The Center for Human Development Public Health is urging community members in the Grande Ronde Valley and surrounding communities to take precautions for protecting their health.

Due to wildfire smoke, the air quality readings Thursday for the La Grande area are “unhealthy for sensitive groups” and “unhealthy” for the Cove area, according to a Center for Human Development news release.

Wildfire smoke may increase the risk of illness, the release said, especially for older adults, young children and people with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions.

CHD advises vulnerable people to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed when air quality is unhealthy and hazardous. If smoke levels are expected to remain high for more than two days, consider leaving the area until air quality improves.

CHD said it is important to be aware of the level of health risk posed by area wildfire smoke. The Oregon Health Authority has developed a fact sheet titled “Public Health Guidance for School Outdoor Activities During Wildfire Events” which is on the Oregon Smoke Blog. To get the latest air quality information and health advisories go to

Dinner and auction will benefit Stanley family

JOSEPH — A fundraising dinner and auction to benefit Del and Brinda Stanley will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Joseph Community Center, 201 N. Main St. Del recently sustained a severe brain injury and is in a Boise hospital. The event aims to raise money to help the family with the mounting medical bills and living expenses.

Blue Mountain Peggers hosts cribbage tournament

The Blue Mountain Peggers cribbage club is hosting an open tournament this weekend at the La Grande American Legion, 301 Fir St. Pre-tournament play is offered this afternoon at 3 p.m., and the main tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 541-975-3176.

The Blue Mountain Peggers play on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Denny’s in La Grande from mid-September through May.

Union City Council schedules Monday sessions

UNION — The Union City Council will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Leonard Almquist Council Chambers at Union City Hall. The councilors will review and discuss city administrator and city recorder job descriptions and develop a hiring plan for a new city administrator.

A regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. This meeting will include the acceptance of Sandra Patterson’s resignation; a discussion of a five-year Library Operating Serial Levy and the proposed library budget; and the final plat approval for the Scott and Cathy Schroeder partition.

LG Swim Club annual meeting is Wednesday

The La Grande Swim Club will hold its annual general meeting Aug. 16 in the Rotary Pavilion at Pioneer Park. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call Tatiana at 541-963-5961.

Registration available at SHINE Preschool open house

An open house for SHINE Preschool will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15. Families of prospective students are invited to tour the new preschool at Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande and meet the teacher. Registration will be available for the few remaining openings for the morning classes.

Land-use restrictions increased by Oregon Department of Forestry

According to a news release from the Oregon Department of Forestry, fire conditions remain extreme across Northeast Oregon and current fires have reduced firefighting resources available to respond to new fires. ODF managers have responded by increasing restrictions associated with the current Regulated Closure intended to reduce human-caused fires.

These restrictions ban all open campfires and other types of open burning and additionally ban off-road vehicle travel and chainsaw use on lands protected by ODF’s Northeast Oregon District. These restrictions took effect at 12:01 a.m. today.

More information for fire danger in Northeast Oregon can be found at or by calling contacting a local ODF office: La Grande Unit, 541-963-3168; Baker City Sub-Unit, 54-523-5831; Wallowa Unit, 541-886-2881; Pendleton Unit, 541-276-3491. To report a fire, contact the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at 541-963-7171 or call 9-1-1.

Hancock Forest Management closes all property to public

Due to extreme fire danger in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington, all property under the management of Hancock Forest Management, Northeast Oregon Region, will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes no public use or access, no use of motorized vehicles, no camping, no fires of any type, no firewood cutting, no smoking and no hunting or recreational use. For additional information, call Hancock Forest Management’s Recreation line at 541-962-2184.

Celebrate groundbreaking with Congressional leaders

ENTERPRISE — The community is invited to a groundbreaking event Saturday to celebrate the construction of an integrated health services building and meet members of Congress in a town hall style meeting.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness begins at 10 a.m. with guests Senator Hansell and Representative Barreto who will give a face-to-face update from Oregon’s State Capitol and what’s on the docket for the new biennium. The town hall will be held across from Winding Waters Medical Clinic on Medical Parkway in Enterprise, followed by a BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.