Avista warns of phone scams

SPOKANE — A recent press release from Avista warned customers of ongoing phone scams. “If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an Avista representative demanding immediate payment or asking for your confidential information, immediately end the call,” the release stated, adding that Avista will never ask or require a customer to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection. Customers with a past due account receive an advance disconnection notification with the regular monthly billing — never a single notification one hour before disconnection. According to the release, some scammers have duplicated Avista’s automated phone greeting, so when customers return a call to the phone number provided by the scammer, it sounds like a legitimate Avista phone number. Some of these criminals also use caller ID spoofing to replicate Avista’s customer service number.

Customers who suspect or experience fraud, or feel threatened during a call, should contact the local police and then call Avista’s customer service at 800-227-9187.

Avista Utilities provides energy services and electricity to 388,000 customers and natural gas to 355,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in parts of Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

LGPD takes back unwanted prescriptions Saturday

LA GRANDE — On April 27, the La Grande Police Department, partnering with the Union County Safe Communities Coalition and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the La Grande Safeway parking lot, 2111 Adams Ave., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pills and patches will be accepted, but not liquids or needles. The service is free and anonymous. No questions asked. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact the LGPD at

Bus to OTEC’s annual membership meeting in John Day

BAKER CITY — Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative announced that ballots for its board of directors’ elections have been sent to the membership. Three positions on the OTEC board are up for election at the 31st annual membership meeting set to take place May 4 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day. Candidates on the ballot this year are incumbents Greg Howard (Union County), Dave Baum (Union County) and Charlene Chase (Baker County)

OTEC voting members will be able to cast their ballots by mail or hand deliver them at the annual meeting. Mailed signed and sealed ballots mailed must be received by May 3 in order to be counted.

Registration for the 2019 membership meeting begins at 10 a.m. May 4 and will include a business meeting, catered lunch, live entertainment, informational booths, raffles and prize drawings. All members are invited to attend the meeting and free transportation is available.

To sign up for a seat on the bus, stop by the Union County Senior Center (1504 N. Albany St., La Grande) or Baker County Senior Center (2810 Cedar St., Baker City before April 30. The bus will leave in the morning and return that afternoon. The La Grande-Baker bus, which holds a maximum of 47 individuals, is a chartered bus, with an onboard restroom and plenty of storage underneath for wheelchairs or walkers. However, members will need to be able to climb the steps to get to their seat.

For additional information about OTEC, the candidates and the annual membership meeting, visit www.otecc.com.

Joe Beans hosts live music event

LA GRANDE — Joe Beans, 1009 Adams Ave., La Grande, will host a special night of live music featuring singer-songwriter Steve Campbell beginning at
7 p.m. April 24. Campbell’s set will showcase original music from his album as well as some not-yet-released titles. Guest musicians Earl Davis and James Franke will bring “cover songs everybody love” from rock, country, pop and blues. The evening will also include door prize drawings. The cover charge is $5 per person.