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Bear Valley home destroyed in fire

- Fire contained and no firefighters injured.

BMW riders donate $20,000 to local organizations


The BMW Riders of Oregon raised $20,000 for nine organizations in Grant County during their 41st Chief Joseph Rally in John Day this summer.

About 475 riders showed up in John Day for the June 29 through July 1 ral...

Sheriff’s lawsuit against county settled for $14,000

- County court opts to avoid prolonged litigation.

Grant loss hits district attorney’s office

- County looking at funding options.

New 911 dispatch agency taking shape

- Commissioners have concerns about fairness.

High-tech solutions to water storage

- Pilot project could involve underground 3D mapping.

City to consider rezoning Kam Wah Chung lots

- Main Street parking space lines could be repainted.

Highway littering ordinance considered


Grant County’s beautiful highways are being littered with trash blown out the back of trucks, Dave Traylor told the Grant County Court Sept. 12. An ordinance requiring loads headed to the Clark’s Disposal t...

Missing couple always working, always busy


The couple who have been missing since a fire burned their cabin on Nan’s Rock Road July 17-18 were a social couple who kept in touch with friends and family on a daily basis.

Terry and Sharon Smith were als...

Faiman Springs well produces enough water for Prairie City

- Water fees will increase to repay state loan.

Several contested races slated for November

- Prairie City to see new faces in city hall.

Ankle monitors track offenders in real time

- Alcohol monitors conduct tests on the half hour.

HUNT GUIDE: Her first bull elk was a unicorn

- Her first bull elk was a unicorn.

Investigation into couple missing after fire treated as homicide

- Palmer: Evidence currently being tested.

Mimicking nature’s dam builders

- New technique could improve fish habitat.

Durr sworn in as new police chief


The John Day Police Department and Emergency Communications Center are both up to full staffing levels, and construction of dispatch center facilities at the city fire hall is making progress, City Manager Nick Green tol...

Local one-time marijuana tax payments totaled $46,657

- Nearly half went to drug abuse awareness programs.

Road closure ordinance challenged in court

- U.N.-free zone, public lands title measures also challenged.

With greenhouse plans finalized, city starts work on annexations


With a delay in the processing of a state planning grant for the Innovation Gateway project, the John Day City Council has turned its attention to annexations and lot line adjustments related to the project.

The lo...

Umatilla National Forest staff make introductions to county court


Umatilla National Forest Supervisor Eric Watrud, Heppner District Ranger Brandon Houck and North Fork District Ranger Paula Guenther introduced themselves to the Grant County Court Aug. 29.

All three are new to the...

County to pay The Oregonian in sheriff’s office public record lawsuit

- Sheriff’s office lawsuit against Grant County for outside counsel costs unresolved.

Gilman Fire tested alert system’s effectiveness

- Mountainous country makes communication difficult

Broadband board gets running start from John Day

- Phased project starts with service south to Seneca.

First-class secondhand

- Twice Upon A Time has an eclectic mix.

General contractor returns to Grant County roots

- Joel Coombs offers a wide range of services.

State funding will address Prairie City water emergency

- Mayor Hamsher: Developing Faiman Springs site is city’s best option.

Kids Parade rides through downtown


About 30 children and their mothers participated in the Grant County Fair Kids Parade on Friday.

Led by the Boy Scout Troop 800 color guard, the children wore boots, chaps and cowboy hats as they rode bikes, pulled...

Grant County experiencing suicide cluster

- Need to focus on positives and strengths, professionals say.

County finalizes objections to forest plan

- Court cites comments submitted in 2014

Greenhouse representatives tour John Day

- City agribusiness will begin in November.

Crews jumping on fire starts in northern Grant County

- Alert notice sent to residents near several fires.

Smoke brings health advisory warnings

- Local crews respond to 15-acre fire near Fox.

Rapp reaches plea deal in Dixie Campground shooting

- Sentencing will take place Aug. 23.

Emergency medical flights save lives

- Air ambulance membership can reduce costs

Prairie City man one of eight killed in Harney County crash

- Names of eight dead released by state police.

Film crew comes to Kam Wah Chung

- Documentary will be for Chinese television

Housing stock to get a boost

- Iron Triangle project will feature 11 apartments.

Tax-foreclosed eyesores could be cleaned up soon


Residents in Prairie City and Long Creek could soon see two eyesores cleaned up now that the county has moved forward to taking possession of the abandoned properties.

Both properties are in tax foreclosure. The Gr...

Prairie City faces water emergency

- Trucks bringing in water from John Day

Mystery of Chinese mining revealed

- Archaeologists unearth new information about Chinese miners.

A busy week at the Grant County Fair

- ‘Boot, Chaps and Cowboy Hats’

FBI assisting in case of missing couple

- Terry and Sharon Smith are still missing following house fire.

Monument Rock Wilderness offers solitude and views

- Check out a historic lookout and giant cairn on the forest.

Sweet labor at Thomas Orchards

- Pick your own fruit in remote high desert country.

Bid approved for city greenhouse

- Council applies for grants for two street projects.

Court applauds veteran services office

- John Day police agreement approved.

Prairie City calls for water restrictions


For a second summer in a row, Prairie City water customers are being asked to stop all outside watering, including sprinkling lawns and gardens.

“The city of Prairie City appreciates our citizens’ con...