An Elgin man was arraigned in Union County Circuit Court for killing a wolf that had been caught in one of his unmarked traps.

David Sanders Jr., 58, was arraigned in court Jan. 23 after being cited on a charge of unlawful taking of wildlife and unbranded traps, both misdemeanors.

In December, an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper was inspecting a trap line near Elgin when he located a deceased wolf adjacent to one of the foothold traps, according to a press release. Upon inspection, it was determined that the wolf had likely been shot after being caught in the trap.

The trooper began an investigation, which included an x-ray examination and necropsy of the deceased wolf. A small caliber bullet was retrieved from the wolf’s spinal column.

The investigation led to Sanders, who admitted to killing the wolf after finding it caught in one of his traps, according to the release.

The investigation also determined Sanders was utilizing traps that were not branded or marked with the trapper’s information, as required by law.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted with the identification of the wolf and also collected DNA samples for further testing. The deceased wolf was a 63.5 pound juvenile female born in April 2017, according to ODFW. Based on its location, ODFW believes the animal was the offspring of a new pair of wolves that bred this year in the Mt. Emily Wildlife Management Unit. Forthcoming DNA results are needed to confirm this.

ODFW reminds all trappers to immediately contact OSP or their nearest ODFW field office if they find a wolf caught in a trap. Four wolves are known to have been inadvertently caught by licensed trappers since wolves began returning to Oregon in the late 2000s. In all these known cases, the trapper contacted ODFW, and wildlife biologists were able to respond and then collar and safely release the wolf from the trap.

Enterprise house fire was caused by electric wall heater

ENTERPRISE — A house fire in the heart of Enterprise Saturday night is being blamed on an electric wall heater.

According to Enterprise Fire Chief Paul Karvoski, no one was home when a neighbor reported a fire at Jen and Nick Cameron’s home on NE South Street shortly after 8:30 p.m. Karvoski, the state fire marshal and a fire investigator from the Camerons’ insurance company investigated the scene on Monday, and Karvoski said they were in agreement that the wall heater started the fire.

“By the time we got there the basement was fully involved,” Karvoski said.

Firefighters from Joseph were dispatched to help the Enterprise Fire Department battle the blaze.

Karvoski said the basement and its contents were destroyed and most of the upstairs received smoke and heat damage.

While some of the contents may be salvageable, he said the damage to the home was extensive. No people or animals were injured in the fire, Karvoski said.

Fundraising event benefits Wallowa County scholarship

ENTERPRISE — A Ground Hog Day Dinner and Bingo Night Feb. 1 at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise will raise funds for the Wallowa County Fair Board scholarship. An all-you-can-eat dinner of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Bingo games begin at 6:30 p.m., and there will also be a silent auction. Dinner tickets are $10, $5 for age 10 and younger, and come with a free bingo card. For more information call Tera at 541-426-4097.

Sign up now for art classes through ACE

LA GRANDE — Art Center East offers a variety of classes to brighten up a wintery February. Registration is required 48 hours in advance and can be completed at www.artcentereast.org, by calling 541-624-2800, or by stopping by ACE at 1006 Penn, La Grande. Upcoming classes include:

Feb. 3: Watercolor Workshop: Potted Geraniums, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., age 15 and older

Feb. 3: Block Print Greeting Cards, adults at 10 a.m., teens at 1 p.m.

Feb. 4: Chinese Tea: Warming Winter Teas, 10 a.m., age 14 and older

Feb. 5: Embossed Metal Necklace, 6 p.m., age 17 and older

Feb. 5: Pay It Forward Art, 10:30 a.m., age 12 and older (art will be gifted to Shelter From the Storm)

Feb. 9: Pendant Design with Fused Glass, 5 p.m. age 13 and older

Feb. 10: DIY Body Butters, 11 a.m., all ages (held at Growing Wise)

Feb. 10: Mask Making, 1 p.m., age 15 and older

Ground Hog Breakfast served in Union Saturday

UNION — The Veteran of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 invites the community to dine on the pesky Ground Hog Feb. 3, whether he sees his shadow or not.

Sausage omelets, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea, milk and juice will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. (or until the ground hog runs out) at the VFW Hall, 518 N. Main St., Union. Admission is $7, $5 for students. For more information, contact Post Commander Ken
McCormack at 541-805-9321.

Book and bake sale supports Wallowa Library

WALLOWA — The Friends of the Wallowa Library will hold a book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Senior
Center, 204 Second St. More than 1,000 books will be offered at low prices, plus a variety of bake sale items. Call Sally at 541-886-4012 for more information.

Junior girls invited to apply to Girls State

UNION COUNTY — Girls in Union County who are completing their junior year of high school are encouraged to apply to Girls State, a leadership and citizenship program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 43.

The program will be held this summer at Willamette University in Salem. Any interested girls may contact Joan Smith at 541-963-4861 or talk with their school counselor.

Translator District Board meets Feb. 6 in Baker City

BAKER CITY — The Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at noon Feb. 6 in Baker City Hall, Suite 204, 1655 First St., Baker City.

The agenda and board packet will be available on www.bmtd.org/public-notice. Email bmtd.org@gmail.com for more information.

Public meeting held on Wildfire Protection Plan in Enterprise

ENTERPRISE — The Oregon Department of Forestry and Wallowa County Emergency Management invite the residents of Wallowa County to a public meeting highlighting the new edition of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The meeting will be held at Community Connection Enterprise, 701 NW First St., at 6 p.m. Feb. 7.

CWPPs are tools for communities in high fire prone areas to address their areas of concern, as well as identify their priorities for treatment and mitigation work.

For more information, contact Matt Howard, Oregon Department of Forestry Unit Forester, at 541-886-2881, or Paul Karvoski, Wallowa County Emergency Manager/County Fire Chief, at 541-426-4543 ext 165.

DHS to hold forum on foster care system

The Department for Human Services will be holding a forum at the Integrated Services Building, 1607 Gekeler Lane, in which the community is invited to share their ideas on how to make the foster care system better.

DHS will provide an update on Oregon’s Child Welfare Action Plan at the forum, as well as introduce new leaders in the program and to seek feedback on current projects.

Youth and foster parents are encouraged to come an hour early for special sessions. The forum begins at 5:30 p.m.

To attend RSVP to child.safety@state.or.us. or visit http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/Child-Safety-Plan/Pages/projectA-community-engagement.aspx

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