Island City City Council meets Monday

ISLAND CITY — The Island City City Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 8 at Island City City Hall. The meeting will include a public land use hearing on the Peterson Partition. The next council meeting will be held Aug. 12.

Parks & Rec offers fishing excursion

LA GRANDE — La Grande Park and Recreation is offering a Fishing on the Lake excursion for children age 7 and older on July 12. Participants will learn the basics of fishing from the bank of Morgan Lake, plus how to clean fish and catch crawdads. Fishing equipment will be available for those who don’t have their own. Transportation will provided leaving from the Parks & Rec. Office, 2402 Cedar St. (inside Pioneer Park), leaving at 8 a.m. and returning at noon. The cost is $10 per child. To register or for more information, go to or call 541-962-1352.

Union SWCD Board meets July 10

ISLAND CITY — The Union Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet at 7 p.m. July 10 in the conference room of the Union County Extension Office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. Principal subjects to be discussed are monthly financial statements, staff reports and partner agency reports. Call Christopher Moats, natural resources conservationist, at 541-963-1313 for more information.

Wallowa County Summer Shuttle is back

ENTERPRISE — Enterprise Community Connection announced the return of its Summer Shuttle Bus that runs between Enterprise and the south end of Wallowa Lake six times a day. The bus stops at various locations in Enterprise, Joseph and at Wallowa Lake, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For a small fee, take the bus to work or to play. An all-day pass is also available.

If you have special needs, the bus will go off route between stops to accommodate curbside pickup or delivery. Deviations from the set route must be arranged in advance. For more information call 541-426-3840.

ODF fire season restrictions now in effect

SALEM — As of July 1, fire season is officially in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands. ODF protects more than 16 million acres of private, county, state and federal land. Fire season is declared at the local district level, with restrictions intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires.

While permits to burn may be issued in some areas, debris burning is generally prohibited throughout the summer due to increased wildfire risk. Violators burning without a permit will be cited and held liable for fire suppression costs.

Other public use fire restrictions are also in effect in several areas. The use of fireworks, tracer ammunition and exploding targets is not permitted. Campfires, the mowing of dry, cured grass, cutting and welding, power saw use and other spark-emitting activities are regulated at the local level, depending upon the conditions and fire danger. ODF encourages the public to stay informed of current fire restrictions by visiting the agency’s Fire Restrictions & Closures website or calling their local ODF or protective association office.

Want to spend less money on car insurance?

LA GRANDE — There will be a Smart Driver course, the new and enhanced driving refresher course from AARP Driver Safety, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 at Grande Ronde Hospital, 900 Sunset Drive, La Grande. Participants should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. in order to complete necessary paperwork. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Attendees are eligible for a discount on their auto insurance. To sign up or for more information, call Fred Moore, a certified volunteer instructor, at 541-910-9797.

Rep. Greg Smith appointed to Legislature’s Emergency Board

SALEM — State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) was appointed by Speaker of the House Tina Kotek to serve on the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, a bicameral and bipartisan committee that functions during the time the Legislature is not in session.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Emergency Board,” Smith said in a press release. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure state agencies remain funded, the state budget remains balanced, and tax dollars of hard-working Oregonians are spent wisely.”

The Emergency Board allocates emergency funds, increases expenditure limitations, authorizes transfers, receives reports and approves submissions of federal grant applications.