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Dog days of summer

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One of J.D. Platt’s 11 dogs is Holiday, a border collie. One of several tricks Holiday performs at Platt’s show is Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Memories of Michael Jackson are being rekindled at this week’s Union County Fair by a surprising source — a 12-year-old border collie.

Officials: Don’t leave pets alone in hot vehicles

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Michael O’Connor’s German shepherd Angel, a rescue dog from Tennessee, patiently waits for her master’s return from JaxDog Cafe in La Grande on a recent afternoon. O’Connor says Angel is his “closest companion,” and he takes her everywhere he travels. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Temperatures in the Grande Ronde Valley are expected to creep back up close to triple digits this weekend. 
Along with the heat is the concern of leaving animals inside vehicles without their owners — and without air conditioning.

Drought declaration may help local farmers

Gov. Kate Brown signed a drought declaration for Union County earlier this month, which means farmers in the area can now access relief funds for crop loss.

BRIEFLY: General Dischord performs concerts

General Dischord, a small group made up from within the 234th Army Band of the Oregon National Guard based in Clackamas, will give a series of free concerts in the local area next week. The group is composed of nine woodwind players and a French horn, based on the instrumentation of a traditional woodwind quintet. The concerts are at 7 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Opera House; at noon Tuesday at the Summit Grill at the top of the Wallowa Lake Tramway; at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wallowa County Courthouse gazebo in Enterprise for a children’s concert as part of the culminating event in the public library summer reading program; and at 
5:30 p.m. Thursday, again in Enterprise for the Courthouse Concert Series at the farmers market.

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