Local Briefing for September 4, 2013

By Observer staff September 04, 2013 10:17 am
Local Briefing for September 4, 2013

Heat wave swamps La Grande in August

 August was the fourth warmest on record in
La Grande.

The warmest August was in 1967, when the average temperature was 73.8 degrees.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, the average temperature was 72.8 degrees, 3.8 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 90.5 degrees, which was 4.8 degrees above normal. The highest was 97 degrees on Aug. 15. 

Low temperatures averaged 55.1 degrees, which was 2.8 degrees above normal. The lowest was 48 degrees, on Aug. 31.

On 16 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

August was also dry. Precipitation totaled 0.32 inches, which was 0.53 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 4 days with the heaviest, 0.14 inches reported on Aug. 22.

The highest wind gust was 41 mph, which occurred on Aug. 10.

The outlook for September calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. 

Normal highs for
La Grande fall from 82 degrees at the start of September to 70 degrees at the end of September. Normal lows fall from 49 to 39 degrees. 

The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.67 inches.

Parenting class set Tuesday evening 

Learn how divorce or separation impacts children and what to do to help them. A parenting class will run from
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Misener Conference Room, 1001 Fourth St. The free class will be facilitated by Mary Lu Pierce, educator, and is sponsored by the Family Law Advisory Committee. 

For more information, call 541-962-9500, ext. 2228. People are asked not to bring children. Child care is not provided.

Community dancers gather Wednesdays 

Northeast Oregon Community Dance takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the
La Grande High School commons when school is in session. Admission is free, and as needed dance instructor Jack Gruszczynski gives lessons in such dances as the polka, Charleston, fox trot, waltz and jitterbug.

For more information,
call Gruszczynski at

CUCU meets
next two Thursdays

The Coalition of Union County Ukuleles will hold its monthly first Thursday ukulele music reading session at its new location at the Community School of Arts (the little White House), Sixth Street and L Avenue, across the street from the police department. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.cucuorchetra.org/. CUCU will also meet at the same time and place on Sept. 12.

Philly 2014 group meets Monday 

The La Grande Middle School Philly 2014 group’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the LMS commons. Newcomers are welcome to join the group. Registration forms will be available. 

It’s not too late to join the group and take the trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.

For more information, contact Teresa Moody at

Arts Commission meets tonight

The La Grande Arts Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. tonight in the Parks Department Conference Room, 2402 Cedar St., to discuss the upcoming Season’s Faire.

Slow and Easy Jam set Thursday night

Slow and Easy Jam at Bear Mountain Pizza takes place on the first Thursday of each month. Sponsored by Bear Mountain Pizza and Traditional-Live! (the Northeast Oregon Folklore Society), the event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The jam is for musicians of acoustic instruments enjoying a slower tempo of shared repertoire of Irish, Scottish, bluegrass, old timey and French Canadian fiddle tunes. Instruments include fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano, recorder, penny whistle and Irish drum. 

Participants are asked to bring $1 for pizza. 

For more information or to make a pizza order, call jam host Carla at 541-663-0776.

LHS Class of 1958 gathers for reunion 

La Grande High School Class of 1958 will gather for its 55th reunion Friday through Sunday. Dale and Ellen Campbell will play host to an ice cream social at 6 p.m. Friday at their home on Mount Glen Road. 

Saturday’s events are at the Riverside Park pavilion.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., but classmates are welcome to arrive as early as 8 a.m. 

Classmates and invited guests who plan to golf should meet at the La Grande Country Club at 8 a.m. Saturday for tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. 

For more information,
call Dale Campbell at