BRIEFLY: MERA remains closed due to loose buffalo

August 16, 2013 01:53 pm

Union County Administrator Shelley Burgess said Friday morning that the Mt. Emily Recreation Area remains closed as buffalo are still roaming the area.

The county closed MERA Wednesday morning after reports that a buffalo herd from a nearby bison ranch got loose on the property.

County Commissioner Steve McClure said the county does not feel comfortable leaving MERA open with big and potentially dangerous animals on the loose.

Buffalo, unlike cattle, are difficult to corral, McClure said. Buffalo cows can also be particularly aggressive when they think calves are threatened.

Burgess said MERA will likely remain closed through the weekend.

Do you ukulele? CUCU meets Monday

The monthly third Monday Strum Circle of the Coalition of Union County Ukuleles will be held at Bear Mountain Pizza from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Loaner ukes are available and songbooks are provided for the evening. 

All levels of players are welcome. 

For more information go to

IEP program set for Monday afternoon

A program for parents who have children who are on Individual Education Programs will be conducted Monday. The program is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Human Development, 2301 Cove Ave., La Grande. 

Parents will learn about how communicate with their child’s IEP team and how to better understand the IEP. To register visit Events at 

Marian Academy orientation set

An open house and parent orientation will take place at the Marian Academy from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Returning, new and prospective families are invited to meet the teachers, tour the school and discuss important information about the upcoming school year. The Marian Academy is located at 1002 L Ave., La Grande. 

For questions, visit the website at or call 541-963-0861.

Car show includes barbecue, live music 

The Grande Ronde Retirement Residence is hosting a Sizzling Summer Car Show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1809 Gekeler Lane, La Grande. 

The show will feature vehicles from the Rusty Wheels and Timber Cruisers car clubs. The event will include live music by Mark Stratton and Lost Creek Road and a barbecue dinner. The suggested donation of $5 will go to the Clever K-9 Union County 4-H Club. 

Call 541-963-4700 for more information.

Wallowa County council seeks input

WALLOWA COUNTY —The Wallowa County Local Citizens Advisory Council is seeking input from local citizens concerning health care needs of Wallowa County, including current strengths and weaknesses of existing health care services and resources needed in the future. 

Town hall meetings are at 4 p.m. Sunday in Enterprise at Building Healthy Families’ new facility at 297 NE Park Street (former Wallowa Valley Care Center), at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Wallowa Senior Center, and at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Joseph at the Outlaw Restaurant. 

For more information contact Polly DeVore at 541-426-7171 or Tim Funk at 541-953-5941.

Pancake breakfast benefits education 

COVE — A pancake breakfast hosted by the Cove Education Foundation will be served Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cove Ascension School Founder’s Hall dining room. Part of Saturday’s Cherry Fair festivities, the breakfast will include Alaskan sourdough pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice.

A full meal is $6; ages 5-11 eat for $3 and those younger are free. Just coffee is $1. All proceeds benefit the Cove Education Foundation.

Imbler School Board meets Tuesday

IMBLER – The Imbler School District Board of Directors will meet for a regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1 of Imbler High School. The public is welcome to attend.

All are invited to Pendleton picnic

PENDLETON — The Pendleton senior center invites all to a picnic Sunday, held at the Pendleton Community Park on 37th. Hamburgers, hot dogs, punch and table service will be provided at 1 p.m. 

Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish and a lawn chair, but to leave their dogs at home. The meal is free; donations will be accepted for supplies. If the weather is bad, the meal will be served at the senior center. 

For more information call 541-276-7101.

Road painting will cause delays Monday

Road projects will continue Monday in La Grande. Public Works Director Norm Paullus Jr. said paving work on M and N avenues has been completed, but crews will be painting on Monday.

M and N avenues are open to traffic, but there will be delays as crews paint. Paullus said they want to make sure crosswalks are painted before the school year begins. Motorists should expect delays and should drive with caution through the areas.

Crews are expected to be back in La Grande at the end of the month or in early September to continue overlay projects in town.

Wallowa Land Trust to host three events

Wallowa Land Trust has three events coming up.

The first is “Wallowa Lake Kokanee: Big Fish in a Little Pond” presented by Jeff Yanke with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Stage One,  117 1/2 Main St. in Enterprise.

The second event will be a hike on “Botanizing Wallowa Lake’s Terminal Moraine” with biologist Kendrick Moholt and WLT staff. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the WLT office, 116 S. River St., across from the courthouse. A carpool will leave from the office. The hike will be moderate to strenuous.

Another hike on the East Moraine of Wallowa Lake will be held Aug. 31. This one will be with geologist Ellen Morris Bishop. The group will meet at the WLT and carpool from there.