clients. Turns out, it was perfect timing. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Shelter From the Storm, a domestic violence and sexual assault organization in Island City, was already working with that in mind. A week long coat drive that began on October 23rd, ends on Saturday. Whitbeck is offering tax receipts and a chance to win $50 to every person who donates, and he is also matching every donated coat with a Columbia fleece jacket. The coats will go directly to clients, and if there are any left over they will be used in the Shelter From the Storm Christmas Giving Program.
A crash involving a tractor trailer shut down the eastbound lanes of I-84 on Monday. The accident happened about six miles west of La Grande, and closed off the eastbound lanes for about two hours. The truck driver, 59 year old Otto Hensen of Twin Falls, Idaho, suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment. Hensen was cited on a charge of failure to drive within a lane.
Now comes allegations of sexual misconduct in the Oregon State Legislature. State Sen. Sara Gelser said Monday that Sen. Jeff Kruse subjected her to inappropriate touching for years. Kruse, who has served in the Legislature since 1997, denied inappropriately touching Gelser or anyone else at the Capitol.
La Grande’s first off-leash dog park is now open. The ribbon cutting was held last Saturday morning at Riverside Park, where a new fenced, off-leash dog park in the southeast section of the park was officially unveiled. Next up… benches and a water source with buckets. The dog park is now open from dawn until dusk.
The eighth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival took place in La Grande last weekend. Organizers say attendance at the film festival was up from a year ago… with a total of 300 people issued passes for all showings… not including those who bought passes for individual film showings. 16 feature films and 20 shorts were shown at the festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday.