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4 p.m. UPDATE: Power restored, fires still burning
4 p.m. UPDATE: Power restored, fires still burning

A powerful thunderstorm ripped through the area on Sunday, bringing electricity to a landscape that had been scorched by high temperatures for days.

The results were expectedly flammable.

The largest fire is currently the Sugar Loaf...

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Lampton guilty on all counts in sex crimes case

Bobby Wayne Lampton was found guilty Wednesday on all six counts related to sexual abuse of a child.

Lampton, 63, was convicted by a jury of three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts of sodomy and one count of unlawful sexual...

Blast off! GU experiment set for space

JOHN DAY – T-minus 3 days.

As of Wednesday, that’s the countdown to launch for a spacecraft that will carry a Grant County science project into space.

The SpaceX-7 mission is scheduled to lift off this Friday from Cape...

Lightning fires flare up on Malheur Forest district

JOHN DAY — Lightning from Sunday’s thunderstorms sparked a few fires and left the specter of holdover fires to keep crews busy with hot, dry conditions in the forecast for the rest of the week.

The Malheur National Forest reported...

Got health?
Got health?
Health conscious visit growing annual Grant County Health Fair.
A day for Family Fun
A day for Family Fun
Young and old flock to the John Day City Park for popular family event.
New PCS super leads school July 1
Prairie City School's new superintendent/principal begins full time on July 1.
JD area welcomes BMW rally riders
JD area welcomes BMW rally riders
BMW riders enjoy the sights as they wheel in to John Day for Chief Joseph Rally.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
JD Farmers Market blooms
JD Farmers Market blooms
A big crowd enjoys opening day at the local farmers market.
American Legion Auxiliary officers installed
State officer visits local American Legion Auxiliary meeting for installation of officers.
SolWest menu has plenty for kids, adults
SolWest menu has plenty for kids, adults

LA GRANDE – Jennifer Barker will present a couple of children’s workshops on Saturday, June 27, during the 17th annual SolWest Fair in La Grande.

She will offer two workshops, one on renewable energy for children ages 7-11, and a...

Ranchers urged to tout roles

JOHN DAY – A Grant County natural resources consultant says private landowners should tout their part in the John Day River Basin fishery’s success.

“If you don’t step up and take credit for what you’ve done,...

OCA: Meeting in John Day a success

JOHN DAY – Wolves, water and international trade were just a few of the topics at the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s 2015 Midyear event. Over 130 ranchers from across the state attended the conference earlier this month at the...

Wyden plans town hall in John Day
The senator also will swing through Hood River, Mitchell and Joseph.
Lightning sparks fires on Malheur
Malheur Forest staff are planning an informational meeting on the fire forecast and wildfire response as the season kicks in.
Mt. Vernon sets fire restrictions

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Rural Fire Department are joining in the regulated fire closure announced earlier this week by Oregon Department of Forrestry.

The Mt. Vernon restrictions, including a halt to burn barrels,...

Rookies train for fires at Guard School on Malheur NF

JOHN DAY – Rookie firefighters are honing their skills for wildland fire season this week on the Malheur National Forest.

Known as Guard School, the weeklong training includes classroom and field exercises. Participants come from the...

Veterans urged to schedule appointments to fit Burns bus run

BURNS – Grant County veterans can take advantage of expanded People Mover service to get to appointments at the Burns VA Clinic.

But officials are urging veterans to time their appointments so they fit the schedule for the new bus run to...

Fire restrictions ramp up June 19 on ODF-protected lands

PRINEVILLE – The Oregon Department of Forestry is tightening public fire restrictions, starting Friday, on private and non-federal public forestlands protected by the agency in the Central Oregon District.

The district includes Grant and...

Truck wreck disrupts power in JD area
Truck wreck disrupts power in JD area

JOHN DAY – A pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer crashed into a power pole Tuesday, June 16, in west John Day, resulting in a citation for the driver and causing power outages in the area.

Oregon State Police said the incident occurred...

Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
A ‘murder mystery’ at GU
A ‘murder mystery’ at GU
Grant Union drama club brings suspense, and laughs, to their murder mystery play audience.
County’s past comes to life in Canyon City Cemetery program
County’s past comes to life in Canyon City Cemetery program

CANYON CITY – Voices from the past carried on the gentle breeze at the cemetery on Marysville Road, on the hill above Canyon City, last Saturday.

The voices were conjured up by a collection of volunteer actors in a special program staged...

Grant 4-H plans for scales, gates, fixes at fairgrounds
The organization plans to fund the projects with grants and private sources.
JD Rural Fire extinguishes Sunday blaze
Fire chief warns residents to use caution when burning.
OTEC plans for transition

BAKER CITY – Oregon Trail Electric’s Board of Directors named a new slate of officers this month and also began planning for a staff change in command in 2017.

Officers picked at the June 2 meeting are George Galloway of Union...

Hospital board sets meetings

JOHN DAY – The Blue Mountain Hospital Board of Directors will hold a series of meetings Thursday, June 18, at the hospital.

The sessions include a budget review at 3 p.m.; the annual budget meeting, with opportunity for public comment,...

Umatilla NF supervisor promoted to regional fire, aviation post

PENDLETON – Kevin Martin, Umatilla National Forest supervisor, has a new job as fire and aviation management director for both the Pacific Northwest and Alaska regional offices of the U.S. Forest Service.

Martin said he was excited about...

Patrons can meet Dayville School candidates

Blue Mountain Eagle

DAYVILLE – The public can meet the candidates for Dayville School superintendent at the high school at 4 p.m. this Thursday, June 18.

Community members, staff and board members will be able to talk to the three...

Blue Mountains Forest Partners hold tour on post-fire management

MT. VERNON – In addition to its regular meeting Thursday, the Blue Mountains Forest Partners is taking a field trip to the South Fork Complex fire area from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Wednesday.

The tour follows a workshop, held Tuesday at the...