ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce issued a press release with a special announcement regarding a membership vote. According to the release, at the regular May Wallowa County Commissioners board meeting, Michael Lockhart and David Hurley presented a question to be brought before the Wallowa County Chamber membership. The question presented to the commissioners, and to be presented to membership, is to determine if there is support by membership to increase the Wallowa County Motel Tax so as to provide additional revenues for the WC Sheriff’s Department and the Wallowa County Fairgrounds.
At this time there isn’t an official proposal before the County Commissioners, said the press release.
The Chamber is required by its bylaws to open a 30-day period for a membership vote, which in this case began May 17. On May 25, the question will be sent to the membership by email with a link to collect the votes. Each member is allowed one vote per business. Upon request the office staff will send the survey by mail. For more information, contact the WC Chamber of Commerce at 541-426-4611.
EOU Board of Trustees announces May 24 agenda
LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University’s Board of Trustees will discuss plans for the Rural Engagement and Vitality (REV) Center, among other topics, at its regular meeting May 24. The agenda includes presentations from Assistant Athletics Director Stephanie Upshaw about the department’s strategic plan and from Vice President for University Advancement Tim Seydel regarding updates to EOU’s strategic brand messaging. Also, the trustees will discuss the quarterly management report, followed by a presentation of next year’s budget and a report on upcoming accreditation events by Vice Provost for Academic Quality Donald Wolff.
The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Dixie Lund Board Room, Inlow Hall 201, and is open to the public. Written comments to the board will be accepted within 48 hours of the meeting. Meeting materials and public comment sign-up are available online at eou.edu/governance/board-meeting-schedule. The location is accessible to people with disabilities and the meeting will be streamed live at livestream.com/eou/governance.
Make reservations now for free camping June 2
Free camping, free parking and special events highlight State Parks Day June 2. More than a dozen state parks are holding free events that day, and camping is free at all tent, RV and horse campsites. On June 2-3, day-use parking will be free, as well as fishing, courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
State Parks Day is organized by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and has been held annually since 1997. This year, OPRD partnered with Oregon Lottery to sponsor events at parks including Wallowa Lake State Park, which will host outdoor concerts on June 1 and 2.
To guarantee a campsite for State Parks Day, reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org (click the “Visit” icon) or call 800-452-5687 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. While campsite rental is free, an $8 non-refundable transaction fee is required at the time of the reservation, which must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your stay.
Library hosts summer reading programs
LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library’s free summer reading programs will begin June 5. All registration will be done online this year. Go to www.cityoflagrande.org/library and click the link to Beanstack. Beanstack, which is available as an app to download on your mobile devices, also offers access to book recommendations, reviews and reading lists.
Summer reading programs are available for babies and toddlers, school-aged children, and teens. Activities for children include Toddler Time, Kids Yoga with Kitia, Baby Tot Bop, Coding Club, Family Movies, a LEGO competition and a visiting program from the University of Oregon’s Natural History Museum. Activities for teens include Book Clubs, Writing Circle, iCraft and movies. There will be a teen party to kick off the Teen Summer Reading Program at noon June 5 in the library’s Community Room.
Activity calendars and detailed event flyers are available on the library’s web and Facebook pages, as well as through Beanstack. Call 541-962-1339 or visit the library at 2006 Fourth St., La Grande, for more information.
Statewide Historic Preservation Plan released
SALEM — Every five years the State Historic Preservation Office prepares an update to its comprehensive, statewide historic preservation plan to guide preservation activities in the state for the coming years. Through the fall and spring of 2017, more than 170 Oregonians participated in a series of public workshops held in La Grande and other cities. Another 348 completed an online survey. The 2018-2023 plan includes the many diverse ideas of these participants. The updated historic preservation plan may be accessed at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/2018_2023_shpo_plan.pdf. For a physical copy of the plan, call the SHPO office at 503-986-0690.
La Grande Tai Chi class breaks for the summer
LA GRANDE — The Tai Chi class offered on Tuesday and Thursday at the Presbyterian Friendship Center will take a summer break June, July and August. The last class will be May 31 at 9 a.m. The free class will resume in the fall.