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Man dies Sunday in I-84 accident

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

By Cherise Kaechele, The Observer February 01, 2016 11:03 am
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

By Observer staff February 01, 2016 10:42 am

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.



OBITUARIES: February 1, 2016

By Observer Upload February 01, 2016 10:38 am
Hughes, Kramer, Carr, Bashon, Trump, Hughey


A record-setting day

By Ronald Bond February 01, 2016 10:37 am

La Grande senior Abbey Felley, shown during the girls 200-yard medley relay, set meet records in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly Saturday at the La Grande Invitational. The Tigers set five meet records in all. (Ronald Bond, The Observer)
A record-setting performance drove the La Grande swim team to victory at Saturday’s La Grande Invitational.


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