National forest implements burning plan

LA GRANDE - Prescribed burning of natural fuels and slash will soon begin on the La Grande Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Approximately 1,500 acres of natural fuels will be treated in the Starkey, Fly Ridge and Texas Heat projects, located in the Meadow Creek and Upper Grande Ronde watersheds.

Fall burning projects are conducted annually after the areas planned for burning receive rains necessary to keep the intensity of the fire at a lower level.

"Prescribed burning accomplished this fall will be determined by weather conditions, fuel conditions, and personnel available to perform the burning," said Trish Wallace, Natural Fuels Specialist for the Grande Ronde Fire Zone of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

For more information, call the Grande Ronde Fire Zone office at 962-8686.

Juntura benefit aids ailing man

JUNTURA - A benefit for Mark Joyce who is facing an upcoming kidney transplant will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13.

The benefit will consist of team branding and horse roping, along with an auction and raffle.

Competition will consist of team branding along with junior and senior team branding with three-person teams.

The cost for entry is $25 per team member.

The entry fee for the horse roping is $30 per person.

Also scheduled will be barrel racing for competitors ages 12-and-under.

In addition, the Oasis Restaurant will be open with part of the day's proceeds going towards Joyce's medical expenses.

The auction is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Joyce is scheduled to receive the transplant on Oct. 21.

For more information, call Glen Shelley at 493-2826 or Mike Bentz at 277-3341.

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