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Traffic steady as John Day braces for eclipse
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Traffic steady as John Day braces for eclipse
Traffic has been steady most of the weekend into Grant County as communities prepare for the solar eclipse.

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Marching against hate
Marching against hate
County residents stand in solidarity with Charlottesville.
Navigating the eclipse
Navigating the eclipse

Blue Mountain Eagle

One of the most important things people can do during the eclipse is to be patient, Grant County Emergency Management Coordinator Ted Williams said.

Longer commutes and congestion, especially on Highways 26 and 395,...

Influx of visitors creates fire concerns
Influx of visitors creates fire concerns
Eclipse falls during peak fire season.
A fair way of life: 4-H youth sell swine, steer, lambs and a goat at livestock auction
A fair way of life: 4-H youth sell swine, steer, lambs and a goat at livestock auction
Swine, steer, lambs and a goat all auctioned off.
Energy Secretary Perry visits McNary Dam; mum on BPA sale
Energy Secretary Perry visits McNary Dam; mum on BPA sale
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry met with reporters Monday following a tour of McNary Dam outside Umatilla.
Special NOVA eclipse presentation airs Aug. 21
Interactive online content provides learning opportunities.
Red Cross urges community to take preparedness actions before the eclipse
Emergency kits for vehicles and homes recommended.
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.

Firefighters suppress blaze in northern Grant County

Firefighters from Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) John Day Unit and the Umatilla National Forest suppressed a fire near Howard Meadows in northern Grant County late Monday afternoon, according to an ODF press release. The Howard Meadows...

Firefighters gain upper hand on blazes
Firefighters gain upper hand on blazes
The Bear Butte fire near Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is now 85 percent contained, and evacuations have been lifted.
John Day council votes to purchase Weaver Complex
John Day council votes to purchase Weaver Complex
Local business owners and residents supportive
County refers dispatch center tax measure to voters

Members of the Grant County Court voted unanimously to refer to voters a ballot measure for a local option tax to support the John Day Dispatch Center.

The measure, if approved by voters, would tax property owners an additional 36 cents per...

Prairie City residents encouraged not to use water outside
Prairie City residents encouraged not to use water outside
Officials hope to life the water restrictions soon.
Hospital, clinic increasing staffing, access for eclipse
Hospital, clinic increasing staffing, access for eclipse

To accommodate visitors for the eclipse, Blue Mountain Hospital and Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic are increasing staffing from Aug. 17-23.

Increased emergency room volume is expected, so wait times may be longer than usual. Strawberry...

ODFW kills two wolves for repeated attacks on cattle
ODFW kills two wolves for repeated attacks on cattle
Ranchers say the Harl Butte Pack regularly attacks livestock, and had asked ODFW to kill the entire pack.
First Friday features flavorful fare
First Friday features flavorful fare
Next event planned for Sept. 1
Walden introduces legislation to aid vets
Walden introduces legislation to aid vets

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) has introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at helping veterans in rural areas receive better health care.

Walden introduced the Doctors for Veterans Act early this month.

“This bipartisan...

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.

Several large wildfires erupt in Eastern Oregon; air quality alert in effect
Several large wildfires erupt in Eastern Oregon; air quality alert in effect
A number of large wildfires, including two human-caused fires, are now burning across Eastern Oregon.
Airport implementing restrictions for eclipse
Airport implementing restrictions for eclipse

To ensure safety, the Grant County Regional Airport will only be allowing fire aviation, medical aviation and pilots with confirmed reservations and prior permission to land Aug. 19 through 5 p.m. Aug. 21. The airport terminal will be restricted Aug.

Small portion of Olive Lake to be closed for dam work
Small portion of Olive Lake to be closed for dam work
Work will be intermittent and is anticipated to last until Oct. 1.
Support for hydroponic greenhouse grows
Support for hydroponic greenhouse grows
John Day could see first harvest as early as next fall
Hospital auxiliary raffling quilt
The drawing will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.
ODFW approves killing two Harl Butte pack wolves
ODFW approves killing two Harl Butte pack wolves
The pack has been attacking cattle in Northeast Oregon for the past year, and ranchers hazed them away from livestock seven times in June and July, the wildlife department said.
Fish habitat restoration underway on East Fork Beech Creek
Fish habitat restoration underway on East Fork Beech Creek
Biologists predict juvenile fish will have access to more water for much longer into the season.
Culvert replacement to close forest road 2402 periodically

Construction work on a portion of Forest Service Road 2402 at South Fork Big Wall Creek will begin the week of Aug. 7.

The construction project, which is located 25 miles northeast of Spray, is a continuation of ongoing aquatic restoration...

Drifting wildfire smoke decreases air quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and state and local health officials urge residents throughout much of Oregon to take health precautions from smoke caused by wildfires.

Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive populations throughout...

Fiber line would triple average internet speeds
Fiber line would triple average internet speeds
New network may service entire county.
Corrosive clarity
Corrosive clarity
Mead uses chemical reactions to create art.
July slightly warmer than normal
July slightly warmer than normal
Above-normal temperatures predicted in August.

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