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  • Fossil Public Library kicks-off summer reading program and new initiatives

    Press Release|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    The Fossil Public Library is launching a series of ambitious initiatives aimed at enhancing its services, engaging the community, and fostering a culture of lifelong learning. The library is focused on the future, from promoting the Children's Summer Reading Program to developing a new Strategic Plan and reorganizing its services to be more people focused. The Children's Summer Reading Program is a highlight of the library's summer calendar, inviting young book enthusiasts to discover the joy of reading through a variety of...

  • Eastern Oregon Pioneer Association prepares for annual Pioneer Picnic

    Press Release|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    The Eastern Oregon Pioneer Association is in the final stages of planning the 2024 Pioneer Picnic. The annual picnic at Julia Henderson Pioneer Park is scheduled for July 27th, 2024. People will gather at 10:30 AM and will listen to a presentation by Sam Barry, a descendant of an original Wheeler County Pioneer family. “The Barry Family from Johnson County Tennessee to Wheeler County Oregon and beyond” is the title of the presentation. The story of pioneers will include the Barry, Howard, Grindstaff, Britt, Price fam...

  • Wyden, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Grazing on Federal Lands

    Press Release|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said today they have introduced bipartisan legislation that would support ranchers who rely upon federal lands in Oregon and nationwide to graze their livestock. "After embracing the Bureau of Land Management pilot program, ranchers in eastern Oregon worked closely with me to include updated operational flexibility in my community-crafted Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act to bring certainty, c...

  • Olex Scholarship recipients announced

    Press Release|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Olex School Scholarship was started in 1996 after the school was closed and merged with surrounding districts. At the time of its closure it was the longest running school district in the state. This year the Arlington recipient for $1000 is Callahan Troutman and the Condon recipients for $1000 are Megan Aamodt, Theresa Campbell, Abby Colby, Brody Geer, Grady Greenwood, Christian Potter, Kristian Takagi, and Kade Wilkins....

  • Kaela Reser Memorial Scholarship recipients

    Press Release|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Theresa Campbell and Casey Nelson, graduates from Condon High School, are both recipients of the Kaela Reser Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is presented annually to a Gilliam County High School graduate to assist in pursuing higher education. Theresa Campbell has been a Gilliam County 4-H member for 9 years and during her many years in 4-H, Theresa has participated in several 4-H clubs including Beef, Leathercraft, Photography, and Ambassadors. After graduation,...

  • Wyden, colleagues call for robust federal funding to support rural small businesses

    Press Release|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure federal investment for small businesses in rural Oregon and nationwide through the Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG). "Since launching in 2015, RBDG funding has provided support for planning, technical assistance, job training, and other business development needs in rural areas in all fifty states," the senators wrote....

  • Ivan Gall confirmed as director of the Oregon Water Resources Department

    Press Release|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    SALEM, OR - The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is pleased to announce the confirmation of Ivan Gall as the Department's new director, following his executive appointment by Governor Tina Kotek and confirmation by the Oregon Senate. Gall brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to this critical role of sustainable water management. As the head of OWRD, Gall will oversee the state's water resources, ensuring their responsible allocation, conservation, and...

  • Wyden, Merkley join bipartisan deliver for democracy act to help local news overcome persistent postal delays, surging rate increases

    Press Release|Updated May 30, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would help local news outlets overcome their current crisis by providing incentives to ensure reliable postal service and limit excessive rate increases. The Deliver for Democracy Act comes in the wake of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) consistently raising rates for periodicals under the guise of increased efficiency and improved service. However, local... Full story

  • Community grants strengthen local solutions, opportunities with flexible operations funding

    Press Release|Updated May 30, 2024

    Oregon Community Foundation awards $5.3m to 281 nonprofits making an impact in every corner of Oregon PORTLAND, OR — Nonprofit and community leaders throughout Oregon are seeing their work strengthened through new grants that provide important operational support. The funding is flexible, allowing organizations to direct it to where it is needed most. The 2024 Spring Cycle of Community Grants from Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $5,266,908 to 281 nonprofits making a...

  • Umatilla National Forest prepares for Memorial Day Weekend

    Press Release|Updated May 22, 2024

    PENDLETON, OR — Memorial weekend traditionally kicks off summer recreation season on the Umatilla National Forest and many are planning their annual trek to the mountains to enjoy nature. With that in mind, forest visitors are cautioned that not all roads, trails and campgrounds are open, particularly this year with the late season snow. Shaded areas and cut banks on roads at higher elevations may still have impassible snowdrifts. Most hiking and motorized trails have not y...

  • Book drive underway

    Press Release|Updated May 22, 2024

    The Oregon Women Lawyers Coffee Creek Book Drive will take place May 13-29. There will be collection boxes near the court clerks' offices in each of the 7th Judicial District Courthouses (511 Washington St.,3rd Floor, The Dalles; 309 State St, Hood River; 221 S. Oregon St, Condon, 500 Court St., Wasco, and 701 Adams St, Fossil). The book drive is to benefit the library at the Coffee Creek Women's Correctional Facility. Both hard and soft cover books are acceptable. Books on...

  • Bobby Christensen, Pat Nogle inducted into Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame

    Press Release|Updated May 22, 2024

    PENDLETON, OR— Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Board of Directors announced the 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame on May 14 during the organization's annual membership meeting. The class of 2024 inductees includes Pat Nogle (Contestant Category), Bobby Christensen Jr. (Contract Personnel Category), Jesse Jones Sr. (Early Years Category), Scott & Bonnie Sager (Happy Canyon Volunteers category), and Ron and Linné Dodge (Special Board Inductee). Each year, th...

  • Merkley, Wyden celebrate $24M coming to Oregon to strengthen and defend communities from wildfire

    Press Release|Updated May 16, 2024

    Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) is investing $24,063,442 in 13 projects across Oregon to make at-risk communities’ homes, businesses, and infrastructure more resilient to wildfires. This funding allocation is part of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program (CWDG), funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to protect communities and Tribal lands across...

  • Calley Freedom of Rufus named to SNHU Dean's List

    Press Release|Updated May 16, 2024

    MANCHESTER, NH - Calley Freedom of Rufus has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's Winter 2024 Dean's List. The winter terms run from January to May. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 for the reporting term are named to the Dean's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer. Southern New Hampshire Unive...

  • Sherman Extension wins state health award

    Press Release|Updated May 16, 2024

    MORO, OR - Oregon State University Sherman County Extension was recently honored with a state health award to at the OSU Spring Family Community Health Conference in Bend, Oregon. Sherman Extension faculty member Cindy Brown received the "Innovation in Programming" award which recognizes innovation and accomplishment in the design and implementation of a family/community health program in Extension. Brown is a 4-H Youth Development and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator for Sherman...

  • Merkley announces townhalls in Eastern Oregon

    Press Release|Updated May 16, 2024

    Washington, D.C. – Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced today he will be holding nine in-person town halls for Eastern Oregon counties in May: Malheur, Harney, and Grant counties on Friday, May 17; Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties on Saturday, May 18; and Umatilla, Morrow, and Gilliam counties on Sunday, May 19. The events continue Merkley's 2024 town hall tour of Oregon, where he is holding a community conversation for each of the state's 36 counties....

  • Healthcare screenings hosted by Asher CHC

    Press Release|Updated May 16, 2024

    Asher Community Health Center works hard to bring higher resources to Wheeler County for our patients and residents. Through partnerships with OHSU Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Lions Eyeglass Assistance Program (LEAP), and St Alphonsus Mobile Mammography, we are hosting two important local screening events. VISION SCREENING On June 28th-29th, Asher Clinic will again be hosting a vision screening by Casey Eye Institute, and there is zero cost to those screened! There will be a...

  • Youth and adult ATV riders urged to prioritize safety

    Press Release|Updated May 16, 2024

    With Memorial Day Weekend and the onset of summer recreation swiftly approaching, the focus turns to safety for ATV riders traversing Oregon's picturesque forests and BLM public lands. In anticipation of the upcoming season, authorities in Wheeler County are issuing a critical safety reminder for all riders to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Operating motorized recreational vehicles on public lands, including Forest Service and BLM territories,...

  • Commission selects Dr. Debbie Colbert as new ODFW Director

    Press Release|Updated May 13, 2024

    On Friday, March 10, 2024, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to select Dr. Debbie Colbert as the new ODFW Director. Colbert is the first woman to ever be appointed to the permanent ODFW Director position in the agency's long history. The first state Fish Commission was legally recognized in 1887 and a combined fish and game agency has existed in Oregon since 1893. Colbert will now lead an agency still managing sustainable fishing and hunting... Full story

  • Fatal motorcycle crash in Wheeler County

    Press Release|Updated May 13, 2024

    WHEELER COUNTY, Ore. 13 May 2024 – On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:02 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy. 207 near milepost 18 in Wheeler County. The preliminary investigation indicated a black Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William Charles Edward Herrold (42) of Oregon City, was leading a group of motorcycles northbound on Hwy. 207 when it veered onto the gravel shoulder, lost control, and crashed. The operator (William Herrold) a...

  • Upcoming public hearings on changes to groundwater allocation rules

    Press Release|Updated May 8, 2024

    SALEM, OR - The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is updating the rules for new groundwater rights applications and is seeking public input on proposed rules that have been developed with input from a Rules Advisory Committee. OWRD is hosting two in-person public hearings and one virtual hearing in May to allow for the public to provide input. The public comment period closes at 5 p.m. on May 31, 2024. Current groundwater right permitting rules allow for aquifers to...

  • Bank of Eastern Oregon announces 2024 academic scholarships

    Press Release|Updated May 8, 2024

    The Bank of Eastern Oregon has selected its 2024 high school senior scholarship recipients. This scholarship is awarded to students planning to enroll in agriculture or business in college and judging is based on scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Applications are accepted from graduating seniors in the areas where Bank of Eastern Oregon and Bank of Eastern Washington branches and loan offices are located. $500 scholarships were awarded to Oregon seniors Grace Johnson,...

  • Fossil artist Daniel Robinson to exhibit in Portland gallery

    Press Release|Updated May 1, 2024

    For the month of May, Russo Lee Gallery exhibits Some Kind of Lonesome by invited artist Daniel Robinson. This exhibition includes oil paintings permeated with light, shadow, and color. Robinson paints the rural, natural landscapes of Eastern Oregon. He states that, "Realist painters have always favored the mundane and ordinary and in Fossil where I live, we have it in spades". Recalling the social realist images of the 1930's and 40's, Robinson's body of work beautifully...

  • Inaugural Littlest Cowpoke Calf Show held in Heppner

    Press Release|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Heppner, OR - The Morrow County Livestock Growers (MCLG) recently held its inaugural Littlest Cowpoke Calf Show at Morrow County Fairgrounds in Heppner. This is the start of what is hoped to become a tradition celebrating young talent in the ranching community. This event brought together aspiring young cattlemen and women to showcase their skills and passion for agriculture. Under the guidance of judge Nick Nelson, along with the diligent organizing efforts of Makenzi Evans...

  • Sherman Co. students compete at State Chess Tournament in Seaside

    Press Release|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    SEASIDE, OR – On April 19-20, eight students from Sherman County School traveled to the Seaside Convention Center to participate in the 18th Annual Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation State Tournament. This tournament was open to all Oregon players in grades K-12, and Sherman County sent six high school students and two middle school students this year to compete against the 300+ students who came to participate in it. To qualify, Gage Simpson, Caiden Walker, Cohen Burgett, E... Full story

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