BRIEFLY: Man arrested for alleged threats

By Observer staff March 17, 2014 10:37 am

Man arrested for alleged threats

A 35-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly threatening people with a gun on Ladd Canyon Road.

Union County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bill Miller said dispatch received the report about 4:05 p.m. from a citizen who said a man had pointed a gun at them while on Forest Service Road 43, also known as Ladd Canyon Road.

The sheriff’s office responded and arrested Caleb Richard Matteson, 35, unknown address, on two counts of menacing, two counts of pointing a firearm at another and two counts of recklessly endangering another.

“It doesn’t appear that (Matteson) knew the victims,” Miller said. 

The case remains under investigation. Matteson will likely be arraigned Monday afternoon, Miller said.

Auction benefits Elgin pool, center, park 

ELGIN — The Friends of the Elgin Community Center annual auction to benefit the pool, center and park will take place April 12 at the Elgin Community Center. John Coote will auction off new merchandise and certificates for goods and services. The baked goods sale begins at
9:30 a.m. Viewing is at 10 a.m. The auction begins at 11 a.m. Food and concessions will be served all day.

Many improvements and repairs have been made to the center, pool and park over the years because of the auction. No proceeds of the auction are used for administrative purposes. 

Line dancing taught Wednesdays

 Line dancing will take place at Grande Ronde Fitness from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The March line dance classes are free for people to check out.

Driver safety class set April 12 

A new, updated, improved “Smart Driver” driver safety class will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Grande Ronde Hospital’s third floor conference room, just off the visitors’ elevator. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. For registration and more information, call Fred Moore at 541-910-9797. Completion of the class entitles drivers 55 or older to a discount in their auto insurance in most cases.

Registration open for Fishtrap College

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County juniors and seniors can earn college credit this spring by taking Fishtrap College’s Introduction to Poetry Writing class. The course introduces students to contemporary poetry and creative writing. 

Oregon State University instructor and Fishtrap writer-in-residence Sally Parrish will help students develop an understanding of poetry techniques and how to read with a more critical and constructive eye. Students who successfully complete the class will receive OSU college credit and an OSU transcript. This course is worth three credit hours.

The course begins April 4 and concludes June 6. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday mornings at the Fishtrap House, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise. The cost is $300. Some scholarships are available. 

Current Wallowa County high school juniors and seniors and recent high school graduates are eligible to take the class. To apply, fill out the application form available at and mail or drop it by the Fishtrap House.

For more information, contact Sally Parrish at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Fishtrap at 541-426-3623.

Book club reading Tan novel 

Cook Memorial Library’s Page Turners Book Club is reading “Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan for its April 8 meeting. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. in the Archives Room of the library. New members are welcome.

OTEC board meets Tuesday morning

The Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the meeting room, 2408 Cove Ave. Decision items include awarding OTEC scholarships.

Nez Perce history class set for April  

ENTERPRISE — The Nez Perce in the Wallowa Country, a five-week, non-credit, discussion-based history class, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, April 2-30, at the Wallowa Resources Stewardship Center (old hospital building) in Enterprise. Instructor is Rich Wandschneider, director of the Josephy Library at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. There is a $50 fee for the class, and people are encouraged to have a copy of Alvin Josephy’s “Nez Perce Country” ($14.95 at the Bookloft or Josephy Center). This is the short version of his classic, “The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest.”

The class will begin with the Nez Perce before white contact. Week two will cover the fur trade and the missionaries. Week three will cover treaties and the impact of the Civil War. Week four will cover the Nez Perce and early white settlers in the Wallowa Country, and the lead up to the Nez Perce War. Week five will cover the Nez Perce after the war and the Nez Perce in the Wallowa Country today.

For information on the class, or to register, contact Rich Wandschneider at the Josephy Center at 541-432-0505 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Imbler School Board  meets Tuesday

IMBLER — The Imbler School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1 of the high school. Budget committee members will be appointed.

Meeting focus is Anthony Lakes 

NORTH POWDER — A public information meeting on Anthony Lakes will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the multi-purpose room at North Powder School.

This event offers a chance to meet the board of directors and management and for the community to be updated on Anthony Lakes’ economic impact and other community-related topics.

Weather spotter training set April 14 

Volunteers are being sought to participate in the latest weather spotter training on April 14 in La Grande.  Weather spotters trained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service are key volunteers who assist the meteorologists by providing up-to-date information about storm activity.  

The Skywarn Weather Spotter training is free and will be held in the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St., beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. The training is co-sponsored by Union County Emergency Management. 

For more information, contact Dennis Hull at 541-969-7136 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   More information is also available at the National Weather Service website at

GED Online Academy begins soon

The next session of the GED Online Academy begins March 31. Registration is under way now and scholarships are available for Union County residents. Classes are offered through Blue Mountain Community College. GED study guides, practice tests and tutoring are available through EOU at no cost. For more information and to register, contact Cathy Trochlell, EOU’s Continuing Education coordinator, at 541-962-3076, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Spring Tea and Film program set Saturday

Come celebrate spring at Cook Memorial Library with a Spring Tea and Film program for adults at 4 p.m. Saturday. Participate in a best hat contest, enjoy tea and bring a treat to share, and view the film “Enchanted April.” Registration is recommended but not required for this free event. The event is for adults only.