BRIEFLY: Search and rescue finds 93-year-old

By Observer staff January 17, 2014 09:53 am

TROY — Wallowa County Search and Rescue was dispatched Tuesday to find a 93-year-old woman who had left her house north of Troy after dark.

Sheriff Steve Rogers said a call came in at 7:25 p.m. that Betty Parr of Grouse Creek Lane was reported missing. Her family had been looking for her since 5 p.m. before they called for help.

Rogers said Parr frequently walks on her road near the house. “We deployed Search and Rescue, but a neighbor found her 6 miles from home at 10:47 p.m., barefoot. Her feet were bloody and she was cold.”

Otherwise Parr was fine and returned to her family.

Sewer rehabilitation project proceeds

The City of La Grande has hired Planned and Engineered Construction, Inc. for a sewer main line rehabilitation project in various areas of the City. Due to the lower flows at night, this contractor will be working late into the evenings to be able to install the liner into the sewer main lines.

Their projected schedule will be as follows:

• Monday, during the day: L Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets.

• Tuesday, during the day Gekeler Lane south of 16th Street; and O Avenue Fourth to Fifth streets beginning after 5 p.m.

• Friday, during the day, N Avenue Third to Fourth streets.

• Sunday beginning at 10 p.m. they will be working in the alley behind the Maridell Center.

• Monday beginning at 9 p.m. they will be working in the alley between Depot and Elm Street, Adams and Washington avenues.

Those with questions can contact the City of La Grande Public Works Department at 541-962-1325.

Rainbow Girls have pizza, see movie 

UNION — Girls and their parents are invited to come to join Rainbow Girls for pizza, a short presentation and a movie from noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Union Masonic Lodge, above the post office in Union. Enter the building on the Center Street side.

The international Order of Rainbow for Girls is a youth organization that gives girls, 11-20, an opportunity to gain skills in leadership and public speaking, travel, meet new friends and participate in community service as well as statewide charities.

Mortgage assistance program winds down 

Homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments may be eligible for up to $20,000 in assistance and up to $10,000 to bring their mortgages current. 

Only three cycles are left to apply for the Home Rescue Program (Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19). This program is designed to help Oregon homeowners avoid foreclosure by making their monthly mortgage payments for up to one year.

To qualify, homeowners must be able to show at least a 10 percent drop in current income compared to 2011 or 2012. An eligibility questionnaire, a complete list of qualification requirements and application cycle schedule can be found on the Home Rescue Program page at

“This program will help local homeowners stay in their homes so they can focus on recovering from the difficult economic times we have been experiencing,’ said Debbie Votaw, housing manager of  Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc. “There are no plans to further extend this program or other assistance funds available at this time, so it is important to apply during one of these remaining cycles.”

More information about how to apply can be found on the program page at, or call Votaw at 541-963-3186. Homeowners without Internet access can visit Community Connection of Union County at 2802 Adams Ave.

CUCU meets for Strum Circle

The Coalition of Union County Ukuleles group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Bear Mountain Pizza to practice “La Donna” and other pieces. Then at 7 p.m., CUCU will do its Strum Circle focused on the Everly Brothers and a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King. Loaner ukes are available. People of all levels are welcome to come jam and enjoy the fun. For more information, visit

LHS Class of ’55 meets for lunch 

The La Grande High School Class of 1955 will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar and Grill, 2209 Adams Ave.

Winter Book Sale starts Saturday

People are encouraged to visit the Winter Book Sale at Cook Memorial Library between Saturday and Jan. 31. All books will be $1 each. Proceeds go to benefit the new Adult Summer Reading Program.

Kids to dance at basketball game 

The high school teens from Dance Arts Inc. are sponsoring a clinic for elementary students from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Catholic Church, with a follow-up performance at the La Grande High School boys basketball game on Tuesday evening. 

The kids will be doing a routine to Katy Perry’s “Roar”  dressed like Tigers. For more information, call 541-910-8449.

Free fitness classes offered Saturday

Olivia Westenskow of Liv Fit LLC is teaching five free fitness classes Saturday at Mountain Valley Fitness and Health. First up is yopi at 10 a.m., followed by an introduction to zumba at 11 a.m., cross hit at 12:15 p.m., barre-lates at 1 p.m. and yoga refresh at 1:45 p.m.

With the exception of the 8:30 a.m. zumba class on Monday, the Liv Fit classes scheduled for MLK Jr. Day will take place as planned.

Master Gardener class meets Tuesday 

The next Master Gardener class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. This week’s topic will be Basic Botany, with guest instructor Karen Antell, EOU professor of biology. 

The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash/check only). Refreshments will be served.