ISLAND CITY — Union County Cattlemen will have a business meeting at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Ag Service Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. There will be discussion about co-sponsoring a candidate forum on agriculture issues prior to the primaries. The group will also review the most recent wolf activity maps. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Pat Larson at 541-963-9387.

Vegetable gardening is focus of $5 class

ISLAND CITY — The OSU Master Gardener program offers classes to the general public for $5. The next class will be “Everything You Wanted to Know About Vegetable Gardening,” presented by horticulturist Janice Cowan from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 6. The class will be held in the conference room at the Union County Extension Office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. For more information and to RSVP for classes, call the Extension Office at 541-963-1010.

Translator district board meets next week

LA GRANDE — The Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at noon March 6 in the Conference Room at Community Bank, 2313 Adams Ave., La Grande. The agenda, board packet and minutes from previous meetings are available at

Wallowa Land Trust shares plan for conservation efforts

LOSTINE — The Wallowa Land Trust is holding an open house to share its official Conservation Plan with the public. Developed with public input, the plan outlines Wallowa County’s priority conservation areas. The open house will begin at 6 p.m. March 7 at the South Fork Grange, 317 Rosewell St., Lostine. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

Calling all Democrats

LA GRANDE — Union County Democrats will meet March 7 in the conference room at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave., La Grande. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.; attendees are asked to arrive at 5:50 p.m. for easy front door access. All Democrats are encouraged to come and discuss the March 22 CD2 candidates public forum and to bring their ideas for future topics for The Observer’s “On the Fence” section.

Precipitation in February was above normal

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged slightly colder than normal during the month of February. The average temperature was 33.7 degrees, 0.7 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 43 degrees, 0.1 degrees above normal. The highest was 63 degrees on the 8th. Low temperatures averaged 24.4 degrees, 1.5 degrees below normal. The lowest was 6 degrees on the 20th. There were 20 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were four days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 2.38 inches during February, which was 1.24 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation, at least .01 inch, was received on six days with the heaviest, 0.91 inches, reported on the 4th. Precipitation this year has reached 4.04 inches, 1.27 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at La Grande has been 9.42 inches, 1.67 inches above normal.

Snowfall totaled 3 inches with at least 1 inch of snow reported on two days. The heaviest snowfall was 1.0 inches reported on the 14th. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 5 inches on the 26th.

The highest wind gust was 40 mph on the 28th.

The outlook for March from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande rise from 47 degrees at the start of March to 55 degrees at the end of March. Normal lows rise from 28 degrees to 33 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.46 inches.

This was the fourth wettest February on record. The wettest was 3.91 inches in 1986.

The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

Forest Service seeks volunteer campground hosts

PENDLETON — The Umatilla National Forest is looking for volunteers to spend the summer as campground hosts at the Jubilee Lake, Woodward and Bull Prairie campgrounds. Hosts need to be friendly, flexible and responsible. A camp host will greet campers and day-use visitors, provide information on the surrounding area, clean and maintain restrooms, restock supplies, occasionally clean up after campers and carry out minor maintenance as needed. Individuals or couples can apply to be hosts.

Those who apply will need to supply their own trailer, camper, or motorhome. The campsite, a food allowance and propane are provided, and personal vehicle mileage associated with hosting duties is reimbursed.

For more information on becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Jubilee Lake Campground or Woodward Campground, contact Celina Moreno at 509-522-6277 or go to For information on hosting at Bull Prairie Lake Campground, contact Janel Lacey 541-427-5394.