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Wildlife goes to school
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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...

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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...

Mushroom picking this spring?

The U.S. Forest Service offers guidelines for local mushroom hunters this spring.

Permits are not required to harvest, possess or transport less than a gallon in Oregon or less than five gallons in Washington. That amount is intended for...

Angus junior member is from Long Creek

The American Angus Association has named Evangeline Schultz of Long Creek as a new junior member of the group.

Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the association, participate in programs conducted by the...

April was warmer than average in John Day

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at John Day averaged warmer than normal during the month of April.

The average temperature was 49.7 degrees — 3.0 degrees above...

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 offers...

Tree seedlings available for landowners

Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY — Tree seedlings are available to local private landowners from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s John Day Unit, in partnership with the Malheur National Forest.

The bare root ponderosa pine...

State accuses DeRosier of attempted murder for Thursday shootings
State accuses DeRosier of attempted murder for Thursday shootings

A judge set bail at $700,000 for the man accused of shooting two men in John Day Thursday evening.

Defendant Jacob DeRosier, 29, John Day, appeared in Grant County Circuit Court Monday via video conference from the Grant County Jail. Attorney...

Help is available for victims of sexual assault
Help is available for victims of sexual assault

Sexual assaults occur even in rural areas, but people can help the victims and reduce the prevalence.

Grant County Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson said these cases do occur here.

“Grant County is not immune from this sort of...

UPDATE: One shooting victim remains in critical condition
UPDATE: One shooting victim remains in critical condition

JOHN DAY — Two men were shot Thursday evening in John Day, and one remains in critical condition.

Christopher Woodell, 32, and Eric Towers, 35, both of John Day, were shot at the John Day Trailer Park, according to a press release from...

Prairie City receives grant, loan for sewer upgrade
Prairie City receives grant, loan for sewer upgrade

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City is about to get a sewer upgrade, and officials say residents won’t see a rate increase.

The city will receive a $1.28 million loan and a $624,760 grant to improve its wastewater system from the U.S.

Meet the 2016 primary candidates
Meet the 2016 primary candidates

On April 1, the Blue Mountain Eagle sent each candidate in the May primary a certified letter with identical instructions and questions to answer for free publication in this edition.

The candidates were informed in the letter of the deadline,...

‘Squaw’ names replaced
‘Squaw’ names replaced

Thirteen natural features in Grant County have been re-named, replacing “squaw” titles for new monikers proposed by the Grant County Court and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The U.S. Board on Geographic...

County commissioner candidates speak at forum
County commissioner candidates speak at forum

Editor’s note: This article covers the county commissioner position on the May primary ballot. The remaining positions will be covered in next week’s Eagle.

Candidates vying for positions in the May primary explained their...

New salon opens in John Day
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 owner of Cutting Edge Salon, at 150 S.E. Dayton St., which opened April 6 in John Day. Joining her in 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 week, and the owners Jesse and Joe Madden have expanded their food menu, too.

Joe is manning the...

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 offers...

Partnership receives restoration grant

JOHN DAY — The John Day Basin Partnership has been awarded $149,613 from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

The grant was one of eight totaling $937,369 provided to local organizations statewide to support partnerships and plans...

Families First receives $3,000 grant
Families First receives $3,000 grant

JOHN DAY — Families First Parent Resource Center has received a boost, thanks to a $3,000 grant the center received from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s Community Giving Program.

The funds will help support Families...

ODF fire training on tap

JOHN DAY — The Oregon Department of Forestry will host Fire Shelter refresher training and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration fire training from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, May 13, at the ODF office, 415 Patterson Bridge Drive,...

Restoration proposals sought

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking to restore critical wetlands in Oregon and declining aspen habitats across Eastern Oregon.

Up to $290,000 in funding available this year for farmers and ranchers to help restore...

BEO seeing ‘managed growth’

HEPPNER — BEO Bancorp and its subsidiary, Bank of Eastern Oregon, reported its first quarter earnings for 2016.

The bank announced consolidated net income of $782,000, or 64 centers per share, during the first quarter, compared to...

May primary voter registration deadline April 26

To cast a ballot in the primary election, you must be registered before midnight Tuesday, April 26.

The Secretary of State’s office provides an online hub, oregonvotes.gov/myvote, for...

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Wildlife goes to school

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

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...

Wheeler County officials call on Judge Perry to resign
Officials take custody of kids who went to Oregon standoff, sang in John Day
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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...

BEO seeing ‘managed growth’

County Minutes

County Court minutes 04-27-16

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

Access the County Court Agenda and approved Minutes on the...

County Court minutes 04-20-16

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

Access the County Court Agenda and approved Minutes on the...

County Court minutes 04-13-16
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