In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service will waive day-use recreation-related fees for visitors on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15. The fee waiver does not apply to SnoParks although they might be located on national public lands.

According to Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director, “Our fee-free days are a way to encourage our neighbors to enjoy a family outing while reflecting on the American values that have made America great.”

“These public lands offer rich experiences for everyone, from the avid sportsman to the casual hiker or nature observer,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester, in a press release.

Mother-Son Gym Jam is tomorrow

Moms and their sons are invited to a special event, the Mother-Son Gym Jam, Saturday from 3 p.m. to
5 p.m. at the Riveria Activity Center, corner of Second Street and Y Avenue,
La Grande.

There will be music, prizes, Nerf gun range, food crafts, hoop shoot, building pit and bounce house. Cost is $15 per family. For more information and to register, go to or call 541-962-1352.

Translator signals will be interrupted Monday evening

The Blue Mountain Translator District’s signals will be interrupted Jan. 15 after 5 p.m. due to maintenance on fiber optic cables in Island City.

The district’s fiber signals will be moved to a new cable to prevent unplanned outages. For more information, email .

City commissions meet next week

The City of La Grande’s Community Landscape & Forestry Commission will meet Jan. 16, and the Arts Commission will meet Jan. 17.

Each meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Parks & Recreation Office (inside Pioneer Park), 2402 Cedar St. For more information, contact Stu Spence, Parks & Recreation director, at 541-962-1348 or .

Imbler School Board evaluates superintendent

IMBLER — The Imbler School District Board of Directors will meet for a regular session at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in Room #1 of the high school.

The meeting will include an executive session for the purpose of discussing the superintendent evaluation and classified negotiations.

IMSD Board meets in Pendleton

PENDLETON — The Intermountain Education Service District Board will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 to discuss the superintendent evaluation.

A regular meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be conducted at the IMESD, 2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton.

Gun Club’s annual meeting is Wednesday

The La Grande Gun Club’s annual meeting is set for Jan. 17.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the clubhouse on Highway 203. Call 541-663-6193 for more information.

Union Library seeks yard sale, book donations

UNION — The Friends of the Union Carnegie Library asks residents to set aside yard sale items and book donations as they make room for their holiday gifts in closets, cupboards and garages.

The library holds a book sale and yard sale in the spring and is seeking gently used donations (no clothes, please). Call 541-562-5807 for information and to arrange drop-offs. Books may be taken to the Knitkabob in Union between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through