Grants Announced for Community Development Projects in Rural Oregon

  Federally-funded Community Development Block Grants support community enhancement and safety projects in non-metro cities and counties.   Business Oregon—the state of Oregon’s economic development agency—announced the third quarter’s allocation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to cities and counties for community enhancements across the state. Ten cities and two counties will receive awards totaling…

Hermiston City Council Approves Fixed Route Bus System

The Hermiston City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night with KAYAK Transit to begin a fixed-route bus system within the community. A map of the route is available HERE, and timing for each of the stops will be developed over the coming weeks. The Council is still also taking feedback on proposed names for…

OREGON STATE ARCHIVES SEEKS HELP FROM STUDENTS TO RESTORE STATE CONSTITUTION

By Saerom England   Since surviving Capitol fire in 1935, founding document has been largely out of public view   SALEM – Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert are asking students and their school communities to help restore Oregon’s original constitution.   Since surviving the Capitol building fire…

Buckley Hired as Assistant Managing Artistic Director at EOH

By Lori Kimbel Carol Buckley has recently been hired as the Assistant Managing Artistic Director for the Elgin Opera House.   One of her first tasks has been to organize the first ever Media Night.   Members of the media from around Union County were entertained by the cast of Little Mermaid, as they acted…

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

In June of 2016, six teachers and 18 to 24 high school students from rural eastern Oregon communities will spend a week at Oregon’s newest and second largest state park, Cottonwood Canyon State Park in eastern Oregon, as part of the second session of the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute. Here they will perform field studies…

Out and About Across Oregon with Tour de Mike

By Samara Phelps Bicycle tourism is alive and well throughout Oregon   How could it not be with awe inspiring landscapes from corner to corner? Do not be fooled, the success of cycling in Oregon is no accident. Passionate cyclists, dedicated community advocates and visionary agencies work to welcome cyclists from around the world in…

Community Focus: Milton Freewater

By Lori Kimbel   Located at the base of the Blue Mountains is the city of Milton-Freewater, which has a lot to offer whether you are a resident or someone just passing through.   With a growing season that lasts from May until October, Milton-Freewater is a favorite among those in one of the many…

Pendleton Round-Up Announces 2016 Queen & Court

QUEEN KYLIE WILLIS Queen Kylie will reign over the 106th Pendleton Round-Up. She is the 20 year old daughter of Craig and Candi Willis of Enterprise, Oregon. A graduate of Enterprise High School, Kylie is now a Dean’s List student at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho where she studies business management. Queen Kylie represents a…

Pendleton Round-Up Association Installs Four New Directors to the Official Board

The Pendleton Round-Up Association has installed four new Directors to the Official Board of this 105 year old iconic Oregon event. The new directors join a sixteen member board with wide-ranging separate assignments encompassing responsibilities from publicity to hay and barns.   New director Tiah DeGrofft will be the 2016 Sponsors Director. She has a…

Fishtrap Hires New ED

By Warren R. Johnson Fishtrap in Enterprise is Oregon’s leading literary house with a reputation that extends throughout the West. It is all about cultivating exceptional writing, thoughtful reading, and provocative discussion.   This is accomplished through the many programs they run which bring writers to the county, as well as cultivating the local talents…