Observer staff

A Yakima, Washington, man was arrested late Saturday afternoon after allegedly being clocked by the Oregon State Police at 127 miles per hour on Interstate 84 in Ladd Canyon.

Trevor John Besel, 23, was arrested on charges of reckless driving and exceeding 100 miles per hour and taken to the Union County Jail. Besel was driving a Honda Civic.

“He was blowing by cars traveling 70 miles per hour,” said Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove.

Besel was driving in the eastbound lanes of I-84. He was spotted about 10 miles east of La Grande near the top of Ladd Canyon and was soon pulled over by the OSP.

Besel’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Public encouraged to comment on closure of county library

ENTERPRISE — The second public meeting regarding the county commissioners’ defunding of the Wallowa County Library will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Thornton Meeting Room of the Wallowa County Courthouse. Those who are against the closure of the library urge the public to come to the meeting to prove to the commissioners that it is important to keep the library open.

Union School Board meets Wednesday

UNION — The Union School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the S.E. Miller Gym. The board will discuss whether the district should pursue charter status.

Lane of I-84 closed after vehicle hits elk

A woman driving a minivan hit a cow elk in the westbound lane of Interstate 84 about 14 miles west of La Grande Saturday evening. The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, complained of wrist pain after the accident but declined the opportunity to be transported to a hospital by ambulance, according to the Oregon State Police. The accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m.

The right westbound lane on Interstate 84 had was closed while the accident scene was cleared, and the woman’s minivan was towed from the scene.

Tickets available now for gala fundraiser

COVE — Clover Haven Equine Center is holding a gala and dinner fundraising event Sept. 16 at the Sheehy Barn in High Valley. The evening will include an information presentation, live music and an art auction featuring Sue Orlaske, Doug Kaigler, Tom Dimond, Brenna Tyler and others. Contact Brittany Hersom at 541-562-1257 to make a tax-deductible donation or to purchase tickets.

Clover Haven is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing horses and humans together to promote learning, personal growth and healing. The center offers therapeutic riding lessons and other programs based in experiential learning in the presence of horses for school-aged children, challenged youth, and the elderly. Riding lessons for all ages and ability of rider are also available.

Paving work begins on Island Avenue

Beginning today, paving work will be done on Island Avenue from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be a lot of equipment and activity at night the next couple of weeks and short closures that will result in some inconvenience. Starting at 7 p.m. each night, signalized intersections will be controlled by flaggers until the paving operation goes by. Access to the I-84 eastbound on-ramp and from the I-84 westbound off-ramp will be closed for a couple hours very early Wednesday morning as the paving operation passes through. ODOT hopes to have the paving finished by Sept. 23.

During the day, the right-hand travel lane will be closed intermittently from Willow Street to Albany Street to allow for construction activities and pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Work activities will include excavation, forming and pouring new concrete curbs and sidewalk ramps at the Willow, Portland and Albany street intersections as well as the access into/out of the La Grande Town Center Mall. Traffic signal work will be occurring at Portland Street. Throughout the project, traffic signals will be in timer mode. Normal waits will resume when the new detectors are operational.

For more information contact Mike Remily at 541-963-1349 or 541-786-0952.