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BRIEFLY: June was warmest on record in La Grande

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This was the warmest June on record in La Grande, with an average temperature of 69.2 degrees. The previous warmest was 67.4 degrees in 1992.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service, the average temperature was 69.2 degrees, which was 7.5 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 84.7 degrees, which was 10.0 degrees above normal. The highest was 100 degrees on June 27. Low temperatures averaged 53.8 degrees, which was 5.1 degrees above normal. The lowest was 41 degrees, on June 14.

On six days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. It was at least 100 degrees on two days.

Precipitation totaled 0.7 inches during June, which was 0.84 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on three days with the heaviest, 0.45 inches, reported on June 2.

The highest wind gust was 43 mph on June 28.

The outlook for July from the Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near to below normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande during July are 85.4 degrees and normal lows are 53.9 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.68 inches.

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OBITUARIES: July 1, 2015

By Observer Upload July 01, 2015 10:41 am
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New shelter director excited to look forward

By Cherise Kaechele, The Observer June 29, 2015 10:36 am
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Shelter From the Storm’s Mindy Mowery works at her desk Friday. Mowery, who has been acting as interim executive director for Shelter From the Storm since December, is dropping “interim” from her title. She was chosen to be the new executive director on Friday.
SFS’s board of directors had asked Mowery if she would stand in as interim while they looked for a replacement in the position, which was previously held by Executive Director Teresa Crouser.
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Energy-efficient home built in 7 days

By Cherise Kaechele, The Observer June 29, 2015 10:31 am
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More than 30 people traveled to Island City last week for a workshop led by Andrew Morrison to teach them how to build energy-efficient straw homes. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Despite the hottest temperatures the Grande Ronde Valley has experienced so far this summer, a group of 30 people from across the country — and even one from South Africa — converged to build a home for a stranger.
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Marriage ruling evokes mixed reactions

By Alyssa Sutton June 29, 2015 10:17 am
As Gay Pride Weekend was getting ready to kick off in New York City, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage on Friday. This decision removes the same-sex marriage ban from the 14 states that still maintain them. 
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