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BRIEFLY: LHS Class of 1947 meets Monday

La Grande High School Class of 1947 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Flying J Travel Plaza. Everyone is welcome.

Police conduct safety belt blitz                                                                              

ENTERPRISE — Enterprise Police Department is joining local and statewide law enforcement agencies in the Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign. The campaign is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program directed at reducing the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.

The first of three dedicated “Blitz” campaigns runs through Sunday. This Blitz is dedicated to proper safety belt and child restraint use.

Child safety seats reduce crash fatality risk for infants younger than 1 by 71 percent and for toddlers ages 1 to 4 by 54 percent. Safety belts reduce fatality risk by 45 to 60 percent. In 2012, 61 of Oregon’s 198 occupant fatalities were reportedly unrestrained. Estimates from the Oregon Department of Transportation approximate that half of these fatalities could have been avoided with proper restraint use.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly. Oregon law requires children less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children younger than 1 or weighing less than 20 pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age 8 or 4-foot, 9-inches tall and the adult belt fits them properly.

For help with child seats, refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer in the vehicle owner’s manual.

Social networking focuses on economy 

ENTERPRISE — An open house and after hours social networking will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tomas Business Center, 309 S. River St., Enterprise.

Join the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce for a report on the Wallowa County economy for 2013. Guest speakers are Jason Yohannan, Eastern Oregon regional economist; John Williams of the Wallowa County Extension Service; and Lisa Dawson, executive director of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.

Dawson will be a new guest speaker for the annual report on Wallowa County’s economy. She will speak on the Community Capital Initiative.

Teen Movie Night screens ‘Sherlock’  

Teen Movie Night will be held Feb. 28 at Cook Memorial Library. “Sherlock Holmes” (PG-13), starring Robert Downey Jr., will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Teen Movie Nights are free and open to middle and high school teens and pre-teens. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. Funding for this activity is provided by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.

School board seeks board applicants 

UNION — The Union School Board is accepting letters of interest for a vacated board position. 

This position will be appointed by the school board and run from appointment through the end of the term of the vacated position, June 2015. Those interested in serving on the school board should send a letter of interest to the Union School Board, P.O. Box 908, Union OR 97883.

The school board will review these letters during the March 12 school board meeting. 

For more information, contact the district office at 541-562-6115.

Apply now for United Way funding

Applications for 2014 United Way of Eastern Oregon funding are now available online at www.uweo.org. Health and Human Services agencies serving Union and Baker county residents are encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is March 28.

For more information contact Miriam Farnam, United Way of Eastern Oregon executive director, at 541-962-0306 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

United Way of Eastern Oregon is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to uniting Union and Baker counties in supporting local non-profit agencies which provide human services.

OTEC board of directors meets 

BAKER CITY — The Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the headquarters board room, 4005 23rd St., Baker City.  On the agenda is the value of Northwest Public Power Association membership.

Elgin School Board meets Monday

ELGIN — The Elgin School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the district office.

Child care provider orientation class set 

A Department of Human Services child care provider orientation class will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Child Care Resource & Referral office, 1901 Adams Ave. 

If not licensed, you will be paid to attend class. The hours count for Oregon Registry, but not for the new renewal of a license. The class is free and open to the public. To register or for information, call 541-963-7942, ext. 22, or 1-800-956-0324, ext. 7.

Forest plan comments sought 

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan (commonly known as the Forest Plan) for the Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman national forests, and a portion of the Ochoco National Forest (Blue Mountains National Forests) is scheduled to be released to the public on March 14 for a 90-day comment period. 

On March 17, the first of 12 public meetings will begin to share information about the DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan, to explain the commenting process, and to listen to the public. 

Local meetings include 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise and March 26 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande.

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