BRIEFLY: Paws for Books program set Saturday

By Observer staff June 20, 2014 10:31 am

Paws for Books program set Saturday 

The Paws for Books program will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cook Memorial Library. Those attending are asked to bring a can of any kind of food to be donated to the Blue Mountain Humane Association. The library is working with Therapy Paws for this program.

Powwow dance, regalia featured 

JOSEPH — A powwow dance and regalia program will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Program Area (B Loop) at Wallowa Lake State Park.

Julie Johnson will demonstrate traditional dancing and beadwork featured at intertribal powwows. Johnson, who lives and works on the Burns Pauite Reservation, is an enrolled member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe. She makes dance outfits for her family and friends, who wear their regalia for powwows, dances and other special occasions. 

Johnson, who also is an accomplished dancer, performed in the opening ceremony of the Salt Lake City Olympics. This event will also include a display of her handiwork. It is presented in collaboration with the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.

SOLO Adult Singles Group meets Sunday

SOLO Adult Singles Group will provide a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nazarene Church fellowship hall, 18th and Gekeler. This is a fragrance-free venue.  For more information, call Linda at 541-240-9819.

‘Rapunzel’ children’s theater auditions set

The Art Center at the Old Library is bringing Missoula Children’s Theater’s production of “Rapunzel” to La Grande next week. Up to 60 students, entering first through 12th grades this fall, are invited to participate. Everyone who registers will be selected for a part during the audition, which will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Art Center, 1006 Penn Ave.

Auditions will last two hours, at which time the students will be assigned their roles. 

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The tour directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.  All participants should bring a sack lunch each day. Performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. June 28 in McKenzie Theater on the campus of Eastern Oregon University.

Cost is $50, or $45 for Art Center members. Registrations can be completed in person at the center through Saturday, by calling 541-624-2800 or online at For more information, call 541-624-2800 or visit the center’s website at

Loop road work includes detour

JOSEPH — Construction continues on the 13-mile stretch of the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, also known as the North Pine section of Forest Service Road 39. The North Pine section begins at the junction of Highway 86 and FSR 39 and heads north for 13 miles on FSR 39 to the junction of FSR 66.

The detour route, FSR 66, is free of snow on the road surface and passable by passenger vehicles because of recent maintenance. This 30-mile detour route is a single-lane gravel road with turnouts and is dusty in certain locations. In addition, this time of year one can encounter snowstorms at any time, and some of the campgrounds still have snow. The route is suitable for vehicles with trailers; however, it is not recommended for motor homes or motorcycles. 

Managers delay Chinook season 

ENTERPRISE — Fishery managers announced today that the spring Chinook season scheduled to open Saturday on the Imnaha River has been delayed awaiting the arrival of more hatchery-origin fish. According to Jeff Yanke, fish biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, surveys indicate about 70 percent of the fish in the Imnaha River are of wild-origin and off limits to harvest.

Fishery managers plan to open the fishery in the near future when more hatchery fish are available in the river.

 Anglers looking to fish salmon this weekend can still fish the Wallowa River, which remains on schedule to open Saturday.