According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged colder than normal during the month of December. The average temperature was 28.2 degrees, 2.4 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 36.1 degrees, 1.5 degrees below normal. The highest was 46 degrees on the 30th. Low temperatures averaged 20.3 degrees, 3.4 degrees below normal. The lowest was -7 degrees on the 23rd. There were 27 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were six days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.44 inches during December, 0.22 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation (at least 0.01 inch) was received on six days, with the heaviest, 0.70 inches, reported on the 26th.

Snowfall totaled 6 inches with at least 1 inch of snow reported on one day. The heaviest snowfall was 6 inches reported on the 26th. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 7 inches on the 26th.

The highest wind gust was 39 mph on the 17th.

The outlook for January from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande during January are 38.4 degrees, and normal lows are 24.5 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.63 inches.

Precipitation in 2017 totaled 18.04 inches, 1.52 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at La Grande has been 5.38 inches, 0.40 inches above normal.

Juveniles charged with stealing liquor

BAKER CITY — Baker City Police arrested two juvenile boys Dec. 30, 2017, for allegedly stealing more than $500 worth of liquor in two separate incidents from The Corner Brick Bar and Grill on Main Street in Baker City. Both juveniles were charged with second-degree burglary and taken to a detention center.

The restaurant’s owners reported the theft of multiple bottles of liquor on Dec. 28 and reported a second burglary two days later. Police reviewed security video and followed other leads to arrest the two boys, one age 14 and the other 13, according to a press release from the Baker City Police Department.

Art Center offers coupon, classes for kids and adults

Art Center East is celebrating a new year of art, community and culture by offering $5 off a class of your choice. Visit the online class calendar at, choose a class and enter the coupon code NEWYEAR when registering. The code may be used on any of the winter quarter classes and registration must be completed by Jan. 14.

In response to requests for more art classes for children, Art Center East is now offering classes for kids in three age groups. Little Big Art, which is for preschoolers and their parent (or guardian), continues on Mondays beginning Jan. 8. Art Explorers, a new class available to two age groups (3-5 years or 6-12 years), will meet every other Saturday beginning Jan. 13. In this drop-off class, kids will have the opportunity to explore different artistic mediums on their own terms with guidance from the instructor. All three classes have daily, monthly and quarterly rates.

For a full schedule of classes for adults to choose from, go to, call 541-624-2800 or stop by ACE, 1006 Penn, La Grande.

Translator District Board meets Jan. 9

A public meeting of the Board of Directors of the Blue Mountain Translator District will begin at noon Jan. 9 in the meeting room at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave., La Grande. The minutes from the previous meeting have been posted at

Register now for winter writing workshop

ENTERPRISE — Fishtrap is offering “At the Edge: Exploring Flash Forms of Writing,” a four-week class with Nathan Slinker, beginning Jan. 10. The classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise. Participants will explore various short literary forms (flash fiction, micro-essays and prose poems) and discuss how the concision and focus demanded by flash forms create urgency, drama and excitement. Registration is $45 and the workshop is limited to 12 students. To register or for more information, go to or call 541-426-3623.

Plateau Indian art grant applications due Jan. 15

JOSEPH — The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph is offering a prize of $25,000 to a plateau Indian artist for a three-dimensional work to go on Main Street. The project is made possible by a major grant from the Oregon Community Foundation’s “Creative Heights” program. To begin the application process, interested artists should write a letter and send a portfolio, or at least five photos of recent work and an artist’s resume, to the Josephy Center by Jan. 15. For more information, go to, call 541-432-0505 or email .