Tonight is Union School Board meeting

UNION — The Union School Board will meet July 10 for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the high school athletic complex.

Mid-week newcomers welcome at VBS

SUMMERVILLE — Vacation Bible School is going on now at the Summerville Baptist Church and children are welcome to join “The Incredible Race” at any time. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for the rest of this week, the summer series will explore the origin of mankind, different cultures and the need of everyone to trust Christ and follow God’s Word. For more information call 541-786-1670 or visit

Translator District Board meets in La Grande

LA GRANDE — The Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at noon July 12 in the Misener Room of the Daniel Chapin Building, 1001 Fourth St., La Grande. The agenda and board packet will be posted at prior to the meeting.

Crow’s Shadow Press exhibit opens Friday

LA GRANDE — “Prints from Crow’s Shadow Press,” an exhibit featuring a collection of recent prints created by Artists-in-Residence at Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, will open to the public July 12 at Art Center East, 1006 Penn, La Grande. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display through Aug. 31. All Art Center East exhibits and receptions are free to attend.

Based on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Crow’s Shadow was founded in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce) to offer Native artists resources, education and a platform from which to develop their work. Since then, Crow’s Shadow has become a nationally recognized printmaking studio and Artist Residency program, the only one of its kind on a reservation.

While Crow’s Shadow maintains a focus on Native artists, the program invites those of all cultural identities, creating a valuable exchange between Native artists and the rest of the contemporary art world. Art Center East’s exhibit represents a broad range of artistic styles from eight of their most recent residencies. All work in the exhibit is on loan from the Crow’s Shadow Institute’s permanent collection. Limited edition prints will be available for purchase.

Annual Stampede Breakfast served Saturday

ELGIN — The annual Elgin Stampede Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13 at Elgin’s Masonic Hall, corner of Eighth and Division. The cost of the breakfast is $6. All are welcome.

West African culture showcased at Farmers Market

LA GRANDE — A performance of drumming, dancing and singing from Guinea, West Africa, will take place at 10:30 a.m. July 13 at the La Grande Farmers Market, held at Max Square. Art Center East invites the community to experience the vibrant West African culture. The performance is free and open to all.

Program offered to natural resource professionals

SALEM — The deadline is approaching for the next session of REAL Oregon (Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership), an annual leadership and professional development program that exposes a cross-section of individuals from Oregon’s natural resource communities to the diversity of Oregon’s geography, economy and cultures through a series of five statewide sessions.

REAL Oregon is a collaboration of industry and other groups throughout the state that have recognized the importance of developing and grooming natural resource leaders now and in the future. The program is intended for current and future leaders from agriculture, fishing, and forestry sectors. The application, which requires a short essay and letters of reference, is due July 25, and the series will begin in the fall. Application packages and additional information can be found at

Invasive plant treatments underway on the Wallowa-Whitman Forest

BAKER CITY — The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has begun an integrated approach of manual, mechanical and herbicide treatments, along with biological controls, to reduce the risk of invasive species expanding on the forest. This work is being implemented under the 2010 and 2016 Records of Decision for the Invasive Species Treatment Project.

The majority of herbicide treatments will be spot application to individual invasive plants using truck sprayers, backpack sprayers and UTVs, said Maura Laverty, Forest Range and Invasives Program Manager. Some broadcast application is also planned along a small subset of roadsides. Treatment on the forest is expected to continue through October.

Invasive plants targeted for treatment include leafy spurge, meadow hawkweed, orange hawkweed, sulfur cinquefoil, whitetop, knapweeds, rush skeleton weed, Scotch thistle, Canada thistle, yellowstar thistle, yellow toadflax, Japanese knotweed, puncturevine, rose campion, hound’s tongue and bugloss.

Treatment sites are located across the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and herbicide treatments will be signed on the ground at the time of treatment. Maps of the proposed treatment sites are also posted at For more specific information on timing and location of herbicide treatments, contact the local Ranger District Office coordinators:

• La Grande and Whitman Ranger Districts, Scott Schaefer, 541-962-8550

• Hells Canyon NRA, Eagle Cap and Wallowa Valley Ranger Districts, Beckjo Wall, 541-426-5535