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Fossil Beds – more than just a pretty place
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Seminar will shine spotlight on Malheur restoration efforts

Foresters and land managers from across the globe will come to Grant County next month to see collaboration and restoration in action.

The visit, set for May 6-8, is part of an International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration, a gathering...

Juniper Arts awards groups
Juniper Arts Council awards six local organizations.
Museums gear up for season in Grant County
Brush up on your local history by paying a visit to one of Grant County's museums or historical groups.
Malheur Forest continues spring prescribed burning

JOHN DAY – With unusually mild weather this winter and spring, fire managers are evaluating conditions to continue prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest.

Burning is expected to take place over the next several months. The...

JD council restricts pot shops, but no ban

JOHN DAY – The John Day City Council backed off from a proposed ban on medical marijuana dispensaries last week.

In a 4-3 vote at its April 14 meeting, the council voted against establishing an outright ban.

The council approved a...

School board votes on new GU principal
School board votes on new GU principal
Ryan Gerry is voted in as Grant Union's new principal.
Group sets June 1 deadline for Court action on roads

CANYON CITY – Members of a public lands access group issued an ultimatum to the Grant County Court last week, reiterating their stand against any road closures on the national forest.

Jim Sproul told the Court people are unhappy with the...

Chamber puts greenbacks into circulation
The special "cash" can be spent dollar for dollar at participating Chamber member businesses.
Ballots go out next week for local districts

CANYON CITY - Dozens of Grant County residents have stepped up to run for seats on various local schools, parks, fire, transportation and cemetery boards in the May election.

County Clerk Brenda Percy said ballots will go in the mail April...

Fire trainings set in May

JOHN DAY – The Oregon Department of Forestry will host fire shelter refresher training and Oregon OSHA fire training on May 9 at The Rock in Spray and on May 23 at the ODF building in John Day.

Both classes run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Wanted: Weather spotters

JOHN DAY – Volunteers should mark their calendars for the next Skywarn Weather Spotter training, coming up Tuesday, May 26, at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

The training is free. It starts at 1 p.m. and lasts about two...

Burning and learning
Burning and learning
A house goes up in smoke as firefighters train.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Schools back to routine after lockdown

PRAIRIE CITY – Grant County schools went back to normal Monday after an anonymous threat triggered an emergency response at three campuses last week.

Sgt. Damon Rand of the John Day Police Department said the events began about 1:35 p.m.

Great time to be a mayor

JOHN DAY – GREAT Corp. is hosting a “meet and greet” to honor the mayors of Grant County’s nine cities.

The event will be at 5 p.m. this Thursday, April 23, at the Grant County Regional Airport.

There will be...

Lockdowns end at Prairie City, John Day schools

PRAIRIE CITY – Prairie City School was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after an anonymous caller threatened violence at the school.

The situation also triggered a precautionary external lockdown at John Day’s Grant Union...

School board to discuss hiring new GU principal

CANYON CITY – The consent agenda for this month’s Grant School District No. 3 school board meeting includes an item to recommend hiring a new Grant Union Junior-Senior High School principal.

The meeting, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April...

Students of the month – Dayville School
Students of the month – Dayville School
Here are the Dayville students of the month.
Changing skyline in JD
Changing skyline in JD

Sherry Rose saw the skyline change overnight in the view from the Oregon Department of Forestry building in west John Day.

Here are a couple of photos she took that show the new look, reflecting the tear down of the sawmill structure west of the...

The $20,000 question: County officials say they aren’t ‘farming out’ forest plan revision
The $20,000 question: County officials say they aren’t ‘farming out’ forest plan revision
County officials say talk of the $20,000 payment is misinformation, and they will continue to work with Harney County on forest plan revision issues.
Hospital board to meet

JOHN DAY – The Blue Mountain Hospital Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the hospital conference room.

Agenda items include a review of operations and committee reports.

An...

Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Agencies prep for fires by burning house

JOHN DAY – Folks may see smoke rising from the hill by the hospital in John Day this Saturday – but officials say it’s no cause for alarm.

Local firefighting agencies will be conducting live fire training exercises on a...

Search flaws lead to dismissal of Seneca pot cases
The ruling puts an end to a case against the leader of a Native American church branch, who sasy the marijuana is a sacrament used for healing.
Search flaws lead to dismissal of Seneca pot cases
The ruling puts an end to a case against the leader of a Native American church branch, who says the marijuana is a sacrament used for healing.
JD seeks ban on medical pot shops

JOHN DAY — The John Day City Council is considering a two-pronged approach to controlling medical marijuana businesses as its one-year moratorium on the pot shops comes to a close.

The council, at its meeting March 20, reviewed a draft...

Students of the month
Grant Union – February
Students of the month Grant Union – February
Here are the Grant Union students of the month for February.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Warm March yields to near normal April
Warm March yields to near normal April

This should come as no surprise to local residents, but it was warmer than normal in March in John Day, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 43.6 degrees, 1.9 degrees above normal.

County crews will burn to learn on FS house in John Day

JOHN DAY – Area firefighters will get some hands-on practice with structure fire response, using a decommissioned house provided by the U.S. Forest Service at its John Day Compound.

The training is set for Saturday, April 18 –...