Observer staff

SBDC warns that
‘Amazon’ email is scam

LA GRANDE — A press release from Greg Smith, director of the Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center, warns of a recent email scam. The center was made aware that people have been receiving an email from someone posing to be from “Amazon,” who made it appear as if it was generated and sent by the SBDC. “We did not (nor would we ever) send this type of email to anyone,” Smith said.

If you have received the email, do not open it or hit “reply,” and immediately delete it. According to the release, the SBDC is “diligently working” with the EOU technology department to address the issue.

Elgin Museum’s
ribbon cutting set

ELGIN — The Elgin Museum and Historic Society, in conjunction with the Union County Chamber, is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the museum’s new location. The event will take place at noon July 22 at 108 N. Eighth Ave.

Get crazy downtown this weekend in La Grande

LA GRANDE — The annual Crazy Days Festival takes place July 19-20 in downtown La Grande. The family-friendly event offers crafts, food, vendors, raffles, shower tower, student-run lemonade stand and a People’s Choice BBQ Competition. To compete, register with La Grande Main Street by calling 541-963-1223. Or taste the BBQ entries for $8 beginning at noon Saturday. For more information on the BBQ competition visit

Pie Day returns to
La Grande Farmers Market

LA GRANDE — July 20 is Pie Day at La Grande Farmers Market. All are invited to be a judge for the pie contest between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Purchase a judging badge for $5, taste each entry, then vote for which pie should receive the People’s Choice award.

Pies entered in the contest must feature at lease one main ingredient sourced from the farmers market or your garden. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Entries will be accepted at the Pie Day booth (next to the stage in Max Square) between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. (or until 20 total entries have been received). To make sure your pie is eligible for the contest, read the rules at

Extension office
closed July 23 for training

ISLAND CITY — The Union County Office of the OSU Extension Service will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23 in order for employees to attend mandatory training. Voice messages may be left at 541-963-1010. The office will be open again at 8 a.m. July 24.

Grocery Outlet
sponsors food drive

ISLAND CITY — Grocery Outlet’s Independence from Hunger Food Drive runs the whole month of July and all donations always stay local. This year, Grocery Outlet has chosen the Friday Backpack Program as the campaign’s recipient.

From noon to 2 p.m. July 20, there will be a live radio remote in the store’s parking lot with a free barbecue and beer tasting. Any donations will go to the food drive.

Veteran EXPO comes
to Eastern Oregon

PENDLETON — Oregon’s largest veteran resource event is being held in Eastern Oregon for the first time. Veteran Benefit EXPO19 will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate. There is no admission charge.

Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, the event offers a one-stop “shopping” experience. It will provide access to information about veterans benefits, including health care, disability compensation pension, business, burial, transportation, education, recreation, long-term care, records, identification, home loans and more. It’s designed for Oregon veterans of all eras and walks of life.

“One thing we hear from veterans year after year with this event is that they’re blown away by all the benefits and resources they never knew existed,” said ODVA director Kelly Fitzpatrick.

For more information about the Expo, visit or contact Tyler Francke at 503-373-2389 or

FCC implements Ray Baum’s Act to combat robocalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a press release from Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan to implement provisions from the Ray Baum’s Act to ban malicious spoofing calls and text messages. Walden helped pass into law the Ray Baum’s Act last Congress. The legislation was named after Ray Baum, a La Grande native and Walden’s former staff director on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Baum lost his life to cancer in February 2018.

The law prohibited spoofing calls or texts originating outside of the United States, provided the FCC with greater authority to protect consumers from robocalls and required the FCC to work with the Federal Trade Commission to educate Americans about available options to stop illegal robocalls.

LHS grads gather for lunch

LA GRANDE — Members of the La Grande High School classes of 1956, 1957 and 1958 will meet for lunch at noon July 18 at the Flying J Restaurant, on Highway 203 outside La Grande.