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Chamber Newsletter: February 2018
Chamber Newsletter: February 2018

Hello, Grant County. Can you believe the beautiful weather we have been having? Great winter for working outdoors.

Our February Chamber Board meeting and no-host luncheon will be held Thursday, February 22nd. The board will meet at the chamber...

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Miller nominated for electric co-op board
Miller nominated for electric co-op board

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative board of directors nominees have been announced by county nominating committees.

For Grant County, Bob Quinton, Gail Enright and Mitch Saul met and nominated Gary Miller for position No. 6.

For Baker...

Cops and Courts

Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.

Forest roads not maintained during winter

Despite an overall mild winter, many areas in Eastern Oregon are still covered in snow or may have obstructions on the road. Forest officials caution the public that forest roads are not maintained for winter travel. Visitors traveling to the forest...

John Day Innovation Gateway project moving forward
John Day Innovation Gateway project moving forward
Poor response so far to community income survey.
Local firefighters finish academy
Local firefighters finish academy

Over the course of three weekends, new firefighters from Burns, Hines, Prairie City and Canyon City fire departments attended the annual Grant-Harney Training Association Firefighter Academy. Through a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on...

Report: Local economy does not support scheduled air flights
Report: Local economy does not support scheduled air flights
Without demand to fill planes, service is not feasible.
Watershed council completes seven projects
Watershed council completes seven projects
South Fork John Day group keeping busy.
Plan looks at aging forest facilities
Plan looks at aging forest facilities
Public meeting on Facility Master Plan set from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.
Predator control returns to Grant County
Predator control returns to Grant County
Federal position unfilled for nearly 20 years.
Airport master plan nearing completion
Airport master plan nearing completion
Public input taken for conceptual 20-year plan.
County prepares to take ownership of tax foreclosures
Clearing a backlog of three dozen cases.
Blankets, stuffed animals sought for foster children

Student Jeffrey Hensley is collecting items for a senior project, Comfort for Kids. Hensley requests donations of new blankets and stuffed animals for foster children going into new homes. Items may be dropped off at Etc., Dairy Queen, Grant County...

Oregon State Police launches new non-emergency number

People can now contact Oregon State Police dispatch for non-emergencies by dialing *OSP (star OSP).

*OSP (*677) is a mobile phone direct call number established to provide the public with a quick, easy-to-remember number to use for nonemergency...

Tree School East set for April 21

The Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Service will present Tree School East April 21 at Baker High School in Baker City. Tree School East is a one-day mini-college for woodland owners, professional foresters, ranchers...

Parks grant committee seeks members

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking candidates to serve on the Local Government Grant Program advisory committee. The two open positions are for a city representative for cities with a population less than 15,000 and for a citizen...

Cops and Courts

Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.

Police: 5 pounds of pot leads to felony arrests
Police: 5 pounds of pot leads to felony arrests
Felonies stem from more than 1 pound of pot.
Highway projects slated for Grant County
Culvert, hazard trees and stream work.
Prescribed burning south of Dale planned
Prescribed burning south of Dale planned

The Umatilla National Forest is preparing to implement early season prescribed burning activities as early as Thursday across portions of the Forest.

Fire management officials on the North Fork John Day Ranger District will begin implementing an...

Four Main Street storefronts changing
Four Main Street storefronts changing

Four storefronts on Main Street in John Day will be changing, but it’s not all bad news for the local economy.

Some owners are closing their stores for good, while others are changing how they’ll continue to do business during the...

Meditation and wellness center opens in John Day
Meditation and wellness center opens in John Day
Jim and Sandy Bay open Canyon Mountain Center for meditation, yoga and wellness.
Funding source could assist Weaver Building project
Funding source could assist Weaver Building project
Goal to create workforce housing.
Silvies resort hiring
Silvies resort hiring

Amid the economic difficulties, one new business, The Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch, is expanding its personnel to accommodate the first full season at the resort and golf course between John Day and Burns.

Owner Dr. Scott Campbell,...

Conserving water and soil, protecting habitat
Conserving water and soil, protecting habitat
Soil & Water Conservation District outlines projects.
Moles sentenced to 75 months in prison
Moles sentenced to 75 months in prison
Judge schedules Feb. 22 hearing for motion on retrial.
Hunter ed course starts this month
Hunter ed course starts this month

A hunter education class starts Feb. 26 at the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School library in John Day.

Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings over a two-week period. Each class lasts two to two-and-a-half...

January warmer than normal
January warmer than normal
Above-normal temperatures expected in February.
Cops and Courts

Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.

Electric co-op begins tree trimming

A mild winter is allowing Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative to get an earlier start on its tree trimming activities.

In the John Day area, crews are working on the north side of town, according to a press release. OTEC plans for tree trimming...

Rural Oregonians weigh in on need for broadband
Rural Oregonians weigh in on need for broadband
Connect Americans Now hosted a community meeting Jan. 25 in Salem, Ore. to discuss bridging the digital divide.

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