OHSU approved to resume heart transplant program

PORTLAND — The United Network for Organ Sharing has approved Oregon Health & Science University’s new primary physician for heart transplants, allowing the Portland hospital to resume its heart transplant program.

The hospital said in a news release the decision by the network to approve the physician was unanimous and effective as of Monday.

OHSU suspended the program last summer after four cardiologists left the team.

The hospital says it has hired three advanced heart specialists so far.

OHSU President Danny Jacobs said in the news release that the hospital is pleased to resume the full spectrum of care for Oregonians with advanced heart failure.

Man accused of kidnapping, rape after posing as life coach

GRESHAM — A man has been accused of posing as a life coach before kidnapping, raping and assaulting a woman near Portland.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Themba Kelley was indicted Tuesday on kidnapping, rape, assault, strangulation and other crimes.

Court documents said Gresham police responded to a motel Aug. 14 on reports that a female was being held captive.

According to the documents, t he victim met Kelley at Laurelhurst Park in Portland where he identified himself as “Themba Spirit” and helped her fix her vehicle. The documents said she went with Kelley after he offered to let her shower and do laundry.

He then assaulted her and prevented her from leaving, according to the documents.

Prosecutors said Kelley has previously represented himself as a life coach and authorities are seeking help from the public to determine whether there could be additional victims.

It wasn’t known if Kelley has a lawyer.

Man gets nearly 11 years for breaking mom’s bones

PORTLAND— A 41-year-old man who fractured his mother’s eye socket, nose and some of her ribs has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Sean Tester punched, kicked and bit his mother’s face during the assault in the Corbett home they shared. Prosecutors said Tester then called 911 to report a home invasion, saying he found his mother injured after returning home from a bar Feb. 21.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the woman in a pool of blood, but no signs that someone forced their way into the home. Tester eventually said there was no intruder, and described the assault in detail.

During a hearing Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tester pleaded guilty to assault and coercion — both constituting domestic violence. He also acknowledged that he’d violated his probation for previous arson and coercion convictions.


Women United event held in La Grande

LA GRANDE — United Way of Eastern Oregon invites women to the first Women United event in Union County, to be held at
6 p.m. Aug. 29 at 1001 Fourth St., La Grande. The event will feature dinner, a Q&A with Kids Club by Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, and a professional development session with Lisa Dawson, executive director of Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.

The event is $5 at the door or free for individuals who already contribute to United Way via donation or workplace payroll deduction. To RSVP, email uweo@eoni.com or call 541-962-0306.

Memoir writing workshop offered in September

LA GRANDE — Is your head full of wonderful memories? Art Center East is offering a “Beginning Your Memoir” workshop on Tuesdays in September from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open to anyone age 18 and older, this class will give you some ideas to begin creating the memoir you have dreamed of writing. For beginning writers or those with work in progress. Bring pen and paper or your laptop and be ready to write, read and give and take feedback.

Cost for the four-part workshop is $60 for ACE members and $75 for non-members. For more information or to register, go to www.artcentereast.org, call 541-624-2800 or stop by ACE at 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande.

UC Democrats special meeting features Eileen Kiely

LA GRANDE — There will be a Union County Democrats special meeting Sept. 4 at Flying J Restaurant. Eileen Kiely, secretary of the Democratic Party of Oregon, will be visiting with the membership of the Union County Democratic Party beginning at 6 p.m.

Kiely will be sharing current and future activities of the Democratic Party of Oregon and the Democratic National Committee. Organizers encourage those who attend to bring their thoughts, ideas and questions.

Wallowa Land Trust Outing planned

ENTERPRISE — The next Wallowa Land Trust Outing will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 31. Participants in the “Moraines: A Working Landscape” outing will learn about the connections between stewardship, forestry and rangeland management with Forester Larry Nall and Rangeland Specialist Michael Hale.

To sign up and receive details on the location of the free, family-friendly outing, go to www.wallowalandtrust.org or call 541-426-2042.

Union SWCD Board meets next week

ISLAND CITY — The Union Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at 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.

For more information, contact Christopher Moats, natural resources conservationist, at 541-
963-1313 or go to www.unionswcd.org.

Senior center hosts Sweet Treat Social Friday

LA GRANDE — The Union County Senior Center, 1504 Albany St., La Grande, is having a Sweet Treat Social from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 30. All are welcome to come by for “a sweet time with traditional sweets and social hour.”