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Fundraising effort raises money for groups

The Union County Children’s Choir was one of many live entertainers for the family fun day at the Festival of Trees event on Saturday. The choir will also receive some of the proceeds from the Christmas trees that were auctioned off Friday night. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer )
The annual Festival of Trees event took place over the weekend and trees were selling for upwards of $4,000.

EOU may add child care center to campus

It is the first question prospective Eastern Oregon University students with young children often ask EOU officials. Does Eastern provide child care?

BRIEFLY: CUCUs play for Retired Educators

The Union County Retired Educators will meet Wednesday at the Dusty Spur Cafe. Orders will be taken at 11:30 a.m. Members are asked to bring food to donate to Neighbor to Neighbor for the Christmas holiday. Items also needed include soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. The CUCUs (Coalition of Union County Ukuleles) will play for the group.

Brought up to speed

The La Grande City Council got a glimpse into the past — and the future — on a tour of the Liberty Theatre Wednesday night.

Shelter supporters hopeful for coexistence

Supporters of Shelter From the Storm will gather Sunday afternoon for a “Coexist Rally” to show their support for finding a way to have a new courthouse and the nonprofit on the county campus. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The money for a new courthouse is in the bank. Contracts are signed.

Program breaks down barriers

La Grande High School students share high fives with adult volunteers at the start of a Challenge Day program at the Gilbert Activity Center Thursday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Eighty La Grande High School freshmen and sophomores learned how to break down interpersonal barriers while taking a break from the classroom Thursday.

BRIEFLY: Icy conditions plague area highways

More freezing rain this morning caused closures on Interstate 84. The Oregon Department of Transportation advises motorists to check road and weather conditions on TripCheck.com and National Weather Service websites before departing on trips. 

Idaho men arrested after man found dead in Ontario

NAMPA, Idaho — Two southwest Idaho men police say kidnapped and killed another Southwest Idaho man have been taken into custody.

Forest Service: 100,000 acres of Oregon forest must be thinned

ENTERPRISE — A team of experts charged with accelerating the pace of forest restoration and heading off big fires in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon is proposing a 10-year effort to thin the underbrush in a 100,000-acre area.

Union County GMO recount completed

Union County Clerk Robin Church, second from left, talks with Lois Rieke, chair of the Union County Recount Committee, on Tuesday. They are accompanied by Union County Recount Committee members Donna Williams, far left, and Marcia Rynearson. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Foes of Measure 92, the ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon, received positive news Tuesday.

State issues $2M to county

Union County officials can rest assured they are one step closer to having a new courthouse.

Community blood drive helps save lives

Fred Moore of La Grande was among those giving blood at the most recent blood drive. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
How does one turn an obligation into an opportunity?

BRIEFLY: November was colder, wetter

Temperatures at La Grande averaged colder than normal during November.

According to the National Weather Service, the average temperature was 35.9 degrees, 2.2 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 45.4 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal. The highest was 66 degrees on Nov. 3. 

Low temperatures averaged 26.3 degrees, 3.6 degrees below normal. The lowest was -6 degrees on Nov. 16. There were 16 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were five days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 3.64 inches during November, 1.61 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation, at least .01 inch, was received on 12 days with the heaviest, 0.95 inches, reported on Nov. 25.

Snowfall totaled 7.1 inches with at least 1 inch of snow reported on one day. The heaviest snowfall was 7 inches, reported on Nov. 14. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 7 inches on Nov. 14.

The outlook for December calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande fall from 40 degrees at the start of December to 37 degrees at the end of the month. Normal lows fall from 26 degrees to 23 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.66 inches.

This was the third wettest November on record. The wettest was 5.64 inches in 1995.

New courthouse funds disbursed

Union County's judges announced Monday that the state had approved the county's plan for a new courthouse and initiated the transfer of $2 million to the county for the project.

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