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BRIEFLY: Mark your calendar for Wallowology

JOSEPH — Wallowology in Joseph is keeping the county’s interest in the outdoors alive with lectures and outings into the summer months.

This Saturday, Jim Akenson and Mike Hansen will lead a bear hibernation outing. Those interested are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Enterprise Office parking lot, 65495 Alder Slope Road. Participants will take their own cars to a western larch den tree located off Highway 3. Driving will involve roughly 50 miles round trip, and it is a 10-minute hike from the vehicle to the den-tree. There will be a remote camera and the group will look for possible bear activity. Everyone should bring a day-pack with a lunch and water plus binoculars and a camera. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coming up later this year are lectures and presentations at Wallowology, located at the corner of East Maple and North Main streets in Joseph. March 27 is the Wallowa Land Trust elk hunt raffle and elk presentation. On April 17, Jay VanTassel presents “The Strange Change in the Course of the Wallowa River.” On May 7, Shane Vatland speaks on climate change and stream fish. On June 12, Karen Antell expounds on pollination, and on July 10, Jim Harbeck presents the fisheries work of the Nez Perce Tribe. All lectures begin at 7 p.m.

On July 31, the Blue Moon Mothing Night outing with Karen Antell begins at dusk.

UPDATE: Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody

An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility. 
Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston. 

No ordinary training: Guard unit prepares to go to National Training Center in California

An M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank assigned to Eastern Oregon’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, opens fire at the Orchard Combat Training Center south of Boise, Idaho, in this 2013 photo. When the Eastern Oregon Guard outfit deploys to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in August, a lot will be riding on how the unit performs in the simulated combat environment on the Mojave Desert. (Pat Caldwell/For WesCom News Service)
BAKER CITY — The summer deployment of Eastern Oregon’s largest Army Guard unit to the National Training Center in California is more than just another training exercise, top leaders of the citizen-soldier outfit said last week.

Parents voice support for Cove district

A group of Cove parents are standing up for the Cove School District and its school board.

Child abuse reports rising

La Grande Police Sgt. Jason Hays had a busy January. The detective received 42 reports of child abuse last month, the most he has seen as a police officer.

BRIEFLY: Red Cross holds volunteer open house

PENDLETON — The American Red Cross is in every community across the country, including those in central and eastern Oregon, and offers several lines of service. An open house event is scheduled to share information about the Red Cross and recruit community volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available in a wide variety of areas including home fire safety outreach, disaster preparedness, event organization and disaster health services. 

The open house and volunteer recruitment event will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Prodigal Son Brewery, 230 SE Court Ave. in Pendleton.

Herron plans to put a lasso on career

Superintendent Wayne Herron chats with Corey Collins, left, and Anthony Mayo between classes at Elgin High School. Herron will retire at the end of the school year. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Herron, the Elgin School District’s superintendent, has announced he will retire at the end of June, concluding a 30-year career as an educator, one in which he has come full circle. 

Health district finds support for new clinic

State Rep. Greg Barreto said the Elgin community needs to be behind the idea of a new health clinic for the area. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
ELGIN — A new 8,000-square-foot health clinic is in the works for Elgin, and the community has some political backers to help fight for it.

Habitat hands over keys to new home

Union County Habitat for Humanity President Lonnie Lester embraces Marcy Spry on Saturday night as she and her fiancé, Scott Roshon, stand with their children in their living room in the new home they helped build with the help of Habitat for Humanity. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
“Marcy’s Habitat for Humanity House of many colors” was turned over to its new owners Saturday night with a room full of family, friends and those who helped build the home. 

BRIEFLY: Soup Supper tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Shelter From the Storm Soup Supper. The fundraising event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Friendship Center in La Grande. The $30 tickets are available at Bella Mercantile or Looking Glass Books on Adams Avenue, at Shelter From the Storm’s new location on Island Avenue or from any shelter board member. Local artists are providing hand-thrown soup bowls for ticket holders to fill with their chosen soup and then take home. 

For more information, call Shelter From the Storm at 541-963-7226.

Hunt’s days ending?

Eastern Oregon University Director of Facilities and Planning David Lageson inspects a deteriorated shower room in Hunt Hall. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Hunt Hall was a solidly constructed building when it was built in 1939.

Canna-biz gets mixed reviews

Although Eagle Cap Dispensary, La Grande’s newest medical marijuana facility, is still in the permit process of opening, the neighbors surrounding it have quite a bit to say — both for and against the new business.

Fire earns man jail sentence

ENTERPRISE — A Wallowa County man was sentenced Wednesday to 270 days in Union County Jail for charges stemming from a November house fire.

BRIEFLY: Crab feed set for Saturday evening

ENTERPRISE — The annual Enterprise Elks Lodge crab feed is scheduled for 
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise. Prices are $35 for all-you-can-eat ocean-fresh dungeness crab, $25 for a prime rib beef dinner or $25 for prime rib and a bowl of crab. Purchase tickets at the door.

Gov. Kate brown hopes to restore trust

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is sworn in as Oregon Governor by Oregon Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer in Salem this morning. John Kitzhaber, elected to an unprecedented fourth term last year, announced last week that he would step down amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. (Don Ryan/The Associated Press)
SALEM — Oregon’s incoming governor, Kate Brown, faces a monumental challenge as she takes the reins of a state government mired in scandal with less than a week’s notice and with a special election already looming.

Bank: We’re not closing

Union community members attended the small meeting at Umpqua Bank on Tuesday afternoon. Ryan Hildebrandt, store manager, said the bank is not closing. (Cherise Kaechele)
Union’s only bank has decided to reduce its hours starting next month, which has many in the community worried it’s a foreshadowing to its eventual closure.

Joseph Creek project moves on to final EIS

The comment period for the Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project ended last week. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County’s long-term commitment to restoring local forests was most recently supported in its comments regarding the Lower Joseph Creek Restoration project.

BRIEFLY: Model watershed directors meet

WALLOWA — The board of directors of the Grande Ronde Model Watershed will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Wallowa Community Center, 204 E. Second St. 

For more information, call 541-663-0570.

I-84: Expect delays near Boardman

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