LA GRANDE — The North East Area Commission on Transportation will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 5 Headquarters, 3012

Island Ave., La Grande. The NEACT is composed of transportation stakeholders from Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Baker counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Time has been set aside for public comments regarding project proposals and other transportation-related topics. To schedule time on the agenda at NEACT meetings, contact Sheri Folsom at 541-963-3179 or

An Area Commission on Transportation is an advisory body chartered by the Oregon Transportation Commission to help address all aspects of transportation. More information about ACTs is available at

Parents of LHS students may schedule Friday conference

La Grande School District is holding parent-teacher conferences Dec. 7. Parents of LHS students are encouraged to check Family Link and, if concerned about their student’s grade, to make an appointment with their teacher(s). This is an opportunity for students and parents to meet to discuss assignments and interventions to improve the first semester’s transcribed grades. This is especially important for high school credit bearing courses before the end of the semester, Jan. 17, 2019.

Saturday ski swap benefits ski club, ice rink

ENTERPRISE — A ski swap to benefit the Eagle Cap Ski Club and the Wallowa Valley Community Ice Rink is planned for Dec. 8 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 107 NE First St., Enterprise. Anyone who would like to sell gear should come by between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The swap itself will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Used and new equipment from Dusty’s in Walla Walla, Washington, and skis, boots, poles, snowboards and ice skates will be for sale. For more information call Andie Lueders at 541-263-1188.

Book and asset sale benefits Wallowa County libraries

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa Valley Library Foundation is having a book and asset liquidation sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Wallowa County Library, 207 W. Logan St., Enterprise. Everything is priced to sell, and all proceeds will go to the WVLF, whose primary purpose is to enhance Wallowa County’s libraries.

Historical Society remembers music of Dottie Brown

LA GRANDE — The Union County Historical Society will meet Dec. 8,
at the log cabin at the Union County Fairgrounds. A noon potluck will be followed by the Blue Mountaineers and the annual memorial musical tribute to Dottie Brown.

Pearl Harbor remembrance dinner held Saturday

UNION — In memory of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and to honor World War II veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 is sponsoring a dinner that will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the VFW Hall in Union. On the menu is ribeye steak, baked potatoes, baked beans and salad. The public is welcome. Tickets are $14 per person. World War II vets and their spouses eat free. For more information, call Ken McCormack at 541-805-9321.

Baked potato fundraiser feeds hungry fans

UNION — Grande Ronde Valley Eastern Star is hosting a baked potato fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 in the S.E. Miller gym/cafeteria. The baked potato bar will include a variety of toppings, plus salad and dessert. Cost is $5, and patrons are welcome to dine in or take it to go.Coffee and bottled water will also be available for purchase. Sports fans attending the Lions Basketball Tournament at Union High School across the parking lot are encouraged to come by and fuel their cheering. Proceeds will go toward supporting local food banks. Call 541-975-9495 or 541-562-5550 for more information.

Union and Cove senior citizens invited to Christmas dinner

UNION — Sacred Heart’s annual Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 340 10th St., Union. All senior citizens in the communities of Union and Cove are invited to a complimentary turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. There will also be raffle prizes and good company.

Annual Cove toy drive begins

COVE — The 20th annual toy drive benefiting Cove children is now under way. Donations of new unwrapped toys may be dropped off at Cheri’s Main Street Salon, 603 Main St., Cove, until Dec. 13. The toys will be distributed by the Cove United Methodist Church to Cove area children on Dec. 14. For more information call Cheri Doren at 541-568-5069.

Cultural Enrichment Grants available

LA GRANDE — The Union County Cultural Coalition is currently accepting applications for its annual Cultural Enrichment Grant program. The UCCC provides matching grants directly to artists and organizations involved in cultural and heritage activities and projects. Applications from groups are encouraged and efforts will be made to fund as many as possible. Applications can be found at Completed applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to be considered. For more information, contact Michael Sell, UCCC chair, at or 541-962-3437.

Post offices closed in rememberance of former president

Federal offices, including the Postal Service, will be closed today for a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday. Mail will not be delivered.

Santa is ready for his close-up

LA GRANDE — Santa Claus will be at Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy, 301 Fourth St., La Grande, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Bring your kids to have their photo taken with St. Nick.

The photos will be available online for free and low-price units will be sold.

The photo op is hosted by Tribe Nomad, and funds raised will go to families
in need.

Cove Library spreads holiday cheer

COVE — Stop by the Cove Library for refreshments and some holiday cheer between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 10. All are welcome to attend the Holiday Open House at the library, 606 Main St.

Mountain Works celebrates 40 years

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to celebrate 40 years of The Mountain Works in
La Grande from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be a potluck at the shop, 1301 Adams Ave., with a raffle, games, special sales and a happy hour. Come by for a quick visit or stay for the whole party.