SALEM — According to a press release, as a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for food security. The 615,405 Oregonians currently enrolled in SNAP will see receive their next monthly allocation by Jan. 20. The early issuance will proceed, even if the federal government shutdown ends prior to Jan. 20.

“We want to be clear that these are not additional funds that SNAP recipients are receiving, but an early issuance of February benefits,” stated Oregon’s DHS self-sufficiency director, Kim Fredlund.

GRH Auxiliary meets Monday

LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary’s January meeting will be held on the 21st at Island City City Hall. Refreshments will be available at 9 a.m., and the meeting follows at 9:30. There will be a presentation explaining GRH’s “My Chart” system. Anyone interested in volunteering with the GRH Auxiliary is encouraged to attend the meeting.

County residents invited to fair board’s annual meeting

LA GRANDE — The county is invited to the annual meeting of the Union County Fair Board beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Union County Fair Office, 1106 K Ave., La Grande. County residents are encouraged to air concerns, ask questions and submit suggestions. For more information, call 541-786-7746 or email .

Saturday’s Cattlemen’s Workshop is free to attend

LA GRANDE — The 15th annual Cattlemen’s Workshop NW will take place Jan. 19 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande. The all-day event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. Registration is not required.

The day begins at 8:45 a.m. with an overview of the workshop’s sessions, which will be led by industry experts: “Export Markets & National Beef Traceability Programs,” “Practicality & Implementation of Beef Traceability Programs,” “Value of Stockmanship & Low-Stress Systems in Beef Production,” “Retailer & Consumer Perspectives of Traceability Programs,” and “Economic Outlook & Impacts on Beef Marketing Systems.”

For more information contact Kim McKague at 541-562-5129 (ext. 21) or or go to

Senior center hosts foot clinics

LA GRANDE — The Union County Senior Center, 1504 Albany St., is hosting a foot clinic Jan. 22. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 541-963-7532.

American Legion offers assistance to Coast Guardsmen

LA GRANDE — An announcement on the La Grande American Legion Facebook page announces that the American Legion is ready to assist Coast Guardmen affected by the government shutdown. The American Legion is working with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to provide immediate financial support through the Legion’s
Temporary Financial Assistance program.

TFA provides one-time grants of up to $1,500 per eligible households to active duty Coast Guard members with minor children in the home and only for the duration of the current shutdown. Questions on eligibility or how to appy for a grant may be directed to 800-504-4098.

Comments on public transportation welcome

ENTERPRISE — Community Connection will hold a Transportation Advisory Council meeting at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Community Connection, 702 NW First St. in Enterprise. The meeting is open to the public, and input, comments and questions concerning public transportation are welcome.

Sign up for next week’s senior meal in Cove

COVE — The next senior meal in Cove will be served Jan. 22 at Founders Hall on the Ascension School grounds. The meal will feature a taco bar, rice, beans and green salad, with brownies for dessert. There is a $5 charge per meal.

Coffee and tea are available at noon, and the meal begins at 12:15 p.m. To RSVP, call Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 or Betsy Arnson at 541-568-4902 by Jan. 17.