Union School Board to meet Wednesday

UNION — The Union School Board will meet March 13 for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the high school athletic complex.

Ten Depot hosts live music, wine tasting

LA GRANDE — Ten Depot Street hosts free live music by Amber Sweeney at 8 p.m. March 12. She is described as a soulful singer-songwriter. The restaurant’s next Wine Tasting Wednesday has been rescheduled for March 20. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature selected Columbia Crest Wines paired with four small plates for $30. Reservations are being taken for Individuals and groups. Call 541-963-8766 for more information.

February 2019: fourth-coldest, second-wettest on record

PENDLETON — According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged much colder than normal during the month of February. The average temperature was 28.3 degrees, 6.1 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 35.5 degrees, 7.4 degrees below normal. The highest was 47 degrees on the 2nd. Low temperatures averaged 21.1 degrees, 4.8 degrees below normal. The lowest was 1 degree on February 7. There were 24 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees, and there were eight days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 3.44 inches during February, which was 2.30 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation (at least .01 inch) was received on 11 days, with the heaviest, 1.10 inches, reported on February 25. Precipitation this year has reached 5.60 inches, 2.83 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at La Grande has been 11.21 inches, 3.46 inches above normal.

In February, snowfall totaled 24 inches, with at least 1 inch of snow reported on four days. The heaviest snowfall was 12 inches reported on the 25th. The greatest reported depth of snow on the ground was 14 inches on the 25th.

The outlook for March from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and near 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.

wThis was the fourth-coldest February on record. The coldest was 23.9 degrees in 1989. It was also the second-wettest February on record. The wettest was 3.91 inches in 1986.

Cove senior meal features Irish menu

COVE — The next senior meal in Cove will be served March 19 at Founders Hall at the Ascension School. The Tuesday lunch will feature corned beef and cabbage, baby carrots, red potatoes, Irish soda bread and green salad, with carrot cake for dessert. There is a $5 charge per meal. Coffee and tea are available at noon and lunch begins at 12:15 p.m. RSVP by March 14 by calling Imie Bristow at 541-568-4545 or Betsy Arnson at 541-568-4902.

EOU Trustees to discuss Learning House partnership

LA GRANDE — The EOU Board of Trustees will convene for a special meeting at 12:15 p.m. March 13 in Room 201 of Inlow Hall to discuss the evaluation of a potential partnership with The Learning House. The brief meeting will cover topics including operational discussions, enrollment and financial outcomes, and contract review. This is a public meeting, but the board plans to go into executive session for part of the duration.

Workshop aims to empower girls

LA GRANDE — Soroptimist International of
La Grande is hosting a “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls” workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 at Le BeBe Cakes Bakery in La Grande. Open to girls age 14-18, the workshop is aimed at giving girls the tools, information and resources they need to achieve their education and career goals. Girls and their parents can learn more and sign up for the program at www.lagrandesoroptimist.org or call 503-888-4476.

Landmarks Commission considers Putman Building applications

LA GRANDE — The La Grande Landmarks Commission will meet at 6 p.m. March 14 for a regular session in the Council Chambers of La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave. Pending business includes discussing Dale Mammen’s Putnam Building Project.

Class of ’54 meets for lunch Thursday

LA GRANDE — The members of the La Grande High School Class of 1954 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. March 14 at the Flying J restaurant.

Shamrock Shuffle set for Saturday

LA GRANDE — United Way of Eastern Oregon’s annual Shamrock Shuffle Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. March 16 at Eastern Oregon University Quinn Coliseum. Sponsored by Grande Ronde Road Runners, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. and Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, the Shamrock Shuffle is a fun way for community members to help their local United Way in its mission to support charities, including Shelter From the Storm, MayDay Inc., CASA of Eastern Oregon, food banks and youth programs. Cost of attendance at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for age 5-22. For more information, visit www.uweo.org or call Executive Director Alex McHaddad at 541-962-0306.

Reserve your seat for basketball excursion

LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Parks & Recreation Department is now offering excursions to regional sporting events. The next will take place March 23, with a trip to see the Portland Trail Blazers play the Pistons. Enjoy the game without the stress of arranging the logistics. Spots on the bus are limited and registration must be completed by March 18. The excursion is open to anyone age 13 and older. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $52, including tickets and transportation. To register or for more information, contact McKayla Nitz at 541-962-1352 or mnitz@cityoflagrande.org or go to www.lagrandeparks.org.

Register now to learn life-saving techniques

LA GRANDE — The La Grande Fire Department will host a free Stop the Bleed/hands-only CPR class at 6 p.m. March 25 at the station house, 1806 Cove Ave. The class provides training for properly applying a tourniquet as well as how to perform hands-only CPR. The total class time is approximately an hour to 90 minutes and both the LGFD and Grande Ronde Hospital are willing to teach it wherever and whenever. A similar class has been hosted at area organizations including the local school districts, Union County Search and Rescue and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. This is a valuable class for anyone who wants to keep their loved ones safe. Registration is required by calling the La Grande Fire Department at 541-963-3123.