The Veteran of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 has announced they are serving ground hog for breakfast on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2nd from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (or until the Ground Hog runs out) at the VFW Hall in Union. The menu will feature omelets and Ground Hog gravy and biscuits, plus coffee, tea, juice and milk. Admission is $7, $5 for students. For more information, contact Post Commander Ken McCormack at 541-805-9321.
Archives for January 2019
The 2019 Oregon legislative session is now open, and in the first week, more than a thousand bills were introduced. Among them, bills addressing wolf protection, estate tax elimination and new crime legislation. One of Rep. Greg Barreto’s priorities is working to eliminate Oregon’s estate tax. Currently, any estate worth more than $1 million is taxable. Barreto notes Oregon is one of only 15 states with an estate tax.
Oregon high schools graduation rates went up last spring, to an average of 78.7 percent statewide. That’s a two percentage point gain over the state’s 76.7 percent rate from a year ago. It’s seen as a steady improvement over nearly a decade, but the figures also indicate stronger improvement from students of color and low-income students, than for the state as a whole.
The La Grande City Council met earlier this week during a two day retreat, to discuss its goals. Part of the meeting consisted of a discussion about what to do with the $500,000 surplus the city did not expect as a result of the annual audit that was recently completed. The retreat was a work session and no decisions were made, but ideas were passed along to be considered.
The parent compay of the Observer… Western Communications… filed for protection Tuesday under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Western Communications previously filed for Chapter 11 protection in August of 2011 following a three-year dispute with the Bank of America, the company’s largest creditor at the time. In addition to The Observer, Western Communications owns five newspapers in Oregon and two in California. They say they need to restructure for a changing media world, as many newspapers have also had to do.
Actor, producer, and songwriter Mark Wahlberg, was in La Grande on Sunday night to do research for a film he’s working on about the late Jadin and Joe Bell, who were both from La Grande. Jadin Bell died when he was just 15 years old. He committed suicide in 2013 for being the subject of homophobic bullying. His father, Joe Bell, wanted to raise awareness about his son’s struggles and went on a 5,000 mile walk across America. Joe Bell was hist by a car and killed in Colorado. According to Wahlberg’s agent, the film is in its very early stages.
The search for new La Grande fire chief continues. The La Grande Rural Fire Department’s board of directors has reportedly narrowed its list of candidates down to four finalists. Whoever is finally chosen, will replace Larry Wooldridge, who left at the end of December to take a position as chief of the Tangent Rural Fire Department in Linn County, after having been with the La Grande Rural Fire Department for 10-1/2 years… 9 of them as chief. Six people applied for the chief’s position.
A new report says Oregon loses 175-million dollars a year through corporate tax avoidance, largely through the use offshore tax havens. Report co-author Nathan Proctor says states could enact what’s known as “complete reporting” to get lost revenue back…
But many businesses… including many small businesses, say a tax increase on any business of any size is a bad idea, because it is only passed on in the form of higher costs and job cuts.
The Union County Chamber of Commerce has named Suzannah Moore-Hemann as its new executive director, to replace Bob Kavanaugh, who left in December. Moore-Hemann is a La Grande native who has volunteered at various events and organizations in Union County for more than six years.
Cook Memorial Library is holding another free session of Gentle Yoga for adults from noon to 1 today in the Community Room. No experience is necessary. Mats are available, but feel free to bring your own.