The next Kids Night Out sponsored by the EOU women’s basketball team is from 6 to 9:30 tonight at Quinn Coliseum on the EOU campus in La Grande. The event is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Cost is $10 per child. Concessions will be available, including a $3 “meal deal” of a hot dog, chips and a drink. Registration at the door will be accepted between 5:40 and 8:30 this evening.
Archives for May 2019
Oregon legislators have voted to place a moratorium on the oil and gas fracking. The state Senate voted to place a five-year ban on the practice. Thomas Meyer with Food & Water Watch says fracking, which involves injecting a mix of chemicals into shale rock underground, is a dangerous process…
There currently are no fracking wells in Oregon, so the moratorium is pretty much meaningless anyway.
“Tapped,” a prize-winning documentary about the bottled water industry, will be shown at 6:30 tomorrow eveing at Cook Memorial Library in La Grande. The film looks at every aspect of the bottled water industry. Doors open at 6 p.m. The free showing is sponsored by the Union County Progressives.
Oregon Food Bank is seeking four-point-two million dollars in funding. Melissa Carlson-Swanson is branch manager with Oregon Food Bank, and she says the hunger response fund so far, has helped them invest in a truck…
Spencer Masterson, statewide network manager for Oregon Food Bank, says people here in Oregon still are being left behind after the Obama recession, despite the improving economy….
The former mayor has been elected to the Elgin School Board. Rod Spikes, a lifelong Elgin resident, defeated Kevin Smolkowski Tuesday in a mail election. Spikes previously served as a member of the Elgin School District Budget Committee for four years, was mayor of Elgin for two years in the early 1990s, and was a volunteer firefighter for the Elgin Fire Department for 20 years. Before retiring, Spikes worked for Boise Cascade for 44 years.
Because of the elimination of some state funding, the Elgin School District needs to cut $123,000 from its budget. School officials say they plan to make the cuts without laying off staff or cutting programs. Instead, they say they plan to not fill two upcoming vacancies created by a retirement and a resignation that take effect in June. They say they believe they can do it painlessly, because enrollment at Elgin High School has been decreasing in recent years and the school has become overstaffed.
That blood pressure machine at the grocery store might just save your life. A blood pressure kiosk was installed recently at a local pharmacy, to help people monitor their cardiovascular health. The machine has proved to be quite popular. This woman who randomly decided to use the kiosk, she believes it saved her life….
She says she learned a valuable lesson and encourages others to regularly check their blood pressure, even if it’s just at the grocery or drug store, so it could prevent untimely medical issues and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, or 1 in 3 adults.
Oregon educators are gathering on the Capitol steps today to oppose a bill that would make changes to the Public Employees Retirement System. Lindsay Ray is a high school math teacher in Beaverton…
Ray says she loves teaching but also appreciates her great retirement benefits. She adds that public employees shouldn’t be responsible for paying down investment losses from the recession a decade ago. Supporters of S-B 1049 say it could save the state money in the long run.
At least 100 Native Americans appeared at the 49th annual Eastern Oregon University Spring Pow Wow at Quinn Coliseum last Friday and Saturday. The event was officially titled the EOU Indian Arts Festival Spring Pow Wow & Friendship Feast. The EOU Spring Pow Wow has been put on each of the past 49 years. The 2020 pow wow will be the 50th.
North Powder School District Superintendent Lance Dixon… completing his 14th year as North Powder Superintendent… is being honored. Dixon recently was presented with the InterMountain Education Service District’s prestigious Doug Flatt Memorial Award… given annually to one education administrator in the service area. The award recognizes a number of successful projects Dixon has led in the North Powder School District including the construction of a $6 million high school classroom building and gym, a structure now virtually completed.