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BRIEFLY: Forest plan comment period extended

Forest plan comment period extended

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended by 60 days to Aug. 15. Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension for the public to have time to review the extensive document and submit comments.

The 90-day comment period was originally set to end June 16.

Interested parties may submit comments in a variety of ways. The Forest Service encourages the public to use the electronic system for submitting comments, which is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainForestPlanRevisionComents. Comments may also be submitted in writing to: Blue Mountain Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR, 97814 or faxed to 541-523-6392. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will become part of the project record and are available for public review.

The DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan can be downloaded from the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision website: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMtnsPlanRevision. Printed copies and compact discs are available upon request by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 541-523-1302 or 541-523-1246. They are also available at local libraries and forest district offices.

Paws for Books program set Saturday 

The Paws for Books program will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cook Memorial Library. People can bring a can of food that will be donated to the Blue Mountain Humane Association. The library is working with Therapy Paws for the program.

The main objective of the program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Many children have difficulties reading and as a result develop self-esteem issues. They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates.

“By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside,” said Children Services Librarian Carrie Bushman. “Reading is associated with something pleasant.”

CUCU offers Third Monday Strum Circle 

The monthly Third Monday Strum Circle of the Coalitions of Union County Ukuleles will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Bear Mountain Pizza on Island City Avenue. Loaner ukes are available, and songbooks are provided. 

All levels of players are encouraged to come jam. This is CUCU’s only practice for 
the month now. For more information, visit www.cucuorchestra.org.

GRH Auxiliary meets Monday

ISLAND CITY — The Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary meeting will be held Monday at Island City City Hall. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a social time at 9 a.m. New officers will be installed.

Head Start plans annual Spring Fling

Easter Oregon Head Start will have its annual Spring Fling from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 810 14th St. The event will include a bounce house, book fair, games, face painting and planting plants to take home.

Squirrel causes power outage

At 5:29 p.m. Thursday, 1,509 Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative members lost power in the southwest part of La Grande when a substation breaker opened. The cause was a squirrel that got caught up in some jumpers not far out of the substation. 

Power was restored at 6:45 p.m.

Man sentenced for second-degree theft

ENTERPRISE — Jeffrey Rynearson, 55 of Enterprise, was sentenced April 16 in Wallowa County Circuit Court on one count of second degree theft.

Rynearson was facing charges for three incidences of theft. Aug. 15, 2013, Feb. 26 and March 7. The charges were first degree, second degree and third degree theft.

The counts of first degree and third degree theft were dropped.

Judge Brian Dretke sentenced Rynearson to 24 months supervised probation, 2,300 in restitution and $300 in compensation to the victims and $310 in fines.

IC City Council will meet Monday

ISLAND CITY — The Island City City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at city hall. Larry Morrison will be sworn in as a new councilor.


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