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Witty gets Baker school job

BAKER CITY – Grant School District No. 3 Superintendent Mark Witty has accepted the top job at the Baker School District, officials said Friday.

The Baker School Board decided Thursday night to offer the superintendent job to Witty, and...

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Revising the revisionCounty, Partners eye ways to craft better plan
Revising the revisionCounty, Partners eye ways to craft better plan

CANYON CITY – Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton wants the Blue Mountains Forest Partners to step in and write a new, workable alternative for the ongoing regional forest plan revision.

But while the Forest Service’s proposed...

Turf battle looms over Zone 1

CANYON CITY – A rebellion is simmering over the so-called Zone 1 lands, as rural landowners brace for an increase in a fire patrol assessment that’s unique to Grant County.

The landowners pay fire patrol assessments – in...

Three standouts honored for service
Three standouts honored for service
Three American Legion Auxiliary ladies are honored at Sweetheart's Dinner.
Indictment revised in fire equipment case

CANYON CITY – The state last week filed a revised indictment to correct errors in an earlier indictment of Monument-area resident Roy Richard Peterson.

In a hearing Feb. 19 in Grant County Circuit Court, Judge William D. Cramer Jr.

Mosquito project moves ahead

CANYON CITY – Forest Service officials provided maps and aired plans for the Big Mosquito Project at last week’s Grant County Court meeting.

The Feb. 18 presentation was the latest of several set to detail the next projects in the...

Palmer gains new title, duties
Palmer gains new title, duties
The sheriff took a course and qualified for new duties as deputy medical examiner.
Burning season gets early start on Malheur National Forest
Mild weather conditions may mean early burning in units of the Malheur National Forest.
Counselors available to help with work plans in JD

JOHN DAY – State vocational rehabilitation services and counseling are available to Grant County residents through the Oregon Department of Human Services.

DHS has assigned counselor assistant Teri Cain to a full-time post in Burns that...

Walden talks issues with MV crowd
Walden talks issues with MV crowd

MT. VERNON – Nearly 50 residents turned out last week for a Grant County town hall held by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River).

The event, held Feb. 17 at the Mt. Vernon Community Center, included an update on his efforts in Congress to...

Work resumes on JD downtown project

JOHN DAY – After a winter break, work resumes this week on the City of John Day’s Main Street and Canyon Boulevard improvement project.

The $1 million project, funded by a Transportation Enhancement grant program, is upgrading...

Ferrioli shows up at governor’s swearing-in
Senator agreed to show up for the event, but only to show solidarity with the GOP leadership.
Work resumes on JD downtown project

JOHN DAY – After a winter break, work will resume next week on the City of John Day’s Main Street and Canyon Boulevard improvement project.

The $1 million project, funded by a Transportation Enhancement grant program, is upgrading...

JD Council sets meeting

JOHN DAY – The John Day City Council will hold an executive session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider records exempt from public disclosure under Oregon’s public meetings law.

The...

Open house set for Magone, Camp Lick projects
People can get information and offer input on the Magone and Camp Lick projects as planning continues on the Blue Mountain Ranger District.
Fairgrounds event keeps clues coming in John Day
Fairgrounds event keeps clues coming in John Day
The event raised money to help pay for a new PA system and reader boards at the fairgrounds.
Witty in running for Baker job
Witty in running for Baker job
Interviews are Friday for the Baker School District top job, and finalists include Mark Witty of Grant School District No. 3.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Access panel, Court at odds over road letter
Road and access advocates want the Court to send a letter admonishing the Forest Service, but that idea was sidelined last week.
Pols react to governor’s exit

SALEM – Legislators and visitors were sharing birthday cake, celebrating the anniversary of Oregon statehood, at the Capitol when Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned Friday, setting off a torrent of statements and press releases from politicians...

Cooperation or Coordination?Counties grapple with demands, forest issues
Cooperation or Coordination?Counties grapple with demands, forest issues

CANYON CITY – Local access activists last week urged the Grant County Court to reject “cooperator status” on the Forest Service’s Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision.

Jim Sproul recommended that if the Court does sign...

Monument fire case starts with a hitch
Defense attorney D. Zachary Hostetter has filed a document attacking the foundation and details in the indictment.
Porter gets five more years in prison
Porter gets five more years in prison
The parole board sets Sidney Dean Porter's release date out to 2020, depending on results of a December 2019 review hearing and updated psych evaluation.
Benefit Shoot a Success
Benefit Shoot a Success

Cops & Courts
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Worlds apart: Chinese and U.S. school leaders exchange ideas
Worlds apart: Chinese and U.S. school leaders exchange ideas
Chinese principal visits area schools in foreign exchange job shadow.
Going up? Elevator project gets underway
The elevator project is expected to be finished by early June.
Tirico pleads not guilty in misconduct case

CANYON CITY – Former John Day Police Chief Richard Tirico has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree official misconduct.

Tirico appeared last Thursday in Grant County Circuit Court.

The case could go to trial as soon as...

Vaccine exclusion date looming for Oregon schoolkids

JOHN DAY – The Grant County Health Department is reminding parents that children immunizations are not up to date by “exclusion day” – Wednesday, Feb. 18, can be kept out of school.

The notice comes as recent measles...

Prepare for high winds into tonight
Prepare for high winds into tonight
The high wind warning remains in effect to 11 tonight, the Weather Service reports.
Porter gets five more years in prison
The parole board sets Sidney Dean Porter's release date out to 2020, depending on results of a December 2019 review hearing and updated psych evaluation.