Passenger flights offered from La Grande to Portland

SkyTaxi now offers scheduled passenger flights three days of every week from La Grande to Portland International Airport. The Tuesday, Thursday and Friday flights leave La Grande at 6 a.m. and are scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. arrival in Portland. The seven-day advance fare is $171.

These flights provide La Grande area travelers with the opportunity to conveniently make connections in Portland for outbound flights.

Return flights are also available on the same three days, departing from Portland at 4 p.m. and arriving at La Grande at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to these scheduled flights, SkyTaxi offers on-demand air service to many locations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana, southern British Columbia, northern Nevada, northwest Utah and northern California.

For more information call (866) 759-8294 or (503) 365-0200 or visit www.skytaxi.com.

Volunteers needed as mentors

One of the greatest privileges open to adults is to become a mentor to a young person. If you are interested in learning more about how you can become a mentor for a young person age 10-15, come to an orientation on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5-5:45 p.m. at the Prairie Creek Center, located at 104 Litch St. in Enterprise.

Young people and their families that are interested in taking advantage of this new program are encouraged to come and learn more as well. For more information, contact Stephanie Williams at the Department of Youth Services, 426-9114.

KWVR wins $130 in lottery contest for local Red Cross

The Wallowa County chapter of the American Red Cross is $130 richer thanks to KWVR's Lee and Carol Lee Perkins, who arranged for the local chapter to be represented in a state lottery scratch-off contest held in Portland on Dec. 4.

Bill Johnstone, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters, stood in for KWVR in a "Scratch Scramble" that netted $130 in winning tickets for the Wallowa County Red Cross.

Chapter Chairman Kent Lozier said, "It couldn't have come at a better time because local donations are down so far this year. In fact, expenses have exceeded income by more than $1400 through the end of November."

He attributes this to a combination of the county's weak economy and the overwhelming generosity for the victims of the 9-11 disaster last year.

Anyone wanting to help put the chapter's budget back in the black is invited to send a donation to the local Red Cross at PO Box 158, Enterprise, OR 97828. For more information or to become a Red Cross volunteer, call 426-6422.

Free legal aid service offered at senior center

Legal Aid Services of Oregon is providing free legal consultations at the Enterprise Senior Center. Advice will be given free of charge on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 9 a.m. for low income people and senior citizens. The next session will be held on Dec. 17.

If anyone would like to speak to a local attorney about housing, consumer, family, or other legal issues and meets the income or age requirements, please call 1-800-843-1115 for an appointment.

Small business counseling available in county Dec. 18

Greg Smith of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be in Wallowa County on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Smith will provide free, confidential business counseling to business owners and to those interested in starting a business.

To schedule an appointment, call Sue at 541-962-3391 or by e-mail at sbdc@eou.edu.

Also, business development information can be found at SBDC's Web site at www.eou.edu/sbdc.

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