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Refuge occupier arrested in Mt. Vernon pleads guilty to theft
Refuge occupier arrested in Mt. Vernon pleads guilty to theft

After initially pleading not guilty in March, Scott Alan Willingham changed his plea to guilty on a theft charge related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

In U.S. District Court in Portland May 12, Willingham, 49,...

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Clock ticking to comment on FS project proposals
Clock ticking to comment on FS project proposals

The Blue Mountain Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest is seeking public input for upcoming projects that will take place on the forest.

Currently there are several public input processes underway. To ensure that the public has the...

Objection period underway for Starr Aspen Project
Objection period underway for Starr Aspen Project

JOHN DAY — The 45-day objection filing period for the draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact for the Starr Aspen Project on the Blue Mountain Ranger District began May 11,

Individuals and entities who have previously...

ELECTION RESULTS: Hamsher elected county commissioner, Ellison tops treasurer candidates
ELECTION RESULTS: Hamsher elected county commissioner, Ellison tops treasurer candidates

Grant County will welcome a new county commissioner in 2017.

Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher received 63 percent of the votes, 1,964, over incumbent Chris Labhart, who received 1,115 votes, according to the final unofficial results released by...

John Day biomass collaborative awarded USDA funding

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to award a groundbreaking project with funding to continue its innovative work using wood waste for renewable energy.

The Oregon Torrefaction...

Cops & Courts

Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.

Grant County Meetings

ONGOING

Grant County Library is open 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. Tuesday; and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The library is located at 507 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day.

Canyon Mountain Center...

Summer vacation is calling

Another school year is coming to a close, and area teachers and students are preparing for summer vacation.

Here’s a rundown of the dates for last day of classes:

• Monument: Thursday, May 26

• Prairie City:...

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 Long Creek as well as Cove,...

Lightning may have sparked North Fork fire

PENDLETON — A one-acre wildfire was detected Wednesday afternoon in a remote area of the North Fork John Day Wilderness northeast of Rabbit Butte, according to Andrew Stinchfield, fire management officer for the North Fork John Day Ranger...

New airport manager selected
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 since July of 2012 and plans to...

Paving the way for safety at the fairgrounds
Paving the way for safety at the fairgrounds

Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY — Getting around at the Grant County Fairgrounds is about to get a whole lot smoother.

A 750-foot paved walkway has been installed, running from the parking area at the Keerins Hall building on Bridge...

Opioid addiction key theme of Walden’s Oregon tour
Opioid addiction key theme of Walden’s Oregon tour

Rep. Greg Walden asked for advice this week on a subject that is grabbing plenty of headlines these days — abuse of prescription painkillers.

Walden met last week with health care providers, pharmacists, hospital administrators, law...

Cops & Courts

Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.

John Day employees recognized for service to city
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 of dedicated service to the...

County vows to defend “Squaw Meadow,” despite Legislature’s directive to remove term
County vows to defend “Squaw Meadow,” despite Legislature’s directive to remove term

Grant County officials have threatened to sue over a federal board’s decision to rename geographic features that contained the word “squaw.”

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names rendered

Grant County Meetings

ONGOING

Grant County Library is open 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. Tuesday; and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The library is located at 507 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day.

Canyon Mountain Center offers...

FBI arrests Idaho man in John Day with stolen .50-caliber machine gun
FBI arrests Idaho man in John Day with stolen .50-caliber machine gun

The FBI arrested an Idaho man Friday in John Day for possessing an unregistered machine gun with the serial number removed.

Michael Ray Emry, 54, was arrested after agents served a federal search warrant on his trailer, truck and car at the...

Open house planned on Ragged Ruby Project

JOHN DAY — An open house regarding plans for the Ragged Ruby Project will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

The planning area is on County Road 20 within the Balance Creek and Granite...

FBI arrests Idaho man in John Day on weapons charges
FBI arrests Idaho man in John Day on weapons charges

An Idaho man who had been staying in John Day was arrested by the FBI Friday.

Oregon State Police troopers from the John Day work site assisted the FBI with the service of a search warrant at the Grant County Fairgrounds and RV Park, and the FBI...

Wildlife goes to school
Wildlife goes to school

CANYON CITY — Students from five area schools had an educational encounter recently with wild birds during a presentation from Blue Mountain Wildlife of Pendleton.

Staff from the volunteer nonprofit group visited Humbolt Elementary on...

Comment period set for fire salvage project
Comment period set for fire salvage project

The 30-day comment period for the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Canyon Creek Complex Fire Salvage Project runs from April 27 to May 27.

The project proposes approximately 1,210 acres of salvage logging; the project also...

Wheeler County officials call on Judge Perry to resign

A group of local elected officials is asking Wheeler County Judge Patrick C. Perry to resign, citing “serious allegations” they say have tainted his leadership.

Seven officials submitted letters at a special meeting in late April...

Officials take custody of kids who went to Oregon standoff, sang in John Day
Officials take custody of kids who went to Oregon standoff, sang in John Day

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Seven children who were taken to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year have been placed in the temporary custody of Kansas child welfare officials.

Shawnee...

Refuge occupiers concerned about liberal Portland jury
Refuge occupiers concerned about liberal Portland jury

PORTLAND (AP) — Lawyers for those who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year are concerned a jury comprised of people from liberal Portland won’t be impartial.

Andrew Kohlmetz, who represents defendant...

Flash flood watch: Canyon Creek ‘of particular concern’
Flash flood watch: Canyon Creek ‘of particular concern’

A flash flood watch has been issued for portions of central and northeast Oregon with special emphasis on Canyon Creek.

The National Weather Service reports strong, slow-moving thunderstorms could cause heavy downpours.

“A moist...

Gold Rush comes to town
Gold Rush comes to town

JOHN DAY — The cast of the reality TV show “Gold Rush” were special guests at the April 21 Grant County Chamber of Commerce meeting, and a big hit with all those attending.

Chamber President Jerry Franklin said cast members...

Jones selected for Girls State

The American Legion Auxiliary of Post No. 106 in Prairie City has selected MaKenzie Jones as a delegate for Oregon Girls State in June, Girls State Chair Jan Plemmons announced Wednesday.

MaKenzie Jones is the daughter of Tom and Joanie Jones of...

Comments sought on Camp Lick Project
Comments sought on Camp Lick Project

Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY — The 30-day comment period for the scoping proposal for the Camp Lick Project on the Blue Mountain Ranger District begins Wednesday, May 4, and concludes Friday, June 3.

Only those submitting specific...

Treasurer, forest commission candidates speak to voters
Treasurer, forest commission candidates speak to voters

Candidates vying for treasurer and multiple Public Forest Commission positions in the May primary election spoke to voters at a candidate forum April 23.

Treasurer candidates include Doug Carpenter, Julie Ellison, Tandi Merkord and Mary Weaver.

International restoration seminar on tap

JOHN DAY — A group of land management professionals from around the world will visit John Day May 11-14 as part of an international seminar on forest landscape restoration.

Seminar participants will go on field visits in and around the...

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Refuge occupier arrested in Mt. Vernon pleads guilty to theft

After initially pleading not guilty in March, Scott Alan Willingham changed his plea to guilty on a theft charge related to the occupation of the...

Merkley town hall planned Saturday in John Day

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, will hold a town hall meeting in Grant County Saturday.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in...

Modern facility provides room for engines and firefighters
Canyon Creek Complex fire area closure reduced
Clock ticking to comment on FS project proposals

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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...

Business

New salon opens in John Day

JOHN DAY — It’s a longtime dream come true for Tasha Marciel.

Marciel, who is a stylist, nail tech and esthetician, is the...

Pub expands hours, offerings

MT. VERNON — The suds are flowing in Mt. Vernon every day of the week now.

Suds Pub at 130 Mountain Blvd. is now open seven days a...

County Minutes

County Court minutes 05-11-16

IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF GRANT

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County Court minutes 05-04-16

IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF GRANT

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