BRIEFLY: Bikeway committee meets Thursday

By Observer staff April 07, 2014 12:37 pm

Bikeway committee meets Thursday

A NEOC Bikeway Committee meeting will be held at the Smokehouse Restaurant, 2206 Adams Ave., at noon Thursday, said spokesperson Anita Metlen.

On the agenda for discussion is a number of issues in preparation for the Spring Ride on May 2-4 when the committee hopes to unveil the installation of a new kiosk.  

“Volunteers are needed for sag vehicles, registration, bike rodeo, and the return event at Riverside Park,” Metlen said.

Businesses are encouraged to sign up for the Bike Friendly Business Program and enhance their marketing exposure to bicyclists. For more information on the business program, how to apply and get prepared for bicycle tourism, visit

To learn about the Spring Ride, visit

OTEC annual meeting to be held in Burns 

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative announces that ballots for its Board of Directors elections were mailed Friday. Three positions on the OTEC Board are up for election at the Annual Membership Meeting May 3. Candidates on the ballot this year are:

• Union County candidate for position No. 1 is incumbent George Galloway.

• Baker County candidate for position No. 2 is incumbent Charles Hofmann.

• Harney County candidates for position No.  3 are incumbent Robert Cargill and candidate Alfred Hellbusch.

All candidates are running to serve a three-year term. OTEC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held in Burns at the Harney County Fairgrounds and the election results will be announced at that time. OTEC voting members will be able to cast their ballots by mail or may hand deliver their ballot to the Annual Membership Meeting. Members voting by mail may also enter a contest to win a flat screen TV.

Registration for the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting begins at 10 a.m. May 3 followed by a business meeting at 11 a.m. A free lunch provided by the Juniper Cookhouse will be served at 12:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Frank Carlson, and there will be prize drawings throughout the meeting.

Master Gardener class set April 15

The next Master Gardener class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. April 15 at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. This week’s topic will be Diagnosing Plant Problems. Guest instructor Neil Bell, OSU horticulturalist for Marion and Polk counties, will discuss how to identify signs and symptoms of disease, pest damage and improper cultural practices. 

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

La Grande School Board to meet

The La Grande School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Willow Elementary School conference room. Professional learning communities will be one subject discussed at the meeting.

Union School Board to meet Wednesday

UNION — The Union School Board will meet at 
7 p.m. Wednesday at the high school athletic complex. Energy tax credits will be one of  the subjects discussed at the meeting. 

Retired educators meet Wednesday 

The Union County Retired Educators will meet Wednesday at the Dusty Spur at Greenwood Street and S Avenue. There will be a program and elections of officers. Orders will taken at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested may attend.