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Wheeler County officials call on Judge Perry to resign

A group of local elected officials is asking Wheeler County Judge Patrick C. Perry to resign, citing “serious allegations” they say have tainted his leadership.

Seven officials submitted letters at a special meeting in late April...

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Gold Rush comes to town
Gold Rush comes to town

JOHN DAY — The cast of the reality TV show “Gold Rush” were special guests at the April 21 Grant County Chamber of Commerce meeting, and a big hit with all those attending.

Chamber President Jerry Franklin said cast members...

Jones selected for Girls State

The American Legion Auxiliary of Post No. 106 in Prairie City has selected MaKenzie Jones as a delegate for Oregon Girls State in June, Girls State Chair Jan Plemmons announced Wednesday.

MaKenzie Jones is the daughter of Tom and Joanie Jones of...

Comments sought on Camp Lick Project
Comments sought on Camp Lick Project

Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY — The 30-day comment period for the scoping proposal for the Camp Lick Project on the Blue Mountain Ranger District begins Wednesday, May 4, and concludes Friday, June 3.

Only those submitting specific...

Treasurer, forest commission candidates speak to voters
Treasurer, forest commission candidates speak to voters

Candidates vying for treasurer and multiple Public Forest Commission positions in the May primary election spoke to voters at a candidate forum April 23.

Treasurer candidates include Doug Carpenter, Julie Ellison, Tandi Merkord and Mary Weaver.

International restoration seminar on tap

JOHN DAY — A group of land management professionals from around the world will visit John Day May 11-14 as part of an international seminar on forest landscape restoration.

Seminar participants will go on field visits in and around the...

Mushroom picking this spring?

The U.S. Forest Service offers guidelines for local mushroom hunters this spring.

Permits are not required to harvest, possess or transport less than a gallon in Oregon or less than five gallons in Washington. That amount is intended for...

Angus junior member is from Long Creek

The American Angus Association has named Evangeline Schultz of Long Creek as a new junior member of the group.

Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the association, participate in programs conducted by the...

April was warmer than average in John Day

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at John Day averaged warmer than normal during the month of April.

The average temperature was 49.7 degrees — 3.0 degrees above...

Cops & 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.

Tree seedlings available for landowners

Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY — Tree seedlings are available to local private landowners from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s John Day Unit, in partnership with the Malheur National Forest.

The bare root ponderosa pine...

State accuses DeRosier of attempted murder for Thursday shootings
State accuses DeRosier of attempted murder for Thursday shootings

A judge set bail at $700,000 for the man accused of shooting two men in John Day Thursday evening.

Defendant Jacob DeRosier, 29, John Day, appeared in Grant County Circuit Court Monday via video conference from the Grant County Jail. Attorney...

Help is available for victims of sexual assault
Help is available for victims of sexual assault

Sexual assaults occur even in rural areas, but people can help the victims and reduce the prevalence.

Grant County Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson said these cases do occur here.

“Grant County is not immune from this sort of...

UPDATE: One shooting victim remains in critical condition
UPDATE: One shooting victim remains in critical condition

JOHN DAY — Two men were shot Thursday evening in John Day, and one remains in critical condition.

Christopher Woodell, 32, and Eric Towers, 35, both of John Day, were shot at the John Day Trailer Park, according to a press release from...

Prairie City receives grant, loan for sewer upgrade
Prairie City receives grant, loan for sewer upgrade

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City is about to get a sewer upgrade, and officials say residents won’t see a rate increase.

The city will receive a $1.28 million loan and a $624,760 grant to improve its wastewater system from the U.S.

Meet the 2016 primary candidates
Meet the 2016 primary candidates

On April 1, the Blue Mountain Eagle sent each candidate in the May primary a certified letter with identical instructions and questions to answer for free publication in this edition.

The candidates were informed in the letter of the deadline,...

County commissioner candidates speak at forum
County commissioner candidates speak at forum

Editor’s note: This article covers the county commissioner position on the May primary ballot. The remaining positions will be covered in next week’s Eagle.

Candidates vying for positions in the May primary explained their...

Cops & 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.

Partnership receives restoration grant

JOHN DAY — The John Day Basin Partnership has been awarded $149,613 from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

The grant was one of eight totaling $937,369 provided to local organizations statewide to support partnerships and plans...

Families First receives $3,000 grant
Families First receives $3,000 grant

JOHN DAY — Families First Parent Resource Center has received a boost, thanks to a $3,000 grant the center received from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s Community Giving Program.

The funds will help support Families...

ODF fire training on tap

JOHN DAY — The Oregon Department of Forestry will host Fire Shelter refresher training and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration fire training from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, May 13, at the ODF office, 415 Patterson Bridge Drive,...

Restoration proposals sought

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking to restore critical wetlands in Oregon and declining aspen habitats across Eastern Oregon.

Up to $290,000 in funding available this year for farmers and ranchers to help restore...

May primary voter registration deadline April 26

To cast a ballot in the primary election, you must be registered before midnight Tuesday, April 26.

The Secretary of State’s office provides an online hub, oregonvotes.gov/myvote, for...

Stolen vehicle recovered in Redmond

A vehicle stolen in Prairie City was recovered in Deschutes County.

The vehicle, stolen April 12, was recovered three days later by Redmond Police Department left in the bike lane on SW Airport Road near Sixth Street in Redmond, according to a...

Scam surfaces in Grant County

John Day Police Department is warning residents about a fraud scheme reported in Grant County.

People have been contacted and told they won prizes from Publisher’s Clearing House that they can claim after paying fees, according to a press...

Health officials report elevated mercury in bass

Elevated levels of mercury have been detected in Oregon bass, prompting health officials to warn residents against eating too much of the fish.

The Oregon Health Authority issued a statewide advisory Tuesday after evaluating tissue samples from...

Fairgrounds receives $147,000 in grants for safety improvements
Fairgrounds receives $147,000 in grants for safety improvements

The Grant County Fairgrounds will soon solicit bids for three electronic reader boards and a public address system, thanks to grants and local donations.

Fair Manager Mary Weaver said she was thankful for the contributions that will improve the...

Council meeting canceled

The April 26 regular meeting of the John Day City Council has been canceled.

The next regular council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the John Day City Council Chambers, 450 E. Main St.

Man kills cougar before it attacks
Man kills cougar before it attacks

Malvin Jamison knew it was a life or death moment. Fox? Coyote? Cougar. As it leaped toward him he pulled the trigger.

Jamison, 53, is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. He works for the Tribes as a fisheries...

MNF to begin invasive plant treatments
MNF to begin invasive plant treatments

The Malheur National Forest will soon begin an integrated approach to manage invasive plants, which includes prevention; manual, mechanical, herbicide, biological control and cultural treatments; and restoration work.

This work to prevent the...

County to complete Canyon City national hazard mitigation flood plan
County to complete Canyon City national hazard mitigation flood plan

Grant County is stepping up to help complete a national hazard mitigation flood plan for Canyon City.

At the Grant County Court meeting April 20, County Judge Scott Myers said the county and the city of John Day completed a regional plan in...