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BRIEFLY: Fire nearly destroys house in Union

Fire nearly destroys house in Union

UNION — A house in Union was fully engulfed in flames last night, said Union Rural Fire Protection District volunteer Tony Davis.

Union Fire Department responded to a house fire just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. The house was fully engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived, Davis said.

The fire was eventually suppressed. No one was inside and no injuries were reported, he said.There will be an investigation. The house was almost completely destroyed.

Union asked for mutual aid from Island City, Cove and Imbler. Eleven firefighters worked on the fire.

There was an explosion of what was believed to be a propane tank located on the porch, but it was after the fire had been put out.

Moth Night returns to Ladd Marsh Thursday

The public is invited to join the Friends of Ladd Marsh for an adventure with moths, Thursday evening.  Activities begin at 8:30 p.m. at the large tan barn (formerly the White Barn) on Foothill Road, approximately 1/2 mile south of the Foothill Road Overlook.

Karen Antell, Professor of Biology at Eastern Oregon University, will present a short slideshow about moths of the marsh, while the group  waits for darkness, and then the group will watch for moths attracted to special UV lights.

Participants should dress for cool weather, and bring a flashlight, folding chair and insect repellant.  Families are welcome, but please no pets. For more information, call ODFW at 541-963-4954.

Island City candidate deadline approaching 

The deadline for filing to run for four positions up for election on the Island City City Council is Aug. 1. Council positions held by Delmer Hanson, Joyce Beeman and Sharon Vermillion are up for election. The mayor’s position held by Dale De Long is also up for election. Nobody has filed for any of the positions. De Long announced earlier that he will not run for re-election. 

Applications are available at city hall, 10605  Island Ave. For information, call city hall at 541-963-5017. 

Stir fry on farmers’ market menu

This week at the La Grande Farmers’ Market, Blue Plate Special will perform, followed by a demonstration by Teresa Stratton at the ReMax Chef at the Market booth. Stop by during the music break at 10:30 a.m. for a free sample of summer stir fry made from seasonally available local ingredients at the market.

Rusty Rail Band reunion show slated

The Rusty Rail Band featuring Terry LaMont and Kenny Daniels will reunite this weekend for an acoustic set of fan favorites. The show will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the La Grande American Legion, 301 Fir St.

Rockwall Grange hosts yard sale

The Rockwall Grange of Elgin will hold a fundraiser yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in downtown Elgin across from the Corner Market. Proceeds benefit Grange activities.

For more information, call Grange President Cindy Chandler at 541-437-3745.

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