Elgin Municipal Court Judge Laura Eckstein has officially filed to run for the Union County District Attorney’s position. Eckstein has been an attorney for 19 years and has worked as a prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and judge. She has practiced in both the civil and private sectors and has worked at all levels including federal, state, county and city courts. She says she decided to run for DA because of her extensive background and recent experience as Elgin’s judge.
Archives for February 2018
A lawsuit is challenging an Oregon school district’s policy protecting transgender students, but opponents say the case should be thrown out. The A-C-L-U of Oregon wants to intervene on behalf of Basic Rights Oregon, the state’s largest L-G-B-T-Q advocacy group, in a case in the Dallas School District, located near Salem. A group known as Parents for Privacy sued the district in November over its policy allowing students to use bathrooms and facilities that conform with their gender identity. Amy Herzfeld-Copple is co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon….
Tag: Parents for Privacy says the school district is violating the rights of other students by accommodating transgender students.
Eastern Oregon University… as part of their goal to increase online enrollment and retention… has begun to look into Online Program Management partnerships,. So far, they are only looking into it, and they haven’t partnered with anybody or signed any papers… the university says it is simply exploring partnership options at this time. Questions swirl over how much a partnership would affect tuition, as Online Program Management would receive a percentage of tuition revenue.
The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dropped about 6 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.59. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says it’s the first decline since December, and that it likely won’t last long…
[TAG] Lundberg says drivers could see a ten cent spike at the pump in the coming weeks. [In Oregon, the statewide average for a gallon or regular now stands at $2.87.]
Lots of things going on this weekend in our area, so let’s run down a few on the list…. time permitting… A community dance featuring live music by the BlueMountaineers will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 tomorrow at the Union County Senior Center in La Grande. There’ll be a potluck, door prizes and George Neer’s “famous” homemade ice cream. Admission is $3 per person at the door.
This afternoon in Elgin, you can pick up a drive-thru BBQ pulled-pork dinner from the Elgin FFA for $10. Tickets are still available from an Elgin FFA member. Just drive up to the high school between 4:30 and 6:30, and pick up your dinners. All proceeds support the Elgin FFA Chapter.
The 2018 La Grande Gun Show is 9 to 5 tomorrow and Sunday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. Admission is $5. The show is hosted by Ruff N Rustic Mercantile and benefits the Island City Lions Club.
Members of the La Grande High School class of 1964 will meet for lunch Sunday. The gathering begins at noon at the Flying J.
He now has the job permanantly…. Interim School Superintendent Earl Pettit was named Cove School District’s permanent superintendent this week, after having served as interim
superintendent since last July. Pettit was one of 10 people who applied for the position. He and the school board agreed to a three-year contract, beginning this July 1st, under which he will be paid $102,000 each year. Pettit’s interim contract expires June 30th.
Avista Utilities is urging customers to be alert for a scam making the rounds. They say you should be wary of anyone who shows up unexpectedly at your home asking for inside access or uses high pressure tactics to demand immediate payment to avoid having your service disconnected. Avista employees and contractors must always display a photo ID badge, and all Avista vehicles and contract vehicles also have the Avista logo. Avista says their employees will never ask customers to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card to make a payment.
Ground has been broken, and money has been raised from private donors… in fact, more than $350,000 has been raised to date, for a new medical clinic in Enterprise. The Hearts for Health dinner and auction at Wallowa Lake Lodge on February 3rd was responsible for a lot of the donations. Some of the other large donations, including $100,000 from an anonymous donor, had been secured before the dinner.
The Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting this Wednesday — School Exclusion Day — if their records on file show missing immunizations. Children whose vaccination records are not up to date on Wednesday, will be sent home. Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department.
A bill in the state House aims to restore net neutrality in Oregon, even though the Federal Communications Commission repealed the policy late last year. House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson says she will add a net neutrality amendment to another House Bill. But opponents say the federal ruling takes precedence over state laws. Williamson says she’s been careful with the language in this amendment, and that it doesn’t directly regulate internet providers….
The F-C-C chair has said mandating net neutrality stifles investment and innovation.