Early Saturday morning… just before 4:30am… a tentative agreement was reached between SEIU and the universities, avoiding a strike this week. The university, offices, facilities, and classes all are open as normal today. The agreement on a 2-year contract with SEIU, averted a strike of about 4,500 classified staff across the state that would have started today, the first day of classes for many of the universities. SEIU members will vote to ratify the contract settlement during October, with implementation occurring in November.
Archives for September 2019
The state of Oregon has set the amount of the first rent increase cap ever. The most landlords can raise rent next year is 9.9 percent based on a law passed this year. Not all are expected to increase rents that much though.
The City of Lostine will not lose its Post Office. City officials say that a 900 square foot building or a 10,000 square foot lot is necessary. They have a couple options. Meanwhile, the lease has been extended on the current post office, to give time to work out the details.
Two human cases of West Nile virus have turned up in Baker County. Oregon Public Health officials say all residents need to take precautions against mosquitoes. Those at highest risk include anyone with a serious illness, those 50 and older, and people with immune-compromising conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
No decision was made on trying to come up with a wage increase, after Eastern Oregon University classified employees bargained for 14 hours Monday. More meetings are scheduled, but if no progress is made by Monday, September 30th, a strike will take place.
The Ladd Canyon construction project is creating some traffic changes on I-84. Be cautious driving through the project especially today, as there will be a lot of extra activity. Construction of the last stage of the two culverts will begin Wednesday.
The Hells Canyon Creek boat ramp on the Snake River in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area will be getting some attention. The rehabilitaion project means $364,000 will be spent to restore the ramp, and place rip-rap to protect against future erosion. The project will take place between July 1 and October 15, 2020, in order to protect fisheries, and is being done thanks to a partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board and Idaho Power.
In Baker County, law enforcement will practice responses to an active shooter situation during a training set for this Friday and Saturday at Brooklyn Primary School. The Oregon Department of Safety Standards and Training is sponsoring the sessions, which will include the Baker City Police Department, Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and other local agencies.
The Baker City Fire Department has received complaints recently regarding an out of state company that has been reported in the area soliciting the sale of smoke detectors, CO detectors, and similar safety devices. The department recommends you fully evaluate and investigate fire safety options, before making a purchase decision , and they remind you that your local fire department can also provide fire safety information for your home. In some cases, smoke detectors can be provided at little or no cost .
A crash in Baker City resulted in a drug arrest. A search of the vehicle driven by 29-year-old Colvin Cutshall III turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia. Cutshall was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. He also had a Prior Felony Conviction.