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BRIEFLY: La Grande survives toasty August

Temperatures at La Grande averaged warmer than normal during August.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service, the average temperature was 71.8 degrees, which was 2.8 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 87.7 degrees, which was 2 degrees above normal. The highest was 100 degrees on Aug. 12. Low temperatures averaged 56 degrees, which was 3.7 degrees above normal. The lowest was 46 degrees, on Aug. 25.

On 13 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. It was at least 100 degrees on one day.

Precipitation totaled 0.40 inches during August, which was 0.45 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on seven days, with the heaviest, 0.20 inches, reported on Aug. 15.

The outlook for September from the Climate Prediction Center calls for near to above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande fall from 82 degrees at the start of September to 70 degrees at the end of September. Normal lows fall from 49 degrees to 39 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.67 inches.

OSP arrests man on numerous charges

A Nampa, Idaho, man was arrested west of La Grande Tuesday after attempting to elude and resisting arrest.

Robert Allan Black, 47, was arrested on a number of charges after attempting to elude police and resisting arrest, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.

At 3:33 p.m., an OSP trooper spotted a 1997 Eagle Talon passenger car with an Idaho plate, driven by Black. OSP had received multiple complaints of the driver harassing other motorists.

The trooper tried to stop Black, who was traveling westbound near milepost 261, but Black failed to yield and attempted to elude the trooper in a highway construction zone. 

The vehicle struck multiple construction work zone cones and nearly hit other vehicles, according to the release. The trooper decided to pull back and turn off the emergency lights and siren.

Black exited the freeway near milepost 257, where he struck a guardrail as he tried to return to the eastbound lane. 

The trooper blocked Black from leaving the exit using his patrol vehicle. 

Black crawled out of the window and verbally threatened the trooper, the OSP release said. A Taser was deployed after which Black became involved in a struggle with the trooper as two other troopers arrived on scene.

The driver continued to struggle with the troopers until they were able to bring him under control and into custody, the OSP said.

Later, one of the troopers went to the hospital after sustaining minor injuries while taking Black into custody.

Black is charged with harassment, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, DUI, misdemeanor attempt to elude and felony attempt to elude in a 
vehicle.

Bingo set Thursdays at Legion Post

La Grande American Legion Post 43, 301 Fir St., will play host to bingo from 
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Legion Hall. The public is welcome. The game is cash only.

Master Gardeners visit Farmers’ Market 

Union County OSU Master Gardeners will be at the 
La Grande Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in celebration of Kids’ Day. A hands-on garden-themed craft will be available for children. Also available is a walk-in plant clinic, a free service to community members. 

People seeking solutions for pest, disease or other unknown plant problems may bring samples to the booth at the Farmers’ Market for evaluation. 

For more information on how to properly prepare a sample or collect information about a plant problem, call the Union County OSU Extension Service at 541-963-1010.

Master Gardeners are also regularly available at the Extension Office to help 
people with their gardening concerns.

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