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New bill seeks to delist gray wolves
New bill seeks to delist gray wolves
Members of Congress from three states, including Washington, have introduced legislation to delist gray wolves as threatened or endangered in 48 states.

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Two arrested on assault, child negligence charges

Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two people after responding to reports of child abuse in Mt. Vernon.

Dillon Myers, 20, Mt. Vernon, is charged with one count of third-degree assault after he allegedly attacked a 1-month-old...

Firefighters contain Canyon Creek Lane blaze
Firefighters contain Canyon Creek Lane blaze

An amateur radio operator helped firefighters respond quickly to a fire south of Canyon City Sunday afternoon.

Outside of cellphone service, Seth Klingbeil of John Day used the amateur radio repeater on Eagle Peak to call in a fire to other...

Walden agrees to debate McLeod-Skinner in Bend
Walden agrees to debate McLeod-Skinner in Bend
No other debates have been announced
Prescribed fire operations continue
Prescribed fire operations continue

Malheur National Forest fire staff continue to monitor conditions across the forest for the correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture and ventilation for smoke for prescribed fires. As these criteria are met, firefighters will continue to implement,...

McLean sentenced to 75 months for sexual abuse
McLean sentenced to 75 months for sexual abuse
Case involved a minor and an adult victim.
Search and rescue volunteers teach children
Search and rescue volunteers teach children

Students learned skills to keep them safer outdoors Sept. 10

Grant County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel presented information to 42 sixth-grade students from Monument, Spray and Adrian at an outdoor school event at Lake Creek...

Institute launching journeyman electrician apprenticeship program

Baker Technical Institute is launching a journeyman plant electrician apprenticeship program.

A core requirement is to have an oversight committee that consists of journeyman electricians and industry representatives. The program also requires...

Bear Valley home destroyed in fire
Fire contained and no firefighters injured.
BMW riders donate $20,000 to local organizations
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 rally. Many stayed at the Grant...

Sheriff’s lawsuit against county settled for $14,000
Sheriff’s lawsuit against county settled for $14,000
County court opts to avoid prolonged litigation.
Grant loss hits district attorney’s office
Grant loss hits district attorney’s office
County looking at funding options.
Oregon seeks to become U.S. mass timber hub
Oregon seeks to become U.S. mass timber hub
Innovative new uses for the state’s timber resources include construction of high-rise buildings.
New 911 dispatch agency taking shape
New 911 dispatch agency taking shape
Commissioners have concerns about fairness.
High-tech solutions to water storage
Pilot project could involve underground 3D mapping.
Shooting the Breeze: 7mm is just better
Shooting the Breeze: 7mm is just better

From the old .30-40 Krag to the venerable .30-06 on up to the mighty .300 Winchester Magnum, the .30 caliber has been the American darling. I will agree that it is good, but I have to say that the 7mm is just that much better. Now, I’m not...

City to consider rezoning Kam Wah Chung lots
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 transfer station be covered is...

Prescribed fires planned

Forest Service officials are planning prescribed fires.

Prairie City Ranger District fire crews are planning to begin operations on the 16 Road project, located south of Forest Road 16 near Crane Prairie. Crews plan to treat approximately 150...

Cops and 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
Meetings in Grant County this week.
OTEC reschedules Seneca power outage to next Friday
OTEC reschedules Seneca power outage to next Friday

A planned outage to replace an aging transformer in Seneca was postponed Friday.

Necessary parts were not included on the shipment from the manufacturer that was received on Sept. 12, according to Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative officials. The...

Wireless Emergency Alert System nationwide test planned Sept. 20
Wireless Emergency Alert System nationwide test planned Sept. 20
The WEA portion of the test will occur at 11:18 a.m.; the EAS portion will occur at 11:20 a.m.
Public use restrictions eased to Phase A on north half of forest
Southern half remains at Phase C.
Road worker finds explosive at rock pit
Road worker finds explosive at rock pit
Bomb squad sent from Salem to collect device.
Missing couple always working, always busy
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 also known to let people stay on...

Finding common ground on Oregon wolf plan proves difficult
Finding common ground on Oregon wolf plan proves difficult
Representatives of nine organizations met in The Dalles for a mediated discussion on the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which is three years past due for an update.
Wrangler Network will stream last two days of Pendleton Round-Up online
Wrangler Network will stream last two days of Pendleton Round-Up online

Rodeo fans around the country will be able to watch the final two days of the iconic Pendleton Round-Up via the Wrangler Network.

The Wrangler Network will livestream the action from Friday and Saturday’s rounds for free through social...

Forest Service announces new Pacific Northwest regional forester
Forest Service announces new Pacific Northwest regional forester
Glenn Casamassa, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, has been appointed the Northwest regional forester in Portland.
Faiman Springs well produces enough water for Prairie City
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.

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New bill seeks to delist gray wolves
Members of Congress from three states, including Washington, have introduced legislation to delist gray wolves as threatened or endangered in 48...
Cook hired as Malheur National Forest deputy supervisor

The Malheur National Forest has hired Leisa Cook as deputy forest supervisor.

Cook comes to the forest from her current position as the...

CASA book drive a success
Two arrested on assault, child negligence charges
Firefighters contain Canyon Creek Lane blaze

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BEO’s Qualls graduates from banking school

Bank of Eastern Oregon Senior Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer John Qualls recently graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School, according...

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Grant County Court minutes: Aug. 29, 2018
Grant County Court minutes.