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House OKs county payments
The extension goes next to the Senate.

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Forest road idea sparks dialogue
Ranchers and road advocates hash out ideas for having the county maintain forest roads – and make some money, too.
School funding forecast: Cuts ahead?
Officials say the budget bump isn't enough to overcome years of cuts in programs, days and offerings in the schools.
District 3 goes into transition mode
District 3 goes into transition mode
The Grant School District No. 3 board votes to approve the contract to hire Curt Shelley as the new superintendent.
Prepare for disasters at fair
Mark your calendars for the Grant County Preparedness Fair scheduled for April.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Three injured in vehicle rollover
Three injured in vehicle rollover

PRAIRIE CITY – Three people were injured in a vehicle rollover about 1:45 p.m., Friday, March 20, on Highway 26, 4 miles east of Prairie City.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported the driver, Joy Savage, 32, lost control of...

Grants offered for groups
Applications are being sought for the John and Linda Shelk Foundation community grant program.
OTEC tackles snow-caused outages
An isolated snowstorm struck the area early Tuesday.
Bentz coming to JD for town hall
The state rep will hold eight meetings across the region this weekend.
Council will discuss medical marijuana ordinance

JOHN DAY – At its meeting next Tuesday, March 24, the John Day City Council will consider Ordinance 15-163-01 establishing time, place and manner regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The council is seeking public...

Art show celebrates local talent
Art show celebrates local talent
A group of 34 Grant County artists display work at local airport.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
GU musicians blossom in competition, concert
GU musicians blossom in competition, concert
Grant Union music students participate at district competition and hold a spring concert.
Ag day: FOOD for thought
Ag day: FOOD for thought

JOHN DAY – It’s not only a lifestyle – agriculture is big business in Grant County.

The numbers tell the tale.

Sally Bartlett, the county’s economic development coordinator, points to the latest Census of...

Malheur super revisits September 2014 road enforcement order
Malheur super revisits September 2014 road enforcement order

CANYON CITY – Acknowledging the past process was confusing, Malheur National Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin last week announced he’s taking a new approach to road closure enforcement orders.

Beverlin, meeting with the Grant...

State urges taxpayers to check for licenses
Using a licensed tax preparer may prevent problems with a return and costly errors, state officials say.
Weed spraying begins in fire zone

DAYVILLE – An aerial weed spraying operation will begin Thursday on 13,000 acres in the Murderers Creek basin, in the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area near Dayville.

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct the herbicide application...

Fire contained near Meadowbrook
Fire contained near Meadowbrook

MEADOWBROOK – A wildland fire that broke out near Meadowbrook Summit, in northern Grant County, was contained about 8 p.m. Tuesday night, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported.

The fire, first reported about 2 p.m. that day, was...

Wildfire reported near Meadowbrook
ODF urges landowners who have burned piles this year to check them for signs of heat and prevent flare-ups.
School board votes to hire Shelley as District No. 3 superintendent
School board votes to hire Shelley as District No. 3 superintendent
The Grant School District No. 3 school board votes to hire Curt Shelley, pending salary negotiations.
Zone 1 gets scrutiny, new working group

CANYON CITY – A new working group will attempt to hash out concerns about a Zone 1 fire patrol rate hike request and fire protection strategies on rural private lands.

The Grant County Court decided to form the group, drawing from Oregon...

February was a warm one in JD
February was a warm one in JD

PENDLETON – It was warmer than normal in the John Day area in February, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 40.2 degrees, 4.1 degrees above normal.

Humbolt serves it up green March 2
Humbolt serves it up green March 2
Humbolt students are "Seussified!"
Americanism dinner set for March 16
Winners of the student Americanism Essay contest to read their compositions March 16.
Duo try to fire lawyers in Seneca pot case

CANYON CITY – The Seneca pot case took an unexpected turn last week as the defendants attempted to fire their attorneys.

In the March 5 hearing at Grant County Circuit Court, the defense lawyers were expected to present their motion to...

Young artists can enter Congressional contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – High school artists in Oregon’s Second Congressional District are invited to enter the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden announced.

The annual contest, which began in 1982, showcases the...

BEO offers scholarships
Applications are now open for twenty $500 scholarships from Bank of Eastern Oregon.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
PC students catch the rhythm
PC students catch the rhythm
Prairie City students learn the art of African drumming.
Dancin’ in the aisles
Dancin’ in the aisles

JOHN DAY – If libraries are supposed to be quiet places, the Grant County Library broke the rule last Saturday – but no one was complaining.

More than 80 people – from toddlers to retirees – stopped in for lunch and...