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Editorial: Give K another shot? Maybe it’s time for change

We can come up with only one word for the current gubernatorial race: disappointing. The battle between incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and challenging Republican Dennis Richardson has devolved into a match that has little to do with the future of...

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Letter: Yes to general election changes

To the Editor:

Last week, I received in the mail a second flier telling me that Measure 90 would change the general election nomination process.

The flier said that if this measure passed there could be no general election. That is a lie.

Letter: Merkley and the EPA

To the Editor:

On Aug. 28, 2013, Sen. Jeff Merkley held a town hall meeting in Prairie City. He was asked at that meeting why he had voted to give the EPA and the Corps of Engineers the money to fund the new Wetlands Water Regulations that take...

Letter: Keep Bentz in District 60

To the Editor:

Having known Cliff Bentz most of our lives, we know that he has, can, and will do the best job representing us and all of Eastern Oregon.

Since he was appointed in 2008 to finish out Representative Butler’s term,...

Keep Bentz on job in District 60
Keep Bentz on job in District 60

Grant County voters have a clear choice in the Oregon House District 60 race.

Incumbent Rep. Cliff Bentz, an Ontario Republican, has proven to be a dedicated worker for his district and particularly its agricultural base. He has the endorsement...

Letter: What’s a few?

To the Editor:

We are being blasted with ads for and against Measure 92, one “for” ad said if it passes it might raise the price of some food items a “few dollars.” For this old country boy, please explain what a few...

Letter: ‘If you think’

To the Editor:

If you think your congressman should be bought and paid for by out of state money – vote for Greg Walden.

If you think your congressman should put his personal religious beliefs and political party agenda before his...

Commentary: Sheriff urges no vote on 91
Commentary: Sheriff urges no vote on 91

As sheriff for Grant County, I ask voters to vote no on Measure 91.

Over the past few years, law enforcement in Grant County saw a huge increase in the production and manufacture of marijuana on and off of public lands. Oregonians were given the...

Commentary: An opportunity whose time has come

Measure 86 is one of the few state ballot measures worth supporting. It is about the Oregon Opportunity Act, whose most prominent advocate is state Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

In a nutshell, this measure would allow the Oregon Legislature to...

Letter: Wanted: the return of Kokopelli

To the Editor:

Back in April we moved to Prairie City from Bend. We had owned a little house on Bridge Street for several years, and loving this area and the people who made their homes here, we decided to retire here. I became involved in Roan...

Letter: Take pride; adopt-a-highway

To the Editor:

Since the recently published article about litter was in the Blue Mountain Eagle, I have been asked about the “Adopt a highway” program.

It is strictly volunteer, and individuals, families and organizations...

Editorial: Time to give HR a little more respect
County officials need to put a renewed focus on HR duties.
Commentary: Grant County trio urge yes vote on 92
Grant County residents speak out for GMO labeling.
OTEC: New tariff seeks to equalize costs for member

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve today’s problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them.”

This wisdom encourages us to constantly ask whether we can do things better to address the problems we...

Letter: Access is more than just recreation

To the Editor:

As we move out of the busiest “recreational” season of the year, summer, it’s always good to reflect on what open access to public lands is really about, and the current actions to restrict that...

Letter: Richardson a welcome alternative
Dale Stennett writes in support of gubernatorial candidate Representative Dennis Richardson.
Editorial: Policy puts price tag, limits on First Amendment rights
Agency should rethink policy that attempts to leash the press.
Preparation
Pastor Al Altnow writes about 'eternal life insurance.'
FS chief revisits wilderness news blackout

Top U.S. Forest Service officials are having second thoughts, as well they should, on the agency’s threat to impose $1,000 fines on reporters who don’t buy permits before shooting photos or videos inside publicly owned wilderness...

Farmer’s Fate: Laundered money vacations
Farmer’s Fate: Laundered money vacations

It was laundry day, and no matter how carefully I checked, it seemed I missed hidden trinkets and treasures in each load. Some of them, no worse for wear, got dropped into a little John Deere treasure bowl. And the others – the ones that melted...

Letter: Fire kudos

To the Editor:

Recent events have provided an opportunity for me to reflect on exactly the type of community in which we live. I wonder how many people receive personal calls within minutes of a reported fire from the chief law enforcement...

Letter: Numbers problem

To the Editor:

I appreciate the editorial last week (Kudos to volunteers, and a proud tradition) but as a longtime volunteer firefighter from Grant County, I would just like to comment on the suggestion that there is a difference between...

Letter: Kudos to litter patrol folks
Richie Colbeth offers kudos and suggestions on roadside litter patrols.
Letter: Family not Irish

To the Editor:

Gregg Smith’s article “From Ireland to Grant County” (Sept. 24) refers to the Dunstans as being Irish. My great grandfather would not be happy!

The Dunstan family from which we are descended were...

Long Creek rebuilds log fort
Long Creek rebuilds log fort
The Long Creek Historical Society establishes "Fort Townsend."
Editorial: Kudos to fire volunteers, and a proud tradition

Fire volunteers across Grant County have had their skills put to the test lately, and their performance should garner an A-plus on the county’s report card.

In some small communities, two major structure fires in just a week might...

Step back in TimeBut first there were explorers
Step back in TimeBut first there were explorers
Peter Skene Ogden was among the early European trappers and traders in the Dayville area.
Kudos to ESD

To the Editor:

We are writing to applaud Robert Waltenburg, Tim McCloskey and everyone who worked so hard to make sure the offices that lost their Internet and/or phone service because of the fire were back up and running as quickly as...

Secure your dogs
Mya Ennis urges people to secure their dogs.
CommentaryMeasure 88 foes speak out
CommentaryMeasure 88 foes speak out

By David Olen Cross

To the Blue Mountain Eagle

On Aug. 1, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections office assigned a title to the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen’s veto referendum No. 301, Ballot Measure 88, to put...

Letters to the Editor

Letter: No fix for GMOs

To the Editor:

About Measure 92: Everything that has been said about Measure 92 is most likely true.  We are being fed chemicals in our...

Letter: Yes to general election changes

To the Editor:

Last week, I received in the mail a second flier telling me that Measure 90 would change the general election nomination...

Letter: Merkley and the EPA
Letter: Keep Bentz in District 60
Letter: What’s a few?