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Iron Man Shoot returns May 28

- Ironman Shoot organizers hope to attract a bigger crowd this year.

Al fine: Music teacher Mary Ann Vidourek closes 25-year career

- Mary Ann Vidourek takes a look back at her music education career, and a look forward as she prepares to retire.

Let the Rendezvous begin!

- Cinnabar Mountain Rendezvous is around the corner — here are the events on the schedule.

Christian motorcycle groups convene in John Day

- Christian motorcycle groups gather in John Day for worship and hitting the open road.

STATE CHAMPS: Team effort gives GU girls an edge

- Grant Union girls team wins state championship title with mental and physical toughness.

Grant County residents raise concerns at Merkley town hall

- Sen. Jeff Merkley's morning town hall meeting draws a crowd.

Ready to ride: GW Clark heads to State Finals rodeo

- GW Clark is ready to ride, preparing for the Oregon State Rodeo Finals next month.

Pettit sprints to two state titles

- Monument athletes make waves at track and field State Championships.

Garrett Hitz shatters state pole vault record

- Garrett Hitz and Amaya Zweygardt reach goals at state championships — Hitz breaks state record.

Dayville athlete wins 1A javelin title

- Dayville's Kristina Humphreys takes first in javelin at the state championships with a personal record throw.

Long Creek athlete jumps into state competition

- Athlete Fernando Rodriguez makes Long Creek School's first appearance at state in about 10 years.

Two local athletes break state track and field meet records


EUGENE — Local athletes had a record-breaking first day at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships in Eugene Thursday.

Garrett Hitz and Kaylee Wright both set state meet records in their respective even...

GU freshman sets state record in javelin


EUGENE — Grant Union freshman Kaylee Wright broke the 2A state record for javelin with a throw of 131-3 Thursday, May 19, at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships in Eugene.

She placed first in the ev...

District band and choir perform final concert of year


JOHN DAY — Music lovers, mark your calendars.

The final District band and choir concert of the school year will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School’s new gym.

Students learn safety, kindness, health

- A total of 186 Grant County fourth- through sixth-grade students attended this year's Youth Life Skills and Safety Fair at Humbolt Elementary.

GROWING SEASON: Students hone green thumbs while customers reap benefits


JOHN DAY — Green plants and flowers of many varieties are going gangbusters at the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School Greenhouse.

Garden goodies from the student-run nursery are in high demand, as locals ...

Grant Union track and field girls win Wapiti title


UNION — Grant Union’s track and field head coach Sonna Smith had long-held hopes realized when her girls team won the league championship at Friday’s 2A-6 Wapiti League Districts in Union.


Prospectors edged out of playoffs by Rockets


JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Prospectors are tucking their baseball gear away for the season after splitting wins on Monday with Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii.

The Rockets’ 8-6 win of Game One nudged the Prospec...

Lady Prospectors sink Pirates in doubleheader


JOHN DAY — The chance for postseason play looked good for the Grant Union softball team last Friday, after sweeping Riverside/Arlington 10-0 and 15-5; however, those hopes were dashed.

Echo/Stanfield lost a ...

GU golfers take swing at district competition


PENDLETON — The Grant Union golf team’s season came to a close at the Pendleton Country Club at the May 8-10 1A/2A/3A District Golf Championship.

The Prospectors competed on the par 72 course with 12 ...

1A track athletes go the distance


ONTARIO — Grant County’s 1A track and field teams competed at Friday’s Special District 4 Championship in Ontario.

The Monument girls won third at the event, and the Prairie City and Long Creek...

GONE FISHIN’: Buddies pair up for fun day at Mt. Vernon ranch


MT. VERNON — Adult volunteers and younger counterparts were angling for a fun day of fishing during last Friday’s Elks Fishing Buddies event.

This is the fourth year Gail and Shirley Enright have host...

Young students learn fitness fun


JOHN DAY — Grant County kids learned that healthy living can be fun during the third semi-annual Healthy ‘N Fit Camp held May 10 at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Over 160 kindergarten through third-gr...

Dale receives dime to quarter-sized hail


JOHN DAY — The National Weather Service in Pendleton warned heavy rain may lead to flooding this weekend as a low pressure system moves across Oregon and Southeast Washington this weekend. Affected cities include ...

New airport manager selected


JOHN DAY — Haley Walker has been hired as new manager of the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

Walker officially starts work on Wednesday, May 25, replacing Patrick Bentz, who has worked as manager ...

Prospectors prep for must-win games


JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Prospector baseball team had a series of close games against Weston-McEwen — including one that went to 10 innings — but couldn’t catch a break.

Weston-McEwen ...

Team Long Creek: 12 athletes learn and improve together


LONG CREEK — Several athletes on the Long Creek Mountaineers track and field team are new to the sport but, with a little elbow grease, are making strides.

The varsity team has 12 athletes led by first-year ...

Lady Pros face Vikings in rough waters


VALE — The Grant Union Prospectors fell hard to the Vale Vikings in softball action last Friday.

Vale came away with two wins on their home turf, 5-2 and 17-3.

Grant Union head coach DeAnna Nash said G...

Tucker Wright to bulldog at CNFR


HERMISTON — Local rodeo cowboy Tucker Wright of Canyon City will compete at the June 20 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

Wright, who rides for Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, W...

Participants lace up for friendly competition


JOHN DAY — There were 70 walkers, runners and bicyclists ready with a smile for Saturday’s Strut, Stride, Straddle and Stroll.

Whether they participated in memory of a loved one, such as Karla Colson ...

John Day employees recognized for service to city


JOHN DAY — John Day City Council president Steve Schuette presented four city employees with certificates of recognition at the Tuesday, May 10, City Council meeting.

Camillia Haney was awarded for 10 years ...

HDL Meet a success in Prairie City


PRAIRIE CITY — A little rain and thunder rumbling in the far distance didn’t dampen the spirits of 10 teams competing at the High Desert League Meet in Prairie City this afternoon.

“It went wel...

Prospector boys fall to TigerScots in tight game


JOHN DAY — The seventh inning of Tuesday’s game changed everything for the Grant Union Prospectors, as Weston-McEwen slipped past for a 3-2 win.

Weston-McEwen first got on the board in the top of the ...

Grant Union girls crush Umatilla with 52 runs in two games


JOHN DAY — The Lady Prospector softball team made it look easy Friday, blasting the Umatilla Vikings 25-0 and 27-1 at the Seventh Street Complex.

“Our kids can see that their dedication pays off, ...

Monument track and field aims for strong season finish


MONUMENT — The Monument track and field team has the finish line in sight, hoping to reach their goals while enjoying the ride.

Darrin Dailey, Monument’s new head coach, said he’s enjoyed worki...

First-graders experience variety of arts


CANYON CITY — Humbolt Elementary first-graders were introduced to several artists and art forms last week in Peggy Murphy and Mandy Ipson’s classrooms.

The weeklong focus included meeting a new local ...

Prairie City hosts inaugural meet on new track


PRAIRIE CITY — Orange and black flags flew as the Prairie City Panther track and field team held the May 2 Invitational on their brand new track.

Grant Union girls won with 470 points, with Monument finishin...

Grant Union falls in three losses to Burns


BURNS — Grant Union suffered two devastating losses to the Burns Hilanders Friday, leaving the Prospectors in a tough spot.

Burns won Game One 5-1 and Game Two 10-1, and now Grant Union must win their remain...

Iron Man Shoot returns May 28


PRAIRIE CITY — The Canyon Creek Bowhunters club is sponsoring the third annual Iron Man Shoot on Saturday, May 28, at the Bear Creek Shooting Range.

Teams and individuals, including youth and adults, compete...

Gehley one stroke away from first in Enterprise


ENTERPRISE — Grant Union golfer Nathan Gehley was one stroke away from first place at last Friday’s competition in Enterprise.

Gehley, a senior, shot 83 behind Heppner’s Logan Grieb who placed ...

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 n...

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, accor...

Grant Union baseball gaining momentum


JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Prospectors hope to keep their momentum swinging in the right direction after a shaky start to the season.

With two league games down — both wins — the Prospectors st...

Grant County athletes tear up tracks


CRANE — The Prairie City and Long Creek track and field teams competed at last Friday’s Ranchers Invitational against five other small schools.

Prairie City and Monument schools also traveled to Satu...

Miller named 2A AD of the Year


JOHN DAY — Grant Union Junior-Senior High School athletic director Jason Miller was awarded 2A Athletic Director of the Year for 2016.

He received the award at the annual Oregon Athletic Directors Associatio...

GU track champs bring home 12 medals


JOHN DAY — Nine Grant Union track and field athletes brought home 12 medals from Salem’s Meet of Champions held last Saturday at Willamette University.

There were 39 teams from schools large and smal...

GU golfers take on Buffalo Peaks competition


UNION — Last Friday, the Grant Union golfers competed in the Buffalo Peaks Invitational in Union.

Twelve teams with over 100 boys and girls took on the windy par 72 championship course.

The Vale boys t...

Lady Prospectors take on Bulldog challenge


JOHN DAY — The Grant Union softball team dominated in a 14-4 and 12-2 sweep over the Nyssa Bulldogs on Tuesday.

But it wasn’t without a fight.

Nyssa threatened with three runs in the third innin...

GU track and field team ready to soar


JOHN DAY — Grant Union head track and field coach Sonna Smith is getting her team on the mark for rest of the season.

The 2A-6 Wapiti League Districts are a little more than three weeks away, and the Prospec...

Quilts galore on display


JOHN DAY — Diane Davis of Mt. Vernon had two quilts among 100 total on display at the 16th Annual Grant County Quilt Show.

The event, held last Friday and Saturday at the Grant County Fairgrounds pavilion, f...