A bus transporting La Grande School District students was evacuated as a precaution Thursday at about 7:40 a.m. The bus was traveling northwest on Island Avenue to Greenwood Elementary School when there was an electrical short under the dash that caused smoke to start to come out of the bus, according to Kathaleen Maley, location manager for Mid Columbia Bus Company, in a news release from the La Grande School District and the InterMountain Education Service District.

The driver of the bus pulled the vehicle over on Island Avenue across from the Walmart parking lot and evacuated the bus as a precaution. Mid Columbia sent another bus to the location and the students were transferred into it and then continued on the route. The bus that was evacuated was driven from the scene and repaired. It was used on a route Thursday afternoon.

Maley said the bus company contacted each of the student’s parents and relayed all the information about what had occurred.

Those responding to the incident included the La Grande Fire Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. UCSO Deputy Cody Bowen said that between 15 and 20 students were on the bus and that all of them were fine. He said none had suffered from smoke inhalation.

Union City Council meets Oct. 9

UNION — The Union City Council will meet Monday for a work session and its regular monthly meeting. The work session will begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The work session and meeting will both be at Union’s city hall.

AAUW seminar held Saturday

An informal program will emphasize policy issues American Association of University Women members support and lobby for in the Oregon Legislature during the Northeast District Seminar of the AAUW Oct. 7 in La Grande.

The public is invited to the interactive event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St. There is no charge for the seminar, which is titled “Now More than Ever … Moving Forward Together.”

Trish Garner, public policy chair, and Ane McIntyre, membership vice president, both of the Oregon AAUW, will lead the program. AAUW’s focus is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The state AAUW public policy effort resulted in the passage of the Pay Equity Law in the recent Oregon Legislature. For more information, contact Lucy Hutchens at 208-739-6954 or lucymhutchens@gmail.com.

Mild and dry weather in weekend forecast

The weather in Union and Wallowa counties is expected to be mild and dry this weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Pendleton. There will be a possibility of snow at 5,000 feet but conditions will be dry everywhere else, NWS meteorologist Rob Brooks said.

The forecast for today calls for a high of 69 and a low of 43. Saturday’s high will be 60 with a low of 39. Sunday will see a bit of a cooling off with a high reaching only 55 and a low of 33.

There is a chance of wind gusts reaching 23 miles per hour in Union County late Friday through Saturday afternoon.

Brooks said temperatures in La Grande have yet to dip below 28 degrees, which is considered a hard freeze.

“A hard freeze has an impact on temperature-sensitive plants,” he said.

The earliest La Grande has had a hard freeze is Sept. 14, 1970, and the latest was Nov. 8, 2014, according to National Weather Service records.

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