Union County Wide Burn Ban

Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2017


Union County Board of Commissioners voted in an emergency session today to implement the County Wide Burn Ban/Regulated Use restrictions at the recommendation of the Union County Fire Defense Board. As specified in County Ordinance 2016-01, the commissioners may ban all fires outside incorporated cities within Union County. No fires of any kind are allowed except regulated agricultural field burning and gas barbeques. Fire Defense Board Chief Larry Wooldridge stated that the region is in a prolonged period of hot and dry conditions that have brought burning conditions to an extreme level in the county. Weather forecasts are indicating the possibility of lightning storms later this week increasing the potential for large fires in the area. Recent warm dry weather has cured lower elevation fine fuels and larger fuels. Chief Wooldridge indicated that the Fire Defense Board will continue to monitor the conditions.


In addition to Union County fire restrictions, forest officials will implement Phase C public use restrictions at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 on the Umatilla and Wallowa Whitman National Forests and all Oregon Department of Forestry lands due to high fire danger, the potential for human caused fires, and concern for public safety. The increased restrictions pertain to the use of campfires, smoking, chainsaws, internal combustion engines, all-terrain vehicles and generators. Additional information regarding forest restrictions and fire danger in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org/restrictions/shtml.


The Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry are currently engaged on fires in the region including Indian Lake, Clarks Creek, Bear Butte and the Tupper Corral. Concern over forecasted hot and dry weather, availability of dry fuels and a concern for a potential lack of available firefighting resources necessitated the implementation of the Burn Ban/Regulated Use of the Burn Ordinance which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017.


The ordinance may be read in its entirety on the county website at www.union-county.org/emergency-services.


Update from Rep. Greg Walden


We owe our profound respect to the men and women who’ve served our country. On Friday, 25 World War II veterans arrived in Washington, D.C. to see their memorial on the National Mall. They came from across Oregon, representing every branch of our country’s military. We can never truly repay the debt of gratitude owed to these heroes. It was a privilege to fly American flags over the Capitol in their honor and pay tribute to each of them and their service in the Congressional Record. Thank you to the trip organizers, families, friends, and loved ones for making this Honor Flight possible. Thank you, most of all, to the veterans for making this day so special and for your service to our country.

On Friday, 25 World War II veterans from across Oregon visited their memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Please continue reading to learn more about recent legislation we’ve passed to improve the care for Oregon veterans, and meetings I held with Oregonians who were visiting Washington, D.C.

Increasing access to quality, timely care for Oregon veterans

Click here or on the image above to view my remarks on recent legislation to support our veterans

Improving the care Oregon veterans receive at the VA is certainly a priority of mine and I know that it is for all Oregonians. The House recently passed seven pieces of legislation to take on some of the biggest issues facing our veterans and improve their access to timely care. Legislation the House passed will help the VA move through the backlog of appeals and increase flexibility in the appeals process. This will answer many of the concerns I’ve heard from veterans in the district — some of whom have waited two years just to get through the first step in the appeals process.

We also took concrete steps to improve the mental health care our veterans receive and to tackle the opioid epidemic — which has affected veterans and non-veterans alike across our country. The bills we passed will create a pilot program to explore new, innovative treatment options for veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and allow for better monitoring of VA prescription drug use.

There is still much work to be done to get veterans access to the care they have earned and deserve in a timely manner. We won’t give up until that is done. These bills are an important first step in making progress on that front. To read more about these bills, please click here.

Meeting with Oregonians in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Alison Moss of Bend, Oregon on being commissioned into the United States Navy. It was a privilege to present her with a flag flown over the Capitol and spend a few minutes with her proud mother and grandmother.  

Marisa Remington of Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers and Kim McDonald of the Mt. Emily Safe Center in La Grande discussed their work with me while in Washington, D.C. for the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference.

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association gave me an update on their policy issues last week as part of their national conference in Washington, D.C.

Winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Liberty Rossel’s artwork, “We Have Seen Too Much”, was selected by a panel of judges as the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for our district.

Congratulations to Josephine County resident and Grants Pass High School senior Liberty Rossel for winning the Congressional Art Competition for Oregon’s Second District. Liberty’s painting “We Have Seen Too Much” was selected by a panel of local art professors and artists out of 87 entries from students around southern, central, and eastern Oregon. Her powerful painting will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol among the best student artwork in the nation, where it will be seen by members of Congress and visitors from around the world. Special thanks to all the art teachers from high schools around the state for encouraging their students to participate, and to this year’s outstanding judges for doing the difficult work of choosing our winner out of so many great entries. For more information on this year’s competition and how to participate in future competitions, please click here: https://walden.house.gov/artcompetition

That’s all for this update. Remember, you can always keep in touch with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

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Support for Veterans


Wilsonville, OR –  Yesterday, Republicans in the Legislature held a press conference with veterans and advocates to express support for Senate Bill 1054, which would lift the restrictions preventing veterans and their family members from accessing mental health care services.

Currently, the Brown administration’s so-called “Certificate of Need” process puts providers of veteran mental health care services through a brutal, labyrinth-like process when trying to build new facilities.  SB 1054 would end these roadblocks and fast track the process so veterans and their families can better access the promised care they need and deserve.

Yesterday, the same day as the Republican press conference with veterans and advocates, Gov. Kate Brown showed up to a gathering to celebrate and honor the 1186th Military Police Company from the Oregon National Guard.  Instead of policy and advocacy, she offered photographs and tweets. Brown did order the flags to half-mast to show some respect, but the Oregon GOP Chairman points out that the governor is offering nothing more than gimmicks and gestures.

“The governor snaps photos with veterans and easily follows Memorial Day traditions, but when the cameras aren’t flashing it’s a totally different reality,” state Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “The reality is that government unions and the Brown administration are holding veterans hostage, collecting ransom payments from mental health care providers, and playing games with veterans services budgets.”

Support from Oregon voters for state veterans services is overwhelming, as was demonstrated by the over 83% YES vote for Ballot Measure 96 in 2016 to allocate Oregon Lottery proceeds to fund these services, a message Gov. Brown has decided to ignore.

“If the governor truly cares about veterans, she would put her lip service into serious action and help get Senate Bill 1054 passed and signed into law,” added Currier.  “Heading into this Memorial Day weekend and remembering those who sacrificed so much in service to our nation, we must all demand that our Governor finally delivers to our veterans the care and support we owe them.”


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The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

La Grande Summer Music Camp 2017 “Rockstar”


  • Registration is now open for the La Grande Summer Music Camp 2017 “Rockstar”!
  • Instrument playing, daily concerts, dance, piano lessons, guitar lessons, recorder, instrument building, treasure hunts and games.
  • Two PreK-2nd camps 6/12-16 & 7/24-28, 9-noon (Tuition $80/camp).
  • One 3rd-6th Grade camp 6/26-30 9-2pm (Tuition $100).
  • 30% Sibling Discount across all camps.
  • Information & Registration at www.emersonmusicarts.com or 541-605-0425

TrackTown Youth League

TrackTown Youth League is a series of completely FREE all-comers track meets throughout Oregon, culminating in a championship meet at Hayward Field in Eugene. No prior track & field experience is necessary to participate; the mission of TrackTown Youth League is to provide youth from all backgrounds and income levels the opportunity to participate in track & field. Please let us know if you can help spread the word within your community, especially by publicizing the La Grande meet in your newsletter or event calendar. I’ve included key information below as well as a link to download the La Grande meet’s flier. Please note that families need to arrive early as outlined below to allow time for check-in and number pick-up. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kate Johnson
Oregon Sports Authority

Oregon GOP Shares Frustration of Oregonians with Pointless Perpetual Protests By Anti-Trump Fringe Groups

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party issued a statement regarding the Protests Over Trump Tax Returns Saturday April 15th in Portland.

“It must be frustrating for so many Oregonians who want to enjoy a beautiful, sunny Easter weekend in Portland to have perpetual, professional, astroturf protesters disrupting their day with POLITICS, especially over an issue that only fringe activists care about.  What taxpayers REALLY care about is tax relief and simplification as they agonize to prepare their returns and write hefty checks to the IRS this weekend.  They won’t get help with that from these protesters.  Hopefully, their violence and property damage will be kept to a minimum – this time,” said Oregon Republican Party Spokesman Kevin Hoar.

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.


Invitation to the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum

Invitation to the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum

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Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Invites
All Oregon Businesses to Attend
The 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum to Learn About

 “E-Commerce Export Platform”

On Friday, March 31, The Oregon-China Sister State Relations Council and Tianjin Economic & Technological Development Area will sponsor the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum.

If you want to learn more about connecting with the largest and fastest-growing e-commerce market in the world, don’t miss this opportunity. Experts from both China and Oregon will share “must have” information to help Oregon businesses sell their products and services to China directly via e-commerce.

Oregon-China Sister State Relations Council is a local organization and is working with state agencies such as Business Oregon, Port of Portland, Association of Oregon Counties, and with the Tianjin municipal government in China. These groups are teaming-up to launch the first Public Private Partnership e-Commerce Export Platform to help Oregon small to medium-size companies market their products to Chinese consumers. The forum will provide you with first-hand knowledge about how to set up your e-commerce store, promote on China social media, work with logistics companies in both Oregon and China, and display your product samples in Oregon’s window at the Tianjin International Sister City Pavilion in China.

There is limited space available. Make your reservation today:

DATE: Friday, March 31, 2017
TIME: 3-6 p.m.
WHERE: Abernethy Center, 606 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045

The forum is being co-sponsored by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Business Oregon, Port of Portland, Association of Oregon Counties, and NW Regional China Council.

I hope to see you there.

Dennis Richardson

If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste, or abuse affecting state funds or resources, call the Oregon Government Waste Hotline at 1-800-336-8218.

Main Street Patriots, Spirit of America Rally

From the Union County Republicans,

It was decided to hold our rally on March 4th. We are asking people to save the date and gather at Max Square at noon time to hand out constitutions, wave American flags and promote patriotism. It is expected the gathering will last approximately an hour.

You can pull up Internet information on these national rallies under Main Street Patriots, Spirit of America Rallies


Union County

Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Contact: Brittany Hargrove / Mike Burton / info@ucrcc.org
Location: Max Square in downtown La Grande, OR 97850 (Click for Map)


Other Oregon Locations:


Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Contact: Angie Albertson / lakevieworproamerica@gmail.com
Event Page: Click Here
Location: 513 Center St. Lakeview, OR 97630 (Click for Map)