January 17, 2017

Big cold doesn’t stop Big Read

The latest cold snap didn’t keep the reading public, including students from Joseph and Enterprise schools, from packing the Hurricane Creek Grange Hall for Fishtrap’s Big […]
January 17, 2017

Legacy honored for helping veterans in Union County

Legacy Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Island City is being saluted for the help it provides to military veterans. Legacy has been presented with a plaque from […]
December 27, 2016

Women’s writing group feature of Big Read

Fishtrap’s 2017 Big Read features the Vietnam War classic “The Things They Carried,” the semi-fictionalized wartime experience of author Tim O’ Brien. Although the story is […]
December 24, 2016

Historical military and patriotic events on Christmas day

It was about 11 p.m. on Christmas Day, and there were about 2,400 soldiers huddled together in three separate areas along the half-frozen river. Tired from […]
December 20, 2016

A funny thing happened on the way to Algiers

It’s like a scene from an old movie. Maybe something Humphrey Bogart would star in.

In 1943, four World War II soldiers from Wallowa County, serving in different units, accidentally meet each other on the streets of Algiers in north Africa. Those soldiers spend one day together: reminiscing, posing for a street artist caricature and spending the evening in a bar.

But this is not the scene from Casablanca. It’s a real-life incident that happened to four

December 15, 2016

One local business surprises a veteran’s widow with bathroom remodel

HERMISTON, OR – Today, a local company gave a woman in Hermiston an early Christmas present just days after her husband unexpectedly passed away. 

Nora Costin and her husband Ken have been married for 63 years. As a veteran, Ken was applicable for a $2,000 HISA grant through the VA, and he was going to use that money to remodel his bathroom so it could be safe and functional.

However, Ken unexpectedly passed away ten days ago, so

December 13, 2016

EOU earns military rankings

Photo by Laura Hancock / EOU

EOU ranks among best schools for military, veteran education News contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585

LA GRANDE, Ore. December 13, 2016 – Three new independent guides for military friendly colleges and universities include Eastern Oregon University among the top-rated schools for military and veteran students.

Military Advanced Education and Transition (MAE&T) designated EOU as a Top School in their 2017 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

Released this month, the

December 10, 2016

Veterans donate to Help Them To Hope

The Ontario Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5452 has donated $250 worth of food to Help Them To Hope. Harvey Hatfield, post commander, and Don Ristow, Quarter Master, said this was the third year the post has donated to Help…

November 28, 2016

Veteran’s daughter grateful for support after Facebook post

A local family is feeling thankful after an inquiry on social media resulted in a deluge of offers for help.

Kimberly Harting of Hermiston said hundreds of people wrote her with kind words and offers of free flags or other help after she asked who she could call to help her father, Larry Hatle of Umatilla, replace the weathered American flag he flies in his yard along with a Marine Corps flag.

Harting said she had noticed