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Boy makes a life saving phone call

Eight-year-old Hayden Michael looks over the smartphone he used to call 911 to get help for his grandmother, Julie Lavimodiere, right. Hayden made the 911 call, told the dispatcher about his maternal grandmother and gave his address. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Several weeks after Hayden, a Central Elementary student, started his summer vacation, he spotted his maternal grandmother, Julie Lavimodiere, lying on the bathroom floor of his family’s house on Cedar Street coughing up large quantities of blood.


Truck fire closes Interstate 84

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer July 01, 2015 11:58 am
Flames engulf a tractor-trailer Monday afternoon on westbound Interstate 84 just east of Ladd Creek. The truck was carrying hay, which is known to spontaneously combust, but officials are not sure what caused the fire, said La Grande Rural Fire Chief Larry Wooldrige. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
No one was injured in a truck fire that closed the interstate for much of the afternoon Monday.


County gets project update

By Cherise Kaechele, The Observer July 01, 2015 11:32 am
Union County Commissioners heard from several community members Tuesday about the Boardman to Hemingway project and the message was the same — they want more information.


BRIEFLY: June was warmest on record in La Grande

By Observer staff July 01, 2015 11:27 am

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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