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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow PUBLIC SAFETY RECORD: Friday, May 30



Woman killed in I-84 crash Thursday

A Pendleton woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Meacham Thursday afternoon.

According to Oregon State Police, Barbara May Nash, 76, was traveling eastbound near milepost 238 in a 2004 Chevrolet SUV. A witness told police that the vehicle passed using the left lane and then drifted to the right onto the shoulder. It continued into the gravel off the pavement, traveling over 400 feet before going up an embankment and onto a guardrail. The vehicle came to a rest on its passenger side off the eastbound lanes. 

Nash was pronounced dead at the scene. 

OSP troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Fire Department and ODOT. Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted OSP with locating next of kin. The crash remains under investigation by law enforcement.

Cattlemen meet Monday night

Union County Cattlemen will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ag Service Center in Island City.  Mona Williams, Wallowa County district attorney, will be the guest speaker and will answer questions regarding the livestock shooting case. The group will also discuss the Wallowa-Whitman. Forest Plan and have a letter-writing session for those interested in submitting comments. Plans for the annual July 20 picnic will be finalized. The meeting is open to the public.

Cove Farmers Market discontinued 

COVE— The Cove Community Association was unable to secure an individual to assume supervision of the market after the organizer stepped down due to health issues. Organizers ask for continued support of local growers:  Cove School Market, Ascension Community You Pick Garden and Folly Farm. 

Potluck to honor Hislop, West

IMBLER— The Imbler School District will hold a potluck dessert social to honor retirees Doug Hislop and Mary West.  The social will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the elementary gym. Bring a dessert.

Legion bingo breaks for summer

The La Grande American Legion Post 43 will discontinue its Thursday evening bingo through the summer months. They will begin again at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

Investing explored at author events

An interactive discussion of what’s possible in local investing will be the focus of three upcoming events with Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of “Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money,” and Lyle Estill, author and local-investing entrepreneur.

Hosted by the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative, the events will take place:

•Baker City: Monday, at 6 p.m. for registration, starts at 6:30 p.m., VAOI Center, 1901 Main St.

•Enterprise: Tuesday, at noon, Community Connection, 702 NW 1st St.

•La Grande: June 3 at 6:30 p.m., The Market Place, 1101 Washington Ave., Upper Room.

Admission is by suggested donation at the door and is free for students.

Light snacks will be available. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kristy Athens, outreach specialist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

Marijuana rules meeting set Monday

At the direction of the La Grande City Council, the planning division will a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Cook Memorial Library’s community room to discuss the development of local regulations for medical marijuana facilities. Attendance and participation at this meeting is encouraged. 

An outline of potential local regulations is a draft and intended as a starting point for discussion purposes. In accordance with state law, the city may establish “reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.” Currently, the draft outline only includes place, or location restrictions. 

Those who are unable to attend and would like to provide input on this discussion, submit an email to Michael Boquist, city planner, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mail a letter, P.O. Box 670, La Grande, OR 97850.

Montessori program starts Tuesday

Oak Haven preschool will offer a six-week Montessori-based education program for children ages 2-1/2 to 5 beginning Wednesday.

The program, which will have a nature focus,  will meet at the following dates for Tuesday through Thursday sessions: June 3, 4 and 5; June 17, 18 and 19; July 8, 9 and 10; Aug. 5, 6 and 7, Aug. 11, 12 and 13; and Aug. 19, 20 and 21. The cost is $75 per week.

Children will be provided with age appropriate experiences in art, music, gardening, math, science, movement, writing and theater.

The class will meet at Oak Haven, 2109 Oak St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at Aveilla Orchard, 2807 Fir St. on Wednesdays. At the Fir Street site, students will meet for two hours with open ended opportunities to explore the site’s wide variety of historic fruit trees and native plants. 

For information call Ruthi Davenport at 541-663-1528 or send an email to her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

PFLAG meeting set for Thursday

PFLAG’s June meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Shelter From the Storm, 1111 5th St. in La Grande. Agenda items for the meeting include a community outreach update, bylaw edits and upcoming social events.

The group has two events planned for June. The first is a social/game board night to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 19 at Bear Mountain Pizza. On June 21, the group will host a garage sale to raise money for community outreach projects. They are currently accepting donations of items to sell. Those with contributions are asked to bring them to the June meeting or email the group at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for a dropoff or pickup.

Art Center seeks class proposals 

The Art Center at the Old Library is accepting class proposals from community members interested in sharing a talent or skill. Proposals may include any form of arts workshop for the summer term July through August.  Submissions are due by June 7. Forms are available on the Art Center’s website www.artcenterlagrande.org.. For more information, call 541-624-2800.


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