BRIEFLY: Model watershed board meets Tuesday

By Observer staff June 23, 2014 09:44 am

Model watershed board meets Tuesday 

WALLOWA — The board of directors for the Grande Ronde Model Watershed will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Wallowa Community Center, 204 E. Second St., Wallowa.

Cove sets budget hearing Tuesday

COVE — The City of Cove will have a special meeting and budget hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder St.

EOU hosts open house for transfers

The first in a series of open houses for students looking to transfer to Eastern Oregon University is set for Wednesday.

 Students are invited to drop by between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Welcome Center on the first floor of Inlow Hall. Free parking is available in the campus lot accessible from the 12th Street entrance.

 Admissions counselors and academic advisers will be on hand to talk with students about transferring prior credits to EOU’s programs, how to apply, and accessing resources like financial aid and other enrollment services. Options for online education will be covered, too.

 EOU is hosting similar events around the region through September.

 Interested students can also connect with a regional adviser on Google Hangouts between noon and 1 p.m. the following dates: July 10 and 22; Aug. 14 and 26; and Sept. 11 and 23.

 For more information, call 541-962-3393 or visit

Library hosts Teen LEGO competition

Cook Memorial Library will play host to a Teen LEGO competition from        2 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 5. This free event is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program. 

Teens will use the library’s LEGO collection to create MOCs (my own creations) that will be judged and displayed in the library. Prizes include gift certificates from Hobby Habit. 

Registration is not required. The activity will take place in the library’s Community Room and is open to anyone in middle school or high school. 

This event is funded with a grant from Wildhorse Foundation.

NEOEDD sets board meeting Thursday 

BAKER CITY — The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District is holding a board meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Commission Meeting Room, Baker County Courthouse, 1995 Third St., in Baker City. All NEOEDD board meetings are open to the public.

Fair offers kids’ workshops, activities 

Kids’ workshops and activities will be offered Friday and Saturday at SolWest Fair at Union County Fairgrounds.

A “What is Renewable?” workshop for ages 7-11 will take place at 3 p.m. Friday.  Jennifer Barker, SolWest founder, will discuss where energy comes from and what it means to be renewable. This workshop uses “SunBucks” play money to pay for energy in the Utility Game, where people can buy sun stickers with their savings.

Cliff Schrock will teach a “6th Grade Renewable Energy” class for sixth grade to adults at 4 p.m. Friday. He will talk about sources of energy,  stored sunlight, solar wind and hydro renewable energy.

Saturday, La Grande Parks and Recreation will have an ongoing “Recycle Crafts” workshop, with new crafts every half hour, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

A “Story Hour” will be offered at 10 a.m. for 3- to 8-year-olds, and a  hands-on “Watershed” class for school-age students where they can build their own watershed.

Children 12 and younger can get into the fair for free. For more information, call 541-975-2411, ext. 5, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Author/river guide gives talk Wednesday

JOSEPH — Join author/river guide Vince Welch and learn about the amazing river running lives of “Buzz” Holmstrom and Amos Burg at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Winding Waters Boathouse, 204 E. Wallowa Ave., Joseph. Admission is free.

Welch presents, “Buzz & Amos: Two Oregon River Runners who Left their Mark on the Rivers of the West” and will read sections of his book, “The Doing of the Thing — the Brief, Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom.” Come to the boathouse and hear the history of river running throughout the West