Cove City Council convenes tomorrow

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder. The agenda includes an update on the hydro power contract and reports from Cindy Edwards of the Cove Community Association, and Bob Kavanaugh on the Old West Credit Union.

Translator District board meets in La Grande

LA GRANDE — The Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at noon Feb. 5 in Denny’s meeting room, 2604 Island Ave., La Grande. The agenda and board packet will be posted at prior to the meeting.

UC Democrats discuss upcoming events

LA GRANDE — The Union County Democrats will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave., La Grande, to discuss and plan our upcoming events.

DAR will meet at the Smokehouse Restaurant

LA GRANDE — The Lone Pine Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have its Feb. 8 meeting at the Smokehouse Restaurant, 2208 Adams Ave.,
La Grande. Lunch begins at 11 a.m., and the meeting will convene at noon. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call Betty Millimam at 1-541-523-5752, Roberta Morin at 1-541-446-3385 or Joan Smith at 541-963-4861.

Warm January ushers in cold February

LA GRANDE — According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged slightly warmer than normal during the month of January. The average temperature was 33.2 degrees, 1.8 degrees above normal.

High temperatures averaged 41.0 degrees, 2.6 degrees above normal. The highest was 54 degrees on the 28th. Low temperatures averaged 25.5 degrees, 1.0 degree above normal. The lowest was 9 degrees on the 2nd. There were 25 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees, and there were two days when the high temperature did not go above 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 2.16 inches during January, 0.53 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation (at least .01 inch) was received on five days, with the heaviest, 0.80 inches, reported on the 3rd.

Since October, the water year precipitation at
La Grande has been 7.77 inches, 1.16 inches above normal.

In January, snowfall totaled 3.5 inches. The heaviest snowfall was 3 inches, reported on the 23rd. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 4 inches, on the 3rd.

The outlook for February from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande during February are 42.9 degrees and normal lows are 25.9 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.

Foreclosure avoidance counseling offered

LA GRANDE — Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has awarded Community Connection of Northeast Oregon’s Housing Resource Center a $3,000 grant for its work on foreclosure avoidance counseling. Community Connection provides counseling to homeowners at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. A certified counselor gives homeowners options and strategies to retain ownership of their homes, including information on available programs for loan reinstatement and mortgage payment reduction; financial capability counseling, which involves current and projected budgeting; credit report review with options and strategies to improve score; and debt repayment plans. Last year, Community Connection’s efforts in foreclosure avoidance counseling saved homeowners a total of $448,732.65 and saved 38 homes from foreclosure.

For more information, contact Debbie MacBaker, Housing Resource Center manager, at 541-963-3186 or .