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AFOLs gather at Cook Memorial

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Rose Peacock and Chris Wunz judge the final pieces of the adult LEGO competition Saturday at Cook Memorial Library. The pieces will be displayed at the library during the month of February. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
LEGOs: they’re not just for kids. At least that’s what a group of adults made clear on Saturday at the Cook Memorial Library as they competed against one another to come up with the most creative piece in two hours.

Man dies Sunday in I-84 accident

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Emergency personnel respond to a crash Sunday on Interstate 84 near North Powder. One was killed in the accident. (Oregon State Police photo)
A Washington man died Sunday morning along ice-coated Interstate 84 near North Powder when he was hit by an out-of-control vehicle while he put chains on his commercial truck, Oregon State Police said.

Students show support for teacher with cancer

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Students, faculty and staff gathered together on Thursday in Ackerman Hall, donning their pink shirts to support the Pendleton High School Spanish teacher, Kathryn Youngman. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
It was a plethora of different shades of pink on Thursday afternoon, but the students from Eastern Oregon University stood behind a unified message: to support a local Spanish teacher going through her third diagnosis of cancer.

BRIEFLY: Temperatures rise slightly in La Grande in January

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures in La Grande averaged slightly warmer than normal during the month of January.

The average temperature was 33.1 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 39.9 degrees, which was 1.5 degrees above normal. The highest was 48 degrees on Jan. 23. Low temperatures averaged 26.3 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees above normal. The lowest was one below on Jan. 4.

There were 24 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were three days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.74 inches during January, which was 0.89 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on eight days with the heaviest, 0.20 inches, reported on Jan. 19.

The highest wind gust was 50 mph, which occurred on Jan. 26.

The outlook for February from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. 

Normal highs for La Grande during February are 42.9 degrees and normal lows are 25 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.14 inches.

The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.


One man dead in Sunday accident near North Powder

A Vancouver, Washington, man died Sunday morning near North Powder while he was chaining up his vehicle on Interstate 84, according to an Oregon State Police news release. 


Drop in students prompts closure

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Sophomore dental students, from left, Jenny Taverez, Olivia Train, and Jade Crossley give a presentation on a patient case study Thursday afternoon for the principles of dental hygiene class at the ODS College of Dental Sciences La Grande branch. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Citing declining enrollment numbers, the Oregon Dental School College of Dental Sciences announced it is shutting down the La Grande branch in March 2017, according to a news release. 

City to tackle fiscal issues

After months of debate and two meetings in the past two days, the City of La Grande Fiscal Committee issued its verdict, and Mayor Steve Clements couldn’t be happier.

“This is really a classic example of how it’s supposed to work,” he said.


BRIEFLY: United Methodist Church to hold indoor yard sale

The La Grande United Methodist Church will have an indoor yard sale this Saturday,from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 1612 Fourth St.

Fiscal Committee: no service reductions

The City of La Grande Fiscal Committee finalized their impending recommendation to the City Council Thursday night at a special session, with no reductions in any current services or staff the headline.

Fiscal Committee: no service reductions

The City of La Grande Fiscal Committee finalized their impending recommendation to the City Council Thursday night at a special session, with no reductions in any current services or staff the headline.

Police make arrests in alleged Meacham murder


Oregon lawmakers react to arrests, shooting

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation expressed sadness and regret about the shooting that left one person dead during the arrest Tuesday of some of those who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. They also urged the remaining people occupying the refuge to leave. 

One killed in homicide near Meacham


Town hall brings out passion

A City of La Grande fiscal committee town hall was held Wednesday night at La Grande Middle School to hash out its fiscal situation.



Town hall brings out passion

A City of La Grande fiscal committee town hall was held Wednesday night at La Grande Middle School to hash out its fiscal situation.



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