Eastern Oregon News & Sports

EASTERN OREGON: Friday sports scores

Football and Volleyball scores

Posted on October 24, 2014


Elgin 56 def Ione 16

Vale 20 def Nyssa 0

Wallowa 46 def Joseph 6

Imbler 46 def Enterprise 0

Burns 53 def Union/Cove 7

Harper/Huntington 56 def Jordan Valley 24


Heppner 3 def Weston McEwen 2

Pilot Rock 3 def Stanfield 0

Culver 3 Pilot Rock 0

BAKER CITY, OR: Bulldogs hold on for win against Ontario

Bulldogs will have a play-in game next week

Posted on October 24, 2014

The Baker Bulldogs held on for a win against the Ontario Tigers friday night 42 to 35 to grab second place in the GOL. The Bulldogs were led by Porter Cline who rushed 23 times for 234 yards and five touchdowns. The Bulldogs also had a strong finish by the defense to capture the win. Ontario was led ny Ben Turner who rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns. The Baker Bulldogs will host a play-in game next week.

MILTON FREEWATER, OR: Tigers roll over Mac-Hi

La Grande Tigers football team are GOL Champions

Posted on October 24, 2014

The La Grande Tigers rolled past the Mac-Hi Pioneers friday night 68 to 24 to win the GOL title. The Tigers were led by Andrew Peasley who had four rushes for 51 yards. Brandon Dall completed 13 of 14 passes for the Tigers for 395 yards. La Grande will have a bye week before starting the playoffs.

MEACHAM, OR: Truck fire closes eastbound lanes for period of time

Cause of fire unknown

Posted on October 24, 2014

I-84 Meacham at milepost 238 was closed for a period of time this afternoon after a semi-truck caught fire.  Calls went out and emergency crews responded.  The truck was quickly engulfed in flames requiring all traffic traveling in the eastbound lanes to be stopped until the fire could be handled.  Both lanes of travel were reopened at approximately 6:00pm after being closed for just over an hour.  No information has been released about the cause of the fire or if the driver sustained any injuries.

BAKER CITY, OR: Semi-truck hauling hay overturns on I-84, exit 302

No injuries were reported 

Posted on October 24, 2014

A semi-truck caused some traffic headaches in Baker City early this morning after rolling onto its side around mile post 302.  At approximately 1:40 am a semi-truck pulling a trailer loaded with hay went off the road and over turned according to Lieutenant Gregg Hastings with the Oregon State Police.  The accident took place in the westbound lanes of I-84 and closed one lane of travel down while crews worked to clean up the mess.  No injuries were reported according to Oregon State Police.

LA GRANDE, OR: Local coffee shop owners feels invaded after break-in

Thieves broke out a window and stole cash

Posted on October 24, 2014

“A complete invasion of privacy,” That is what Jenna Russell owner of Antlers Espresso in La Grande had to say about a break-in that took place this week.  Similar to other recent break-ins in recent day’s thieves broke in through a window and stole cash.  No major damage was done to the business other than a broken window according to Russell.  She also mentioned that “It’s too bad this stuff happens in such a small town, hopefully the cops are doing everything they can.” 

Antlers espresso was one of at least seven break-ins that happened early Thursday morning in la Grande, with five more happening over this past weekend.  If you have any details about who may behind this you are asked to call the La Grande Police Department.

BAKER CITY, OR: BCPD concludes final High Visibility Campaign for the year

Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon participated in this nationwide campaign

Posted on October 24, 2014

The Baker City Police Department concluded its final High Visibility Enforcement Campaign during Labor Day Weekend, in an attempt to reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. This completed the fifth such campaign in the last ten months.  Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon participated in this nationwide effort to get more impaired drivers off the street. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit. The Baker City Police Department asks that all our citizens drink responsibly, buckle up and keep our roadways safe.

 For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.gov and their national crackdown campaign headquarters.

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker 5J still working kinks out of new alarm system

Yesterday's panic alarm was a false alarm

Posted October 24, 2014

After a panic alarm sounded yesterday morning at Brooklyn Elementary in Baker City, responders- which included school district staff and law enforcement- went into action to identify the reason for the alarm.  Baker 5J School District Business Manager Doug Dalton: "This was an activation by one of our wireless hand held units that staff have with them.  That is what launched the system, inadvertently; there is not a threat of any kind at school.  This was an accidental launch of the system."

Growing pains are common when it comes to dealing with new things such as security systems according to Dalton: "Not a lot of schools have these systems and we are going to have some growing pains and learning but we are trying to do it quickly and thoughtfully."

Dalton says that the school district is working towards a resolution to ensure that the system is not accidently activated in the future.

LA GRANDE, OR: New Vo Tech center part of LG school bond

Center would for students and adults

Posted October 24, 2014

Passing the proposed La Grande School District bond levy could be good for the future of Union Counties economy.  One of the problems that potential employers often cite is the lack of a skilled work force- high school graduates ready for a career.  Jeff Crews is one of those backing the bond: "We need a better way for people to be able to learn vocational skills both in high school as well as to have opportunities to partner in the community with private business to be able to help the education to be able to go on for adults into the future."

That lack of vocational education opportunities hurts the area according to an economic consultant that visited la grande earlier this year: "In the first fifteen minutes when he was asking ‘where’s your vocational training, how are people going to learn how to weld and do mechanical things to maintain the manufacturing operations that we want to have here."

That’s one issue that would be solved if the proposed $31.8 million La Grande school bond passes in November.  Part of the bond would help build a vo tech building at La Grande High School to train both high school students and adults.

LA GRANDE, OR: Fire season comes to an end in NE Oregon

Landowners still need to use caution while burning

Posted October 24, 2014

The fire season is officially over in Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, Grant, Malhuer and Morrow counties.  Officials with the Department of Forestry made the announcement yesterday afternoon thanks to the wet weather that’s settled into the region.  The end of fire season doesn’t ease landowners responsibility, however, when it comes to burning slash and debris piles which need to be watched.

LA GRANDE, OR: Record number enrolled in Eastern Promise

Program prepares kids to go to college

Posted October 24, 2014

A record number of students are taking advantage of the Eastern Promise program.  3,550 students have enrolled in the program which is designed to help kids in the 5th through 8th grades get ready for college.  Forty-two schools in Eastern Oregon are participating.  In the program, 5th graders get a field trip to Eastern Oregon University to see what college is like.  They make trips to one of the regions two community colleges in the 7th grade.  Teachers in participating districts also undergo training to help lead their students through the program.

LA GRANDE, OR: School parents concerned about head lice

Parents need to check their children

Posted October 24, 2014

Several parents of children at schools in the La Grande are reporting cases of head lice among students.  Officials suggest you check your childs head carefully to make sure they’re not affected.  You need to also teach your children not to share combs, brushes or hats with other students.

BAKER CITY, OR: Greater Oregon League, EOU soccer scores

La Grande girls hold onto 1st place

Posted October 24, 2014

In Greater Oregon League soccer action yesterday the La Grande boys played Ontario to a 1-1 draw and the Mac Hi boys beat Baker 6-0.  In girls action La Grande beat Ontario 4-1 and Mac Hi beat Baker 3-0.  The Eastern soccer team lost to Northwest Christian 1-0.

LA GRANDE, OR: Final night of football for the GOL, other HS schedules

GOL playoffs still to be decided

Posted October 24, 2014

It’s the final night of the regular season for Greater Oregon League football teams and the league title is still up for grabs.  Baker will host Ontario in a battle for the playoffs.  You can listen to the game starting with the St. Alphonsus pregame show at 6:50 on KCMB.  La Grande travels to Mac Hi.  Listen to the game starting with the Les Schwab Tire Pregame show at 6:50 on NewsTalk 103.

In other high school games today Imbler will host Enterprise at 2:00, Union/Cove will host Burns at 7:00, Elgin travels to Ione, Pine Eagle plays in Echo and Joseph is at Wallowa.

DEADMAN PASS: Police searching for two male suspects

Men are suspected of robbing another man

Posted on October 23, 2014

Oregon State Police is asking for the public's to identify two men suspected of robbing another man Wednesday night after he stopped to inspect his vehicle in the Deadman Pass area along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.   On October 22, 2014 at approximately 8:35 p.m., a 34-year old Boise, Idaho man stopped his black Subaru passenger car along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227 to inspect what he believed was a flat tire. While stopped and outside of his vehicle, the victim reported that a maroon 1990s Ford Mustang displaying unknown California license plate stopped behind his vehicle. The two men got out and assaulted the victim, stealing his wallet. The men ran back to their car and drove away westbound.   Both suspects were described as white males, age 35 - 40, approximately 5'10" tall and weighing about 200 pounds. One suspect was reported to have dark hair, a beard, and was wearing a red plaid flannel shirt. The second suspect was reported to have dark hair, a moustache, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The victim received minor injuries not requiring medical treatment.

Anyone with who may have been traveling through the area at the time with information about this case is requested to call OSP dispatch at (541) 276-2121. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Dan Chichester.

ELGIN, OR: High school cleared after possible gas leak

Avista Utility confirmed that there was no gas leak

Posted on October 23, 2014

Elgin High School was on high alert this morning after reports of a possible natural gas leak.  According to a member of the school staff, the Elgin Fire Department was notified and students and staff were evacuated to Stella Mayfield Elementary while the Elgin Fire Department cleared the area.  Avista utility was called to do a second check of the school just as a precautionary measure. Officials have reported that the school has been cleared with no gas leaks.  Staff and students have since been returned to the high school.

BAKER CITY, OR: Panic alarm quickly determined to be a false alarm

Scene was cleared just before 9:00 am

Posted on October 23, 2014

A panic alarm was activated at Brooklyn Elementary School in Baker City this morning.  School officials and law enforcement responded to the scene and quickly determined that the alarm was a false alarm and the area was cleared just a few minutes before 9:00 am according to Baker City Police Chief Wynn Lohner.

LA GRANDE, OR: Burglary victim: Suspects know what they're doing

Police officers on scene within minutes

Posted October 23, 2014

The security alarm at AC Power Sports started blaring at 3:32.  Owner Cody Richelderfer was inside the store within two minutes but the cash register- and the thieves- were already gone.  Officers from the La Grande Police Department were also on the scene within minutes and then searched La Grande finding more break ins.  Richelderfer has some advice for other business owners: Aybody that has any game cameras or any type of motion cameras or whatever lying around should hang them up.  Getting a vehicle would be huge.  It’s hard to get a good shot of a person with a hoodie on."

The suspects may already be on video casing the businesses.  Cody says the thieves got away with his entire cash register which is more valuable than the $300 inside.

LA GRANDE, OR: Seven more businesses burglarized in La Grande

Cash and alcohol stolen

Posted October 23, 2014

Seven more La Grande businesses fell victim to thieves last night.  Lt. Derrick Reddington with the La Grande Police Department said an alarm sounded at AC Power Sports about 3:30 this morning.  Officers then checked other businesses in town and found other break ins.  Also hit were the Smokehouse, Moy’s, Nells-N-Out, El Erradero, Cinco de Mayo and Antler’s Espresso.  Lt. Reddington says they do have some leads: "We do have some video.  You know, the suspects are obviously concealing themselves making it a little bit difficult."

Like last weekends break ins, entry was gained through windows and side doors.  The only things taken were cash and a little alcohol.  Anyone with any information on the burglaries is asked to call the La Grande Police Department.

LA GRANDE, OR: Healthy people need the flu vaccine, too

Healthy people are the spreaders of the flu

Posted October 23, 2014

As the fall wears on, Oregonians can expect to see an increase in the number of cases of one of the worst viral killers in the world.  Cases of the flu peak in Oregon in January, but already the state has seen a rise in the number of cases this fall.  Health officials recommend that everyone over the age of six months get a flu vaccine, even those that think they’re healthy according to Andi Walsh with the Center for Human Development: "If you’re young and you have a healthy metabolism or you’ve got a healthy immune system- you feel that you’re not at risk.  However, you are the perfect vector to infect somebody else."

Walsh says the more people that are vaccinated the less the flu virus will spread.  Walsh says there are a very few people who shouldn’t get vaccinated: "If you do have some health conditions that prevent you from getting it we ask that you not get it- and that’s where that herd immunity comes into effect."

To find out more about the flu vaccine, contact the Center for Human Development.

LA GRANDE, OR: Road construction season nearing an end

I-84 onramp West of La Grande to reopen

Posted October 23, 2014

Drivers rejoice- the road construction season is nearly over.  ODOT spokesman Tom Strandberg says crews are finishing up their projects and the traffic cones and equipment will soon be gone- at least for a few months.  Strandberg says the freeway onramp at the west end of La Grande will reopen by the end of October.  Motorists will then have a new concrete paved lane to drive on.  Strandberg says that project will continue next spring: "Next year they’ll continue to run the pavement upgrades from Hilgard State Park up to Spring Creek Grade where they’ll also install the third truck lane."

More than 400 lane miles of roads in Northeast Oregon received some type of work this summer according to Strandberg.  The biggest of the projects was the concrete repaving project west of La Grande: "That new concrete is like a foot thick and runs for seven or eight miles in the slow lane of the east and west bound freeway, so it’s going to be nice and durable for a long, long time."

Strandberg says two chipseal projects- one between La Grande and Union and one in Baker County, have been postponed until next year.

BAKER CITY, OR: School board votes against approval of Achievement Compact

The outcome was a 3-2 vote

Posted on October 22, 2014

The vote was against approving the state mandated Achievement Compact in relation to Common Core.  That was the decision last night after a 3-2 vote by the Baker 5J School District Board, but what is the Achievement Compact?  Superintendant Walt Wegener explains, “The achievement compact is a statute required approval, of a spreadsheet basically, that has a whole bunch of data points on it and then asperational goals.”  What does that mean in plain English?  Wegener says that it means that by 2025, every student in every subject on the achievement compact which is basically English and Math have to be at benchmark. 

BAKER CITY, OR: Greater Oregon League soccer nears the home stretch

Today's games could decide league titles

Posted October 23, 2014

The Greater Oregon League soccer schedule has some big games on tap for this afternoon.  La Grande will travel to Ontario where the boys and girls are both working to stay in league title contention.  Baker will travel to Mac Hi where they can help decide the league title with wins.  The boys play at 2:00, the girls at 4:00.

LA GRANDE, OR: EOU men's cross country up to 9th

Men jump two spots after Inland Empire win

Posted October 23, 2014

The Eastern Oregon University men's cross country team jumped two spots in the latest NAIA national poll from 11th to 9th.  The Mountaineers won the Inland Empire meet last Saturday.  Southern Oregon University remains the highest ranked team in the Cascade Conference at #2.

1 1 Oklahoma City (20) 621
2 2 Southern Oregon (1) 602
3 3 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1) 574
4 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 566
5 5 St. Francis (Ill.) 534
6 7 British Columbia 511
6 6 Aquinas (Mich.) 511
8 8 Tennessee Wesleyan 471
9 11 Eastern Oregon 452
10 9 Cal State San Marcos 450
11 10 Indiana Wesleyan 444
12 12 Morningside (Iowa) 385
13 NR Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 381
14 13 Taylor (Ind.) 360
15 21 The Master's (Calif.) 324
16 14 College of Idaho 314
17 15 Saint Mary (Kan.) 292
18 NR Carroll (Mont.) 285
19 16 Indiana Tech 259
20 17 Goshen (Ind.) 244
21 23 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 217
22 20 Shawnee State (Ohio) 206
23 22 Northwestern (Iowa) 163
24 19 Oregon Tech 155
25 18 Vanguard (Calif.) 152

Others Receiving Votes: Marian (Ind.), 127; Oklahoma Baptist, 101; Concordia (Ore.), 71; Dordt (Iowa), 57; Westmont (Calif.), 46; SCAD Savannah (Ga.), 21; Milligan (Tenn.), 20; Concordia (Neb.), 16; William Carey (Miss.), 8; Wayland Baptist (Texas), 5; Arizona Christian, 4.

LA GRANDE, OR: Rip City comes to La Grande bearing gifts

Blazers donate playground equipment to La Grande

Posted October 22, 2014

La Grande became Rip City- at least for a day.  The Portland Trailblazers kicked off a statewide tour yesterday in Northeast Oregon setting up a court on Adams Avenue and bringing celebrities such as retired Blazer Jerome Kersey to town.  La Grande Parks Director Stu Spence said their visit had another side to it as well: "They provided some amazing playground equipment over at Birnie Park we opened up today.  It really completes that project- it’s really generous."

MODA Health, which has an office in La Grande, partnered with the Blazers on the project. Young fans like Michael Vera got a rare treat- to play ball with a former Blazer: "The basketball- and that Jerome Kersey’s here.  My whole family is Blazers fanatics."


BAKER CITY, OR: Forest Service ruining wildlife, jobs

Policies are keeping people out of the forests

Posted October 22, 2014

The Forest Service is destroying wildlife and wilderness by closing roads.  That was one opinion at a panel meeting that took place in La Grande this week.  Closing access roads does more than just keep recreationalists out of the forest- it also creates less jobs for logging, mining and more according to Baker County resident and Jefferson Mining District Coordinating Officer Arthur Sappington: "We are now destroying more wildlife including endangered species that they are quote supposedly trying to protect by lack of management and closing roads to that can’t get out there."

Can a compromise be reached in regards to public access?  Some believe that when it all comes down to the bottom line, what will determine the final answer is votes and how much of a voice can be heard from producers not just the consumers.

EASTERN OREGON: Residents say it's time to wake up regarding access

Strong opinions sway on both sides of the fence regarding public lands access

Posted on October 21, 2014

Members of the public need to wake up…residents want access to their public lands back!  That was the message that several residence of Eastern Oregon made clear at a panel discussion this week at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande.  Tollgate resident Dino Graham says his wife and him “Worked hard their whole lives to be able to afford the things that they could use recreationally in the wilderness, such as ATV’s, and now they can’t legally use them”  Also stating that “Our forest department up there, all they want to do is run everybody off.  They don’t want the people to come out there and see what is really going on and the people need to wake up!”  With such strong opinions on both sides of the fence, a happy medium that will make everyone happy may be a ways off.

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker County exceeds statewide drop in unemployment

Union and Wallowa Counties also exceeds the state average

Posted October 22, 2014

The overall statewide unemployment rate has fallen half-a-percent so far in 2014, but many individual counties have exceeded that rate according to the Oregon Employment Department.  Union County has seen its unemployment rate drop by just over the state average while Baker and Wallowa Counties have done even better dropping seven-tenths of a percent.  The only Eastern Oregon County that hasn’t seen a drop in the unemployment rate so far this year is Malheur County which has seen a tenth-of-a-percent rise.

LA GRANDE, OR: LHS soccer teams beat Baker

Girls maintain first place in the GOL

Posted October 22, 2014

The La Grande boys beat Baker 5-0 in Greater Oregon League play to keep pace with Ontario and Mac Hi in the race for the playoffs.  The La Grande girls won 7-1 and continue to be in first place in the league standings.

LA GRANDE, OR: EOU volleyball moves to highest ever ranking

EOU the highest ranked Cascade Conference team

Posted October 22, 2014

The Eastern Oregon University volleyball team moved into unchartered territory yesterday.  The latest NAIA national poll has the Lady Mountaineers ranked 8th- the highest ever ranking in school history.

1 1 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (21) 20-2 591
2 3 Park (Mo.) 25-0 572
T3 2 Concordia (Calif.) 22-2 536
T3 4 Texas at Brownsville 25-2 536
5 5 Biola (Calif.) 19-4 529
6 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 23-2 497
7 12 Missouri Baptist 27-1 453
8 9 Eastern Oregon 21-2 435
9 7 Viterbo (Wis.) 28-4 427
10 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 25-2 424
11 10 Southern Oregon 17-3 404
12 11 Midland (Neb.) 18-5 400
13 14 Columbia (Mo.) 24-4 367
14 13 Davenport (Mich.) 22-5 348
T15 18 Grand View (Iowa) 21-12 302
T15 16 Madonna (Mich.) 28-5 302
17 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 20-7 292
18 T20 Jamestown (N.D.) 17-6 246
19 15 Evangel (Mo.) 19-8 239
20 T20 Oklahoma Baptist 20-7 231
21 23 Dordt (Iowa) 14-8 184
22 22 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 15-9 177
23 24 Coastal Georgia 21-1 147
24 19 Vanguard (Calif.) 18-9 135
25 RV Cal State San Marcos 18-9 131

Others receiving votes: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 121; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 81; Indiana Wesleyan 72; Bryan (Tenn.) 58; Ashford (Iowa) 42; College of Idaho 35; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 27; St. Catharine (Ky.) 22; St. Thomas (Fla.) 16; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 14; Point Park (Pa.) 12; Hastings (Neb.) 9; The Master's (Calif.) 7; Concordia (Ore.) 3.

PENDLETON, OR: Grand Jury likely to hear EOCI shooting case

Evidence likely to be presented in November

Posted October 21, 2014

It’s likely a grand jury will hear the case of an officer involved shooting at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute back in August.  Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus says they have a mountain of interviews that cover every corrections officer on duty as well as statements from more than 200 inmates who were in the yard.  26-year-old Jayson Withers was involved in an attack on another inmate.  Despite repeated orders to stop the attack he continued to hit the other inmate until a guard fired a shot killing him.   The case will likely go to the grand jury in November.

LA GRANDE, OR: New Regional Forester: No return to high harvests

Pena says forest goals must include everyone

Posted October 21, 2014

Communities throughout Eastern Oregon look forward to a day when timber harvests return to higher levels.  New Regional Forester Jim Pena says don’t hold your breath.  During a panel discussion yesterday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande Pena said there’s more focus these days on making sure there’s something in our forests for everyone: "I think that there’s a significant amount of other things that we’re providing for that maybe we didn’t provide for at the same level in days past."

Pena said the timber industry represents just one side of the multiple use goals of the Forest Service, and it’s time to return our national forests to something everyone can enjoy. While our national forests belong to all of us, a segment of the population wants to shut us out according to Congressman Greg Walden who chaired the meeting.  Long an advocate of using our forests responsibly, Walden says the Forest Service seems bent on closing roads and keeping people out of the forests, something the nearly 150 people gathered were strongly against: "Hopefully they heard the message today, but I don’t leave overly optimistic- at least from the regional level.  We have more work to do."

Congressman Walden says it’s not only the Forest Service holding up forest access.  Two bills have passed the House, but the Senate won’t allow either bill to advance.

BAKER CITY, OR: City officials looking for a planning committee member

Unexpired term runs until January 1st of 2016

Posted October 21, 2014

Baker City officials are still looking for one person willing to fill an unexpired term on the City Planning Commission.  The commission advises the city council on property uses, zoning issues as well as helping to oversee land use issues within the city.  The term expires January 1st 2016.  Anyone interested in filling the seat can get an application at City Hall or on the city website.

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker soccer teams head over the hill

Just two weeks left in the regular season

Posted October 21, 2014

The Baker boys and girls soccer teams travel to La Grande this afternoon for Greater Oregon League games.  The boys play at 2:00 pm and the girls play at 4:00 pm at the Middle School field.

LA GRANDE, OR: La Grande quarterback gets statewide award

Dall named Oregonian Athlete-of-the-Week

Posted October 21, 2014

La Grande High School quarterback Brandon Dall is getting some much deserved statewide recognition.  After throwing for 504 yards against Baker two weeks ago, Dall threw for 405 yards and 5 touchdowns against Ontario.  He has been nominated for Oregonians High School Football Honor Roll for his week.  To vote for Brandon, follow this link:


LA GRANDE, OR: EOU runner named Runner-of-the-Week

Flores finished 9th at Inland Empire meet

Posted October 21, 2014

Eastern Oregon University runner Damien Flores was named the Red Lion Cascade Conference Runner-of-the-Week after finishing 9th overall in the Inland Empire meet in Lewiston on Saturday.  That helped Eastern to a first place overall finish.

BOARDMAN, OR: Accident claims life of 80-year-old man

A 27-year old driver received minor injuries

Posted on October 20, 2014

Oregon State is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year-old male. Names of involved persons are released in this update.  According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on October 20, 2014 at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slow down of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles. A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by Mitchell E. Davis, age 27, from Mattawa, Washington, in which the victim was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.

After Davis got out of the Mustang and helped his passenger/grandfather, Melvin J. Mitchell, age 80, from Richland, Washington, get out, as they were standing next to the car three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren't able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and elderly male, resulting in fatal injuries to Mitchell.

After impact, the Ford Mustang spun into the second commercial truck before coming to rest in the westbound lanes. Davis received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators. The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as Ronald Cook, age 65, from Lincoln, Nebraska. The Ford Explorer's driver, Joe W. Brogdon, age 63, from La Grande, was not injured. OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office and Hermiston Work Site are continuing the investigation. Trooper John Lombardi is the lead investigator. The westbound lanes were re-opened about 3:30 p.m.

ISLAND CITY, OR: Elgin man receives minor injuries in crash

Mule dies in the accident

Posted on October 20, 2014

Sunday evening at approximately 7:47 p.m., a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by Randall Stearns, age 46, from Elgin, was westbound on Highway 82 near milepost 5 when it struck a mule on the roadway. The mule died as a result of the crash. Stearns received minor injury and was taken by a private party to a local hospital. The mule’s owner was located and recovered the dead animal. No citations issued.

LA GRANDE, OR: Five La Grande businesses burglarized

Suspects captured on video

Posted October 20, 2014

Five La Grande businesses were burglarized in one spree late Friday night and early Saturday morning, and the La Grande Police Department is working to identify the suspects.  Lt. Derrick Reddington says the thieves hit Bear Mountain Pizza, Bud Jacksons, Yia Yia Nikki’s, the Barkin Basement and the Golden Harvest restaurant gaining entry by smashing a window or kicking open the door.  Lt. Reddington says appartently the thieves were only after cash: "it does appear that the suspects were looking for cash only as there were other valuables within these businesses that were untouched."

The two suspects were captured on film which is being enhanced to hopefully show a better image of the thieves.  Lt. Reddington asks anyone with any information on the burglaries to call the La Grande Police Department 963-1017.

LA GRANDE, OR: EOU names Presidential Search Committee members

Committee will meet this Thursday

Posted October 20, 2014

The eighteen member committee that will lead the search for a new Eastern Oregon University President has been named.  Former State Senator David Nelson will lead the committee which includes faculty, staff, students, almuni and business leaders from all over the region.  It also includes several members of the new Eastern Oregon University Board of Trustees.  The committee will hold their first meeting this Thursday and hope to have a new president in place by July 1st.  The committee members are:

David Nelson, search chair, OSBHE member & former state senator, Chris Maples, president of Oregon Institute of Technology, Bill Grigsby, associate professor of sociology, Charles Lyons, professor of psychology, Darren Dutto, professor of physical education & health, Doug Briney, associate professor of business law, Terry Walters, regional director of EOU Portland & EOU Salem, Jodi Hickerson, science lab preparator, Philip Sebastiani, ASEOU student government president, Lara Moore, vice president for finance & administration, Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of business & education, Dixie Lund, past president & EOU board member, Richard Chaves, EOU board member & business leader, Abel Mendoza, retired assistant professor of chemistry, Steve McClure, Union County Commissioner, Dana Young, president of Treasure Valley Community College, Roy Koch, search liaison to Oregon University System, Heather Cashell, search coordinator

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker public works makes quick repairs on pipe

Fix was complete in about ten hours

Posted October 20, 2014

A crack in a water pipe is being blamed for a water leak underneath Tenth Street in Baker City Thursday evening.  Public works crews were notified of the leak just before 8:00 pm and moved quickly to shut water off to the area to prevent further damage to the road surface.  A three man work crew started repairs about 4:00 am and had a solid sleeve patch around the pipe by 6:15 which allowed them to restore water to the neighborhood.

LA GRANDE, OR: Roy Horn Sr. faces Rape and Sex Abuse charges

Bail is held at $100,000

Posted on October 17, 2014

Roy Horn Sr., a Union County resident, was arraigned in a Union County Circuit Court Room this afternoon.  Horn was arraigned by visiting Circuit Court Judge Ochoa, on charges of Rape in the first degree and Sex Abuse in the first degree.  Incidents were reported to happen between 2006 and 2007.  Judge Ochoa held bail at $100,000, meaning that in order to be bailed out Horn must present the full amount of bail not just 10%.  In the event that bail is posted a hearing has been required before release.  Horn has been ordered no contact with the victim and is being held in the Union County Jail.

LA GRANDE, OR: LHS soccer teams sweep Mac Hi

Girls back in 1st place in GOL standings

Posted October 20, 2014

The La Grande girls soccer team shut out Mac Hi 4-0 on Saturday to recapture 1st place in the league standings.  For the first time in several years, the boys soccer team beat powerhouse Mac Hi 4-3.  The boys are still in 3rd place in the Greater Oregon League boys standings.

LA GRANDE, OR: EOU men and women's basketball open with wins

Both teams now 2-0 this season

Posted October 20, 2014

The Eastern Oregon University men's basketball team opened their season with a pair of wins over the New Hope Christian this weekend.  On Friday the Mountaineers won 85-74 and then on Saturday they cruised to an 81-66 win.  Case Rada led Eastern with 33 points.

The Eastern women also took a pair of wins from New Hope Christian, winning 76-50 on Friday and 80-52 on Saturday.  Nikki Osbournce led Eastern with 23 points and nine rebound Saturday night.

LA GRANDE, OR: EOU volleyball sweeps College of Idaho

Casey Loper leads EOU with 16 kills

Posted October 20, 2014

The 9th ranked Eastern Oregon University volleyball team made quick work of the College of Idaho Friday night winning 34-32, 25-21, 25-12.  Casey Loper led Eastern with 16 kills in the match.  Eastern is on the road this weekend to Warner Pacific and Concordia University.

LA GRANDE, ID: EOU men's cross country wins meet

EOU finishes in third best time ever

Posted October 20, 2014

The Eastern Oregon University men's cross country team won the Inland Empire Championships in Lewiston Saturday in he third-best time ever.  The men were led by Damien Flores who finished 9th in 24:23 despite having to stop to put his shoe back on midway through the race.  The Eastern women finished 5th.

EASTERN OREGON: Regional sports scores

Area Sports Scores

Posted on October 17, 2014


Ontario 40 def La Grande 34 OT

Baker 54 def Mac-Hi 14

Union/Cove 58 def Grant Union 8

Pine Eagle 62 def Joseph 20

Elgin 88 def Echo 14

Burns 48 def Enterprise 0

Wallowa 72 def Powder Valley 34


Pine Eagle 3 def Joseph 2

Union 3 def Heppner 2

BAKER CITY, OR: Bulldogs run past Mac-Hi Pioneers

Bulldogs get back in the win column

Posted on October 17, 2014

The Baker Bulldogs got off to a fast start against Mac-Hi and never looked back as they beat the Pioneers 54 to 14 Friday night. The Bulldogs were led by Porter Cline who had 13 rushes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Keaton Bachman was 8 of 12 passing for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Mason Powell rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown and also caught three passes for 101 yards and two more touchdowns. Baker will host Ontario next Friday night at 7pm.

ONTARIO, OR: Ontario wins battle of the Tigers

La Grande manages just seven yards rushing

Posted on October 17, 2014

The La Grande Tigers lost a tough one on the road losing to the Ontario Tigers in overtime 40 to 34. La Grande was led by Brandon Dall who was 23 of 44 in passing for 405 yards. Andrew Peasley hauled in 12 of those passes for 241 yards. La Grande travels to Mac-Hi next week while Ontario makes the trip to battle the Baker Bulldogs.

EASTERN OREGON: Health care professionals focus on Ebola education

"The likelihood of someone in Eastern Oregon becoming infected with Ebola is slim"

Posted on October 16, 2014

One death and two illnesses have now been reported nationally due to Ebola.  The country is on high alert for the virus so health professionals are educating themselves to know how to determine if a patient is infected with Ebola or if their symptoms are caused by something else. April Brock with Grande Ronde Hospital says “The main focus right now is trying to get education and information out to our health care providers, so that they don’t get caught not understanding what they should be looking for and the questions that they should be asking because Ebola is new to the United States. 

Brock says that the likelihood of someone in Eastern Oregon becoming infected with Ebola is slim, but precautions are being taken regarding education, just to be safe.

LA GRANDE, OR: Ebola virus not an airborn virus

You can take steps to protect yourself

Posted October 17, 2014

Standing next to a person, sharing the same air..these are not ways that the Ebola virus can be transmitted according to JB Brock with Union County Emergency Services. "In order to spread the disease, you have to have bodily fluids exchange, from an infected person to an uninfected person."

Coughing into your sleeve and washing hands regularly are a couple of ways that you can protect yourself and others from the spread of germs.  If you feel that you have been in contact with someone who has been infected with Ebola, you need to seek help immediately.

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker volleyball beats Mac Hi, other scores

Baker keeps in the playoff race with the win

Posted October 17, 2014

The Baker volleyball team beat Mac Hi last night 3-1.  That keeps the Lady Bulldogs in 2nd place in the Greater Oregon League standings at 4-1.  In other volleyball action last night, Elgin beat Enterprise 3-2, Burns beat Union 3-1 and Grant Union swept Imbler 3-0.

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker hosts Mac Hi for Homecoming, other games

La Grande travels to Ontario for a showdown

Posted October 17, 2014

The Baker Bulldogs will host Mac Hi in Homecoming 2014.  The Bulldogs need a win to keep in the playoff race.  You can listen to the action starting with the St. Alphonsus pregame show at 6:45 on KCMB.

The La Grande Tigers will be on the road in Ontario for what is essentially the league title game.  You can listen to the action live starting with the Les Schwab Tire Pregame Show at 5:50 on NewsTalk 103.

In other area games tonight, Union/Cove is at Grant Union and Enterprise travels to Burns.  In 1A action Elgin travels to Echo, Pine Eagle hosts Joseph and Powder Valley will host Wallowa.

LA GRANDE, OR: La Grande soccer teams host Mac Hi

Chance at redemption for girls team

Posted October 17, 2014

The La Grande boys and girls soccer teams will host Mac Hi tomorrow in Greater Oregon League action.  The girls play at 12:00pm while the boys play at 2:00 pm.

BAKER CITY, OR: Trial date set for lawsuit filed by Richard Langrell

Trail date has been set for April 2, 2015

Posted on October 16, 2014

The Baker Circuit Court has set a trial date for the lawsuit that has been filed against the City of Baker City by Richard Langrell, who is a Baker City City Councilor. A twelve person jury trial has been set to begin on April 2, 2015 at 9:00 am. The Court has also set a date of January 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm, in order to hear a motion that has been filed in the case. The trial will resolve a dispute between Baker City and Richard Langrell, which resulted from the annexation of Langrell’s property into the city. At the time of annexation, the city waived their portion of the property taxes on the property however continued to charge double water and wastewater rates to the property. In the complaint Langrell asserts that the City did not have the authority to collect the double fees.

BAKER CITY, OR: 45-year-old man arrested for luring a minor

Parents of the victim found explicit conversations on a "Whisper" account

Posted on October 16, 2014

On October 15, 2014 Baker City Police Officers arrested 45 year old Arnold Roger Skeels for Luring a Minor, a Class C Felony; and for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child II, also a Class C Felony. Skeels, who lives at 3110 H Street in Baker City, was arrested at the Baker City Police Department (BCPD) following an interview. This investigation began on October 7, 2014 when the parents of a Baker City 16 year old discovered sexually explicit conversations their daughter was having on her IPOD through a “Whisper” account, with an unknown adult male. Baker City Police proceeded with the investigation utilizing the assistance of an Oregon Department of Justice Investigator, who is affiliated with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is a national organization. With ICAC’s guidance, a BCPD Police Officer created a Whisper account, portraying a 15 year girl and carried on numerous conversations with Skeels, which led to his arrest. The Baker City Police Department would like to remind all parents that there are numerous threats to our children through the various social media sites that exist today. For your children’s safety, please remind them of those threats and monitor their activities with social media.

BAKER CITY, OR: Former high school principal tackles trade school

BTI to help kids prepare for jobs

Posted October 16, 2014

After 22 years as a high school principal Jerry Peacock came to the realization that a number of students are not ready for the job market when it comes time to graduate.  That’s why this year he’s directing a new program at Baker High School called Baker Technical Institute. "We went through a time where we were pushing kids to college and quite frankly not a lot of them were ready for that nor were they interested."

BTI focuses on job skills, career and soft skills, teaches students more about working with people and how to present themselves in a work environment.  All these things combined are encouraging students to become essential members of our future work force.  The economic growth of a community is affected in part by the skills acquired by the students of that community: "Kids need to have some job skills if you are gonna impact the economic development of your community, no one wants to relocate to an area where there’s not a work force."

The Baker Technical Institute has a variety of programs available to students- things such as construction, engineering and certified nursing assistance programs and more.  Each of these teaches students about a particular trade so when the times comes for them to be a part of the job market they have the skills they will need to be an important part of the local economic growth.

LA GRANDE, OR: MERA beginning to attract lots of out-of-town users

Volunteers have helped create fifteen miles of roads this year

Posted October 16, 2014

Six years after Union County purchased the Mt. Emily Recreation Area even the doubters have seen the light.  County Parks Director Sean Chambers says the number of people using the area is growing rapidly and will continue to grow thanks to the expansion of trails: "We got a lot of trails built this year- we’re nearing fifteen-plus miles of new trails just built this summer, so there’s a lot of excitement in the community."

Chambers thanked the many groups that have volunteered to help build the trails- including some groups that were against the recreation area originally.  And Chambers says users rave about the facilities: "We’ve got our trailhead facilities in place, and we’re improving mapping all the time.  People are more able to identify routes and use the trail system."

And next year Chambers says they will continue efforts to build trails and improve the mapping of what is there now.

LA GRANDE, OR: Local high school volleyball teams in action tonight

La Grande travels to Ontario tonight, Baker at home

Posted October 16, 2014

In Greater Oregon League volleyball action La Grande is at Ontario and Baker hosts Mac Hi tonight.  In 2A action Elgin is at Enterprise, Union travels to Burns and Imbler is in John Day.  Powder Valley will play in Wafllowa.

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker boys and girls soccer teams play at home

Bulldogs host Ontario

Posted October 16, 2014

In Greater Oregon League soccer action this afternoon the Baker boys host Ontario at 2:00 and the girls will also host Ontario at 4:00.

LA GRANDE, OR: EOU men's cross country team #11

EOU still 2nd in the CCC

Posted October 16, 2014

The Eastern Oregon University cross country team held steady in the polls this week at number 11 in the NAIA National Poll.  They’re still the second highest ranked team from the Cascade Collegiate cConference behind number 2 Southern Oregon.

BAKER CITY, OR: Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands terminated

"All fired should be dead out!"

Posted on October 14, 2014

The Oregon Department of Forestry has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District.  Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission.  Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions “Campfires should not be left unattended as they could spread to wildland fuels.”  Build campfires in a safe location by scraping away leaves and litter to bare soil on all sides of the fire.  All fires should be dead out!  Drown all embers, sticks, and coals, stir the coals with a shovel, and drown the area again.

Fire season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties.  Open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels on ODF protected lands

require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.

Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District:

            Lightning caused:  66 fires                             Acres burned:  636

            Human caused:      31 fires                             Acres burned:  261

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml.  Look under fire restrictions.