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BRIEFLY: LMS, LHS offer back-to-school information

Middle school students who are new to La Grande School District and have not pre-registered may register from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.  No appointment is necessary.

The first day of school for sixth grade middle school students begins at 9:20 a.m. Aug. 25. All students attend school from 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Aug. 26.

High school students who are new to La Grande School District and have not pre-registered may register and meet with a school counselor from 8 a.m. to noon, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. No appointment is necessary.

High school students who have pre-registered, including incoming freshmen, need to come on the following days to pick up class schedules, have school pictures taken, get their student identification and pay fees.

Pre-registered students should have received a student information form by mail. The form needs to be returned with a parent/guardian signature to receive the class schedule.

Seniors: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Juniors: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday

Sophomores: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday

Freshmen: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

The first day of school for high school freshmen and new students begins at 9:20 a.m. Aug. 25. All students attend school from 8:20 a.m. to
3:10 p.m. beginning Aug. 26.

For more information, call the La Grande Middle School Counseling Office at 541-663-3428 or the La Grande High School Counseling Office at 541-663-3310.

Union City Council meets tonight

UNION — The Union City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall in the council chambers. A proposed charter amendment that would change how city councilors are elected is one topic that will be discussed at the meeting.

School Board sets Wednesday meeting 

The La Grande School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Willow Elementary School conference room. School district policies will be one topic discussed at the meeting.

Union County Republicans gather

A Union County Republican meeting will take place at noon Wednesday at the Flying J restaurant. A no-host lunch will be available.

Landmarks Commission meets 

A Landmarks Commission meeting will take place at 
6 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at City Hall. The commission will consider the historical appropriateness of New Towne Square among other business.

Hearing focuses on law enforcement

ELGIN — A public hearing will be held tonight in Elgin to discuss law enforcement options. The sheriff’s contract term is ending and testimony about renewing the contract is welcome.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Elgin City Hall. 

City Hall is located at 180 N. Eighth St., Elgin.

Hearing focuses on medical marijuana

A public hearing is set to discuss La Grande’s medical marijuana dispensary ordinance Tuesday night.

An ordinance is being drafted to regulate the marijuana dispensary in city limits. The proposed rules can be downloaded on the City of La Grande’s website under the planning division section. 

The La Grande City Council will discuss the proposal during its Sept. 10 regular council meeting.

The meeting will take place in the council chambers beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

City Hall is located at 1000 Adams Ave.,La Grande.

Naming the Wallowas lecture set 

ENTERPRISE — What does Imnaha mean? Iwetemlaykin? Wenaha? If these place names have spurred curiosity, join Wallowa Land Trust and historian Tim Nitz for a presentation on Wallowa County place names at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lear’s Pub & Grill, 111 W. Main St., Enterprise.

Wallowa Land Trust will host this free presentation about how the region’s rich Indian history is alive and present today, found throughout Wallowa County in names of places, landmarks, rivers and more. The presentation will be led by National Park Service’s Nitz, an avid historian and local history expert.

This lecture is part of Wallowa Land Trust’s Into the Wallowa outings and lectures program.

EOU named a College of Distinction

Students perusing pages of the latest e-guidebook and website published by Colleges of Distinction will find just one public university in Oregon is listed: Eastern Oregon University.

What makes EOU a “College of Distinction”? Proven excellence in student engagement, quality teaching, its vibrant campus community and successful graduates.

“EOU is honored to be recognized for these qualities that go to the heart of our enterprise,” said Sarah Witte, interim provost. 

The national college guide uses the four distinctions defined above to identify a select group each year. EOU joins five of Oregon’s private colleges and universities on the 2014-15 list just released.

“First year experience programs, applied learning through internships, and independent or guided research with faculty in the field are but a few examples of how EOU has embedded ‘thinking and doing’ in the education environment,” Witte said.

High school college counselors and educators nominate institutions for recognition. Colleges of Distinction evaluates each using qualitative and quantitative research, looking beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed.

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