If you live within the city limits of Union and you have a thing for ducks, you might enjoy this story. The Union City Council wants to draft an amendment to the city’s animal ordinance that would allow city residents to be able to keep ducks and other fowl as pets. The current laws only allow chickens. If the proposal is granted, Union residents could keep just about any type of fowl… except peacocks, guinea fowl and geese. They would all be excluded because of the annoying noises they make, and because geese often are mean and will bite people.
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A plea hearing for 71 year old Ronald Lee, who is charged with murder in connection with the death last November of Loretta Williams, has been pushed back to near the end of July. Williams will enter a plea on July 29th after his defense attorney requested a motion for continuance to move the hearing, based on new potential evidence. Prosecutors did not object. Lee remains in the Union County Jail without bail.
The cap-and-trade bill in the Oregon Senate appears to no longer have the votes necessary to pass. The measure has faced attacks not only from the right, but also by some groups on the left that have been critical as well. Food and Water Watch energy policy analyst Jim Walsh…
Opponents of the bill say costs would be passed on to Oregon residents and damage the economy.
The Oregon Senate could help the state join seven other states with paid family- and medical-leave laws. The paid-leave bill that passed in the House last week would allow employees up to 12 weeks away from work in situations such as the birth of a child or to take care of a loved one with a serious medical condition. Andrea Paluso is head of Family Forward Oregon. She says the legislation will help people at all income levels….
Employers with fewer than 25 employees would be exempt from making contributions into the program. Opponents say it will make it harder to run a business in Oregon.
Union County is appealing a civil penalty of almost $50,000 from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality claiming it violated conditions of its general permit related to the U.S. Forest Service rappel base constructed at the La Grande/Union County Airport. The DEQ states the penalty of $48,683 was issued because significant amounts of sediment left the site and entered the drainage ditch along Pierce Road, discharging into designated critical habitat for threatened Snake River Basin Steelhead Trout.
One in five Oregon children is food insecure, and that insecurity skyrockets during the summer without access to nutritious meals at school. Katie Kenton, programs manager at Oregon Food Bank, says there are 39 school pantries across the state that operate throughout the year. Last year, more than six-thousand kids were reached through this pantry network. Kenton says schools provide a familiar space for families….
Those potentially contaminated barrells have begun to be pulled from Wallowa Lake by the Environmental Protection Agency, which says although the barrels seem to have been full of lake water, they are waiting for test results to confirm that. The barrels were first found about 10 months ago by recreational divers, who were alarmed to see one labeled as an agricultural herbicide that, when combined in military strengths, can form Agent Orange.
If you are one of those people who re-purpose plastic shopping bags, you better start saving them now. Soon, they will no longer be available anywhere in the state of Oregon. A bill is expected to be signed by Governor Kate Brown that would make Oregon the 4th state to place an outright ban on single use plastic bags. The other 3 states that have already done it are California, New York and Hawaii. The governor is said to be supportive of the measure.
The City of La Grande Parks & Recreation is taking reservations for an excursion to the Pendleton Aquatic Center this Saturday. The trip is open to those 7 and older, with or without an adult. The $20 fee includes transportation and admission to the aquatic center. The bus leaves at 11 from the Parks & Rec office. To sign up visit www.lagrandeparks.org or call 541-962-1352.
One of Union County’s internet and telephone providers says it has reached an agreement to sell its Northwest regional operations. Frontier Communications intends to sell its operations and all associated assets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana to WaveDivision Capital LLC, which will partner with Searchlight Capital Partners in the new agreement. They say the change in ownership will not affect Frontier’s customers or employees.