BRIEFLY: OSP searching for illegal dumpers

By Observer staff August 01, 2014 10:00 am

OSP searching for illegal dumpers

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect or suspects in connection with an illegal dump site found on the 2158 Road approximately four miles south of the Spring Creek exit (Exit 248) on Interstate 84. Troopers believe the site is a recent dump.

The OSP’s Fish and Wildlife Division is searching for suspects as the illegal dump site is “not only an eyesore, but can cause potential hazards to people, wildlife and the environment,” said Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell.

Anyone with information about the illegal dump site or any other wildlife crime is asked to call McDowell at 541-531-5906.

Free shuttles go to fair from Elgin, Union 

Union County Public Transit will offer free shuttle access in Elgin and Union to and from the Union County Fair Friday and Saturday.

The free service is an experimental route. The shuttle will pick up and drop-off at the Elgin Train Depot and Union High School. The transit agency may expand hours and days in the future, and is hoping to learn from this weekend’s rides. To see the schedule, visit

Walden to visit local area for 2 meetings 

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will be in Eastern Oregon next week to hold town halls and other meetings in Union, Wallowa and several other counties.

Walden plans a roundtable meeting to discuss growing the economy in rural Oregon communities with the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., in La Grande and a Wallowa County town hall meeting at 11 a.m. Aug. 8 at Lear’s Pub & Grill, 111 Main St., Enterprise.

At the town hall meetings, Walden will give an update on his work in Oregon and Washington, D.C.. and take questions from residents.

“These town hall meetings are another way I keep in close touch with the concerns of Oregonians,” Walden said. “I will answer questions from attendees and give an update on local issues that remain my priorities, including strengthening our rural communities, promoting access to public lands, protecting private water and property rights, and increasing access to quality, affordable health care.”

Take Oregon Trail outing Saturday 

Blue Mountains Conservancy’s next Heart of the Blues outing is at 9 a.m. Saturday. Learn about the arduous descent of Craig Mountain made by travelers of the Oregon Trail. Friends of the Ladd Marsh board memberJim Akensen will describe techniques used to descend the grades with heavy wagons and show remnants of a trading post near Foothill Road. 

This field trip will involve driving to vantage points with key stops at the east bound rest area entering Ladd Canyon, the old horse barn (Oxen Spring) and the Ladd Marsh Overlook site on Foothill Road.

A map of the trail routes will be provided. 

Short hikes will occur at Oxen Spring and to the rock wall at the old Trading Post site. Hiking difficulty is low with some brush to go through. Bring water and binoculars. 

The tour will begin and end at Ladd Marsh Overlook on Foothill Road. 

A wildlife area parking permit is required ($7 for the day, $22 for the season). Get one at Bi-Mart in La Grande or Baker City or at the ODFW La Grande office at 107 20th St.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Blue Mountains Conservancy Coordinator, Sue Miller, at 541-786-2665, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the Blue Mountains Conservancy website ( or the Facebook page

Cattlemen sponsor forest plan gathering

The Union County Cattlemen are sponsoring an informal night for concerned parties to receive information about the Blue Mountains Forests Plan that will impact the local area for the next 10 to 15 years. 

This plan will determine educational funding, maintenance of county roads, level of timber-related jobs and the protection of scenery from catastrophic forest fires.

Help writing letters will be available from 6 p.m. to 
9 p.m. Monday at the Extension Service building meeting room, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City.

Elgin School Board has two vacancies 

ELGIN — The Elgin School District announces two vacancies on its school board. The district is seeking candidates representing Zone 3, outside city limits, and Zone 1, inside city limits.  

To be eligible to serve, candidates shall be a resident of the district for the period of one year immediately prior to election and be a qualified voter of the district. The vacancies will be filled through board appointment at the board’s regular August meeting.

Submit a letter of interest to Elgin School District, P.O. Box 68,  Elgin, OR  97827. For more information, contact the district office at 541-437-1211.