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ODF fire restrictions begin July 1
ODF fire restrictions begin July 1
Fire restrictions effective on ODF land starting July 1.

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Fire district announces regulated closure
Grant County Fire Defense District announces regulated closure effective June 30.
Is school water safe?
Is school water safe?
Local school districts testing for lead after problems elsewhere.
Unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent
Unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent
Grant County gained an estimated 60 jobs from May 2015 to May 2016.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Five-year population change in Eastern Oregon
Five-year population change in Eastern Oregon
Eighty-seven people migrated to Grant County from 2010 to 2015, but deaths outpace births, reducing population by 15.
Farmers worry who will control escaped genetically engineered bentgrass
Farmers worry who will control escaped genetically engineered bentgrass
Genetically engineered creeping bentgrass escaped from field trials near Malheur and Jefferson counties in 2003. Thirteen years later, some farmers in these areas are concerned that they will soon be left on the hook for controlling it.
567 signatures turned in for recall effort against County Commissioner Boyd Britton
567 signatures turned in for recall effort against County Commissioner Boyd Britton
If 490 signatures are certified, Britton will have five days to respond or resign.
Dental care service aims to help people in need
Dental care service aims to help people in need
Greater Smiles, based in John Day, will provide dental care at a reduced rate to people in need.
Authorities recover body of Monmouth boy who drowned in John Day River
A 16-year-old Monmouth boy drowned in the John Day River west of Spray Sunday.
Forest Service says Finicum roadside memorial must come down
Forest Service says Finicum roadside memorial must come down
Two men have been guarding the memorial for nearly three weeks, in response to several instances when the memorial was altered or disappeared completely in the middle of the night.
Stewart Scholarship deadline approaching
Deadline for Stewart Scholarship is July 1.
Head Start accepting applications for next school year
Head Start accepting applications for next year.
Grand jury considers FBI’s use of force in Finicum shooting
Grand jury considers FBI’s use of force in Finicum shooting
FBI agents may face charges for firing two shots at LaVoy Finicum.
Firefighters contain blaze near Long Creek to 20 acres
Firefighter contain blaze near Long Creek Wednesday to about 20 acres.
Deputy declined assistance, failed to record interview when investigating complaint against his family
Deputy declined assistance, failed to record interview when investigating complaint against his family
UPDATE: Neighbor not interviewed did not hear gunshots. Sheriff upset by settlement, maintains probable cause existed for arrest.
Monument man dies in crash
A 19-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old injured in a vehicle accident near Monument on June 18.
Major political fight coming over proposed $6 billion tax
Oregon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alison Hart discusses the downsides to a $6 billion tax on sales.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Futures Scholarship winners announced
Grant County Futures Scholarship selects recipients and receives major donation.
Campfire safety regulations announced
Forest officials announce safety regulations for campfires.
Chamber Newsletter: Eclipse planning
Grant County Chamber of Commerce's monthly newsletter.
New John Day city manager starts Monday
New John Day city manager starts Monday
John Day City Council unanimously votes to hire Nick Green as city manager.
County pays settlement after sheriff’s office arrest
County pays settlement after sheriff’s office arrest
County pays $12,000 settlement to man arrested for reporting hearing gunshots.
Smorgasbord of summer programs includes sports, art and reading
Smorgasbord of summer programs includes sports, art and reading
A variety of programs will keep youth busy during the summer months.
Fighting fire with fire
Fighting fire with fire
Fire officials using lightning fire as a prescribed burn.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's law enforcement logs.
Unemployment rate continues to drop
Unemployment rate continues to drop
Unemployment rate continues to fall.
UPDATE: Low-intensity lightning fire functioning as prescribed burn
UPDATE: Low-intensity lightning fire functioning as prescribed burn
Fire officials using lightning fire as a prescribed burn.
OTEC warns of scam
OTEC warns of scam
OTEC warns customers of a scam where callers claim electricity will be cut off without payment.
Fire crews fight blaze in southern Grant County
Fire crews fight blaze in southern Grant County
Malheur National Forest fire crews battle blaze near Forest Roads 15 and 16.