LA GRANDE — A Neighborhood Watch group is being set up in La Grande covering the area north of I-84, the railroad tracks and Island Avenue. An organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the meeting room at the La Grande Fire Department. All residents, especially those who live in the northside area, are encouraged to attend.

Pesticide handler training scheduled

ISLAND CITY — A Worker Protection Standard Ag Employer Workshop and Pesticide Handler Training is scheduled for Feb. 8 in the conference room at the Union County Extension Service, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. The training is for any ag employer or pesticide handler who must comply with WPS but all certified applicators/consultants are welcome to attend. The registration fee is $15, and registration must be completed by Feb. 7. Register at For more information, call 541-963-1010.

LG City Council discusses health care resolution

LA GRANDE — The La Grande City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. This is a regular session, open to the public. The council will discuss supporting the Union County Health Care Resolution. The resolution, with 260 signatures, asks the Oregon Legislature to present universal, publicly funded health care for all to a vote of the people in 2020.

Beginning string class offered to seniors

LA GRANDE — A new series of string classes for beginning seniors will begin Feb. 8 at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande. The class will meet at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Dwight Hopkins Room. String students are asked to bring their own guitar, ukulele or other stringed instrument. For more information and to register for the class, call 541-963-7532.

2nd District Democratic candidate to visit Feb. 8

LA GRANDE — The public is invited to meet Dr. Jennie Neahring, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the community room at Cook Memorial Library. This event is the sixth in a series sponsored by the Union County Progressives and the Union County Democrats.

Class covers grant writing process

LA GRANDE — A grant writing class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. Grant Writing I provides an introductory overview of the grant writing process: preparing organization information, drafting a project description and budget, harnessing foundation attention through strong statements of need and rationale, and locating appropriate funders. This course is appropriate for nonprofit organizations, teachers and district personnel, artists seeking grants to support their work, and writers wishing to contribute to their communities through grant writing. Participants are encouraged to bring writing materials, a laptop with WiFi capability, and project ideas.

The class is taught by Nancy Knowles, EOU professor of English/writing. She has been writing grants in Oregon and teaching students to write them for more than a decade. Cost is $65 ($55 for ACE members). Registration must be completed 48 hours before the class. Go to, call 541-624-2800 or stop by ACE.

City Council candidates packets now available

LA GRANDE — Four terms on the La Grande City Council will expire Dec. 31. A primary election will be held in the City of La Grande May 15 for the purpose of nominating candidates for Position 1 (mayor, two-year term) and Positions 5, 6 and 7 (councilors, four-year terms), if three or more candidates file for a particular position number. If two or fewer candidates file for any particular position number, the names of those candidates will be placed only on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Nomination is by petition, which must be signed by at least 20 registered voters who reside in the City of La Grande. Completed petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. March 1. For additional information or to obtain a candidate packet, call City Recorder Angelika Brooks at 541-962-1309.

Mild winter allows OTEC to get jump on tree trimming

LA GRANDE — According to a press release from Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, the mild winter is allowing the agency to get an early start on its tree trimming activities. In La Grande, contracted crews have already started tree trimming on the east and west sides of town as well as in Island City. Crews are also currently working in Baker City and the John Day area

Work will begin in Hines later this spring and tentative plans call for tree trimming to begin in Long Creek and Seneca sometime this summer and in Burns later this fall.

OTEC removes only trees that pose a serious threat to safety and electric service. Trees that grow too close to power lines can cause outages, start fires or create other hazardous conditions. This work helps maintain electric safety and service reliability and is required by state and federal regulations.

La Grande has above normal January

LA GRANDE — According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged much warmer than normal during the month of January. The average temperature was 37.2 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 45 degrees, 6.6 degrees above normal. The highest was 55 degrees on the 30th. Low temperatures averaged 29.4 degrees, 4.9 degrees above normal. The lowest was 17 degrees on the 1st. There were 18 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.66 inches during January, 0.03 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation (at least .01 inch) was received on nine days. The heaviest, 0.70 inches, was reported on the 12th. Since October, the water year precipitation at La Grande has been 7.04 inches, 0.43 inches above normal. The highest wind gust was 44 mph on the 17th.

The outlook for February calls for above 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.

This was the third warmest January on record. The warmest in 1967, with an average of 37.7 degrees.

Regional DAR chapter meets in La Grande

LA GRANDE — The next meeting of the Lone Pine Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held Feb. 9 at the Flying J Restaurant in La Grande. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and the meeting is at noon.

The program will be “National Parks in Two Weeks,” presented by Cherlynne Allen. Anyone interested in family history or doing genealogy research is welcome to attend. For more information call Meschelle Cookson at 541-523-4248, Roberta Morin at 541-446-3385 or Joan Smith at 541-963-4861.