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Briefly: Adult singles group meets for lunch

A SOLO Adult Singles Group Luncheon will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall at 18th and Gekeler. Lunch will be provided. This is a fragrance-free venue. For more information, call Linda at 541-963-3751.

Master Gardener class set Tuesday 

The next Master Gardener class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. The topic will be landscape maintenance and design, with guest instructor Rex Taylor of Grandescapes. The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash or check only). Refreshments will be served.

Senator holds town hall meeting Monday

IMBLER — Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will hold a town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Imbler High School gymnasium, Sixth and Esther.

Class of 1955 meets for lunch Monday 

The La Grande High School Class of 1955 will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar and Grill, 2209 Adams Ave.

Monster bookmark craft offered for teens

Cook Memorial Library is offering a monster bookmark craft for teens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Supplies are provided, and registration is not required. iCraft is the library’s free monthly craft activity for teens ages 11 and older. View the flier and watch for upcoming teen events on the library’s Facebook page. 

This program is funded by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.

Food drive set at Valentine’s breakfast 

COVE — A canned food drive is set at the Valentine’s Day Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Cove Masonic Lodge, 111 Jasper St. (on Highway 237).

Admission is $5 per person. Everyone is invited to enjoy sausage, eggs and pancakes. The Rainbow Girls will be collecting food items to be donated to the Cove Food Bank.  

People who would like to donate items but can’t attend the breakfast should call Ariel at 541-562-5485 or Val at 541-975-9495 to arrange for pickup.

Steak and oyster feed unfolds Saturday

WALLOWA — The Wallowa Volunteer Fire Department will hold the Annual Steak and Oyster feed from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Senior Center. The cost is $30 per person. A no-host bar for beer and wine will be available. Hot dogs for children are also available for $5.

Walking group starts Tuesday morning

WALLOWA — Walk With Ease walking group offered by the OSU Extension Service will start from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the senior center in Wallowa.

The program is appropriate for anyone who wants to improve their fitness level and learn about chronic pain. The cost is $20 and includes lessons, workbooks and a water bottle. 

For more information and to sign up, call 541-426-3143.

OTEC announces winners of youth tour

Four local high school student leaders have been selected to represent Oregon Trail Electric Co-op at the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., this June: Erin Bodfish of La Grande, Kate Averett of Baker City, Mariah Ribeiro of Burns and Marta Faulkner of Canyon City. 

The four student leaders will represent Oregon and the Northwest as they join nearly 2,000 students from across the United States for a one-week trip to the nation’s capital.   

Over the course of the tour week, the student leaders will visit famous historical sites, learn leadership skills and meet with congressional leaders. The students will create podcasts and digital photo projects as they learn about electric cooperatives and current issues in energy and climate change legislation that face their communities and the nation.

Cove senior dinner set Feb. 21

COVE — The Cove senior dinner is set for Feb. 21 at the Cove Baptist Church. Coffee and tea will be served at noon, and the lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. On the menu are breaded chicken strips, pasta with alfredo sauce, veggies, rolls, fruit and dessert. The BlueMountaineers will provide live music. RSVP to Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Monday.

Four terms on city council expire soon

Four terms on the La Grande City Council will expire on Dec. 31. 

A primary election will be held in the City of La Grande on May 20 to nominate candidates in Position Numbers 1 (Mayor), and 5, 6, and 7 (councilors), if three or more candidates file for a particular Position Number. Pursuant to Section 29 of the City Charter of the City of La Grande, if two or fewer candidates file for any particular position number, the names of those candidates will be placed only on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Only qualified electors who have resided in the city during the six months immediately preceding the May 20 primary election may be nominated for a council position. 

Nomination is by petition, which must be signed by at least 20 registered voters who reside in the City of La Grande.

Candidate packets are available from City Recorder Sandy Lund for the following positions: Position No. 1, mayor, two-year term; Position No. 5, councilor, four-year-term; Position No. 6, councilor, four-year term, and Position No. 7, councilor, four-year term.

Nominations made for OTEC board

The nominating committee for Union County (Donna Beverage, Dale DeLong and Russell Lester) met and nominated the following individual for OTEC Board of Director position No. 1, Union County: George Galloway.

The nominating committee for Baker County (DeeDee Clarke, Fred Werner Jr. and John Wilson) met and nominated the following individual for OTEC Board of Director position No. 2, Baker County: Charles Hofmann.

 All candidates are running to serve a three-year term. Nominating committees appointed for each district selected candidates for the ballot.

Additional candidates’ names may be placed on the ballot by petition, collecting 50 valid signatures of registered OTEC voting members and submitting the petition to the OTEC headquarters in Baker City by March 2. 

For more information, call Joan Macy at 541-524-2831.   

Coal project faces new hurdle 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has announced Ambre Energy’s proposal to build Oregon’s first coal export terminal will require an additional permit, known as a 401 Water Quality Certification, according to a press release from Oregon Rural Action. 

DEQ received a record breaking 16,500 comments on Ambre’s proposal to export 8.8 million tons of coal through Northwest communities and along the Columbia River. 

“We applaud the announcement that Oregon will use its full authority to take a hard look at the water quality impacts. This adds another major permit for Ambre,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director for Columbia Riverkeeper. “The issuance of minor air and stormwater permits does not move the project forward because major state and federal permits remain.”   

Senior meal served Tuesday in Union 

UNION — The senior meal will be served at noon Tuesday at the Union United Methodist Church. On the menu are spaghetti, tossed salad and pineapple upside-down cupcakes.

Business planning classes set

ENTERPRISE — Northeast Oregon Economic Development District will offer a seven-week series of Foundations business planning classes starting Monday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Enterprise City Hall. 

The seven-session series of classes will take current and prospective business owners through the process of assessing their business plan and help them answer a questions about pricing, marketing, profit potential, break-even point and business structure. 

The classes are interactive, and participants will be encouraged to complete a written business plan by the end of the class.

Backcountry festival starts tonight 

All of the on-snow events are canceled for this weekend’s Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival.

The uphill/downhill race, backcountry clinics at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area and rescue clinics at Salt Creek Summit will not take place Saturday.

Other events are continuing as scheduled at Eastern Oregon University today.

“We are looking forward to another gathering of backcountry skiers and snowboarders, but our enthusiasm is dampened by the recent tragic avalanche accident in the southern Wallowa Mountains,” said Jerry Isaak, Outdoor Program coordinator at EOU and member of the Wallowa Avalanche Center’s board of directors.

Two skiers were killed and two others sustained broken limbs when their group was caught in the avalanche near Cornucopia Tuesday. 

Isaak is presenting a session on avalanche awareness at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the Gilbert Center on campus. Screening of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will follow.  

Admission is free with donations accepted to support the mission of the Wallowa Avalanche Center. For more information contact Isaak at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Crab and prime rib feed set Saturday

ENTERPRISE — The annual Enterprise Elks Crab and Prime Rib Feed will take place beginning at 5 p.m. at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise Saturday. 

There will be gaming after 8 p.m., with an oral and silent auction during dinner. Tickets are available at Thompson Auto or Les Schwab or call Keith at 541-398-1128.

Imbler School Board meets Tuesday 

IMBLER — The Imbler School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1 of the high school. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions.

Class helps children get through divorce

Learn how divorce or separation impacts your children and what you can do to help them in a class from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St. 

The class will be facilitated by Mary Lu Pierce, educator, and is sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee. There is no charge for this program.

For more information, call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228. People are asked not to bring their children. Child care is not provided.


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