BAKER CITY — Starting today, Baker City will be competing for a grant to help build an all-abilities playground at Geiser-Pollman Park. The Moda Assist program, in conjunction with the Portland Trail Blazers, will donate $20 for every assist the Blazers have this season.

With 25 games left in the regular season, the Blazers have 1,302 assists, bringing in $26,040 so far. The recipient of the grant will be determined by online voting between Feb. 20 and March 20. Baker City is competing against two other communities — Prineville and Independence. Previous grant recipients include
La Grande’s Birnie Park. Voting is allowed once a day. To vote, go to

Live well despite chronic pain

LA GRANDE — Living Well with Chronic Pain, a six-week workshop, will begin Feb. 22 at the Community Connection Transit Hub, 2204 East Penn Ave.,
La Grande. The free series will be held on Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to anyone age 18 and older who either lives with chronic pain or cares for someone who does.
The sessions will cover topics such as problem solving, relaxation techniques, dealing with difficult emotions, managing medications, healthy eating and working with a health care team.
For more information or to register, email or call 541-963-3186 ext. 1019. The series is sponsored by Community Connection Northeast Oregon, Inc.

J oseph Branch Trail efforts continue

ENTERPRISE — The Joseph Branch Trail Consortium, a nonprofit group made up of community members from Union and Wallowa counties, is moving forward with plans to build a trail alongside the railroad tracks within the six miles of publicly owned railroad right-of-way between Enterprise and Joseph. This trail will be available to residents and visitors for walking, jogging, biking and horseback riding.
JBTC has worked carefully with community members, local governments and landowners over the past five years to address concerns and develop a plan for construction and maintenance that works for everyone. Recently, JBTC submitted an application for a conditional use permit that would allow JBTC to proceed with the development of a pilot trail segment starting at Marr Pond and ending in Joseph.
The conditional use
permit application will go before the Wallowa County Planning Commission for approval at a 7 p.m. meeting on Feb. 26 at Cloverleaf Hall on the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise. Anyone interested in supporting trail development is encouraged to attend or express support in writing.
For more information on the project, visit

LG School Board meets twice Feb. 27

LA GRANDE — The Board of Directors of the
La Grande School District will be meeting in executive session at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in the superintendent’s office to review and evaluate the superintendent and to hear complaint(s) brought against employee(s). Following the executive session, the board will begin a regular board meeting at 7 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room,
1305 N Willow St.

Grant available for tourism projects and events

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce will be accepting applications for the 2019 TRT Grant until March 1. The purpose of the TRT Grant program is to assist in the promotion or development of events or attractions that increase the economic impact of tourism in Union County.
For more information, call the Chamber at 541-963-8588 or stop by 207
Depot St., La Grande.