BRIEFLY: Symposium examines county airports

By Observer staff May 06, 2014 01:44 pm

Symposium examines county airports

JOSEPH — “A General Aviation Symposium: Maximizing the Economic and Social Values of Wallowa County Airports” will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Joseph State Airport. 

This program will focus on the economic and social importance of county airports. The featured speaker will be Dave Ulane, Northwest Mountain Regional manager of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Presentations from other organizations may include: Oregon Dept. of Aviation, Wallowa County commissioners, Wallowa County Pilots Association, U.S. Forest Service, local aviation businesses, Oregon Pilots Association, local mayors, Chief Joseph Flyers, Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and Lifeflight. 

For more information, call Bill Ables at 541-263-1327, Tim Locke at 541-263-0470 or Brian Adelhardt at 443-504-7016.

NEOC Bicycle Committee meets

The Northeast Oregon Cyclist Bicycle Committee May meeting is scheduled for noon Thursday at the Dusty Spur. The agenda will include discussion of a kiosk, spring ride results and a greenbelt update.

LMS sets fifth grade Parent Night 

Parents of fifth-grade students are invited to La Grande Middle School Parent Night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the middle school commons. Parents will learn about programs, activities, take a tour of the school and have questions answered.

Cove City Council to meet Tuesday

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder St. The meeting will include an executive session to discuss correspondence from legal counsel.

Enrollment open at Marian Academy 

Enrollment for 2014-15 school year is now open at Marian Academy. People will receive a 20 percent discount off the registration fee if submitted and paid for by June 1. 

Enrollment applications can be downloaded online at or picked up in school office at 1002 L Ave. For more information, call 541-963-0861.

Sharpen garden tools at kick off event

The Community Garden is hosting a kick-off event for the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Oregon Rural Action Community Garden between I and H avenues off 12th Street. 

Volunteers and gardeners will be weeding around garden spaces, expanding plots and sharpening tools for donation. People can bring a dish to share for a potluck. Tool sharpening and communal work will run from   11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; potluck lunch from1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Bees Friendly and Grow-a-Row information from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and individual plot work from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 541-975-2411.

East Face Project deadline approaches

Landowners with property in the East Face Project area have until May 16 to submit final applications to the Natural Resources Conservation Service for monies to help with improving forest health through hazard fuels reduction work on private lands.

The East Face Project is a multi-agency collaborative restoration project, located within the Grande Ronde and Powder River watersheds. In Baker County, the project area is the face of the Elkhorns north of Pine Creek to the Anthony Lakes Highway. In Union County, the project generally covers the Pilcher Reservoir, Wolf Creek Reservoir, Ladd Canyon and Morgan Lake areas.  The objectives of this project are to reduce fuels, enhance wildlife habitat, protect the watersheds and create fire-adapted communities.

The project area contains high to very high wildfire potential on both public and private land. The goal of this funding is to provide financial and technical assistance to private landowners to conduct hazard fuel reduction and forest health improvement activities.

Hazard fuels reduction is focused on thinning of over-stocked stands and the reduction of forest fuels.  These projects will consider and provide for improved wildlife habitat in addition to providing for improved forest health. 

Landowners interested in this funding opportunity should contact their local Oregon Department of Forestry or NRCS representative: ODF Baker County: Jana Peterson, 541-523-5831 ext. 24; ODF Union County: Jamie Knight, 541-963-0195; NRCS Baker County: Parker Ussery, 541-523-7121; NRCS Union County: Mike Burton, 541-963-4178 ext. 108.

Cove Booster Club meets Tuesday 

COVE — The Cove Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove High School. New members are needed. Parents of all ages are welcome. This meeting will consist of the election of new officers. For more information, call Deb at 541-561-1602 or Wayne at 541-805-5837.

Central PTA accepts donations for sale

The Central School PTA will accept donations of gently used items such as clothing, books, furniture and household items for its annual yard sale fundraiser. The Central School PTA Yard Sale is scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school gym. People should drop off their donations from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Central School gym. 

All proceeds from the yard sale benefit the students and teachers at Central School and help to pay for class field trips, new books for the library and support other PTA programs. 

For more information, call Mika Morton at 541-962-8494.

P.E.O. Chapter holds Mother’s Day brunch 

ISLAND CITY — P.E.O. Chapter DK is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Island City City Hall. People are invited to bring their mother or daughter and enjoy a meal and some light entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are $12.50 each and may be obtained by calling Kathy at 541-786-2227. A hand-made quilt will also be raffled. Tickets for the quilt are $5 each or five for $20.  The quilt is on display at the Potter’s House.

All money raised goes toward college scholarships for women.

Museum opens on Mother’s Day

UNION — Volunteers at the Union County Museum in Union are dusting, freshening up exhibits and getting ready for the museum’s season opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day.

The roof and ceiling have been repaired in the historic bank building was repaired after extensive rain damage in August 2013 with the help of museum members, members of the public and assistance from Union County. 

After the season opening, the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through mid-October.

 Located at 333 South Main St. in Union, the Union County Museum is an all-volunteer effort by a small but very dedicated group of individuals.

Family Game Night unfolds Tuesday 

Central School PTA and Central School’s Title 1 Program is hosting a Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the school gym. Central PTA’s Family Game Night features free pizza (first come, first served), door prizes, and games such as Pictionary, Twister, UNO, Sorry and Chess. There is no admission to this event. Everyone is invited.

Event introduces new interim president

Oregon University System Chancellor Melody Rose and Interim Eastern Oregon University President Jay Kenton will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday. 

An event to formally introduce Kenton is planned from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall. A reception hosted by the Chancellor’s Office will follow in the Hoke Community Room on the second floor of the Hoke Union Building, Room 222. The public is invited to attend.

Cove School District meets Tuesday

COVE —The Cove School District’s budget committee will meet at 7 p.m.Tuesday. The school district’s proposed 2014-15 budget will be discussed at the meeting. 

The budget committee will meet following a short Cove School Board meeting, which will start at 6:45 p.m. The school board and budget committee meetings will be in the high school math room. 

Main Street meeting slated for tonight

Business owners and community members are invited to a La Grande Main Street Downtown Community roundtable tonight at 6 p.m. in the community room at Cook Memorial Library.

The meeting is a chance to provide input to Main Street on what they are doing as well as to get update on current and future activities.

Commissioners meet Wednesday morning

The Union County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in its meeting room at 1106 K Ave.

Transient room tax proposals and various administrative matters are on the agenda.