The La Grande School Board will meet for a work session on Wednesday. The work session will start at

7 p.m. in the conference room at Willow Elementary School, 1305 N. Willow St.

Bond funded projects will be one of the subjects discussed at the work session.

LGPD: Watch out for gold ring scam

LA GRANDE — According to a press release from the La Grande Police Department, a scam has been circulating around town the last two weeks involving an unknown suspect paying for goods and services with what appears to be a gold ring in lieu of cash or credit. The suspect will claim he/she does not have his/her wallet and then ask the cashier to take a gold ring in payment, saying the ring is “much more” valuable than the money owed. The rings are gold-colored, feel heavy for their size and marked with either 14k or 18k, but have little to no value, according to the release.

This scam is likely criminal in nature but no victims have come forward. If you have been the victim of this scam, contact either the La Grande Police Department or Union County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement recommends that you never take jewelry in exchange for payment without having an assessment of the item by a professional jeweler or precious metals dealer.

Young authors invited to Student Writers’ Workshop

LA GRANDE — Writers in grades three through 12 are invited to register for the annual Student Writers’ Workshop March 10 at Eastern Oregon University. The event — open to young writers and their teachers and parents — features workshops focusing on various kinds of writing followed by an open mic session. Young writers can then choose to revise and submit their work for inclusion in an anthology.

Registration is open and costs $30 for each student, which includes lunch. Teachers and chaperones attend for free. Continuing professional development units and graduate credit are available for teachers. Support for SWW comes from Eastern Oregon University and Soroptimist International of La Grande. For more information or to
register, visit or contact Nancy Knowles at 541-962-3795 or

Fruit tree pruning workshop held Saturday

ISLAND CITY — Community members are welcome to attend a fruit tree pruning workshop offered by the OSU Master Gardener program March 10. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $10. Participants will meet at the Union County Extension Office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City, for classroom instruction, followed by hands-on training at a local orchard. For more information and to RSVP, call the Extension Office at 541-963-1010.

Teens, adults talk about ‘Station Eleven’

LA GRANDE — As part of the 2018 Big Read happening in Union and Wallowa counties, Cook Memorial Library is hosting a special one-hour teen-only “Station Eleven” book discussion at 4:30 p.m. March 7. Contact the library if you or your teen needs help locating a copy of “Station Eleven.”

Teens and adults are invited to drop in at JaxDog Café & Books, 1118 Adams Ave., La Grande, on Saturdays through March 24 to discuss the Big Read title. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to chat about “Station Eleven” with fellow readers. Discussion prompts will be provided to help get things rolling.

Libraries celebrated in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — The libraries in Wallowa County will be offering five Library Fairs in March and April to celebrate local library programs and highlight their role in building strong communities. Libraries provide a variety of services ranging from loaning books, sheet music and audio/visual materials to delivering large-type books to sight-impaired and homebound seniors. Libraries also offer provide free Internet access as well as free educational programs, including preschool literacy support to parents.

The schedule for the Library Fairs:

Enterprise Public Library, March 9, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Troy Branch Library, March 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Joseph Public Library, March 16, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wallowa County Library, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wallowa Public Library, April 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Staff will be available to help fair-goers open doorways to new learning, such as how to download an e-book or audiobook from Library2Go; order a book from the 81 interlibrary loan members of the SAGE Consortium; or do research using the LearningExpress or Gale databases. In addition, there will be refreshments plus activities and free books for children. Representatives from YES for Wallowa County Libraries ( will be onsite to answer any questions people might have about the future of libraries in Wallowa County and the upcoming Library District ballot measure, which will be on the May 15 ballot.