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BRIEFLY: Reserve police officer graduation set

Reserve police officer graduation set 

BAKER CITY — The graduation ceremony for the 2014 session of the Eastern Oregon Regional Reserve Police Officer Training Academy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers of Baker City Hall.

This class is the third to graduate from the academy, which began in 2012. Since that time, nearly 40 reserve officers and other law enforcement personnel representing seven agencies have graduated from the program. Many remain reserves with their respective agencies, while some have become full-time officers and deputy sheriffs.

The academy, which began in January, consists of 21 Saturday sessions supplemented by some online course work.

The academy provides 200 hours of training on multiple subjects including ethics and professionalism, criminal law, traffic law, elder abuse, firearms, defensive tactics and 24 other subject areas. All classes are taught by subject matter experts from a variety of professional disciplines. All instructors volunteer their time.

This year’s academy included an affiliation with Blue Mountain Community College. Most classes were held at the National Guard Armory in Baker City.

Following graduation, each reserve will return to his or her agency and begin a field training program, which often encompasses an additional 464 hours of hands-on training under the guidance of a full-time officer.

The keynote speaker at this year’s graduation will be Police Chief Brian Harvey of the La Grande Police Department. 

This year’s graduates are (in alphabetical order by agency):

• Baker City Police Department: Ruthie Boyd, Justin Phlaum, Mark Powell

• Baker County Sheriff’s Office: Jonathan Burton, Ethan Gilbert, Nathan Miller

• La Grande Police Department: Jake Brown

• Nyssa Police Department: Donald (“Paddy”) Warren

• Umatilla Tribal Police: Chas Koenig

• Union County Sheriff’s Office: Justin Armstrong, Matt Tiller

Grass fire burns about 10 acres 

COVE — Nobody was injured in an approximately 10-acre grass fire east of Cove Thursday afternoon.

The fire started just before  2 p.m. near Hidden Valley Lane. Crews from the Cove Rural and La Grande Rural fire departments and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the blaze. The fire was contained by 3 p.m., and crews remained at the site until 5 p.m. mopping up.

No structures were damaged by the blaze, but the fire did come within 50 yards of a house, said La Grande Rural Fire Chief Larry Wooldridge.

The fire started when a mound of  ashes from an orchard tree burn conducted about a month ago were moved. Embers within the ashes were still hot and ignited the fire. 

“Usually we see fires like this (started by hot embers from old ashes) in July and August. This shows that fire season is coming early this year,’’ Wooldridge said.

Farmers market plans big doings Saturday 

JOSEPH — Joseph Farmers Market will feature a downtown extravaganza Saturday. The event will include the Humane Society trailer, quilts, pancakes and a downtown Joseph Festival with music by Renee Fleming.

The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joseph and Main streets. For more information, visit www.wallowacountyfarmersmarket.org.

LHS Class of 1957 cancels lunch

The La Grande High School Class of 1957 has canceled the lunch that was set for Tuesday at the Flying J Travel Plaza.

Literacy camp program starts soon

 Oak Haven summer programs will offer a literacy camp program beginning Monday. The program is for 6- to 9-year-old children and will have a gardening focus. 

Camp sessions will be conducted June 9-13, June 23-27, July 28-Aug. 1 and Aug. 25-29. Camp sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

The camp’s classes will meet Monday through Thursday at Oak Haven, 2109 Oak St. Classes on Fridays will meet at 2807 Fir St. at the site of the Avella Orchard. 

Oak Haven will offer week-long immersion experiences at each of its Summer Literacy Camps. Children will be involved in photography, book making, reading, writing, art, music and science activities. The science activities will focus on observations at vegetable and flower gardens. 

At the Friday orchard site sessions, students will have open-ended opportunities to explore a variety of historic fruit trees and native plants. Observations they make will be integrated with reading, writing, photography and bookmaking.

For information and to register, call Ruthi Davenport at 541-663-1528. 

Health district holds special meeting 

UNION — The South County Health District Board will hold a special meeting followed by an executive session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Union Family Health Center. The public is welcome to attend.

Translator district sends annual billings

The Blue Mountain Translator District brings over-the-air television to Baker and Union counties.

The district’s annual billings are being mailed this week. People who do not receive one should contact the district. 

People who receive and use the over-the-air television signals and reside in Summerville, Imbler, Union, La Grande, Cove, Elgin, North Powder, Haines or Baker City are subject to the $100 annual fee.

For more information, call the district (Union County) at 541-963-0196 or (Baker County) at 541-406-4900, visit the website www.bmtd.org or visit the district on Facebook.


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