SALEM — As of Jan. 1, deer and elk struck by vehicles can be legally salvaged in Oregon using a free online permit. According to a press release from Oregon Fish and Wildlife, the change in law was required after the passage of Senate Bill 372 during the 2017 Oregon State Legislative session. The free online permit application found at www.odfw.com/roadkill must be submitted within 24 hours of salvaging a deer or elk. Specific information about location, date and time of salvage is required on the application, and completing the online permit is not allowed until the animal is actually salvaged.

Only deer and elk
accidently struck by a vehicle may be salvaged and for human consumption of the meat only. Intentionally hitting a deer or elk remains unlawful. While antlers and heads must be surrendered, other parts such as the hide may be kept by the roadkill salvage permit holder. Any person who salvages a deer or elk will consume the meat at their own risk. Sale of any part of the salvaged animal is prohibited, but transfer to another person will be
allowed with a written record similar to transferring game meat.

The new rules apply only to deer and elk. It remains unlawful to salvage other game mammals including pronghorn antelope, bears and cougars. Find out more at www.odfw.com/roadkill.

Audition for ‘Mamma Mia’ Jan. 10

ELGIN — Auditions for the upcoming production of “Mamma Mia” at the Elgin Opera House will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Opera House, 108 N. Eighth Ave. Auditioners should plan on singing at least 16 measures of their favorite Broadway-style song. An accompanist will not be provided, but a piano and a media player will be available. Performance dates are set for April 5-27, and rehearsals will begin in February. For additional information text Margaret Spence at 971-263-7839 or email Terry Hale at terry@elginoperahouse.com . See the posting at www.elginoperahouse.com/audition-calls.

Learn to ‘Optimize Your Nutrition’

LA GRANDE — “Optimize Your Nutrition,” a cooking class with with Tim James, will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Nature’s Pantry, 1907 Fourth St., La Grande. Participants will learn how to cook for optimized nutrition, how to eat healthy on a budget, and why food is the best medicine. The class includes free food and recipes plus a 15-minute detox class. The cost is $10 per person. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, call 541-963-7955 or stop by Nature’s Pantry. See the class calendar at www.naturespantry.life.

Housing Authority Board meets Jan. 8

LA GRANDE — The quarterly meeting of the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will begin at
10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the May Park Community Room, 2608 May Lane, La Grande. The meeting is open to the public and the location is accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations call Amanda Helwick at 541-963-5360 ext. 21 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Project Heartbeat offers training for lay responders

ENTERPRISE — Project Heartbeat will be conducting a first aid/CPR/AED class Jan. 10 in Wallowa County. The class will train lay responders to assist those suffering medical emergencies, both minor and major, until the ambulance arrives. Upon completion of the course, attendees will get a two-year certification from the American Red Cross. The class will be held from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
Prairie Creek Center, 104 S. Litch St., Enterprise. The cost of the class is $45 and registration is required. For more information and to register call 541-432-0259.

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