La Grande’s Urban Renewal Agency has awarded funds to BR Office Condominiums to update its building at 1902 Fourth St. The project revitalized the building’s interior and exterior. With a new exterior, employees already hired and now updated empty suites, the building is totally restored. The project in total has cost just over $250,000. The city will reimburse the owner with an award of $63,211 from the URA fund.
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Firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest teamed up for an aggressive attack on the Fanny Fire using air resources, fire engines and hand crews. The five-acre Fanny Fire… about two miles east of Cove, was believed to have been caused by lightning.
It now looks like efforts to avert a strike by the classified staff of Oregon’s public universities will continue… for now anyway. If a strike does occur, it would impact Eastern Oregon University. The bargaining talks will resume September 11th through the 13th, when bargaining teams for the classified employees and the state will next meet… about three weeks after an impasse was declared and final offers were submitted by both bargaining teams last Friday.
La Grande area firefighters responded to a blaze at Bearco Storage Units about 7 Friday morning. The fire began in a stored camp trailer and spread to a second trailer and an RV, causing smoke and water damage to an adjacent Mexican Restaurant. No major injuries were reported. Witnesses say several explosions occurred about the time the fire started, caused by propane tanks that burst. Investigators say it began when a candle caught a curtain on fire.
The Grande Ronde Rodeo is this weekend at the Maverick’s Arena next to the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande. Admission at the gate tomorrow and Sunday is $12 for adults… those age 15 and older… and $7 for children age 6-14. Age 5 and younger get in free, as does anyone with a military ID.
Tomorrow, the annual Doggy Dash & Splash will be held at the Veterans’ Memorial Pool in La Grande’s Pioneer Park. It starts at 11 a.m. No chemicals in the water means it is safe, so bring your best friend by for all the fun before the splash pool is drained for the season.
Elgin High School’s new football scoreboard is now up… replacing an aging one that had been used for about 25 years. The scoreboard was purchased with funding donated by Pepsi, Les Schwab, Boise Cascade and Loveland Funeral Chapel. Electrical work was done by Oregon Trail Electric Co-op free of charge. The old The old scoreboard was experiencing frequent electrical problems. Sometimes the visitors’ half would go out, disrupting games. School officials say the old scoreboard had outlived its usefulness.
Philanthropic groups are partnering with the state of Oregon to ensure hard-to-count areas are included in the 2020 census. Kendall Clawson, head of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, says numbers from the 2020 census will play a crucial role for Oregon in the years to come….
According to the City University of New York’s Center for Urban Research, about 10 percent of Oregon’s population lives in hard-to-count neighborhoods.
State Rep. Gary Leif has been appointed vice chairman of the newly created Interim House Committee on Water. The committee was formed to deal with the complexities of water policy throughout the state. Previously, water policy legislation was handled by multiple committees designed to focus on other issues. Leif will also continue to serve on two subcommittees of the Joint Interim Committee on Ways and Means. One of those focuses on transportation and economic development, while the other focuses on public safety.
A federal rule proposed last week could bar thousands of people here in Oregon from receiving food stamps. The rule announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would prevent people who receive benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from automatically qualifying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Forty-three states, including Oregon, currently permit automatic eligibility. The proposed change would close a loophole that allowed people who receive minimal temporary benefits and don’t need food stamps from receiving SNAP.