A 12-year-old boy died Wednesday evening in a crash near Umatilla. Oregon State Police reported it is considering the stormy weather at the time as a contributing factor.
State police, Umatilla County Fire District 1 and other agencies at about 7:15 p.m. responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 4 outside Umatilla. The preliminary investigation indicated Raymond Ramone Dick Shippentower, 32, of Pendleton, was driving a silver Mazda MPV westbound on the highway. The minivan veered off the road and rolled over in the median.
One of the passengers was the 12-year-old boy. He died from injuries at the scene.
The other passengers were Christina Marie Leyva, 38, of Pendleton, and a 3-year-old girl. They and the driver suffered minor or non-life threatening injuries, according to state police.
State police and road crews restricted I-82 to one lane for three-and-a-half hours during the crash investigation.
UP Employees Club meets Monday
LA GRANDE — Union Pacific Employees Club #17 will meet at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Cock-n-Bull restaurant in Pat’s Alley in La Grande. For more information, call 541-786-4606.
VA baby shower event supports expecting veterans
LA GRANDE — The La Grande VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), one of 60 Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VHA) Medical Centers (VAMC) nationwide, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, is hosting a VA Baby Shower from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 at the clinic, 202 12th St., La Grande. Expecting veteran mothers and fathers can get more information about the baby shower by contacting Jeanne Cone at 541-963-0627 ext. 4028. For more information visit www.va.gov/womenvet.
Health insurance workshop held in Wallowa County
ENTERPRISE — The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor “Building Blocks of Health Insurance,” a free 90-minute workshop on understanding health insurance, May 14 in Wallowa County.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, 601 Medical Parkway, Enterprise.
Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will cover types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan and individual and family plans; explain benefits documents; and go over eligibility for financial assistance. To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mail carriers collect donations for food drive tomorrow
The annual Stamp Out Hunger event takes place May 12. Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food items in a bag near the mailbox.
Most wanted foods include peanut butter, canned meats or tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, chili and stews, 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed) and cooking oils. Donations not picked up by letter carriers can be dropped off at any post office by May 16. Donations stay in the community.
Historical Society learns about Madame Dorion
LA GRANDE — The Union County Historical Society will have a meeting and potluck May 12 beginning at noon at the log cabin at the fairgrounds.
The presenters will be Bill and Bev White, who will speak about Madame Dorion, the first woman to travel over what would become the Oregon Trail. Dorion entered the Grande Ronde Valley 207 years ago as the only woman in the Astoria Overland Expedition.
IC City Council elects budget committee officers
ISLAND CITY — The Island City City Council will have at budget meeting at 6 p.m. May 14. The Budget Committee officers will be elected. A regular meeting follows at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Island City City Hall on Island Avenue.
Imbler School board meeting follows budget committee
IMBLER — The Imbler School District Board of Directors will meet for a regular session on May 14 in Room 1 of the high school. The meeting will begin immediately following the budget committee meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions of the Imbler School District Board of Directors.
Chronic pain sufferers may sign up for self-management program
LA GRANDE — Beginning May 25, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc., and Northeast Oregon Network will be sponsoring a Chronic Pain Self-Management workshop. This popular six-week workshop will be held weekly on Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence, 1809 Gekeler Lane, La Grande. The nationally recognized program is geared toward helping individuals learn how to lead a better life while managing chronic pain. For more information or to sign up, call Rochelle at 541-963-3186 or Holly at 541-624-5101.