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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chairman Bentz to lead water, wildlife, and fisheries hearing on the gray wolves

    Press Release|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Cliff Bentz (OR-02) has announced that on May 3rd in Minnesota, the Congressional Subcommittee of Natural Resources on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries will convene a field hearing addressing the growing harm being done by the gray wolf to elk, deer, moose, farmers, ranchers, and outdoorsmen. This hearing will provide a platform for expert testimony on the multifaceted implications of the gray wolf surge, including its economic, ecological, and...

  • Take the CONDONCAN! survey

    Press Release|Updated Apr 18, 2024

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  • Wheat groups welcome new funding for food assistance

    Press Release|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    ARLINGTON, VA - U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that U.S. wheat farmers can help increase global food assistance under a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding program announced today. USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will invest $1 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding to provide for the purchase, shipment and distribution of U.S. wheat and other commodities for USA...

  • BEO Bancorp reports first quarter earnings

    Press Release|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    HEPPNER, OR - BEO Bancorp (OTCBB:BEOB) and its subsidiary, Bank of Eastern Oregon, announced first quarter 2024 consolidated net income of $3,527,000 or $2.87 per share, compared to $3,313,000 or $2.75 per share for first quarter 2023. Total assets were $850.1 million, down 0.3% year over year. Net loans of $531.8 million were up 10.9% from the same period in 2023, while deposits were at $762.9 million, down 1.9% year over year. "We are pleased with our first quarter results....

  • Oregonians Applaud 'Public Lands Rule' Emphasizing Conservation and Recreation

    Press Release|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    By Mark Salvo, Oregon Natural Desert Association BEND, OR - Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final "Public Lands Rule" putting conservation, wildlife habitat and cultural resource protection on equal footing with extractive uses like oil and gas development for the first time in over 40 years. The Public Lands Rule joins a list of recent announcements by the Biden administration and the BLM that will finally bring balance to the management of BLM lands...

  • Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce seeks Programs Manager

    Press Release|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    CONDON, OR – The Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce (OFCC), formerly known as Condon Chamber, announces its search for a dynamic Programs Manager to join its team. Dedicated to serving 11 communities across Oregon's frontier counties of Gilliam, Wheeler, and Sherman, OFCC is not your typical chamber. It operates as a multifaceted organization prioritizing its members while actively contributing to the economic growth and vitality of the region through various grant p... Full story

  • Grant opportunity opens for early learning

    Press Release|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    The Dalles, OR - Organizations dedicated to serving families and children in five Columbia Gorge counties now have the opportunity to apply for grants aimed at enhancing early learning and family engagement. The Four Rivers Early Learning and Parenting Hub announced a new funding initiative targeting Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, and Wasco counties, focusing on prenatal services, parent education, kindergarten readiness, and family engagement. This regional funding...

  • New physician to begin seeing patients at ACHC Fossil Clinic

    Press Release|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Asher Community Health Center has added another permanent provider to its growing care team. Dr. John Ross will now be seeing patients at the Fossil Clinic location and appointments can be scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He joins FNP Irina Martin in providing comprehensive care to Wheeler County patients. Dr. Ross is a native Oregonian, growing up in Tillamook, Portland and Beaverton. He graduated from Sunset High School and attended Reed College and Portland State...

  • Gilliam County Transportation extends office hours, ride availability

    Press Release|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    By Todd Lake Gilliam County Transportation Director Gilliam County Transportation (GCT) Department provides for the transportation needs of the people in Gilliam County. We provide public transportation for medical appointments, both locally and in the surrounding communities including Bend, Portland, The Dalles, Hood River, the Tri-Cities areas, and others. Other transportation provided includes trips to the Sr. meal site, food bank, and shopping. GCT provides transportation...

  • NCPHD celebrates National Public Health Week

    Press Release|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    National Public Health Week, April 1-7, is an opportunity for North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) to highlight the many programs we offer to keep our communities safe. Going strong this year is a free tobacco cessation program, which launched in 2023, available to Wasco, Sherman, and Hood River County residents. It offers not only free cessation counseling for people of any age, but also free nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum, lozenges or patches, for those...

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