The Trump administrations pick to head The Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been a key architect of the legal battle against climate change policies. Mr. Pruitt is a longtime close ally of the fossil fuel industry, believes that climate change is a hoax, believes the Clean Power Act is a “war on coal” and has vowed to “cancel” the Paris Accords.
The administration pick to head the Department of Labor, Andy Puzder, is the former CEO of the fast food restaurants Hardees and Carls Jr. and has spent his entire career...
Come join others in the community Monday January 16th to honor MLK Jr Day by helping to sort coats for a coat drive and/or by watching the film “13th” which will be followed by a panel discussion.
The coat drive sorting will be held from 11am-2pm in Hoke 339 on the EOU campus and the movie screening followed by a panel discussion will be at @HQ 112 Depot Street in downtown La Grande from 3-6pm. The film addresses the history and continuation of modern day slavery through the prison system and the accompanying criminalization of...
ORA Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors
If you’re interested in helping to build and grow an exciting nonprofit, we want to talk with you. ORA is a unique membership driven organization dedicated to strengthening democratic processes. We want to build the capacity of our communities to identify and take action on issues of importance to them. We strive to make rural Eastern Oregon economically and environmentally sustainable through our diverse campaigns, and our projects – the work we do on those issues.
Board members have a...
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Energy Equity = Affordable Housing with Community Solar
We have good support for an initiative to work for affordable housing with community solar here in Union County. The County has voiced interest in the effort, and the Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op has also. Two long-time ORA members with business backgrounds and experience in developing renewable energy are part of the team as well.
Our first try at funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust did not pan out. That’s not surprising since the Trust had $13.5 million in...
A vigil commemorating those killed and wounded in the recent attack on a gay night club in Orlando, FL, was held on June 25 at Zion Lutheran Church, La Grande. The memorial began with a moment of silence, reading of the names and ages of those killed, lighting candles for each, and statements by community members.
The vigil was sponsored by Union County Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Zion Lutheran Church, Oregon Rural Action, La Grande United Methodist Church and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Speakers included Oregon Rural Action...
Oregon Rural Action joined with 141 diverse groups to deliver a letter on July 28 urging the U.S. Senate to reject both the efforts to repeal the country of origin labeling (COOL) law and to convert COOL into a voluntary labeling program for beef, pork and chicken.
The letter urges the Senate “to defend consumers’ right to know where their food comes from and the ability of farmers and ranchers to proudly identify their livestock as born and raised in America.”
Congress enacted COOL for beef, pork, chicken, goat,...
Joseph Branch Rail-With-Trail Feasibility Study Kick-Off Meeting
The Wallowa Union Railroad Authority will hold a public meeting in Elgin, Oregon on July 9, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Elgin Depot.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider the trail feasibility study scope of work that will be presented by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Eastern Oregon University.
The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting to show the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority the extent of public support for the potential...
For the first time, beginning farmers in Northeast Oregon will have access to the Successful Small Farm Management Course developed by Oregon State University. The four part series is designed for farmers in their first 5 years of farming, people seriously considering starting a farm business, and people considering major changes to their farm. The course will provide farmers with the tools and knowledge to manage the biological and financial risks of farming.
The course will take place Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:30 PM, on April 3, 10 and 24 at OSU...
Oppose the Millennium Coal Terminal!
The November 18th deadline is your last chance to shape the process which will decide whether 48 million tons of coal will make its way thru eastern Oregon to be burned in China. This will decide the scope of the decision making process; if they really consider the impacts of what will happen, how can they actually go forward with this?
The largest coal export terminal proposed in the Northwest is now up for discussion in an upcoming scoping period. Millennium Bulk Terminal is proposed along the Columbia...
Produce safety listening session with FDA.
Here is your opportunity to voice your opinion on the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).
Monday, August 12th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming to Ontario on for an explanation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act. The new rules with have will have significant impact on growers, packers, and processors. The FDA will take short statements and questions from the audience. At issue in Ontario are the proposed regulations that require testing of irrigation water, but allow no...