WALLOWA — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will tour Integrated Biomass at 3:30 p.m. today. The facility is located at 75100 Lower Diamond Lane, Wallowa. According to integratedbiomass.com, the company takes wood that is underutilized by the traditional logging industry and turns it into useful things like firewood, poles and clean energy.

“By doing so, we help forest restoration projects, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and decrease waste,” the website states, “all while creating new jobs in a community faced with economic hardship due to closing timber mills. Most important, you get quality wood that’s better for the planet.”

Meals on Wheels drivers needed

LA GRANDE —
Community Connection is seeking volunteers to be Meals on Wheels drivers. For more information, call Sydney Gleeson at 541-963-7532, ext. 1104, or stop by the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande.

Pre-registration required for Josephy youth art camps

JOSEPH — The first of two youth art camps offered by the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will be held next week. “Where the Wild Things Are” is open to ages 5-8 and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 30-Aug. 2. The cost is $45 for four days of painting and/or clay work. Pre-registration is required; go to josephy.org, call 541-432-0505 or stop by the center at 403 N. Main St., Joseph. Registration is also open for a camp for ages 9-13 to be held the week of Aug. 13. “Far-Away Places” will offer printmaking and/or clay work.

Join collaborative effort to track bumble bees

LA GRANDE — A unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of bumble bees is free and open to all July 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service La Grande Ranger District Office, 3502 Highway 30. Participants will learn about bumble bees and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, a collaborative effort to track bumble bee populations, which are suffering along with honey bees.

Idaho, Oregon and Washington are home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees, and several of them face an uncertain future. This citizen science project aims to collect data to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. There is no cost to join the army of trained volunteers. Instruction will be followed by field work. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. For more information, call the Ranger Office at 541-963-7186.

Public-use restrictions increase on national forests

As of today, Phase B Public Use Restrictions are in place on the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests due to high fire danger, the potential for human-caused fires, and concern for public safety. Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited, and campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating. Information on the use of generators and smoking restrictions are available on the forest’s websites. For a list of designated recreation areas and campsites where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions, contact:

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest information hotlines in La Grande at 541-962-1234 and in Joseph at 541-426-5552; www.facebook.com/WallowaWhitmanNF

Malheur National Forest information hotline in John Day at 541-575-3000; www.facebook.com/MalheurNationalForest

Umatilla National Forest information hotline at 877-958-9663; www.facebook.com/UmatillaNF

Discounted carnival wristbands available before fair begins

LA GRANDE — Wristbands allowing wearers to enjoy unlimited rides for one day during the carnival at the Union County Fair are now on sale. Wristbands purchased before the fair begins on Aug. 1 are $20 and are available at D&B Supply, Looking Glass Books, Hines Meat Company and Island City Market. Wristbands sold during the fair will be $25 each.

Chip sealing planned next week in La Grande

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande
Public Works Department will conduct chip sealing beginning July 30 on Fir Street from the railroad tracks to Y Avenue; on Y Avenue from Fir Street to Spruce Street; and on Fourth Street from K Avenue to Penn Avenue. Work will begin at 6 a.m. and continue until the work is completed. Expect road closures and detours in these areas and plan to use alternative routes. Contact Public Works at 541-962-1325 for more information.

Schedule for Greenway public hearings altered

ISLAND CITY — The Island City City Council announced it is postponing the start of the public hearings for the Grande Ronde River Greenway Project due to unforeseen issues. The council is holding three hearings (originally set for Aug. 7, 21 and 28), each of which will focus on one of the three proposed options for the Greenway path. The Aug. 7 hearing has been canceled, but the Aug. 21 and 28 hearings will be held as scheduled. The remaining third date will be announced at a later time. Each hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Island City City Hall. Public input will be taken at each meeting.

Oregon Humanities Conversation focuses on race and place

JOSEPH — NEOEDD is hosting the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project “Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future,” led by Anita Yap and Traci Price, at 7 p.m. July 31 at The Place, 301 S. Lake St., Joseph. This event is free and no registration is required. The conversation will explore the answer to: How does Oregon’s history of racism influence our present and how can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future?

La Grande Farmers Market plans special ‘4th Tuesday’

The La Grande Farmers Market has planned special events for “4th Tuesday at the Market” throughout the summer. From 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 31, all are welcome to celebrate the market with beer, margaritas, music and food. In addition to the weekly market selling sustainably raised meats and produce, handcrafted art and jewelry, and homemade treats, there will be a beer garden and a BBQ. Mamacita’s International Grill will have fresh margaritas and fresh fruit smoothies on their patio, and the “Beer Choir” will encourage live music from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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