Eastern Oregon News & Sports
A fire in a lumber mill can be a dangerous thing, and there was an early scare in Island City that saw the La Grande Rural Fire Department and the La Grande Fire Department both respond to the scene. Corky Gillies with the La Grande Fire Department says they were able to get it out fairly quickly. “We worked closely with the employees out there at the particle board plant and, you know, I’m thinking we were out there for an hour or so to get everything settled down.”
Gillies says the fire started in a dryer and moved into the duct system at the plant.
Any time you start talking about a fire in an area with plenty of wood, it can be dangerous, so when the La Grande Rural Fire Department and the La Grande Fire Department responded to a fire at the particle board plant, it was important to make sure it didn’t spread too far. Corky Gillies with the La Grande Fire Department says the damage is fairly minimal compared to what it could have been. “Mostly it was the sawdust and stuff burning and if it spreads, then you can get a dust explosion, that type of thing. As far as I know, it’s mostly down time, water and cleanup.”
The holiday season is here and while most people use it as a time for giving, there are people out there who use the confusion as a way to steal. Many stores during the holiday time will put out extra efforts to prevent shop lifting, and Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner says it is in the best interest of both the store and the consumer to show patience. “The more that a store can do to prevent shoplifting, the less it’s going to cost the consumer in the end, so be patient with stores that are trying to protect their interest because their able to give you an item at a lower cost than what other stores may.”
Lohner says there isn’t a big problem with shoplifting in Baker City, but it is still better to take precautions.
LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University women's basketball guard, Brittney Newcomb has been named CCC Red Lion Women's Basketball Player of the week for her performance from Dec. 2-8.
Newcomb, a senior from Medford, Ore., led the Mountaineers to a 92-76 victory over Evergreen. In the victory, Newcomb scored a season-high 32 points and tied a season-high making five three pointers. In the second half, she hit four consecutive three pointers and she shot 62.5 percent from the floor against Evergreen. Against Northwest, Newcomb scored 15 points and collected five rebounds. On the season, she ranked 3rd in the NAIA in three pointers made per game (3.8), fourth in points per game (22.6) and 8th in free throw percentage (89.6).
EOU returns to action this weekend when they travel to Whitman College to play in the Kim Evanger Raney Classic. The Mountaineers face Whitworth University, Friday Dec. 13. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Friday, after both President Obama and Governor Kitzhaber ordered all flags lowered to half-mast in honor of the passing of Nelson Mandela. We asked if this was the right move on our Facebook Question of the Day. The response we received was mixed, although for the most part, people felt it was not the right option, saying the American flag should only be lowered for the passing of American citizens. There were those who said the flag should be lowered for anyone who helps and saves others no matter what their country is. You can chime in on our Question of the Day by visiting the Elkhorn Media Group Facebook page.
Both the Imnaha Pack and the Snake River Pack have been fairly active in the last few months. Both wolf packs have had multiple acts of depredation in the last few months, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are having to consider the possibility of using lethal action to prevent further depredation. “You know, the goal in these operations is really to just stop further depredation. So we just do what we can to tailor it to that goal and take as few animals as we can while still stopping depredation.”
Spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy. ODF and W will be required to use lethal action if either pack has four acts of depredation in a six month period.
County Commissioners from all over Eastern Oregon participated in a conference call Friday with Senator Ron Wyden’s office over the upcoming mark-up of his Eastside Forest bill. Union County Commissioner Steve McClure said the House has already passed one version, and Commissioners are hoping for something they can work with: "I guess our hope is the Senate passes a bill and it goes to conference and we get something out of it."
Commissioners have concerns about both versions according to McClure. Chief among those is making sure the final bill keeps people working: "We’re working as hard as we can to try and get some more logs in the mills and more jobs in the communities."
Two sides will meet later this week to mark-up the bill and try to come to an agreement on a final version.
Summerville native Cody Campbell won Saturday's round of bull riding at the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Center in La Vegas. He took home just over $18,000 for the win.
The La Grande boys basketball team split their weekend games at the Red Lion tournament in Pendleton. On Friday they blasted Pasco 59-36 while on Saturday they lost to Clarkston 64-32. The La Grande girls swept the weekend, beating Pasco Friday 59-50 and Clarkston Saturday 44-40. The Baker boys earned their first win of the season on Saturday, beating Payette 55-51.
The La Grande wrestling team won the Estacada tournament. Seven Tiger wrestlers won individual titles at the tournament. La Grande will host their annnual Muilenburg tournament next weekend.
The Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball team opened conference play with a split on the road. Friday night they beat The Evergreen State 73-54, and on Saturday they lost to Northwest University in overtime 93-84.
The Eastern women are 2-0 in conference play after beating The Evergreen State 92-76 and Northwest University 71-48.
The EOU women’s soccer team has seen four student athletes make it onto the 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes list. Kailey Moss, Erika Whitehurst, Jordann Whitehurst and Shelby Tucker were named onto the list by maintaining an average GPA of 3.5 through their junior year. Also being named to the list for volleyball were Karly Stack, Stefani Sorensen and Bobbi Sumpter.
The Eastern Oregon Mountaineers saw a pair of players land on the All-Region team. Casey Loper and Stefani Sorensen both made the All-Northwest Regional team. The pair helped to lead EOU to a 25 and 6 record, going 15 and 3 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Both players are juniors for the Mounties.
With temperatures expected to be in the single digits on Sunday with wind chills below zero, officials with the City of Union Chamber of Commerce have decided to postpone their Christmas parade and tree lighting that was supposed to have taken place this Sunday at 4:30. The parade will instead be held on Sunday, December 15th.
CASCADE, Idaho – Authorities in Valley County say the search for a missing plane with five people on board has been scaled back today due to poor weather conditions.
The pilot, Dale Smith, lost radar contact with air traffic controllers on Sunday afternoon and last reported headed for the Johnson Creek airstrip near Yellow Pine, Idaho. The plane took off from Baker City, Ore., and was bound for Butte, Mont.
Search crews used four helicopters and five fixed-wing aircraft to comb the area on Thursday, but failed to find any signs of the missing plane or the people on board.
Poor visibility has led to the grounding of search planes and helicopters today.
“Forecasts call for snowfall throughout the weekend and into next week,” said Incident Commander Lt. Dan Smith with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office. “Even though we want to locate this plane, the one thing we cannot do is put people in harm’s way.”
Officials say a limited number of ground searchers will be working the area today until the weather no longer permits.
All available resources have been used in the search for the single-engine BE Beech Bonanza.
Ground crews including those from Valley County Sheriff’s Office, Valley County Search and Rescue, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, Idaho Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service and family members have hiked the ridges and valleys in the vicinity of Johnson Creek airstrip and the surrounding areas.
Earlier in the week, the FAA issued a temporary flight restriction in the search area. That has now been lifted.
The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is not giving up, but is hopeful new information becomes available.
Officials are urging pilots flying in the area to keep an eye out for any signs of the missing aircraft. The missing plane may be outside of the initial search area, but the vast and remote nature of the Idaho backcountry limits the ability to extend the search any further at this time.
VANCOUVER – Police arrested eight people Thursday in connection with a Vancouver couple who ran away with their infant before he could be taken into county custody.
Five-month-old Jaxon Smith was being taken into custody by county child protective services on Nov. 27. when Jaxon’s mother, Summer Smith, 36, and father Kasey McKernan, 31, fled with the child.
According to police, McKernan assaulted a social worker, grabbed the boy and took off in a pickup truck driven by Smith.
Thursday evening police arrested seven people in connection to the case.
Ashlynd Delaplaine, 21; Eric L. Gross, 43; Russell Majerus, 25; Timothy Duke, 43; Michael Gloyd, 44; Ryan Bean, 27; and Richard W. Countryman, 33 were arrested based on police investigation, outstanding warrants and drug charges, police said.
Thursday afternoon, 33-year-old Michael Grant Fuller was arrested on charges of kidnapping and rendering criminal assistance in connection with the case. But police still had not found Jaxon or his parents.
The pickup was identified as a black 1996 Chevrolet S-10 with Washington license plate A11272U.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the child or his parents was asked to call police at 360-487-7399.
The megaload that is stuck in Eastern Oregon is stalled just south of Pendleton due to the icy conditions on highways. The company that is moving the load is waiting for the weather to improve before starting the next leg of its trip. ODOT has permitted the megaload to drive only at night and only when conditions are clear and workers on the ground check weather reports each day to see if it is safe to go.
The Imnaha wolf pack in Wallowa County has seen another act of depredation qualify against it. The incident dates back to August 12th through the 15th and wolves had been known to be in the area multiple times earlier in the month. The injured cow was in an open range situation and the owner had implemented at least one method of non-lethal deterrence.
Officials with the Union School District will hold a meeting with the Union football team on Monday as well as a community town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a co-op with Cove for football starting in 2014. Superintendent Carter Wells wants to hear from those groups before the school board makes a decision at their meeting Wednesday evening. Tuesday’s town hall meeting will be held at the athletic complex starting at 7:00.
Weather officials say that tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow evening will be the coldest part of this sub Artic cold snap, and officials in several communities say they’re getting reports of frozen pipes and water meters in residences. Public works officials say you need to leave a trickle of water running through your faucets, especially those along outside walls. Also, open the cabinet doors under your sinks to allow warm air to circulate. They also suggest leaving your thermostats up to keep your homes warm.
La Grande high school’s Breanne Hays was the first place winner of the Youth Creating Change Media Literacy Contest held at Eastern Oregon University September 27th. Participants in the contest explored ways that mass media can influence, persuade and entice young people.
The success of our schools in preparing students for life has been the focus of our education system for years, but U.S. students continue to fall further behind the rest of the world. One district whose students are excelling is the Imbler school district which boasts a 100% graduation rate every year. Retiring superintendent Doug Hislop says he’s noticed a big shift in his years as an educator- we’re gone a long way from when there was an 8th grade graduation: "That 8th grade graduation to go from 8th grade to 9th grade required the passing of a test, and kids that didn’t pass that test took the 8th grade over again."
But Hislop says we now live an a world that doesn’t want to let anyone feel left out, so kids who choose not to work hard are still given a share of the reward. But Hislop says he’s starting to see a return back to the basics: "Essentially we’re cranking up the requirements for these kids to the point where they have to perform."
Hislop say he hopes students will put in the same amount of time and effort as the teachers have been. He says the new math standards will be especially difficult to achieve.
Search and rescue crews in Central Idaho are preparing for a sixth day of looking for a missing Beech Bonanza that disappeared from radar Sunday afternoon with five people on board. The plane had taken off from Baker City on it’s way to Montana. It went down in the rugged wilderness area Northeast of Yellow Pine. Four helicoptors joined the search yesterday as crews tried unsuccessfully to triangulate the last known position on radar and the last signals from cell phones. The search will continue today.
When it comes to fraud prevention, one of the biggest keys to keeping your money safe is keeping up to date with your account standing. Community Bank Executive Vice President Keith Burghardt says the more you are checking your account, the better off you will be. “I still sign onto my accounts at least every other day to review transaction history, see what’s going on, making sure that what’s there is mine and was done legitimately either by myself or by my wife.”
Burghardt says if you see any discrepancies, call your bank right away to insure the best chance of getting your money back.
The Baker girls basketball team opened their season with a 40-26 loss to Weiser. Whitney Lemon led the Lady Bulldogs with 9 points in the game. The Baker boys lost to Vale 59-54. They were led by Mason Cline’s 23 points and 11 rebounds.
In high school basketball this weekend, La Grande will play Pasco high school today at the Red Lion tournament in Pendleton and tomorrow they will play Clarkston, Washington. The La Grande girls will also play at the Red Lion tournament. The Baker boys will play at Payette tomorrow.
At the Union Lions club tournament today, the Powder Valley boys and girls teams will play Cove while the Union teams face Crane. The tournament continues tomorrow.
The Elgin Lions will also be hosting a tournament this weekend feature Elgin, Umatilla, the Baker JV and Vale. Games run today and tomorrow.
The Cascade Conference basketball season opens tonight for Eastern Oregon University. The Mountaineer men and women will play The Evergreen State College tonight and Northwest University tomorrow night.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Thursday morning serious injury traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20 near Nyssa in Malheur County. Two people were taken to an Ontario-area hospital and the crash closed the highway for 3 hours.
According to Lieutenant Mark Duncan, on December 5, 2013 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2013 Freightliner truck pulling two trailers driven by JAMES M. STEPHENS, age 63, from Fruitland, Idaho, had been westbound on Highway just north of Columbia Avenue near milepost 265 when he noted a mechanical problem on one of the trailers. STEPHENS pulled to the right shoulder and tried to U-turn to return to a shop for repairs when a rear trailer tire reportedly became stuck on an Idaho Power guide wire. As the truck and trailers were stopped across the highway, a westbound 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by BETTY HINES, age 49, from Fruitland, traveling approximately 55 mph crashed into the side of the trailers.
HINES received serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbags deployed.
STEPHENS was also transported by ambulance to the same hospital for examination of possible injury.
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation. An enforcement decision is pending.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Treasure Valley Paramedics, Nyssa Fire Department, Nyssa Ambulance, ODOT, and Idaho Power. A tow company removed the stuck trailer from the guide wire line before the truck and trailers were driven from the scene and the highway was re-opened.
Photographs - Oregon State Police
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says every wolf pack in the state of Oregon has reproduced this year. There are currently seven packs in the state, all in the Northeast corner of the state as well as the lone wolf OR 7 in the southern part. ODF and W spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says the breeding could mean an increase in activity with more mouths to feed.
Officials with the Vove school district held a pair of townhall meetings earlier this week to get input on the districts impending move to the 2A level. At issue- what are the options for the football team who will be playing in a league with schools that have much larger student bodies. Superintendent Bruce Neil said there are three options they’re looking at: "Play eleven man in the new conference that we’ve been placed, looking at an eight man independent schedule, and the possibility of a co-op."
Neil says the district is gathering information from a wide range of sources before they make a decision: "We’re getting opinions from students, parents, alumni, community members to get as much data information as possible."
Neil says they hope to make a final decision in the next week-or-so, one that will be in the best interest of the kids.
The Baker County Commissioners are one step closer to having a policy for properties that are being foreclosed on that have inhabitants still living in them. The police right now will give the owners 180 days to pay back their back owed taxes on the property before the county takes it over. There is also the possibility of an addition that would allow people with extenuating circumstances a chance to explain why they were unable to come up with the money. The county will look to adopt the policy on the 18th.
The use of telephones to buy and sell items isn’t a new thing, but one thing you will rarely see the phone used is when doing banking. Community Bank Executive Vice President Keith Burghardt says with any bank, you will never hear them ask for personal account information over the phone. “The second you ever receive phone calls where you’re being requested for those types of information, your first instinct should be to hang up the phone and contact your financial institution to see if it’s legitimate.”
Burghardt says if you don’t know who the voice on the other end of the phone is, you should keep your information to yourself.
Despite better weather conditions and more help with the search, Valley County, Idaho officials say they still haven’t been able to find a missing single engine aircraft that disappeared Monday. The Beech Bonanza was carrying a California family who had stopped in Baker City on their way to Montana. The search will continue today.
The La Grande boys basketball team opened their season last night with a 74-68 loss in Pendleton. The boys will play at the Red Lion Tournament this weekend in Pendleton.
The Baker County Commissioners also approved several contracts during today’s session. The major one was the purchase of two Dodge pickups from the Gentry Auto Group in Baker City as special service vehicles. The bids came in well below two other bids that were submitted and the representative from the sheriff’s office said they have had good success with this type of vehicle. Also, the county renegotiated a contract for services with Charlotte Dudley, reducing how much is being paid per month and expanding the length of the contract. A third contract renewed the collection service the county uses for commercial drug testing for the road department.
The Baker County Commissioners received an update on how the year went in regards to water from the County Water Masters at today’s session. The good news coming from the update is that right now, they are seeing a snowpack at roughly 80 percent of normal in the early part of this year. They also confirmed that despite drought conditions during the majority of the year, the aquifer should be in good shape heading into the winter. There was one long term concern brought up heading into the future regarding the amount of sprinklers versus flood irrigation that was being used in the county not allowing the aquifer to recharge as quickly as they would like.
Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett, who replaced Commissioner Carl Stiff when he resigned for health reasons in May, will be seeking a full term in the 2014 election. Bennett filed paperwork with the county clerk’s office earlier this week. He will face fellow republican Bill Harvey in the May primary.
Skiers, get ready! Anthony Lakes Ski Resort will be opening this Saturday. Anthony Lakes marketing director Chelsea McLagen says conditions should be good for this opening weekend: "This last storm has brought us fourteen inches and it’s still snowing. We have great snow, it’s going to settle down good. We have an excellent base."
Chelsea says there are a couple of things to keep in mind when coming up to ski: "I would definitely recommend you have your snow park permit- we do sell them up here at the mountain. Just remember winter traveling conditions and come up and be ready for a good time."
There will be four groomed runs along with groomed trails at the Nordic center, and the rental center, café and saloon will all be open for business.
In today’s online world, the use of the internet for keeping track of finances is a regular thing. Community Bank Executive Vice President Keith Burghardt says while financial institutions do their part to keep any online information safe, keeping it secure is a partnership with the customers who use those features. “There’s an expectation that people want to use these services, we want to provide those services to our customers, but it really is a dual effort to provide those services in a safe environment.”
Burghardt says because of this, it is important to keep potential answers to security questions like old addresses and important dates away from the wrong eyes.
The La Grande wrestling team’s season opening dual against Nyssa tonight has been cancelled. Nyssa’s football team made the state championship game so their wrestlers haven’t had the opportunity to practice yet.
The La Grande boys and girls basketball teams will open their season tonight on the road in Pendleton. The girls play at 6:00, the boys at 7:30.
Player of the Year: Isabel Golemon, Days Creek
Coach of the Year: Ron Dunn, Days Creek
Sealene Little, Culver
SteyieLee Jansen, Days Creek
Molly von Borstel, Weston McEwen
Stacy Kozlowski, Portland Christian
Gabby White, Reedsport Community Charter
Natalie Arnold, Weston McEwen
Gabrielle Alley, Culver
Juniper McDonald, Days Creek
Jazmyn Herrington, Days Creek
Loghan Sprauer Kennedy
Kaylynn Hixenbaugh, Reedsport Community Charter
Erin Tyree, Bonanza
Bailey Tymchuk, Reedsport Community Charter
Sadi Ingallina, Delphian
Taryn Coffman, Weston McEwen
Jaylee Lippert, Grant Union
Vicki McCabe, Union
Lakin Susee, Kennedy
Ruby Cardoso, Reedsport Community Charter
Aysia Killingbeck, Oakridge
A Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) inmate died unexpectedly late Saturday evening at a local hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on November 30, 2013, inmate Larry Hurst, 67, was found unconscious in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Staff immediately initiated CPR and continued attempts to revive the inmate until emergency medical services arrived. The inmate was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:02 p.m.
Hurst entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on April 13, 2010, on five counts of delivery of marijuana to a minor and one count of attempted sodomy in the second degree out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 2015.
Next of kin has been notified. DOC will release more details when the investigation is completed. Preliminary investigation indicates no clear evidence a crime occurred that caused his death.
TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.
The first big winter storm of the year hit this week in the northwest, and it officially signaled the beginning of the winter driving season. The weather isn’t quite over yet though. Dennis Hull with the national weather service says next week, we could be in for more of the same. “We’re looking for this cold air to be here and then some moisture to work its way in from the Pacific, so with the cold air already here and moisture coming over the top of it we could have a winter event that really bears watching.”
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Imbler Schools District Superintendent Doug Hislop announced last week that this is his last year in his position before he is retiring. This means a search for a new superintendent will be coming soon for the district, and Hislop says no matter who it is, the schools will be fine because of the quality of teachers that are there right now. “Those are the people that you should interview and talk about the wonderful things they do for children and how they make things happen for kids because that’s what takes place.”
Hislop says teachers from each grade make an impact on students through their entire careers.
Authorities have detected a faint signal from an emergency locator beacon in the area that a plane went missing on Sunday afternoon. The aircraft has not been located yet, although the search is continuing in the area. The plane was owned by Dale Smith of San Jose, California and he has family in the Baker City area. The pilot had radioed air traffic control that he had engine problems before the crash. There were five people on board the plane when it went down.
The City of Baker City announces that it is seeking volunteers for the following boards and commissions:
Public Works Advisory Committee (PWAC):(three vacancies) Three year terms
The Public Works Advisory Committee (PWAC) advises City Council regarding matters in the Public Works area, including street construction and maintenance, water, waste water and storm line construction and maintenance. Terms end January 2017.
Historic District Design Review Committee (HDDRC):(four vacancies) Three year terms
The Historic Design Review Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving applications submitted by property owners wanting to alter structures within the Historic District. Special consideration will be given to:
· those with prior experience in building design;
· downtown business community members; and
· members of the Baker Historical Society.
The Committee meets on an as needed basis. Three year terms end January 2017.
Baker City Budget Board: (three vacancies) Three year terms
The Budget Board works in conjunction with the City Council to review and set the budget for the City of Baker City. Terms end January 2017.
Anyone interested in volunteering for appointment to the above boards may contact Becky Fitzpatrick at City Hall, 524-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to January 23, 2014. The City Council will make appointments from the list of volunteers and nominees at the January 28, 2014 Council meeting. The volunteer application form is also available on the City’s web site, www.bakercity.com.
A large fire clearly visible from I-84 near Perry last night turned out to be a controlled burn. It’s location high on the hills above Perry combined with low clouds made the burn look ominous, but officials with the Union County Sheriff’s Office said the landowner was controlling the fire and it presented no dangers.
Weather and darkness interupted the search in Central Idaho for an airplane with five members of the same family that disappeared near Yellow Pine Northeast of Cascade. The single engine Beech Bonanza took off from Baker City on its way to Montana when it reported engine failure and disappeared from radar. Valley County officials haven’t released the identity of the family yet. The search is expected to resume this morning.
In today’s modern world, the idea of fraud is one most people know about. Whether it is spam emails or it is a phony phone call, it rears its head in many different ways. Community Bank Executive Vice President Keith Burghardt says one thing that stays the same is who is targeted. “Fraudsters will go after, you know, people that have money and where there’s a greater potential for a payout.”
Burghardt says this means people who are further along in their careers are more likely targets than some of the younger generation.
Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande has a new piece of technology that is already proving to be a huge benefit to local patients. The new 3T MRI unit was installed about three months ago, and imaging manager Troy Juniper says the $2 million equipment is on par with the best in the world: "Image quality is as good as you get anywhere in the world now. The image quality at Grande Ronde Hospital’s MR services will equal or better."
The machine is also larger than the old unit. Juniper says it will handle just about any need they have locally except mammography. And, Juniper says the new unit is faster than the old MRI unit: "We have seen about a 20%-30% reduction in the exam time."
And, the new images produced are sharper allowing doctors the ability to see more detail.
The Snake River wolf pack made its first recorded kill of livestock early this fall- and since then they’ve become such a problem that they’re now approaching the state’s threshold to get on the kill list. Under the rules settled on in a compromise with environmental groups, a pack with four confirmed kills in a six month period are eligible to be thinned as long as ranchers took steps at non-lethal control of the predators. The state just confirmed the packs third incident in late November.
Fraud is a major danger in the current world we live in. There is always the danger, whenever you put information out into the world, that someone can take it and use it. Community Bank Executive Vice President Keith Burghardt says it all comes down to knowing who you are telling what to. “The bad guys, they usually look for the path of least resistance. The look for people that may be less private with their things and they look to exploit those.”
Burghardt says even information on Facebook can be dangerous if given to the wrong person.
UPDATE: The search for a plane that went down near Yellow Pine is seeing slow going in the aftermath of the crash as inclement weather has grounded all searches from the air. The plane was a single engine Beech Bonanza with five people on board traveling to Butte Montana. The plane was registered in San Jose, California. Law enforcement is currently working at notifying the next of kin.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities are looking for a small airplane from Oregon that disappeared near the remote central Idaho town of Yellow Pine.
Valley County rescue crews joined the Idaho Army National Guard Monday in searching on ground and by air a for a single-engine Beach Bonanza and the five people aboard the plane.
County officials say the pilot reported engine failure Sunday afternoon and asked for coordinates to circle back to land at the Johnson Creek Airstrip. The backcountry landing strip is near the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness area and three miles south of tiny Yellow Pine.
The plane was flying from Baker, Ore., to Butte, Mont., when it lost radio and radar contact with controllers.
Valley County Sheriff Lt. Dan Smith said the people on board are from the same family.
Winter is here and it is time to start looking into how the snow pack is looking. This year has been an up and down year in the first month, and hydrologist Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service says the mountains are currently at about 50 to 60 percent of normal snow pack. “Even though we have the winter to go, sometimes we wait a little bit too long on trying to think we might catch up, so it is something to be concerned about.”
Lohmann says with Eastern Oregon coming out of drought conditions, a good winter is important to getting off to a good start next year.
The monthly climate summaries for Union and Baker Counties have been released, and for both counties, November saw cooler weather and less precipitation than normal. Baker County received under a half inch of recorded rainfall which is half of the normal amount. Union County saw a total of just under two inches of precipitation which is just below the average. Average temperatures in both counties were around 2 degrees below normal. The outlook for December is calling for below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
Last week the La Grande City Council voted not to purchase the Eagles building in the downtown area as the new home for the police department- but the need for more space and a better structure remains. Mayor Dan Pokorney says there are several options the city will look at, including one that had been discussed years ago: "Maybe we would look at another law enforcement center where the Sheriff and the city and the jail and everything could move."
But the Mayor said most of the options they have would likely require some type of bond levy. Still, recent discussions have opened some eyes: "I think this has brought out the need, and I think it’s going to spur a lot of conversations with people- and we’ll certainly be in on that conversation."
The La Grande Police Department currently shares a facility with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, but the combined forces have outgrown the building which is also falling apart structurally. The City Council will begin discussing their options at their January retreat.
There are plenty of groups in Eastern Oregon that are focused on helping people. Whether it is a food bank, or a group helping kids, they are all doing something to make the area a better place to live. United Way of Eastern Oregon Director Miriam Farnam says their goal is to help some of those groups focus more time on their goals. “So what we do is we adopt a certain number of agencies every year, and go out and do our best to relieve some of the fundraising burden.”
Farnam says they prefer to adopt groups that work directly with people.
Proving quality trumps quantity, the Imbler Panthers won their second 1A state football title Saturday beating Lowell 88-76 despite being outgained by more than two hundred yards of offense. Joe Griffin accounted for 641 yards of offense to lead the Panthers to the win. Griffin was named the Player-of-the-Game.
Saturday’s game between the Panthers and Devils was one for the record books. Imbler scored the most points ever in a title game (88), and the two teams combined scores was also a record (164). The two teams also combined for 2,195 yards of total offense in the game.
The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team split their games at the Lady Yote Classic in Caldwell over the weekend. On Friday the Lady Mountaineers beat Walla Walla University 96-347 and then on Saturday they lost to Puget Sound 82-77. They open Cascade Conference play Friday night.