Posted on FlashAlert: July 21st, 2018 10:07 AM On Friday, July 20, 2018, at about 4:32 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near milepost 13 on State Route 3. (Joseph Canyon Viewpoint). Preliminary investigation revealed that a bronze 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide motorcycle, operated by a male driver and a female passenger, was traveling northbound behind another motorcycle as a group when the lead motorcycle began to slow down and turn into the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint. The driver of the Tri Glide steered around, lost...Read More
2018 Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Update – Before the rodeo starts Wednesday night at Joseph, the points toward the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Award have been accumulating from the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show at Union, the St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, Oregon, and the Elgin Stampede, which just finished up a week ago. The unofficial tally shows Roger Nonella, from Redmond, Oregon, ahead with 10 points. He has accumulated points in both the calf roping and the team roping. Jack Fischer from Ellensburg, Washington and team roping partner, Phoenix Everano of Pendleton, have earned points at Union and Elgin, totaling...Read More
The VFW Relief Fund is tasked with assisting active duty service members and their families during times of financial hardship. The winter of 2016 through 2017 was an especially hard time for many of these Wallowa County families and the Eagle Cap VFW Post 4307 was there to provide the help when called upon. The fund paid out almost $7000 last year in benefits. This benefit concert will help raise money to replenish this fund in preparation for the coming year. The August 9 concert will feature Joni Harms and The Harms Way Band performing at 8pm, with Wallowa ...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve connectivity in eastern Oregon, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today held a hearing to examine solutions to expand broadband access for rural communities in Oregon and across the country. Representative Walden, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, detailed the widespread benefits of connecting people with broadband access regardless of where they live. “Farmers and ranchers across my district have taken advantage of precision agriculture technology to reduce inputs. And the transition to next generation 9-1-1 is critical for strengthening public safety. Broadband is the infrastructure of the 21st century,” said...Read More
Wildlife agencies and sportsmen’s groups join coalition encouraging hunters to choose non-lead ammo when hunting The North American Non-Lead Partnership — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by choosing non-lead options. “This is a long-term, multi-organization effort to help North America’s wildlife,” said Leland Brown, the Oregon Zoo’s non-lead hunting education coordinator and a lifelong outdoorsman. “Many of us are hunters ourselves, so we have a personal connection to...Read More
BLM Oregon & Washington — There are 11 large fires burning close to 60,000 acres in Oregon and Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. The largest fire, the #SubstationFire, is burning more than 50,000 acres of grassland south of The Dalles, which is about 80 miles east of Portland. That wildfire started Tuesday and moved 18 miles in just a few hours, causing road closures and evacuations. &lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt; A local farmer died while attempting to battle the blaze, said Oregon Gov. Brown during a Thursday morning...Read More
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a candidate to represent fishing or fish conservation interests on the state’s Fish Screening Task Force. The ODFW Fish Screening Program helps water users install and maintain fish screens to prevent fish from entering water diversions. The Task Force advises ODFW on program development, implementation, monitoring, technology, funding and reporting. “Task Force members represent a variety of groups and interests, which is important in creating a program that’s responsive to fish and social needs,” said Ken Loffink, ODFW fish screening coordinator. “This is a great opportunity to...Read More
It’s time once again to make plans to participate in the Chief Joseph Days Junior Parade. The CJD Junior Parade is a big crowd pleaser on Friday morning, July 27, 2018, when over a hundred youngsters – from infants to teens – dressed up in all kinds of costumes to entertain Chief Joseph Days’ crowds. The CJD Junior Parade lineup starts at the Indian Lodge Motel at 9:30 a.m. and heads north down Main Street at 10 a.m. The top three places win cash prizes in seven (7) categories, ranging from $5 to $15, while the grande prize entry will win ...Read More
Senate Passes Bipartisan Provisions by Wyden to Legalize Hemp Farming, Aid Hop Growers and Provide Drought Relief to Western Farmers in Broad Senate Farm Bill Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced the Senate today passed several measures he fought to include in the Senate Farm Bill, including the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act, as well as several provisions to help hop growers and provide drought relief to Oregon farmers. “Oregon does a lot of things well. What we do best is grow things, whether it’s berries in the Willamette Valley, potatoes in Klamath Falls or watermelons in...Read More
JOHN DAY, PENDLETON and BAKER CITY, Ore. – The USDA Forest Service will soon publish the revised Blue Mountains Land Management Plans (revised Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, as well as a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a draft Record of Decision. These revised Forest Plans represent a Forest Service commitment to promote rural prosperity and community well-being, treat fire-prone areas, provide continued access to the forests, and support healthier watersheds. Once the revised Forest Plans are fully implemented, they have the potential to annually support up to 2,820 jobs and $113.6 million in...Read More
Oregon lawmakers ask Forest Service to prioritize hazardous fuels reduction near city’s watershed Washington, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden today urged federal officials to help protect Baker City’s water supply from wildfires by putting a priority on hazardous fuel treatments on and near the city’s watershed. “We have both heard from community leaders who are concerned about the potential for large scale fire within the watershed and the impacts that would have on the city’s drinking water,” Wyden and Walden wrote the United States Forest Service. “The community stands ready to work with the Forest Service...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to support Oregon veterans, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) helped pass legislation to improve care for Vietnam veterans. This week, the House of Representatives passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (H.R. 299) with Walden’s strong support. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act would ensure that veterans who served in the waters off Vietnam are able to access benefits for diseases associated with exposure to herbicide agents such as Agent Orange. Walden said this legislation marks an important step forward in the fight to get Blue Water Navy veterans the care they...Read More
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