Merkley in Elgin, Baker City, Lostine next week

WASHINGTON — U.S Sen. Jeff Merkley next week will hold town all meetings throughout Oregon, including in Elgin, Lostine and Baker City.

The public events run Feb. 19-22 in Polk, Yamhill, Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Linn and Lane counties. Merkley during the town halls will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and the United States.

“Hearing from Oregonians across the state is critical to doing my job,” Merkley said in the announcement. “Whether it’s helping communities recover from flooding, or supporting fuels reduction in wildfire-prone counties, or getting disaster aid for winegrowers and hazelnut orchards in the Willamette Valley, the ideas and priorities I hear about in town halls inform the solutions that I fight to get into federal law. I look forward to these discussions about how we can strengthen our state and our nation.”

Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. These town halls will be his 409th, 410th, 411th, 412th, 413th, 414th, 415th, 416th, and 417th as a U.S. Senator. Details on his area town halls are below:

The Baker County town hall is Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Community Connection-Baker, Main Hall, 2810 Cedar St., Baker City.

The Wallowa County town hall is Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Southfork Grange, 307 Rosewell St., Lostine.

The Union County town hall is Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Elgin Community Center, 260 N. 10th St., Elgin.

From Elgin, Merkley will depart to Pendleton for the Umatilla County town hall and continue west, wrapping up the tour in Albany and Eugene.