Blue Mountain Eagle | Blue Mountain Eagle Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:03:10 -0500 en Blue Mountain Eagle | Justice Court has new hours Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:28:08 -0500 CANYON CITY – Grant County Justice Court has new hours.

The office is open 7:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays. The new schedule is effective immediately.

For more information, call Justice Court at 541-575-1076.

First snow – then rain, lots of it Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:05 -0500 PENDLETON – The freezing level over the Blue Mountains could rise to nearly 8,000 feet Sunday, a warm storm front moves into the Pacific Northwest.

The National Weather Service issued a hydrological report warning of heavy rain across the state late Saturday night and through Sunday.

Heavy rain is forecast for the Central and Northern Cascades, with 5 to 8 inches possible along the crest.

Precipitation in the Blues could reach 2-3 inches.

The Weather Service says smaller streams and creeks could begin rising Saturday, while the larger rivers will show the effect with substantial rises Saturday night and Sunday. No flooding is predicted for the rivers, but smaller streams could run over their banks this weekend.

Snow is still in the forecast in the higher elevations in Grant County Thursday night and Friday, turning to rain by Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the region, the so-called Pineapple Express will bring drenching conditions to Western Oregon and Southwest Washington. The forecast calls for 5-8 inches on the coast and 2-5 inches in the Willamette Valley, with flooding expected on creeks and rivers.

Legislature may change marijuana measure Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:06 -0500 PETER WONGCapital Press SALEM — A new Senate-House committee will consider whether to propose changes to the voter-approved ballot measure legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

The committee that will look at Measure 91 will be led by Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, and Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego. Burdick, at 18 years, is one of the Senate’s two senior members; Lininger, a former Clackamas County commissioner, is entering her first elected term after her appointment earlier this year.

Leaders and members were announced Thursday as part of a list of legislative committee appointments for the 2015 session, which opens Jan. 12.

Among questions the committee may take up are local taxation on retail sales, in addition to the state tax authorized by Measure 91, and a potential merger of regulation of medical marijuana — which has existed since voters approved it in 1998 — and recreational marijuana.

Measure 91, which voters passed Nov. 4, is a law that can be amended by legislators. Some of its provisions take effect July 1, but the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has a deadline of Jan. 4, 2016, to start receiving applications for licenses to grow, process and sell it in retail outlets.

Other senators on the committee are Lee Beyer, D-Springfield; Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day; Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg; and Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene.

Other representatives are Peter Buckley, D-Ashland; Ken Helm, D-Beaverton; Andy Olson, R-Albany; and Carl Wilson, R-Grants Pass.

Kruse, Prozanski, Buckley and Wilson have been involved in previous legislative negotiations on related issues, such as medical marijuana and hemp cultivation. Olson retired from the Oregon State police as the lieutenant in charge of its drug enforcement unit.

Local governments, industry prepare for pot tax fight Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:09 -0500 Hillary BorrudCapital Bureau SALEM — The marijuana industry and lobbyists for cities and counties are preparing for a fight in Salem over whether to allow local sales taxes on legal marijuana.

Under Measure 91, recreational marijuana will become legal on July 1. That is also the effective date of a provision that will give the state exclusive authority to tax marijuana in Oregon.

As cities adopted pot taxes ahead of the Nov. 4 election, government lawyers often warned they could face lawsuits from the marijuana industry. That remains a possibility, but it is increasingly clear that state lawmakers will also delve into whether cities and counties should be allowed to adopt local cannabis taxes.

“The taxation issue will be a major component of our work,” Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, said. Burdick is co-chair of the joint legislative committee named this month that will oversee implementation of Measure 91.

Under the measure, 40 percent of sales tax revenue will go to the Common School Fund and 20 percent will be used to provide mental health, alcoholism and drug services, much of which are provided by counties. The Oregon State Police will receive 15 percent, city police will receive 10 percent and county law enforcement will receive 10 percent.

The remaining 5 percent is set aside for the Oregon Health Authority to provide drug addiction treatment and prevention services.

More than 70 cities and three counties adopted local pot taxes, according to the League of Oregon Cities.

Scott Winkels, a lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities, said the group wants to avoid a repeat of the situation cities currently face with distribution of sales tax revenue from alcohol. According to Winkels, the state receives most of the revenue but cities bear most of the costs, for example when police respond to reports of drunk drivers and disturbances at bars and parties.

Cities want lawmakers to eliminate the prohibition against local taxes in Measure 91.

“These are decisions that should be left to the city council to decide,” Winkels said.

Measure 91’s supporters remain adamant that lawmakers should refrain from any major changes to the language approved by voters.

Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, said limiting who can tax marijuana is important to keep prices low enough to compete with the black market.

“We haven’t seen any bills but at first glance, we would be opposed to any local taxation that would be against the voters and hurt the regulated system, which I think is the priority of the state and the federal government, that we bring people out of the unregulated system into a regulated system,” Johnson said.

Hilary Bricken, a Seattle-based lawyer who represents recreational and medical marijuana clients in several states including Oregon, said local tax revenue remains a key political issue in Washington.

The initiative that voters approved to legalize pot in Washington did not include any tax revenue for cities and counties. Bricken said local governments responded by holding up legislation sought by the recreational pot industry and banning cannabis stores in some cities.

“This is not about whether local taxes are good or bad,” Bricken said. “This is really more about politics.”

Johnson said that Measure 91 differs from the Washington initiative, since the Oregon measure sets aside portions of tax revenue for cities and counties.

“I don’t see a similar situation playing out (in Oregon),” Johnson said.

Rob Bovett, a lawyer and registered lobbyist for the Association of Oregon Counties, said voters in at least one county have demonstrated they want the option to approve local taxes. In Josephine County, 76 percent voted in favor of an advisory measure that asked if the county should tax marijuana sales. “Marijuana is a major cash crop in Josephine County right now,” Bovett said, and voters recognized the county is short on money to provide services.

Burdick said it is natural for lawmakers to consider tweaking Measure 91.

“The ballot measure is a really good first draft of a regulatory system,” Burdick said. “But I’m looking at it as a first draft. We need to look at the whole issue with everybody at the table, and come out with a solution that is good for all Oregonians.”

Wolves documented in new area of Grant, Umatilla counties Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:07 -0500 Wildlife officials have identified a new “area of known wolf activity” in the Desolation Creek area, in both Grant and Umatilla counties.

The announcement confirms what area ranchers and hunters have been saying for some time – that there are wolves in Grant County.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists documented tracks of two wolves in the area on Dec. 15. ODFW said there have been reports of wolf activity over the past year in the general area of national forest land, and biologists also documents a single wolf’s presence there on two occasions earlier this year.

ODFW designates an area of known wolf activity when wolves have become established. That means there is repeated use of an area over time, and not just wolves dispersing, or passing through to another area.

Still unknown are the sex, breeding status and other specifics about the wolves in this area.

Biologists plan to do more surveys to learn more about the wolves and their area of use.

ODFW’s current mapping shows an area south of Ukiah, east of Dale and Highway 395, south to the Middle Fork John Day River, and with Desolation Creek running midway through it.

With the new Desolation area set, ODFW is reminding landowners that preventative measures are recommended to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts. Non-lethal measures include fladry and fencing, hazing, reducing attractants, livestock protection dogs, human presence and more.

If livestock losses result from wolf depredation, the agency’s ability to kill the problem wolves can depend on the extent that non-lethal methods have been used.

Event fetes Joslin as he takes new job Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:02:35 -0500 CANYON CITY – Grant County District Attorney Ryan Joslin confirmed Wednesday he will be moving to the west side and a new job in the new year.

Joslin, whose term is ending this month, said he has accepted a post as a deputy district attorney in the Benton County District Attorney’s Office. He will join a staff of six in the Corvallis-based office.

While the job is a change, the terrain will be familiar. Joslin, who has been in Grant County for 14 years, hails from the Willamette Valley and still has relatives in Monmouth.

Joslin’s wife, Kim, recently stepped down from her job as executive director of the local nonprofit VALUE ADDED.

The Grant County DA staff is holding a farewell open house today from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to stop by the office in the lower level of the Courthouse in Canyon City.

There will be refreshments and a presentation at 1:30 p.m.

Joslin’s successor as Grant DA, Jim Carpenter, will be among several county officials sworn into office at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, in the Circuit Courtroom in the Courthouse.

Teen sentenced in Granite hunt cabin slayings Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:51:26 -0500 Scotta Callister CANYON CITY – Dillan Dakota Easley, 15, will spend up to age 25 in custody for killing his foster father and another man in 2013.

Circuit Judge J. Burdette Pratt issued that ruling this afternoon after defense attorneys and state prosecutors reached a resolution in the case.

Easley had been accused of the juvenile equivalent of murder in the shootings on the night of Oct. 2, 2013, in a remote hunting cabin near Granite, in northeastern Grant County.

Police called to the scene found Michael Piete, 32, and his uncle, Kenneth Gilliland, 64, both of Baker City, dead at the scene.

Facing a revised petition today, Easley admitted to two lesser allegations of first-degree manslaughter. The charges are felonies that, for an adult, would bring a maximum of 20 years.

The law for juveniles also provides for up to 20 years, but custody also is limited to age 25, which means Easley in effect faces 10 more years of confinement.

The state sought to get the case moved to adult court earlier this year, but the defense prevailed in keeping it as a juvenile matter. Officials said going to trial on the murder counts in the juvenile system could not have produced a longer sentence.

Relatives of the victim issued statements to the court, expressing dismay at the outcome. They felt the proceedings had focused more on Easley’s needs and the concerns about the cost of a trial, rather than the crimes.

Easley, who was 14 at the time, has been at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections juvenile holding facility since the crimes. The judge ordered him to the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority, and he is expected to be transferred to MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

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Editorial: Report provides ongoing test for our values, tactics against terror Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:38:42 -0500 Despite the large volume of hot air on Capitol Hill, rigorous congressional oversight of the executive branch rarely happens.

But last week, a Senate committee delivered genuine oversight. Five years in the making, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA-sponsored torture is being described as “a portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach,” (The New York Times). Drawing on CIA documents, Senate investigators poke several holes in the intelligence agency’s claim that torture delivered significant information.

It seems that President George W. Bush made a bargain with the devil when he authorized what was called “enhanced interrogation” in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the significance of this week’s report is: “It compares what the CIA said to Congress and what CIA people were sending to each other. Seeing that, you can make up your own mind.”

Of that disparity Wyden adds: “This is not some subjective analysis. There’s a big gap between what they say to the public and to each other.”

It is no surprise that the CIA is in denial about what its own people said about the torture dens they ran. That is what bureaucracies do.

The question for the rest of us is whether we can stomach the details in the Senate report. The work was done on our behalf. It was an arm of our government doing the work.

“Facts matter,” is how Wyden summarized the impact of this Senate report.

The apologists have gone to work, however, railing that brutal tactics were warranted to answer terror and that it was really all done in accordance with the law. They were led by the chief apologist, Dick Cheney, who with characteristic class termed the report “full of crap” and asserted he would do it all again.

Fortunately, he is no longer in charge of our moral compass.

We hope more rational leaders will examine the report carefully as they decide how the nation proceeds against terrorism. The conclusion that the torture was generally an ineffective tool should be one side-note in that discussion.

Meanwhile, the assertion by some bureaucrats that the extreme torture techniques used – severe waterboarding, rectal hydration, and more – were OK given the circumstances is appalling, and sounds like precisely the argument one would expect from terrorist bombers and beheaders themselves.

America must seek an effective way to combat terrorism without forfeiting humane values. The report indicates we stumbled badly on that path. As Sen. John McCain – himself a survivor of torture – put it, the brutality described in the report “actually damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.”

This report, while disturbing in the extreme, is important for its power to make the nation reflect on its course. The acts it chronicles were taken in all of our names, and we must weight how that fits our values. As McCain put it: “Our enemies act without conscience. We must not.”

Memorial is ‘overwhelming’ success Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:50:46 -0500 Cheryl Hoefler JOHN DAY – “I’m blown away.”

That’s the response from Lucie Immoos, organizer of the annual Carrie Young Memorial, following the successful Dec. 5 event.

Immoos said more than $13,400 was raised in this year’s by-donation spaghetti dinner and auction, which benefits elderly and homebound seniors in Grant County

The following Sunday, she and a team of helpers – Lana Abarr, Dolores Young, Christie Winegar, Jenny Rookstool, Becky Sharp, Riley Sharp, Lucrezia Noseda, Abbey Fenton and Cheyenne Cobern – set out on a shopping trip “that one would have to see to believe,” Immoos said.

This year they were able to purchase four gifts each for 65 residents of four local care facilities.

Once all the wish lists were filled, a second team of Grant Union and Prairie City high-schoolers gathered at the federal building in John Day for the wrapping and delivery of the gifts.

That group included Anthony Hall, Triston Emmel, Emily Mosley, Carli Gardner, Riley Sharp, Justin Gravely, Wyatt Weaver, Leonard Radinovich, Garrett McConnell, Hayden Young, Alea King, Lucinda Harper, Lucrezia Noseda and McKenzie Wilson.

“It is quite an undertaking and takes lots of organizing skills,” Immoos said, adding, “The kids did an awesome job and were a lot of fun as well.”

She said many of the residents aren’t expecting any gifts, and are quite surprised.

“The elderly are so overlooked,” she said.

In addition to an array of auction items, there were drawing prizes, too. The Ruger American bolt action .22 rifle went to Caden Howard of Prairie City, and the cord of tamarack firewood went to Sally Fish of Prairie City – temporarily anyway.

Fish donated it back, to be given to an elderly person, Immoos said, in an “amazing gesture of kindness.”

The event has grown in success with each year since Immoos launched it following the death of her sister, Carrie Young, a local senior caregiver.

And she said none of it would be possible without a tremendous amount of help from all directions. Immoos said several volunteers worked into the late hours all week prior to the memorial planning, organizing and decorating.

She added the people of the county are to be touted as well.

“It’s overwhelming how much the community supports this,” Immoos said.

Festivals ring in fun for all Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:35:18 -0500 Cheryl Hoefler JOHN DAY – With children playing and Christmas trees and wreaths glowing, the sights and sounds of the season were evident at the Grant County Fairgrounds last Friday.

The Festival of Children and the Festival of Trees at Trowbridge Pavilion brought fun to merrymakers of all ages. Children enjoyed crafts and snacks during the day, and families enjoyed a dinner, auction and entertainment that evening.

Both events were sponsored by Grant County 4-H clubs and the Grant County office of Oregon State University Extension, plus contributions from individuals and businesses throughout the county.

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Norman ‘Norm’ Nelson Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:48:10 -0500 Norman “Norm” Nelson, 70, of Canyon City, died Nov. 7 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. All are welcome to a celebration of life potluck luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Grubsteak Restaurant in John Day.

Mr. Nelson was born Jan. 14, 1944, in Corvallis, to Harold and Blanche (Hillyard) Nelson. He graduated from Corvallis High School, and went on to serve in the National Guard.

In September 1993, he married Nancy Conkey in Martinez, Calif. He spent most of his working years as a professional ski instructor and managing an auto parts store. He enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, hunting, motorcycle riding and fishing. He loved watching sports on TV, but he loved most watching his grandchildren play sports. He was also a faithful Prospectors fan.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Nelson of Canyon City; sister, Beverly Ricketts of Fairbanks, Alaska; son, Kevin (Cyndi) Nelson of John Day; daughter, Lori (Rob) Hazelton of San Ramon, Calif.; stepdaughters, Michelle Conkey and Jody (Jim) Holtz of Lost Nation, Iowa; and grandchildren, Julie, Lindsay, Heather, Kody Ray, Makenna Rae, Blake, Cody Wayne, Sarah, Mariah, Josh and Jenna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Lucille Nelson; stepfather, Ruse Nelson; and brothers, Wendy and Bob Nelson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Panther boys on pace for success Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:42:46 -0500 Angel Carpenter PRAIRIE CITY – The Panther boys are ready for the challenges of the 2014-15 basketball season.

Prairie City’s road to success is improvement, said head coach Mark Woodbury – “Every quarter, every half, every game.”

The team’s greatest strengths, he said, are their hard work and positive outlook.

“They have the best attitudes of any team I’ve ever coached,” he said.

He added that most of the team members, all but two, participated in football this year which instilled a good work ethic in the athletes.

This is Woodbury’s third year coaching the varsity team, and he spent three years coaching junior varsity. Bob Hassmiller is back this year as assistant coach.

This year’s roster includes three seniors, three juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen.

The senior group includes returning starter Omar Ceja, who has played all four years of high school basketball; Anthony Hall, who is in his third year with the team; and Triston Emmel, who is back after a knee injury kept him from the game the past couple of years.

Emmel said he was excited to play with the team this year.

“I think we’ll surprise a lot of people this year,” Emmel said. “My goal is to make it to the state tournament.”

The other two seniors also said they also have a goal to reach the state playoffs.

“I’m looking forward to a hard-working season,” said Ceja. “I couldn’t really ask for a better team to be doing it with.”

Hall said he enjoys playing basketball with his team.

“We have a pretty good chance of really doing well,” he said.

In the High Desert League, the team will face Adrian, Monument/Dayville, Crane, Jordan Valley, Harper/Huntington, Long Creek/Ukiah and Burnt River.

Woodbury said it would be competitive this year.

“Everybody wants to make it to district,” he said. “The better you do in league, the better off you are in district.”

He added that his team will be hard at work on defense.

“We want to hold every team to the lowest point total this season,” he said, “We’re also putting in a brand new offense this season.”

Unique to the team this year, he said, is the lack of that one “star player” who will carry the team, and said it’s a good change of pace for the team.

“It’s better for us – no attitude,” he said. “I’m really glad I’m coaching this year. It’s pretty unique to see a team playing for each other.”

The Panthers play at the Union Christmas Classic this weekend and next host Joseph on Fri. Jan. 2.

Lady Panthers hit the road Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:43:20 -0500 CONDON – The Prairie City Lady Panthers started out with a loss at last weekend’s Condon Tournament, but finished strong with a win the next day.

Coach Penny Black said they knew their first opponent, Country Christian, “would be tough to beat.”

“We played them at their summer tourney last June, and they played very fast and confident,” Black said.

She said the Lady Panthers’ goal for the week was for “more people to score points,” which she said they accomplished by playing to a ranked team.

Despite a 54-63 loss to Country Christian, she said, “We are very pleased with how we played, though we gave up too many points on the defensive side.”

“They kept the pressure on the entire game,” Black said of the Lady Cougars.

High scorers for Prairie City were Amy Black, 17, Brianna Zweygardt, 13, Cassie Hire, 8, and Lindsey Stewart and Sarah Ennis, 7 each. Hire also came through with a couple of 3-pointers.

“It was a good match up for the Lady Panthers, for the young Lady Panthers especially to play a team of CC’s caliber, and do well, just adds to our confidence,” Black said.

In Saturday’s game, the Prairie City team fared much better, trouncing the McKenzie Lady Eagles, 35-19.

“We were able to play more of our bench in this game,” Coach Black said.

“Lindsay Wall came off the bench and gave us some great defense. “She immediately produced some aggressive stats and added a lot of energy to her team,” Black said.

Jeannie McCarthy, Sierra Dahlen, Megan Camarena also got some playing time, and according to Black, “gave us some very good minutes.”

High scorers were Amy Black, 12, Brianna Zweygardt, 10, and Lindsey Stewart, 7.

On the boys side, the Panthers also saw a win and a loss at the Condon Tournament, losing Friday, 23-64, against Country Christian, but edging out McKenzie for a 46-42 win on Saturday.

Both teams are now preparing for the Union Christmas Classic coming up Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 18-20, in Union.

Tiger teams travel to Adrian Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:43:01 -0500 ADRIAN – Dayville/Monument boys’ and girls’ teams had mixed results on the road last weekend at the Adrian Tournament.

In Friday’s action, the Lady Tigers lost to the host team, the Adrian Lady Antelopes, 22-33, while the Tiger boys edged out the Antelopes for a win, 52-47.

Saturday, the Lady Tigers were victorious over Nyssa’s JV team, 36-29. The Tigers played Harper-Huntington, coming out on the losing end, 27-42.

Next up, both teams travel to Union for three days of basketball in the Union Christmas Classic, Thursday-Friday, Dec. 18-20.

Young Lady Pros off to strong start Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:41:45 -0500 Angel Carpenter JOHN DAY – With continued dedication, the Grant Union girls basketball team hopes to be powerful contenders in their new Wapiti League this season.

“It’s going to be a strong league,” said head coach Mark Mosley. “Burns and Union are probably the favorites, but I think if we can stay healthy and keep working hard we’ll be right in the mix.”

There are 22 girls on the roster for varsity and junior varsity.

The mix includes three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and 12 freshmen.

Mosley describes the freshmen as talented and hard-working.

“We’re going to be young, but with our athletic ability it will be a good trade off,” the coach said.

Two freshmen are on the varsity team, one as a starter.

The three seniors have played basketball together since sixth grade.

They each said they feel confident in the team’s abilities this year.

“I think we have the best team chemistry that we’ve had in a long time,” said Babe Nash. “Everybody wants to be here – I think it will be a fun year overall.”

“The team is looking amazing this year,” said Emily Mosley. “I think we can go to the state playoffs. We have a lot of players that can shoot outside shots this year.”

“I think we have a lot of dedication this year, and I’m really glad that I get to spend my senior year with this team,” said Riley Sharp.

This is Mark Mosley’s second year as head coach of the Prospectors, and he was assistant coach for the boys and girls varsity teams previously.

Last year, Grant Union face tough Blue Mountain Conference opponents, who kept them out of the district tournament.

Mosley believes their biggest obstacle this year could be Union, a senior-dominated team that has gone to the state tournament the past four seasons.

Burns, another favorite, dropped from 3A to 2A this year, he said.

Also in the Wapiti League: Imbler and Cove, both up from 1A, and Elgin and Enterprise.

Mosley said his team will need to overcome some foes’ size with speed.

So far this season, Grant Union placed second at the Dec. 5-6 at the local 13-Mile Shootout Basketball Tournament, beating 1A Prairie City and losing to a strong 3A Vale.

Last weekend, the Pros split their games at the Weston-McEwen Tournament in Athena, defeating Sherman, and failling to Union.

Grant Union’s first home game will be at 4 p.m. Saturday against Heppner Mustangs.

“We’d love continued support from the community,” Mosley said, adding, “I have high expectations for this group – they’re a tremendous group of girls. Their work ethic and desire is going to take them a long ways.”

Bowling results Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:37:39 -0500 Nugget Lanes

Dec. 10

Nooners Senior League:

Men High Game: Duane Daniels 169

Men High Series: Doug Kruse 437

Women High Game: Chris Rowe 172

Women High Series: Chris Rowe 451

White Trash Wednesday Men’s League:

High Game: Duane Daniels 223

High Series: Grant Benton 568

Dec. 11

Thursday Mixed League:

Men High Game: Jerry Coombs 209

Men High Series: Jerry Coombs 560

Women High Game: Cheryl Leighton 167

Women High Series: Cheryl Leighton 483

Pros face tough foes in Athena Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:41:10 -0500 Boys game with Union runs into OT

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ATHENA – The Grant Union boys basketball team had a disappointing weekend at the Weston-McEwen Tournament, dropping two games.

The team was missing some players due to injuries, which was felt on the court, said head coach Steve Speth.

Against Sherman, the Pros led at the end of the first quarter, but their opponents rallied with a 16-2 run that gave them a 44-31 halftime lead.

The Pros adjusted but still struggled on offense. They cut the lead to 10 in the fourth quarter, but Sherman hit a couple of key three-pointers to claim the 63-47 win.

Speth noted that although Sherman is 1A, the team ranks in the top five and the players are athletic and well disciplined.

Prospector Mitch Moulton led his team’s scoring with 32 points, followed by Wyatt Weaver with 5; Brogan McKrola, 3: Brady Burch, Nathan Gehley, and Ricky Weickum, 2 each; and Duane Stokes, 1.

Grant Union came out strong in the next game, running to a 12-0 lead against league foe Union.

However, Union answered back, using its own 10-1 run to push the score to 13-10 for the first quarter. In the second, GU again pulled ahead only to have Union surge late and cut into the lead. The halftime score 28-24.

Back and forth action and numerous fouls – 10 for Union, 17 for Grant Union – marked the second half. The ensuing free throws allowed Union to keep the game close.

Speth said in the last minute, both teams had chances to win the game, but turnovers pushed the fray into overtime. Neither team could score from the field in overtime, but Union clinched the 59-55 win with some key free-throws.

In Prospector scoring, Moulton had 30; Gehley, 8; Clayton Vaughn, 6: Weaver, 4; McKrola, 3; Stokes and Zach Deiter, 2 each.

The Prospectors were scheduled to travel to Crane Tuesday, past press time, and will host Heppner Saturday. The Dec. 29-31 Central Linn Tournament includes a first-round matchup against highly ranked Toledo.

Speth said he hopes the tough early schedule gets the Pros ready for league play, which begins Jan. 2 at Burns.

GU girls split games at Athena

ATHENA – Grant Union’s girls basketball team blasted past the Sherman team, 92-28, last Friday at the Weston McEwen Tournament in Athena.

Coach Mark Mosley noted that even though Sherman is bigger, the Lady Pros used their team speed and great ball pressure to create early turnovers and nail some easy baskets.

Mosley lauded the team defense and quick pace in transitions, running the floor.

“We also did a great job sharing the basketball,” the coach said.

Leading Grant Union in scoring was Kori Pentzer with 26, followed by Emily Mosley, 19; Heather Mosley, 17; Mckenzie Wilson, 11; Samantha Brock, 9; Babe Nash, 6; and Mariah Moulton, 4.

Heather Mosley had eight rebounds and five blocks, Riley Sharp and Emily Mosley had five rebounds apiece, followed by Babe Nash and Samantha Brock with four rebounds each.

Grant Union also faced a tough Union team, taking a 27-41 loss, but Mosley took it in stride.

“I thought we actually played well against one of the top 2A teams in the state,” he said. “They have a good senior group with a lot of state playoff experience.”

He noted the Prospectors had the lead going into the third quarter, but got into foul trouble.

“That cost us down the stretch and Union took advantage,” Mosley said, adding the game was largely a defensive battle as both teams have good team speed. Scoring was led by Heather Mosley and Pentzer with 7 apiece; Sharp, 4; Wilson, 3, and Emily Mosley and Moulton, 2 apiece.

Hunters: Report results to ODFW by Jan. 31 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:32 -0500 SALEM – Any hunter who purchased 2014 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2015 for most tags.

Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased – even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game or turkey tag issued.

Hunters have two ways to report:

• Online via or either at home or by visiting an ODFW office with a computer available for hunt reporting, including ODFW in La Grande and Bend.

• By telephone: Call 1-866-947-6339 to talk to a customer service representative. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week.

The reporting deadlines are Jan. 31, 2015 for all 2014 hunts that end by Dec. 31, 2014, and April 15, 2015 for all 2014 hunts that end between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015.

Hunters need the following pieces of information to report, which takes just a couple of minutes:

• Their Hunter/Angler ID number (located on ODFW licenses, tags and applications. This is a permanent number that stays the same from year-to-year.

• The two digit Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) number of the unit that the hunter used most, and the unit of successful harvest. See pages 94-95 of 2014 Big Game Regulations or Hunting Unit Maps webpage).

• The total number of days hunted (including mentoring youth), the number of days hunted in the WMU hunted most, and the number of days hunted in the WMU with a successful harvest.

There is a $25 penalty for not reporting deer and elk tags on time. The penalty is assessed when the hunter buys a 2016 hunting license; it is levied once regardless of the number of unreported tags.

As of Dec. 10, more than 70 percent of 2014 deer and elk tags remained unreported, ODFW officials said.

“The information hunters provide is used when setting controlled hunt tag numbers and hunting seasons,” said ODFW Game Program Manager Tom Thornton. “We really appreciate hunters taking a few minutes of their time to complete the report.”

After the penalty was implemented for 2012 tags, rates jumped to 80 percent or more. This has allowed ODFW to phase out its big game survey calls; the agency no longer makes these calls.

Hot shots show their stuff Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:15 -0500 JOHN DAY – The Elks’ Grant County Hoop Shoot wrapped up this month, and organizers said it was a great success.

The annual shoot is done in two phases, with the first rounds conducted in the schools – seven of them this year.

In all 298 students participated, with 28 going to the final county shoot on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Humbolt Elementary School.

Winners of that event advance to the District Hoop Shoot in Prineville, set for Jan. 24 at Cecil Sly Elementary, beginning at 9 a.m.

John Day Elks Lodge members who conducted the Grant County contest included Bob Van Voorhis, Neale Ledgerwood, Gary Miller, Tom Winters, Kris Curtis, Dennis Flippence, and Loren Thissell.

They lauded all the P.E. teachers and school officials for helping to make the shoot a success each year.

Letter: A real champ! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:39:29 -0500 To the Editor:

We would like to express our appreciation for Trevor Knowles. For the past 11 years, Trevor has put the city of Mt. Vernon and Grant County in the news by participating in the Rodeo National Finals in Las Vegas in the bull-dogging event.

Trevor has many, many fans here in Grant County, and no matter what the outcome of the finals may be, he is and always will be a champion and No. 1 in our hearts and thoughts. Our hats are off to you, Trevor – you are the greatest!

Rich and Jan Lowry

Mt. Vernon

Remembering loved ones Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:45:31 -0500 Cheryl Hoefler JOHN DAY – While the pain of losing a loved one can’t be erased, it can be eased.

Blue Mountain Hospice strives to help people struggling through such a loss at its annual Light up a Life remembrance.

This year’s event, held Dec. 11 at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day, featured several groups and individuals offering prayers, music and poetry in memory of friends and family members who have died.

Hospice director Sylvia Dowdy began the evening with an introduction and welcome to those gathered. Guy and Clay Johnson then provided special music for the occasion, followed by a message from Hospice chaplain John Martin.

Ed Studtmann and Larry Baughman read names of those submitted for the remembrance as Shannon Winegar and Jessie Saul lit a candle for each name read. Oregon National Guard Land Component Command Sgt. Major William Wyllie read names of the veterans on the list.

American Legion Post 77 performed a flag-folding ceremony, and trumpeter Ed Heiple played “Taps.”

Following a musical segment with “Silent Night” and “Amazing Grace,” Hospice nurse Richard Smarr read a poem “Time will Ease the Hurt” by Bruce Wilmer and offered the closing prayer.

The year marked Hospice’s ninth annual Light up a Life.

To contact Blue Mountain Hospice, call 541-575-1648.

Commentary: Small act of kindness vanquishes ladder kind of day Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:36:15 -0500 Brianna WalkerTo It was one of those “I walked under a ladder” kind of days.

I had slept fitfully throughout the night, only sleeping soundly right before my alarm blasted my morning into full swing. Unfortunately though, I had set it for the wrong time.

I scrambled through my morning routine, poured a bowl of cereal and was just about do add milk when I noticed it was fat-free, lactose-free. Ugh.

I put it back in the fridge, and turned on the teapot instead. I pulled out a tea bag and stuck it in my thermos as I headed out the door. Slid behind the wheel of my pickup and took a deep breath … and a sip of tea. It was terribly bitter. I looked at the tag. It was some kind of medicated sore throat tea. Yuck.

I looked at the clock, too late to remedy my mistake. Once on the road, I began a mental checklist of what I needed… and realized I had the camera, but no SD card for it.

The day was just getting started: my pen didn’t write, the pickup was low on fuel, I only had 2.27 cents in change in my wallet, and the check engine light came on during my drive to work.

By then, all parts of my body were rejecting the nasty tea, and I found myself in dire need of a bathroom. The last few miles seemed to stretch on, and it seemed an eternity until I was heading down the hall, my sights zeroed in on the women’s bathroom. My relief was short lived as it smelled as if it had been out of order all week. I hesitated only slightly as I entered the men’s bathroom next door … and that was only because it took a second to find the light switch.

At my desk, things didn’t improve. Gremlins seemed to be partying in my computer, and it seemed to glitch in time to their disco ball.

My sister surprised me with lunch – I thought my day must be turning around when she handed me a luscious-looking orange. I reached for my knife and realized I’d left it on my dresser. She handed me hers, and I quickly sliced the peel. I tried to pull it apart, and squirted orange juice everywhere. It wouldn’t peel. I had pieces of orange all over my desk. It was a mess. You’d have thought I’d never peeled an orange before.

The day continued like that, I tripped over the dog bowl, I sat down and my chair nearly rolled out from under me, and the gremlins continued the party in my computer.

As I drove home, a police car pulled in behind me. My hands immediately went to 10 and 2, and I suddenly realized my license expires at the end of the month. I have no recollection what was playing on the radio, I have no idea how many people passed me, but I was acutely aware of centering myself between the two lines and not exceeding the speed limit.

I finally arrived back at home, ready to complain of my “walking under a ladder” kind of day. I was greeted at the door by the smell of homemade soup, and my little boy on the counter putting candles in a cake.

“We made a cake for your happy birthday, Momma,” he sang out. He proudly showed me his cake and frosting job. “Happy Birthday” was sung, and the cake was cut. It had a strong baking soda taste, and the frosting was kind of scarce. He smiled so proudly, and I think it was the best birthday cake I ever ate.

Then he gave me a box he’d wrapped himself. To: Momma, Love Keagan, it said. Inside was one of the ugliest sweatshirts to bear WSU’s logo. He said “I didn’t like it, but I thought you would.”

I hugged him so tight.

Next time I feel like I’m having one of those kind of days, I’m going to remind myself that sometimes you may have to walk under a ladder before you can climb its rungs.

Brianna Walker’s column, the Farmer’s Fate, runs occasionally in the Blue Mountain Eagle.

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