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BRIEFLY: Outage put parts of Union County in the dark Wednesday


A power outage caused by a broken transmission insulator near Hot Lake affected 4,955 Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative customers in the Union, Cove, Elgin, Summerville and Imbler areas for several hours Wednesday evening and for some places into early Thursday morning.

Wind might have contributed to the insulator damage, according to OTEC.

The outage began at 7:30 p.m. and power was restored to the Imbler, Elgin and Summerville areas by about 9:23 p.m. All other areas had their power restored by 12:45 a.m. Thursday.

Food drive set for Saturday

Local Boy Scouts will be conducting their annual “Scouting for Food’’ drive Saturday at Safeway, 2111 Adams Ave. in La Grande, and Grocery Outlet, 11301 Island Ave. in Island City. Scouts will be set up and collecting donations at both stores from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. Donated items will go to the food pantries operated by the Department of Human Services and Shelter From the Storm.

First Christian Church serves as Operation Christmas Child drop-off center

The La Grande First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave., will be collecting filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child Nov. 13-20. Last year more than 1,500 shoe boxes were collected at the La Grande drop-off center from Union, Wallowa and Baker counties.

The drop-off center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The final day, Monday the 20th, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Information and instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.

Union City Council to meet Monday

UNION — The Union City Council will meet Nov. 13 at Union City Hall. A work session will begin at 6 p.m., and the city’s city administrator position will be discussed. The council’s monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Streets closed for Saturday’s parade

The Oregon Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Transportation Division issued a press release informing all holders of annual over-dimension permits that Highway 30 between Fourth Street and Hemlock Street in La Grande will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 for the Veterans Day Parade. When U.S. 30 in La Grande is closed, a local detour will be in place for authorized vehicles only, utilizing Jefferson and Washington streets. For questions or help with determining other authorized alternate routes, contact the Over-Dimension Permit Unit between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 503-373-0000.

Protestants, Catholics gather Sunday for Reformation

La Grande’s Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and Zion Lutheran Church are sponsoring a Service of Common Prayer to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran, 902 Fourth St. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Service of Common Prayer was developed on the international level to mark a special moment in the journey from conflict to communion between Lutherans and Catholics. It was celebrated by Pope Francis and Bishop Younan of the Lutheran World Federation one year ago in Lund, Sweden. It looks back in thanksgiving and confession and ahead to journeying together. Protestants and Catholics alike will find it meaningful. A reception will follow the service.

Democratic candidate for Congress speaks Tuesday

The public is invited to hear Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2, speak at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Community Room at Cook Memorial Library. A question and answer period will follow. This event is the third in a series sponsored by the Union County Progressives and the Union County Democrats.

OSP seeks assistance in poaching incident

Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the subjects who shot and left to waste a mature mule deer buck in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit in Union County, according to a press release from the state police.

An elk hunter in the Starkey Unit notified Oregon State Police Saturday that he found a deer carcass. Senior Trooper Kris Davis responded and found the carcass off the Forest Service 21 Road and 500 and 410 spurs. The location is near Dark Canyon, west of the Spring Creek area off Interstate 84 outside La Grande. According to the release, the kill probably occurred the evening or night of Oct. 27 or the morning of Oct. 28, when the first season for Rocky Mountain elk was open.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Davis at the La Grande Patrol Office at 541-805-4757. Callers may stay anonymous by calling the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Pie auction supports senior center

The Union County Senior Center is having a pie auction at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 14. The pie auction is a fundraiser for the senior center, 1504 Albany St., La Grande.

Planning Commission meeting set

The City of La Grande Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 for a regular session and a work session in Council Chambers of La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. The commission plans to discuss creating a new Medical Services Zone applicable to the Grande Ronde Hospital Campus and expanding livestock use land use codes.

Community asked to donate blood

A community American Red Cross blood drive will be held in La Grande from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the gym of the La Grande LDS Church, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Call Linda Strand at 541-963-4261 to make an appointment. Those who donate can streamline their donation experience by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions.

STEM day camp offered to middle school girls

Local Girl Scout Sierra Ashley is currently working on her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. For her project she is hosting a STEM day camp for middle school girls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 in the La Grande High School Science Hall.

Activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math will be held during the day camp. Registration is limited to the first 40 girls to RSVP. Lunch will be provided. Call 541-605-0411 to RSVP.

Hall of Fame banquet celebrates excellence

The third annual La Grande Tiger Booster Hall of Fame Banquet is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at EOU’s Gilbert Hall. Every year the group inducts outstanding alumni, teams, community supporters and staff at this event. This year the following will be inducted:

Eric Jorgensen - Outstanding Male Athlete

Julie Fitzgerald-Bodfish - Outstanding Female Athlete

Rob Stuart - Outstanding Alumni

Ken Kennedy - Outstanding Community Supporter

Pat Bruce and La Grande Pepsi Co - Outstanding Community Supporter

2004 Boys Golf Team (State Champion) - Outstanding Team Lorence “Doc” Savage - Wall of Fame

Tickets are $25 per person and cover costs of the event. To purchase or reserve tickets, contact Patty O’Reilly at the LHS main office at patty.oreilly@lagrandesd.org or 541-663-3301.

School Board considers wrestling team’s travel request

The Board of Directors of the La Grande School District will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the District Office Conference Room, 1305 N Willow St.

The OSBA elections will be discussed, and the board plans to make a decision on the wrestling​ ​team’s request​ ​to​ ​travel​ ​to​ ​Hawaii. A special​ ​board​ meeting and work​ ​session is planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 29, also at the district office.

Union Soil and Water Conservation District Board meets Tuesday

The Union Soil and Water Conservation District’s next board meeting begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the conference room at the OSU Extension building, 10507 N. McAlister, Island City. Principal subjects to be discussed are monthly financial statements, staff reports and partner agency reports. Call Christopher Moats at 541-963-1313 for more information.