Curt Weeks, top, fires a simulated 240 Bravo 7.62 mm machine gun at virtual enemy soldiers, planes and helicopters (on a screen surrounding the vehicle) from an exact replica of a combat Hummer, as Kelli Flores fires an M4 machine gun. (Joshua Dillen/ WesCom News Service)
Choppers, fighter planes, tanks and more were part of a special event this month for a select group of employers from across the region.
A flag memorial in front of Stella Mayfield School in Elgin will be up through Tuesday. The display, which is comprised of 6,840 small American flags was created by members of the Elgin High School National Honor Society Chapter. (Courtesy photo)
ELGIN — This striking display is stopping traffic and starting conversations about heroism and sacrifice.
The Blue Mountains Conservancy invites the public to a talk by biologist Winston Morton about the history of salmon in the Grande Ronde River basin from pre-settlement abundance to present-day restoration efforts. Learn how humans impacted the native salmon runs and the work that is being done to improve spawning and rearing habitat. In collaboration with ArtsEast there will also be a display of historic images and hand-drawn maps of the Grande Ronde Valley. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Memorial Library conference room in La Grande.
COVE — The final Cove senior dinner before summer break will be May 29 at the Cove Baptist Church. The meal will be a picnic-style dinner featuring hamburgers and hot dogs, a variety of salads, baked beans and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Coffee and tea are served starting at noon with lunch at 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge per meal. RSVP with Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 by Tuesday.
The floor of Max Square, which was lined with bricks bearing the names of community members, is being replaced as part of the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project, and some of those individuals who purchased bricks in 1998, when they were laid in the square, are dismayed that their bricks are now in pieces. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Max Square is in the beginning stages of being torn apart for the Adams Avenue Streetscape Project, and much like last week’s tree removal, people aren’t happy about it.
Oregon experienced a dry winter, which turns into a dry summer, Debbie Miley, executive director for NWSA, said. However, wildfires are dependent on more than just dry weather, Miley noted. “The fires are started by natural causes,” Miley said. “Lightning strikes are a significant danger. Those are the variables no one can really predict.” (Courtesy photo)
The National Wildfire Suppression Association is predicting above normal potential for wildland fire this season.
The Blue Mountain Translator District is attempting to get connected to an Internet fiber optic line running through the Grande Ronde Valley, which would allow the BMTD to increase the number of television channels it provides. (Blue Mountain Translator District photo)
The number of television signals being broadcast over the air in the Grande Ronde and Baker valleys may soon jump.
La Grande American Legion Post 43, with assistance from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2990 of Union, will be staging an observance of Memorial Day at Grandview Cemetery. Activities will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday with the placing of the “Avenue of Flags” at Grandview. The flags will be in place until
3 p.m. Monday, with illumination provided during hours of darkness.
The ceremony on Memorial Day will start at 11 a.m. with the raising of the cemetery flag by members of 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Army National Guard.
The National Anthem will be sung by Melissa Chamberlain, Rev. Roger Cochran will speak and “Taps” will be played by La Grande High School band members.
In addition, the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard will fly over Grandview Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
The flyover is sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion Post 43. The 173rd Fighter Wing is based in Klamath Falls.
Assistance would be appreciated in preparing the flags at Legion Post 43, 301 Fir St., at 3 p.m. Friday, as well as returning the flags from the cemetery at 3 p.m. Monday. For more information, call Lonnie Myers at 541-910-1061.