A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program hasn’t done much to alleviate stress for parents going into the new year. Tonia Hunt, head of Children First for Oregon, says working-class families are in a tight bind…
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The historic Wallowa Lake Lodge is hosting a New Year’s Eve party beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20. Lodge rooms and cabins will be available.
The ski season is underway at Anthony Lakes. Last year Anthony Lakes opened on Dec. 10. This year, it opened a little later, but is expected to be fully operational this weekend.
New vehicle registration, title and trip permit fees take effect Jan. 1st. The fee for two-year passenger vehicle registration renewal will go from $86 to $112.
Oregon’s distracted driving law went into effect October 1st. Now, an addition to the law will allow the court to waive the fine for first-time offenders, if they attend a distracted driving avoidance course. The law has been challenging for police, who must first determine whether drivers are using their phones before pulling them over. It’s easy for drivers to hide the phone, but now,unmarked patrol vehicles are being used to look for drivers using their phones, making it also easier for officers to catch them.
A pilot project in Northeast Oregon is said to be having a positive effect on slippery roads. Rock salt is being used by the Oregon Department of Transportation to fight ice on Interstate 84 for the first time in at least two decades. Officials believe it is already limiting the number of crashes this winter.
A brother and sister and two of their friends from Baker City, were hurt… some seriously… but are lucky to be alive, after the car they were in was hit by a Union Pacific train at a crossing in Haines on Monday evening. 19 year old Cade Browne was the driver. Passengers included 21-year-old Sally Blair, 19 year old Samantha Sexton, and 18 year old Jacob Sexton. It happened as they were returning from an evening of bowling at about 9 p.m.
The City of La Grande Public Works Department, as of 2 this morning, is now plowing and removing snow in the downtown area. After that is wrapped up, the outer areas will be plowed. You are being asked to park off the street to allow the plows room to work.
A 33-year-old Aurora man has been arrested after Oregon State Police say he threatened an employee at the Baker City Pizza Hut, claiming that he had a knife and then stole about $200 in cash from the business along with the employee’s cellphone. Christopher Scott was locked up in the Baker County Jail on charges of second-degree robbery and third-degree theft.
Eastern Oregon Livestock Show President Darren Hansen says so far, more than 30 volunteers have assisted with preparing the grounds for construction of new barns. Anyone who would still like to assist or make donations, can learn more by visiting www.easternoregonlivestockshow.com.