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Elgin Opera House: Meet “A Little Princess” Sara Crewe – Hannah Kate Sheehy

Ten-year old Hannah Kate Sheehy has been acting, directing and designing costumes for backyard plays since before she could write. Her first major play, a limited run of the Nativity scene held in her front yard in April of 2013, threatened to end her career before it began when the angel Gabriel (played by her little brother) took center stage in a Buzz Lightyear costume and made the rest of the cast giggle. The lack of professionalism exhibited by her fellow actors (mainly neighbors under the age of 6) caused the young director overwhelming embarrassment and forced her to...

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Wallowa County 7 and 8th Grade Boys Cross Country Team wins PDXC State Middle School Championship

Taylor Fox (Union), Nathanael O’Reilly (Union), Weston Wolfe (Wallowa), Baden Menton (Joseph), Zac Knapp (Enterprise), Roan Flynn (Wallowa), Henry Coughlan (Joseph) and Ian Goodrich (Joseph)   The Wallowa County seventh and eighth grade boys cross country team won the PDXC State Middle School Championship at Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oct. 29 with a score of 44 points. Two runners from Union joined the team and the kids renamed themselves the Eastern Oregon Cross Country Team.    ...

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The history of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial...

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Greg Walden’s CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) plan to extend vital funding for important public health priorities passed the House on a bipartisan vote today. Walden’s legislation — the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act — provides funding extensions of public health programs such as: A five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  A two-year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Community Health Centers  A two-year extension for additional public health programs, including: The National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. During a...

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Across County Lines: Rep. Werner Reschke ~ Healthy, sustainable forest management

We all suffered the air quality impacts of choking-smoke from catastrophic wildfires this summer. We need better forest management in Oregon’s forests. This is why I joined the Fire Caucus in the House and Senate and am working with several Legislators, county commissioners and Congressman Walden in demanding a change in the way our forests are managed. Recently, I took a tour with several legislators of all-timber buildings in the Portland area. Oregon is on the verge of a timber renaissance. Mass Timber is the new wave of building products and projects that not only make wise use of Oregon’s...

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OHA Discloses Over $74 Million Wasted on Improper Payments

SALEM, Ore — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson released the following statement: “I have stated in the past that, from my conversations with citizens across the state, one thing is clear: Oregonians want increased accountability for how their tax dollars are spent. That’s why, on May 17, 2017, my office released our first Audit Alert, notifying the Oregon Health Authority of immediate concerns uncovered during our ongoing audit. “The Audit Alert flagged millions of dollars of improper payments made for ineligible recipients. During the months that followed, OHA removed more than 54,000 ineligible recipients from their system. “It has now come to light,...

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Alpenfest To Evoke Fond Memories For Its 40th Anniversary

Oregon’s Alpenfest will rely on entertainers that evoke memories of the past as it plans its 40th anniversary festival in 2018. Longtime favorite acts have been invited to return as it launches its theme, “Forty Years of Alpenfest Memories.” The Alpenfest board of directors, meeting Nov. 1, decided to feature The Polkatones, the nine-member polka band that has appeared here more often than any other, and the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, the folk dance company that has performed here most often, at the festival Sept. 27-30. “It was no contest,” said Alpenmeister Chuck Anderson. “Even if we looked at...

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Greg Walden applauds passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

Helps advance forest management reform through House for fifth year WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, for the fifth time in five years, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) voted to pass legislation to improve federal forest management and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires that ravage Oregon and much of the West every year. The Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936), which Walden helped craft, addresses the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire that scorched over 678,000 acres of land across Oregon this year.  “My intensity on this issue is almost that of the fires we fight,” said Walden. “We can...

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Greg Walden Statement on Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement on the introduction of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “For too long, middle class Oregonians and people across the country have been left behind in an economy stagnated by a dated and broken tax code. The plan released today is the first step toward much-needed tax reform to help Oregon’s small business owners, boost job creation, and stimulate economic growth. I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide a simpler, fairer, and more affordable tax system for hardworking Oregonians and their families.”  To read the policy highlights...

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Studded tire season in Oregon started Nov. 1

The studded tire season in Oregon begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 and runs through March 31, 2018. ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. A study completed in 2014 concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways. Alternatives to studded tires Chains: Link chains, cable chains or other devices that attach to the wheel, vehicle, or outside of the tire that...

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Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

(Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (H.R. 2936) as an important step toward better management of national forests. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04), seeks to implement proactive management standards for forests and paves the way for a solution to the problem of U.S. Forest Service funding. In this record wildfire season, Secretary Perdue has repeatedly called for a fix to the “fire borrowing” problem, which siphons off forest management dollars to pay for firefighting. This...

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Senator Dennis Linthicum: My Dam Letter to Ryan Zinke

Recently, Congressman LaMalfa (CA-R) hand-delivered constituent letters to a meeting with Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke. The bundle of letters expressed strong opposition to removing the four Klamath River hydro-electric generating facilities. You may also submit your own comments regarding dam removal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 1. Go to 2. Enter your information including e-mail. Open automatic e-mail from FERC, follow link from there to submit comment. 3. In the Docket field, enter P-2082-062 to specify the project. My own letter to Secretary Zinke is included below, for your perusal: Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan...

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