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Lockdowns end at Prairie City, John Day schools

PRAIRIE CITY – Prairie City School was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after an anonymous caller threatened violence at the school.

The situation also triggered a precautionary external lockdown at John Day’s Grant Union...

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Ochoco wins grant for wood innovation

JOHN DAY – Ochoco Lumber Co. will receive a $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant to explore a new biomass development.

The company is one of four operations chosen for a total of $110,000 in grants targeted at biomass use, according...

Changing skyline in JD
Changing skyline in JD

Sherry Rose saw the skyline change overnight in the view from the Oregon Department of Forestry building in west John Day.

Here are a couple of photos she took that show the new look, reflecting the tear down of the sawmill structure west of the...

The $20,000 question: County officials say they aren’t ‘farming out’ forest plan revision
The $20,000 question: County officials say they aren’t ‘farming out’ forest plan revision
County officials say talk of the $20,000 payment is misinformation, and they will continue to work with Harney County on forest plan revision issues.
Hospital board to meet

JOHN DAY – The Blue Mountain Hospital Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the hospital conference room.

Agenda items include a review of operations and committee reports.

An...

Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Agencies prep for fires by burning house

JOHN DAY – Folks may see smoke rising from the hill by the hospital in John Day this Saturday – but officials say it’s no cause for alarm.

Local firefighting agencies will be conducting live fire training exercises on a...

Search flaws lead to dismissal of Seneca pot cases
The ruling puts an end to a case against the leader of a Native American church branch, who sasy the marijuana is a sacrament used for healing.
Search flaws lead to dismissal of Seneca pot cases
The ruling puts an end to a case against the leader of a Native American church branch, who says the marijuana is a sacrament used for healing.
JD seeks ban on medical pot shops

JOHN DAY — The John Day City Council is considering a two-pronged approach to controlling medical marijuana businesses as its one-year moratorium on the pot shops comes to a close.

The council, at its meeting March 20, reviewed a draft...

Students of the month
Grant Union – February
Students of the month Grant Union – February
Here are the Grant Union students of the month for February.
Dayville Merc gets an ATM
Dayville Merc gets an ATM
A new Bank of Eastern Oregon ATM machine at the Dayville Mercantile offers a variety of banking services for customers.
Business beat
Prescription for success
Business beat Prescription for success
The new pharmacy manager at Len's Drug is happy to be working in the family business.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Warm March yields to near normal April
Warm March yields to near normal April

This should come as no surprise to local residents, but it was warmer than normal in March in John Day, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 43.6 degrees, 1.9 degrees above normal.

County crews will burn to learn on FS house in John Day

JOHN DAY – Area firefighters will get some hands-on practice with structure fire response, using a decommissioned house provided by the U.S. Forest Service at its John Day Compound.

The training is set for Saturday, April 18 –...

Community Voices Forest panel reports on activities
The Public Forest Commission reports on its recent activities.
Pastel project
Pastel project

JOHN DAY – All ages turned out Friday to color eggs for the John Day Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Working at several tables in the fire station, the participants kept the eggs moving in a colorful assembly line. In...

Workshop talks aspen health
The class will help landowners learn ways to boslter the health of aspen stands on their property.
Young writers sharpen skills
Young writers sharpen skills
Young local writers hone skills at workshop.
Grant Union musicians win District 6 competition
Grant Union musicians win District 6 competition
Grant Union withstands the competition at the District 6 music festival.
Lawyers spar over Seneca pot search
Lawyers spar over Seneca pot search

CANYON CITY – Attorneys tangled last week over the validity of a search last June in Seneca that led to marijuana charges against three people.

The hearing was the latest step in the marijuana case against Joy Maxine Graves and Raymond...

Local arts supported by Oregon Cultural Trust
Local arts supported by Oregon Cultural Trust
Juniper Arts Council awards Oregon Cultural Trust funds to local representatives.
Government contracting workshop set

JOHN DAY – A workshop on contracting with federal agencies will be held in John Day on Friday, April 17.

The session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 431 Patterson Bridge...

Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
OSP squad lights off fireworks

PRAIRIE CITY – The Oregon State Police bomb squad was called in last week after a Prairie City landlord discovered a homemade fireworks device in a rental home.

John Day Police Department, which provides police services in Prairie City,...

Trooper rescues Sumpter woman

SUMPTER – An Oregon State Police trooper carried an elderly woman to safety Sunday afternoon, as a car fire spread to her home.

Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish and Wildlife Division in Baker City was patrolling in Sumpter when he...

Vets: Catch a free ride
The DAV van offers free rides for veterans from John Day to regional medical facilities.
House OKs county payments
The extension goes next to the Senate.
Barbershop moves
Nick's Barber Shop has a new location.
Three budding scientists win at Expo
Three budding scientists win at Expo
Three Grant Union students win big at regional science fair.

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Lockdowns end at Prairie City, John Day schools

PRAIRIE CITY – Prairie City School was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after an anonymous caller threatened violence at the...

School board to discuss hiring new GU principal

CANYON CITY – The consent agenda for this month’s Grant School District No. 3 school board meeting includes an item to recommend...

Students of the month – Dayville School
Changing skyline in JD
The $20,000 question: County officials say they aren’t ‘farming out’ forest plan revision

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Lockdowns end at Prairie City, John Day schools

PRAIRIE CITY – Prairie City School was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after an anonymous caller threatened violence at the...

Pastel project

JOHN DAY – All ages turned out Friday to color eggs for the John Day Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Working at...

House OKs county payments
Prepare for disasters at fair
OTEC tackles snow-caused outages

Business

Watt lights up off-road paths
Kilowatt Lighting offers 'illuminating' experience for owners of off-road vehicles.
Ochoco wins grant for wood innovation

JOHN DAY – Ochoco Lumber Co. will receive a $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant to explore a new biomass development.

The...

Dayville Merc gets an ATM
Business beat Prescription for success
Government contracting workshop set

County Minutes

County Court minutes 03-25-15

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

Access the court’s weekly Agenda and approved Minutes on...

County Court minutes 03-18-15

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

Access the court’s weekly Agenda and approved Minutes on...

County Court minutes 03-11-15