Blue Mountain Eagle | http://www.bluemountaineagle.com Blue Mountain Eagle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:54:21 -0400 en http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Blue Mountain Eagle | http://www.bluemountaineagle.com Supporters, opponents debate driver’s card measure http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/bme/capital-bureau/20141024/supporters-opponents-debate-drivers-card-measure http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/bme/capital-bureau/20141024/supporters-opponents-debate-drivers-card-measure#Comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:20:47 -0400 PETER WONGCapital Bureau http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029946 Both sides stuck to their guns in a debate Friday about a ballot measure allowing Oregon to issue driver’s cards regardless of immigration status.

The Salem City Club played host to one of the few formal debates on Measure 88 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

A supporter said the measure is intended only to deal with knowledge of traffic rules and driving skills, and it’s not a substitute for broader federal immigration changes.

“This is a measure that is not going to solve all our national problems,” said Matt Swanson, executive director of the Oregon state council of Service Employees International Union, one of the organizations backing it.

“What it will do is make sure people will get to where they need to go.”

Swanson said that until Congress brings itself to deal with the larger issue, states can dabble in only small pieces. The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013, but the House has declined to take it up or craft its own legislation.

In 2013 the Legislature passed a law giving the Department of Motor Vehicles the authority to issue driver’s cards to people who cannot prove legal residency, which is a requirement for getting a driver’s license.

Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which led opposition to the law, obtained enough signatures to force a statewide election on the.

The law, which was suspended pending the Nov. 4 vote, allows four-year cards — not a regular eight-year license — to those who pass the driving tests but cannot show legal presence in the United States.

A “yes” vote on Measure 88 would allow the driver-card law to take effect as passed by the 2013 Legislature. A “no” vote would reject it.

A projected 160,000 Oregonians could be affected.

Cynthia Kendoll of Salem, the organization’s president, said Oregon will be the only state with a referendum on the issue. Ten other states — including California, Nevada and Washington — allow similar permits or do not require proof of legal presence.

“Legislators know, and the polls prove, that citizens do not want this,” she said.

“People tend to know in their hearts it is wrong to reward illegal behavior. This is why we are bringing this to the ballot and let people decide.”

According to a telephone survey conducted by DHM Research of Portland for Oregon Public Broadcasting/Fox 12, 60 percent of likely voters sampled oppose Measure 88, and 31 percent favor it.

The sample of 516 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Kendoll questioned statements by supporters that the law embodied in Measure 88 has law enforcement backing, when only retiring Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and retired Hillsboro Police Chief Ron Louie endorsed it during its drafting.

The Oregon State Sheriffs Association voted by a supermajority to oppose Measure 88.

But Swanson said several sheriffs did not join that majority.

Kendoll, in a question she asked directly of Swanson, said insurance companies appear not to be endorsing Measure 88 despite supporters’ arguments about traffic safety.

“Some of the ads your side has been running … have such a nasty tone around this issue that it’s probably hard for some of these group to stand forth,” Swanson replied.

Some Democratic legislators, including Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem, have been subjected to Republican attacks in direct-mail pieces for their support of the 2013 law. However, one attack mailer specifies that undocumented immigrants can obtain “a special Oregon drivers’ license,” but fails to explain the limited nature of the driver card.

Kendoll disavowed the GOP attacks, saying they were not originated by her group.

Swanson asked Kendoll how critics of Measure 88 would propose to ensure safer highway traffic if undocumented immigrants and others cannot show they have passed knowledge and skills tests and obtain the proper permits.

“We don’t want to invite a culture of corruption, where people and businesses pick and choose which laws they are going to follow,” Kendoll replied.

Washington and New Mexico are the only states that do not require proof of legal presence in the United States to obtain a driver’s license. Washington offers an “enhanced” license, which does require such proof, that enables its holders to travel to and from Canada without a U.S. passport.

Other states allowing driving permits for undocumented immigrants and others who cannot show proof of legal presence are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Utah and Vermont. Washington, D.C., also does so.

California’s law takes effect in January.

Tennessee repealed its law allowing alternatives.

The federal Real ID Act in 2005 requires states to demand proof of legal presence to issue a driver’s license, if it is to be used for federal identification purposes. The law also allows states to issue other forms of driver identification, which must look different than a regular license and which cannot be used for such purposes as entering a federal building or boarding commercial aircraft.

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District 1A volleyball tourney on tap Saturday http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141024/district-1a-volleyball-tourney-on-tap-saturday http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141024/district-1a-volleyball-tourney-on-tap-saturday#Comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:19:27 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029947 JOHN DAY – The 2014 High Desert League Volleyball Tournament gets started at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

The action begins with two Grant County teams on the double court at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School.

Dayville/Monument, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 6 seed Harper/Huntington, and Prairie City, the No. 5 seed, is up against No. 4 seed Jordan Valley.

Other teams competing in the league include No. 1 seed Crane and No. 2 seed Adrian.

The winner of the Prairie City-Jordan Valley game will play Crane, and the winner of the Dayville/Monument-Harper/Huntington game will play Adrian.

Final league standings:

Crane: 7-0 league, 14-4 overall

Adrian: 6-1, 9-8

Monument/Dayville: 5-2, 12-8

Jordan Valley: 4-3, 10-6

Prairie City: 3-4, 12-10

Harper/Huntington: 2-5, 4-10

Long Creek/Ukiah: 1-6, 1-7

Burnt River: 0-7, 1-8

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Oregon GMO task force drafts report http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/bme/capital-bureau/20141023/oregon-gmo-task-force-drafts-report http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/bme/capital-bureau/20141023/oregon-gmo-task-force-drafts-report#Comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:22:04 -0400 Mateusz PerkowskiCapital Bureau http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029948 An Oregon task force on genetically engineered crops agrees that more regulatory clarity is needed for biotechnology but diverges on the specifics of any governance scheme.

Earlier this year, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber convened a task force to frame the debate over genetic engineering and issue a report to guide lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session.

After six months of discussions, the task force has now released a draft version of its report to the public.

While task force members believe there should be a “path to coexistence” among biotech, conventional and organic growers, they were divided as to whether preventing cross-pollination among such crops should be mandated by the government or conducted on a voluntary basis.

During an Oct. 23 task force meeting, members negotiated revisions to the draft.

Marty Myers, general manager of Threemile Canyon Farms, said he would like the report to emphasize the possibility of farmer-to-farmer cooperation.

“Farmers are quite good at this and have shown examples of being able to coexist in the past,” he said.

However, there have clearly been conflicts over cross-pollination, as evidenced by farmer participation in lawsuits over biotech sugar beets and alfalfa, said Ivan Maluski, director of Friends of Family Farms, which is critical of biotech regulations.

“I don’t think we would be here if it had been smooth sailing all the way on coexistence,” he said.

The topic of liability for cross-pollination also highlighted the members’ contrasting perspectives.

Suggestions that organic and conventional farmers could buy insurance to cover the risk of cross-pollination by GE crops were deemed unfair by members who said biotech companies should not be absolved from responsibility while the burden falls entirely on growers.

Some members thought biotech seed developers should be liable for harms caused by cross-pollination but others argued this approach is unfair because companies would be held “liable for actions beyond their control,” the report said.

The problem of liability is also technical, said Greg Loberg, manager of the West Coast Beet Seed Co.

The report should reflect that there is no way to ensure that seed is absolutely free of biotech genes — there has to be a testing threshold, rather than just “zero,” he said.

“In order to have compensation or enforcement, you have to have a test,” Loberg said. “What test?”

The draft report also said government policy should “clarify the interaction between state and federal law” for GMOs and define the role of state agencies in regulating biotechnology.

However, the task force did not reach consensus on what level of regulatory oversight is sufficient.

Some members were confident in conclusions by federal agencies that deregulated biotech crops are equivalent to conventional ones, while others didn’t think these studies were of adequate duration and worry about long term impacts to human health and the environment.

The State of Oregon’s current authority to regulate biotech crops and its ability to expand that oversight was another subject of dispute.

At this point, the Oregon Department of Agriculture only sets “control areas” designating where GMOs can or cannot be grown if the crops are still regulated by USDA. Once they’re deregulated, the ODA believes it no longer has authority over those crops.

“There were varied and strong perspectives among members on whether ODA should or could take on a larger role at present or if its authorities were changed,” the report said.

Oregon Consensus, a mediation program that’s assisting the task force, will adjust the draft language to incorporate changes discussed during the recent meeting.

“We want to find a solution everybody can live with,” said Peter Harkema, project manager for the program.

The task force plans to ask the public to comment on its report at a meeting in Salem, Ore., in mid-November, though a firm date has yet to be set.

A draft version of the report is available online at www.oregon.gov/gov/gnro/.

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Richardson asks feds to investigate Kitzhaber, Hayes http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/bme/capital-bureau/20141023/richardson-asks-feds-to-investigate-kitzhaber-hayes http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/bme/capital-bureau/20141023/richardson-asks-feds-to-investigate-kitzhaber-hayes#Comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:17:54 -0400 Hillary BorrudCapital Bureau http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029950 Rep. Dennis Richardson and sheriffs from Josephine and Jackson counties today asked U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall to investigate Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée Cylvia Hayes.

Richardson, the Republican candidate for governor, said the move was not motivated by politics.

“I’m a state representative, I’m a concerned citizen and I will make sure this moves ahead because this is not about the campaign, it’s about free and honest government,” Richardson said. It is unlikely the U.S. Department of Justice will make any decision on the matter before the election, according to one of the lawyers for the Richardson campaign.

Kitzhaber and Hayes are already the subject of two officials complaints to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. State Rep. Vicki Berger and the Oregon Republican Party, asked the commission to investigate whether Hayes used her roles as first lady and policy adviser to the governor for private financial gain. Hayes was a paid consultant to organizations that sought to influence state policy in some of the same subjects on which she advised the governor. Kizhaber also asked the Ethics Commission for an advisory opinion on whether Hayes is a public official subject to state ethics laws.

In a letter to Marshall on Thursday, the lawyers asked the DOJ to investigate whether Kitzhaber and Hayes used their public positions for private financial gain and violated federal law. Lawyers Charlie Spies and James Tyrell III referred to a statute that prosecutors have used to charge corrupt officials for depriving citizens of their rights to honest and fair services.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell were recently convicted under the law, for accepting gifts and loans in exchange for helping a business gain political access.

“Mr. Kitzhaber and Ms. Hayes ostensible criminal activity stems from the First Lady’s dual role as a ‘public official’ and ‘policy adviser’ to Mr. Kitzhaber, and as a private energy and economic consultant who receives compensation from numerous profit and non-profit companies to present their interests before Mr. Kitzhaber’s administration,” the lawyers wrote.

Spies and Tyrell said during a teleconference Thursday that under federal law, officials can be prosecuted for corruption even if the person or entity that sought influence did not obtain the benefits they sought.

Richardson said the U.S. Attorney should open an investigation because the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, which enforces state ethics laws, is appointed by the governor and might not conduct a fair investigation.

“What we really need is an independent investigation,” Richardson said, although he quickly added that he did not intend to imply “that there would be anything (the Ethics Commission) would do that wouldn’t be above board.”

Amy Wojcicki communications director for the Kitzhaber campaign, wrote in an email that “Dennis Richardson is wasting the U.S. Attorneys’ time and taxpayer dollars with an obvious political stunt. He is not a serious candidate for governor.”

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Editorial: Walden gets our nod in House race http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Opinion/20141023/editorial-walden-gets-our-nod-in-house-race http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Opinion/20141023/editorial-walden-gets-our-nod-in-house-race#Comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:33:15 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029949 U.S. Rep. Greg Walden hasn’t taken anything for granted in the current campaign season. Facing an untested and less-funded challenger, Bend Democrat Aelea Christofferson, he might have been expected to slack off, but that hasn’t been the case.

Walden has campaigned vigorously across the broad 2nd Congressional District. In a couple of recent stops in Grant County, he hammered on his qualifications and found a receptive audience.

Walden’s focus on natural resources and the rural economy have rightly earned him allegiance from the ag and timber communities. He gets credit for helping make the long-awaited farm bill a reality, and for crafting legislation to restore health to our national forests and help beleaguered forest communities.

More recently he also proposed a bill that seeks to give local control in forest access issues, an idea popular with many residents still bruised by their brush with travel management proposals for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. We doubt that bill will become law, but the proposal alone has put a spotlight on the issues and resonated with many in his constituency.

Meanwhile, Christofferson has been a more able candidate than one might expect for a political newcomer, pressing her case as a businesswoman and fiscal conservative. A former member of the board of Cover Oregon, she deflects criticism of that program’s costly website failure and focuses instead on what she sees its success: the newly insured.

A self-described moderate Democrat, Christofferson is likely to do better against Walden than his ultraconservative primary foe did. She does appeal to those who simply want change.

However, we don’t see a strong case to replace Walden. The eight-term congressman has clout as a member of the GOP leadership. He also has his moderate side, taking stands against more extreme members of his own party: He has become known as a pragmatic deal-maker who can work with colleagues across the aisle on a variety of issues.

We urge voters to keep him in Congress, as a voice for rural Oregon’s concerns.

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Ski passes on sale now http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Outdoors/20141022/ski-passes-on-sale-now http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Outdoors/20141022/ski-passes-on-sale-now#Comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:27:23 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029951 NORTH POWDER – Now is a good time to buy those season passes for Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, because prices go up after Friday, Oct. 31.

Passes may be purchased in Baker City at Flagstaff Bike.Skate.Snow or Kicks Sportswear, and in La Grande at The Mountain Works or Blue Mountain Outfitters.

They are also available from the resort’s website at www.anthonylakes.com/.

Two season pass parties are also planned, from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Ten Depot Street in La Grande, and from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Paizano’s Pizza in Baker City.

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County Court minutes 10-15-14 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/County_Minutes/20141022/county-court-minutes-10-15-14 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/County_Minutes/20141022/county-court-minutes-10-15-14#Comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:52:26 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029952 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 the Commissioners page at www.gcoregonlive2.com.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

Pursuant to notice made to the newspaper of general circulation throughout Grant County, the radio station, county website, and e-mail distribution list, a regular meeting of the County Court was held at the County Courthouse in Canyon City OR.

9:00 am -- Call to Order. Present were Judge Scott W. Myers, Commissioner Boyd Britton, and Secretary Mary Ferrioli. Commissioner Chris Labhart was excused to attend the Oregon Rural Health Conference in Sunriver. A Pledge of Allegiance was given to the United States flag.

AGENDA. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to accept the agenda as presented

ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Britton attended a Stock Grower’s meeting on Thursday. Last week he visited Canyon Meadows Dam along with Ferguson Surveying & Engineering (Doug Ferguson, Werner Arnst), Assistant Water Master Hailey Boethin, Harney County Water Master JJ Johnson, and Oregon Water Resources Dam Inspector Keith Mills. He plans to bring a proposal to the court soon that involves exploratory work at the dam. He’ll attend the general meeting of Blue Mountain Forest Partners this week at the airport and the county’s 150th Anniversary in Canyon City on Sunday.

9:10 am – Cleo McCluskey and Brenda Percy entered

Myers attended the Cattleman’s Association range monitoring workshop on Thursday at Hog Creek along with Pat Larson, an OWEB rep, plus one or two demonstrators from Malheur County. Monday he attended CIS Distracted Driver’s training at 1 pm at the airport with 35 to 40 others including our road and sheriff employees. Yesterday he had a Safety Committee meeting at the Road Department and is working with Elaine Husted this week to gather memorabilia for Grant County’s 150th Anniversary this Sunday in Canyon City.

MINUTES. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to approve the October 8 minutes as amended.

TAX APPEALS. As requested by the Clerk, the court appointed Scott Myers, Clair Kehrberg, and Bob Quinton to serve on the 2014-2015 Board of Property Tax Appeals. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to appoint Scott Myers, Clair Kehrberg and Bob Quinton to serve on the Board of Property Tax Appeals.

LGPI WAGE PLACEMENT. Court members considered adopting Local Government Personnel Institute’s evaluation and wage placement of a new “District Attorney Office Manager” job description previously discussed on October 1. Results of LGPI’s evaluation place the position at Category K-6 on the wage scale (no change). MSP: Britton/Myers -- to accept LGPI’s wage placement for the new District Attorney Office Manager job description at Category K-6. Myers stated there will be no more job description charges until after the new DA takes office. At Britton’s request, McCluskey talked about her previous experiences working in the DA office over the years during the time four different DAs have served.

HAND CHECK. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to approve a hand check that Judge Myers signed Monday to the US Postmaster for November 4, 2014 postage totaling $748.40.

ELECTIONS. Clerk Brenda Percy gave the court an update about the increased activity with new voter registration cards (about 50) that she’s received in her office. Today is the day ballots go out to registered voters. Other discussion took place about thoughts and predictions regarding the variety of initiatives appearing on the ballot next month.

ROCK QUARRY LEASE. Last week Judge Myers was asked to obtain more information from the Road Department about the Rock Quarry Lease and Mining Agreement for the Howell Pit. Today Myers reported the Road Department (Kelly Brown) thinks it’s crucial to keep this pit as a vital rock source in this area. It has been used several times this year to supply rock for county roads and will be needed to get more rock crushed this year. Britton said he would sign the lease, if the 20 year term is reduced to 5 years. Myers agreed that a 20 year term was too long and would ask the Road Department to modify the lease.

9:45 am -- Ashley McClay and Shanna Northway entered

VOCA GRANT AWARD. Victim Assistance Program Director Ashley McClay requested signature on Amendment No. 1 to the 2012 VOCA Non-Competitive Grant Award Agreement. The grant supports approximately 0.36 FTE of the Victim Assistance Program Director position. The amendment extends the duration of the current grant period by one year and allocates $21,362 for the October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 period. McClay said the extension is designed to synchronize the different grant award periods. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to authorize Judge Myers to sign Amendment No. 1 to the 2012 VOCA Non-Competitive Grant Award Agreement as presented.

10:15 am – Jim Sproul and News Reporter Scotta Callister entered

EXTENSION DISTRICT. OSU Extension County Leader Shanna Northway gave an informational update to the district governing body about the various 4-H and Ag program activities, outreach to the outlaying communities, and new endeavors for the office. She reported on a variety of summer activities and events, partnership building activities, and housing an Outreach Coordinator in the office for a private forestry grant in the Ritter area. Currently there are 3 full time staff and 2 students who come in daily for one hour each. Northway explained she has a pending proposal with OSU to hire a 0.50 FTE Open Campus Coordinator for Grant County to act as an advisor.

10:45 am – Lane Burton entered

Northway discussed the district’s growing need for a larger office space to accommodate the new programs and all those related materials. Ideally, she would like to have an office space with safe storage, a certified kitchen, science lab, classroom, and conference / meeting room. Northway indicated that space at the former Blue Mountain Junior High building could provide great opportunities for extension, and she would like to further pursue looking at that option. She understood the district may end up paying more rent for a larger space, but it would provide the opportunity to run the program she would like to provide. Britton indicated that, in the future, the court would need to know all of the financial details involved with that proposal.

ASSESSOR. Assessor Lane Burton appeared in court to report there is a glitch in the hospital district budget -- too much money was certified on their bonded debt. He explained that the hospital district will hold back the additional money (over and above) this year and deduct it next year. Burton said this was done with the City of Mt. Vernon water bond about 10 years ago.

He also reported, according to DOR, if Monument Rural Fire District fire equipment is sold and proceeds go to the General Fund, it could be treated as an off-set for those people in the district who paid taxes in the past. He clarified that the county would get the first $6,000.00 to offset expenses previously incurred to form the district, with anything above that going to offset previously paid district tax. Burton added that the district can continue without taxes being levied for a period of 3 years. Other discussion followed about the process the County Court would follow (again), if needed to recruit and appoint three members to serve on a new district board.

PUBLIC COMMENT. An opportunity was given for the public to comment. Jim Sproul reported that it looks like Harney County may be addressing an Ordinance similar to Grant County Ordinance 2013-01. He added that Lake and Klamath counties have also indicated some interest. Sproul distributed a draft resolution provided by Association of Oregon Counties, “Request for State Study of a Utah-style Oregon Transfer of Federal Lands Act.” He felt the counties should have first option to control federal lands.

11:05 am -- Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary R. Ferrioli

County Court Secretary

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Youth can sign up for wrestling program http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141022/youth-can-sign-up-for-wrestling-program http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141022/youth-can-sign-up-for-wrestling-program#Comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:20:02 -0400 Angel Carpenter http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029953 JOHN DAY – Youth wrestling got underway Oct. 21 in John Day, and signups will continue for about two more weeks.

The program is for youth age 5 through sixth grade.

Cost is $35 for individuals and $50 for families.

Practices are held at the Grant Union old gym from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tournaments start Nov. 8 and are held each weekend through Dec. 20.

Registration forms may be filled out and returned at practice.

For more information, call Mike Strong, 541-792-0243.

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Get ready for Zombie fun, run http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141022/get-ready-for-zombie-fun-run http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141022/get-ready-for-zombie-fun-run#Comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:03:30 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029954 JOHN DAY – Saturday’s Zombie Run is open to adults, as well as kids age 8 and up.

A What’s Happening item this week incorrectly limited it to kids, but organizers say grown-ups are more than welcome to join in the fun.

The cost is $10 a person or $35 per family. Preregistration for both victims and zombies is recommended, although victims may sign up from 4-4:45 p.m. the day of the event.

Youth age 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the course; no strollers are allowed.

The untimed event starts at 5 p.m. at Seventh Street Complex. Register at jdccparksandrec.weebly, or pick up a form at Families First in John Day or Station 62 in Canyon City. Call 541-575-1799, ext. 29, for more information.

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Sheriff vs. Sheriff on pot measure http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141022/sheriff-vs-sheriff-on-pot-measure http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141022/sheriff-vs-sheriff-on-pot-measure#Comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:14:34 -0400 Scotta Callister http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029956 CANYON CITY – Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer fired back today in the two-state war of words over the proposal to legalize pot in Oregon.

Palmer wrote a letter to Sheriff John Urquhart of King County, Wash., asking him to reconsider his public stance supporting Oregon’s Measure 91.

Urquhart is featured in new Yes on 91 campaign ads, saying “the sky hasn’t fallen” since pot was legalized in Washington state.

He told the Associated Press he wouldn’t tell Oregonians how to vote, but he wanted to offer the message that pot regulations are already working in his state. He also said he wasn’t surprised to be on the other side of the issue, noting he also was at odds with others in law enforcement two years ago when he endorsed marijuana legalization in Washington.

The Oregon State Sheriffs Association unanimously opposes Measure 91.Opponents say legalization would increase drugged driving problems, foster use by children, lead to drug addiction, and overburden local police agencies.

Palmer, in his letter, said the situation in a large metro area like Seattle doesn’t compare to what faces the rural counties of Eastern Oregon.

He described Grant County’s high unemployment, socio-economic ills and the link to substance abuse and criminal activity.

He said the law in Washington doesn’t compare to the proposal in Oregon, which would allow people to possess far more marijuana including home-grown plants.

He accused Urquhart of bucking every single sheriff in Oregon with a stance “on an issue that is not going to affect you one bit.”

“As a public safety professional, I think you crossed the line,” Palmer wrote, calling the ad an attempt to sway an election – one that is “not appreciated nor is it acceptable.”

“Sheriffs across Oregon have put a lot of time, money and energy into defeating M91,” he wrote.

Voters will decide the fate of Measure 91 in Nov. 4 general election.

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Ex-chief Tirico indicted http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141022/ex-chief-tirico-indicted http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141022/ex-chief-tirico-indicted#Comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:16:54 -0400 Scotta Callister http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029957 CANYON CITY – Former John Day Police Chief Richard A. Tirico has been indicted on two counts of first-degree official misconduct.

Tirico appeared on the indictment Tuesday in Grant County Circuit Court. A plea hearing is set for Nov. 25.

The charges allege he directed two officers in the department to falsify their time sheets, billing overtime hours against a DUII enforcement grant instead of the police budget.

The act “constituted an unauthorized exercise of his official duties, with intent to obtain a benefit,” the indictment says.

The benefit stems from shifting the officers’ pay to the grant from the city’s police budget.

Tirico resigned as chief suddenly in October 2013. City records submitted to the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training indicated he was under investigation at the time, although city officials had no comment on the case.

Watch for more details in online and in the next issue of the Blue Mountain Eagle.

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And a happy BOO to you! http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Happening/20141021/and-a-happy-boo-to-you http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Happening/20141021/and-a-happy-boo-to-you#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:28:28 -0400 Cheryl Hoefler http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029974 ’Tis the Halloween season and a variety of events have been planned to celebrate.

Here’s a roundup of some of the activities:

• ‘Spookaree’ at Humbolt: 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at Humbolt Elementary School in Canyon City.

Activities include a cake walk, bean bag toss, dart throw and more, in the gym. A haunted house will be set up in the cafeteria. The cost is $3 per child. Children will be able to collect a sticker at each game they play, and once their card is filled, they can redeem it once, for one prize. There will be cotton candy and concessions.

• Zombie Run: 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at Seventh Street Complex, John Day

Are you ready for a zombie attack? Participants, from age 8 through adult, are welcome to run from zombies and navigate obstacles, as they try to escape with their brains intact. The cost is $10 a person or $35 per family. Preregistration for both victims and zombies is recommended, although victims may sign up from 4-4:45 p.m. the day of the event. Youth age 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the course; no strollers are allowed. The untimed event begins and ends at Seventh Street Complex. Register at jdccparksandrec.weebly, or pick up a form at Families First in John Day or Station 62 in Canyon City. Call 541-575-1799, ext. 29, for more information.

• Grant Union Halloween play: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, Grant Union High School, John Day

The Grant Union Junior-Senior High School drama club will present “Pumpkin Stuffers” in the old gym. Admission is $4 adults, and $2 for students.

• Haunted house, parties at the John Day Elks Lodge: Haunted house, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is $1 or two cans of food each time through. Children’s costume party, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, for ages 0-12. Admission is $1 or two cans of food. Adult costume party on Friday, with Salisbury steak dinner starting at 6 p.m. and music by Terry Lamonte at 8 p.m. The evening is an Elks social session, and the cost for dinner is $10. For more information, call the lodge at 541-575-1824.

• Eagle Halloween costume contest: 3-6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, Blue Mountain Eagle office, John Day

Kids of all ages are welcome to stop by the Eagle office, 195 N. Canyon Blvd., in their costumes, to get a candy treat and have their photo taken. The photos will be posted on the Eagle website, where readers can vote on their favorite until Friday, Nov. 14. The winner will receive $50 cash.

• Halloween block party: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Humbolt Street, Canyon City. Family fun for all includes trick-or-treating on Humbolt which will be closed from Nugget to Portal streets, pumpkin carving contest with prizes, “wild and wacky” family photos, movies outside under the stars and a sensory-friendly safe house. For more information, visit roccosfamilynetwork.org.

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Parks and Rec youth basketball starts soon http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141021/parks-and-rec-youth-basketball-starts-soon http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/20141021/parks-and-rec-youth-basketball-starts-soon#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:32:56 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029959 JOHN DAY – John Day-Canyon City Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a third and fourth grade girls and boys basketball program.

Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 23, and applications and fees may be turned into the local school.

All players will show up to the first practice at Humbolt gym: third and fourth grade boys will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 and girls will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

After the first night, players will meet with their coaches and get practice schedules.

Cost for those in the John Day-Canyon City tax district is $35, and those out of district is $45.

The registration forms are available at the schools, the Parks and Rec office and online at www.jdccparksandrec.weebly.com.

For more information, contact the Parks and Rec office at 541-575-0110.

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GU cheers on season http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/gu-cheers-on-season http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/gu-cheers-on-season#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:56:32 -0400 Angel Carpenter http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029960 JOHN DAY – An energizing Grant Union cheerleading squad has spent the season firing up the crowds and the Prospector football team.

Coached by Erin Osgood, the team has one senior, returning cheerleader Sasha Juarez, and two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen.

Five are returning and five are new to the team.

“They’ve been excited to learn and are trying really hard,” said Osgood, who is in her first year coaching the team.

In addition to their cheers, the team choreographed stunts, including a human pyramid, for halftime during last Friday’s homecoming game.

The coach said the team’s goal is to bring school spirit to the games.

“I see them as goodwill ambassadors for the school,” Osgood said. “When traveling to away games, I want them to stand for what Grant Union represents – I’m proud of them.”

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Six candidates run for Seneca council spots http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20141021/six-candidates-run-for-seneca-council-spots http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20141021/six-candidates-run-for-seneca-council-spots#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:55:52 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029961 Note: This is the second part of a Q&A series. The Eagle offered candidates a chance to introduce themselves to the readers.

SENECA – Voters will fill three seats on the Seneca City Council in the Nov. 4 election. The council race has drawn six candidates.

Here’s a look at the field.

Why are you running?

I just want to make sure the city stays solvent. There’s a lot of things going on with the sewage, and I want to find out how they’re going to finance the new sewer thing. I was on city council before and relied a lot on Cory Rider and Keith Schatz, mayor at the time. I just want to use common sense and make the right decisions for the city and not for big companies.

In a small community there’s a lot of friendship and people knowing people in the companies. I feel they should put Seneca people first and be careful with what they’re doing and protect the city. I want them to put the city’s interests first and protect it.

I really enjoy living up there. We’ve lived all over the world, and we just wanted a nice, small quiet place to live. We own our property here – we’ve lived in Seneca for almost 21 years. My daughter lives here and people are nice. I’d like to see more people attend the city council meetings. I just want what’s best for the city, no matter who is elected.

What elected offices have you held?

Seneca City Council, for two years a few years ago.

Describe your community involvement:

I have a disabled son who is mentally challenged. We spend time taking him to the hospital, I also garden and keep the yard up. I attend city council meetings – and pay my bills on time.

What is your main goal, if elected?

I want to make sure the city remains solvent. We just want to live here in comfort and make sure our city doesn’t go bankrupt. There’s no more timber money – we need to be careful with what we have in the city coffers and spend it wisely.

Why are you running?

I decided to run for city council because I love living and working in Seneca and have been able to raise my kids here. I think it is important for citizens to get involved in their communities. We have had a very small, dedicated group of people give of their time and energies to our community, and I felt it was time for me to step up and offer to add my energy to that group.

What elected offices have you held?

I have not held any elected offices.

Describe your community involvement:

I have served on Seneca’s Budget Committee for several years, but most of my community involvement to this point has been with children and the Seneca School. Currently, I am involved with Grant County 4-H; I am a volunteer coach with the JDCC Parks and Rec volleyball program; and I am on The Seneca School Foundation’s board of directors.

What is your main goal, if elected?

If elected, my main goal is to work to ensure Seneca’s vitality as a community. As a teacher at Seneca School for the past 17 years, I know that this community has a lot to offer and I see my job as a city council member as being one of helping move our community forward through healthy, viable growth.

Why are you running?

The council needs someone who knows how the city should be run. I’m worried that our water and sewer are in jeopardy. I worry about the solvency of the city – the budget.

What past elected offices have you held?

I was on the city council in the late ’80s and early ’90s and was the mayor for a while.

Describe your community involvement:

I was a special ed teacher for years and have volunteered as a teacher’s aid since I retired. I belong to the Grant County Art Association. I’m a master gardener, and I’ve helped with Seneca’s “No Way” garden. I’ve also been involved in the Grant County Fair – I’ve helped with flowers for years.

What is your main goal, if elected?

For the city to remain solvent and to see that every citizen receives their services – the water, sewage and whatever needs to be provided by the city.

(No photo available)

Why are you running?

I think that I could benefit the town of Seneca and do a lot for the community - we need new blood in there. We need positive changes, some different views and different ideas.

What elected offices have you held?

I am currently the mayor, and I’ve been on the city council the past four years.

Describe your community involvement:

If somebody has a problem, they’ll call me to ask for help. I participate in the yearly cleanup day for the community, and help around town when needed.

What is your main goal, if elected?

The cleanup of people’s property and hauling off old cars and trailers that are never used.

(No photo available)

Why are you running?

I think everybody should take their turn. You can’t expect just a certain few to do it all the time. I think I can actually be a benefit, hopefully finding some ways to make some revenue for the city.

What elected offices have you held?

I’ve been on city council before in the ’80s.

Describe your community involvement:

I used to help John Saunders with city maintenance when he needed help – I’m sure a lot of other people have because it’s a one-man show up here. I also volunteer on the golf course.

What is your main goal, if elected?

Just try to keep it on the right track and get together with other city council members to figure out ways to increase the city’s income.

Why are you running?

I heard that some people are not paying their bills. I don’t know exactly what we’ll do, but I’ll listen to the situation, and then make up my mind – a person pays his way. There are programs to help those people, and I’m sure we can figure it out.

What elected offices have you held?

I was treasurer for Beaver Creek School in the Oregon City area.

Describe your community involvement:

I volunteer to cut any grass that needs to be cut; it keeps me busy eight hours a day in the summers. Also, the golf course, the ball field, the city park and side streets in the town that need cutting.

What is your main goal, if elected?

We’ve got to resolve the problems that are occurring. They say there is an outdated sewer system, and they want to raise the monthly bill and get by – there has to be other ways to redo the sewer system. If it has to be done – it’s a long term thing, and I think through discussion we can get this straightened out. One of the past board members said there are no records being kept on city equipment, so that is something else that has to be done. I have some honest ideas, and I’m sure we can work out something.

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Senior sets sights on BIG BUCK http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Hunting/20141021/senior-sets-sights-on-big-buck http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Hunting/20141021/senior-sets-sights-on-big-buck#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:53:25 -0400 Angel Carpenter http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029962 JOHN DAY – It was the first day of 2014 deer season – a good day for Judith Wheeler of Prairie City to shoot her first buck in 40 years.

This is the second year hunter education teacher Bryan Nelson has given their family friend a landowner tag.

Last year wasn’t as lucky, and Wheeler’s new gun wasn’t sighted in.

“I thought it was a great day,” Wheeler said of this year’s successful hunt. “He’s a very good mentor and guide – he has a lot of patience.”

She added, “He believes in getting your deer on the first day of the season or as soon as possible, so the coffee’s on and you’re getting up early.”

A lot of walking was involved on Nelson’s property near Pine Creek Road just east of John Day, and his four-wheeler also came in handy.

“I’m almost 70 years old,” Wheeler said. “He took me over hill and dale.”

Nelson said his hunting buddy shot her deer at 150 yards.

“It was the first buck her gun had killed,” he said.

“We followed three nice bucks,” he said, adding, the one she shot “was the only one we jumped and he happened to be the biggest of the three” – a 4x6-point buck.

“I was glad it was dead,” Wheeler said – she’d spent a good portion of the day hiking, tracking down the perfect one.

Nelson also shot a deer, which he gave to Wheeler to add meat to her freezer.

“It was a great day,” he said. “We didn’t eat dinner until 10 p.m. that night – I was happy and she wants to come back next year.”

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Bowling results http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/bowling-results http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/bowling-results#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:51:40 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029963 Nugget Lanes

Oct. 15

Nooners Senior League:

Men High Game:  Duane Daniels 243

Men High Series:  Duane Daniels 610

Women High Game:  Chris Rowe 194

Women High Series:  Chris Rowe 481

White Trash Wednesday Men’s League:

High Game:  Grant Benton 246

High Series:  Grant Benton 705

Oct. 16

Thursday Mixed League:

Men High Game:  Jerry Coombs 209

Men High Series:  Jerry Coombs 517

Women High Game:  Ashley Wyllie 153

Women High Series:  Jamie Benton 381

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GU can’t stop Bobcat force on field http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/gu-cant-stop-bobcat-force-on-field http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/gu-cant-stop-bobcat-force-on-field#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:33:52 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029964 Grant Union 8 – Union-Cove 58

By Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY – The Grant Union Prospectors made a strong effort in their homecoming football game against Union-Cove last Friday, but some good plays didn’t carry them to victory.

The Bobcats took the win, 58-8.

Grant Union held Union/Cove to just 6 points in the first quarter, the Pros making a good run at the goal line on their third possession.

After Prospector quarterback Wade Reimers connected with Hayden Young for fourth down and 4, the Bobcats got a 5-yard false-start penalty, giving the Prospectors the first down.

Grant Union’s Tyler Manitsas gained 13 yards on the next play, and Garrett McConnell caught a pass for another first down.

Union/Cove intercepted the next pass, stopping the Prospector momentum. The quarter ended shortly after, 0-6.

The second quarter featured a fourth-down gang tackle by Grant Union’s Andrew Copenhaver, Hayden Young and Clayton Vaughan.

Grant Union took over midfield, but lost the ball to a pass interception.

The halftime score was 0-22, the Prospectors yet to reach the goal line.

The Pros fought back in the third quarter after the Bobcats intercepted two passes.

Copenhaver recovered a Union/Cove fumble, and a helmet-to-helmet penalty on the Bobcats gave Grant Union some more leeway.

Young thought he’d taken the ball in for a score, but officials ruled the play dead, just short of the end zone.

The next play began on the 1-yard line, and while one camera’s angle showed the ball over the line on that play, officials said there was no touchdown.

With the clock ticking down in the fourth quarter, Grant Union scored.

Young had a 9-yard carry for the touchdown, and Manitsas completed the 2-point conversion.

“Defense played great the first quarter – it was a great effort,” said Grant Union head coach Jason Miller.

He noted Union/Cove is stronger than last year, with the two schools combining this season.

The enrollment for Union/Cove is at its maximum – 17 players from Cove and 25 players from Union.

“I’m happy with their effort,” Miller said of his team. “We just have to limit our mistakes.”

Grant Union has a bye this week, and will prepare to face Imbler on the road for their final game of the regular season on Friday, Oct. 31, the kickoff at 2 p.m.

Imbler is 0-2 in league play with losses to Burns and Union/Cove, and 3-2 overall.

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PC faces tough foes in Huntington http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/pc-faces-tough-foes-in-huntington http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/pc-faces-tough-foes-in-huntington#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:31:37 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029965 Panthers 0 – Hornets 65

By Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

HUNTINGTON – Prairie City Panther gridders had their work cut out for them as they faced Harper/Huntington last Friday.

Challenged by the Hornets’ varsity squad, the Panthers couldn’t overcome the threat and lost 0-65.

“Defensively, they were a lot bigger and faster and outplayed us,” said head coach Darrel McKrola. “We did some really good things on offense, just never converted.”

Although it was a tough loss, McKrola said he was glad his team didn’t let the outcome stop their effort.

“They just kept playing,” he said.

Now the team prepares for the final game of the season.

The Panthers will host the Dayville/Monument Tigers in Prairie City at 7 p.m. Friday.

McKrola said the team will prepare by working on “everything” – defense, offense and blocking.

“We’ll keep going and trying our hardest,” he said.

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2014 County Sports Schedule http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/2014-county-sports-schedule http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/2014-county-sports-schedule#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:28:23 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029966 Football

Friday, Oct. 24 Prairie City vs. Dayville/Monument Prairie City 7 p.m.

Grant Union, bye

Volleyball

Saturday, Oct. 25 Prairie City, Dayville/Monument @ High Desert District Tourney John Day 9 am.

Saturday, Oct. 25 Grant Union @ Wapiti District Tourney Cove 12 p.m. (GU plays at 2 p.m.)

Cross Country

Friday, Oct. 24 Grant Union @ District 5 Championships McKay Park in Pendleton 3 p.m.

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Prospectors sweep Imbler in homecoming conquest http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/prospectors-sweep-imbler-in-homecoming-conquest http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/prospectors-sweep-imbler-in-homecoming-conquest#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:20:51 -0400 Angel Carpenter http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029967 JOHN DAY – The crowd cheered the Prospector volleyball team on to victory – a sweep of the Imbler Panthers – at last Thursday’s homecoming game.

“This was one of our better games as a team both offensively and defensively,” said head coach Shae Speth. “Our hitters had strong games with few errors, and we passed well on serve-receive.”

She said the turnout from the community for the game was appreciated.

Four players were honored for senior night: Carli Gardner, Emily Mosley, Sydney Stearns and Mariah Meyerholz.

Our seniors “have been positive influences both on and off the court,” Speth said. “They have been key role players on our team and have led with poise throughout the season.”

Kori Pentzer had 14 kills and Mariah Moulton had 13 kills and was 100 percent on serve-receive.

Rheanna Cartner had 19 set assists and Meyerholz had 15 set assists.

Chelsie Kodesh had 20 digs.

The Prospectors had an up and down day Saturday in Union, where things didn’t go as planned against the Bobcats.

The team’s placement for this week’s Wapiti District Tournament hinged on the outcome of the Union game. The winner of the match would tie for second going into districts, while the loser would be fourth.

Grant Union fell 1-3 to Union with scores of 25-27, 25-21, 15-25 and 16-25.

“We jumped out to a strong lead in the first set, but could not hold on in the end,” Speth said. “The second set was different, and we were able to finish strong.”

Pentzer suffered an ankle injury late in the second set, and the team lost some steam.

“In the third and fourth sets, our passing broke down, and we didn’t take care of the ball offensively,” Speth said.

She added that Moulton and Cartner both performed well offensively.

Heading into their second game of the day, Speth said the team was down.

“We didn’t play well in the first set,” she said. “We had several hitting and serving errors, but were able to hold off several set points by Enterprise to come away with the first set win.”

Grant Union hung on to win that first set 31-29, and followed up with two more wins, 25-11 and 25-13.

“We were able to regain our composure and play much better volleyball,” the coach said.

The team had a nonleague game against Crane on Tuesday, past press time.

The Pros are preparing for Saturday’s district tournament at Cove High School.

The games begin at 12 noon; Grant Union will play Imbler at 2 p.m.

Speth said while last Saturday was not their day, “We know that when we play well, we can beat nearly anyone.”

The stats

GU vs. Imbler

W 3-0, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19

Mariah Moulton: 13 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs, 100 percent serve-receive

Sam Brock: 1 dig, 1 block assist

Sydney Stearns: 9 digs

Rheanna Cartner: 5 kills, 19 set assists, 5 digs, 3 block assists

Mariah Meyerholz: 1 kill, 15 set assists, 7 digs

Heather Mosley: 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 solo block, 2 block assists

Carli Gardner: 3 kills, 2 ace, 3 digs, 2 block assists

Emily Mosley: 3 digs

Kori Pentzer: 14 kills, 2 aces, 10 digs

Chelsie Kodesh - 1 kill, 1 ace, 20 digs

GU @ Union

L 1-3, 25-27, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16

Moulton: 11 kills, 2 aces, 10 digs

Brock: 2 kills, 2 digs

Stearns: 1 dig

Cartner: 10 kills (50 percent on kills), 22 set assists, 17 digs, 2 block assists

Meyerholz: 8 digs, 16 set assists

H Mosley: 6 kills, 2 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Gardner: 3 kills, 1 dig, 3 block assists

E Mosley: 1 dig, 1 block assist

Pentzer: 11 ills, 3 aces, 10 digs, 1 block assist

Kodesh: 20 digs

GU vs. Enterprise

W 3-0, 31-29, 25-11

Moulton: 6 kills, 4 aces, 9 digs

Brock: 2 digs

Stearns: 2 digs

Cartner: 4 kills, 10 set assists, 4 aces, 13 digs, 1 block assist

Meyerholz: 1 kill, 14 set assists, 2 aces, 2 digs

H Mosley: 7 kills, 2 digs

Gardner: 4 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs, 1 block assist

E Mosley: 1 dig

Pentzer: 15 kills, 1 ace, 7 digs

Kodesh: 12 digs, 1 ace

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Panthers on the attack, sweep 3 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/panthers-on-the-attack-sweep-3 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_Sports/20141021/panthers-on-the-attack-sweep-3#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:40 -0400 Angel Carpenter http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029968 HUNTINGTON – The Prairie City Panther volleyball team ended the regular season on a high note, sweeping three road matches.

The Panthers attacked the Hornets in Huntington last Friday and came away with scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-22.

“The match went well,” said head coach Louanne Zweygardt. “The team maintained focus on their goals, played together and had fun.”

Amy Black had 17 kills as the high-scoring player of the match. She also added several points passing.

Michel Hitz served five aces in the match with no serving errors.

Prairie City traveled to Long Creek Saturday to face Long Creek/Ukiah and Burnt River.

All 16 players on the Panther roster got in the action.

Prairie City toppled Long Creek/Ukiah 25-6, 25-7 and 25-9.

The Panthers also beat Burnt River 25-7, 25-11 and 25-16.

“The team served well and kept focus on attacking the ball across the net,” Zweygardt said.

In preparation for the High Desert District Tournament set for 9 a.m. Saturday in John Day, she said they would concentrate on “maintaining intensity, positive energy, and keeping each other together as a team.”

Teams competing at the tourney will include Prairie City, Monument/Dayville, Crane, Adrian, Jordan Valley and Harper/Huntington.

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Grant County seniors http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Seniors/20141021/grant-county-seniors http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Seniors/20141021/grant-county-seniors#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:45:07 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029969 JOHN DAY – On Oct. 13 we had a super Chinese lunch. It started with egg flower soup, followed by sweet-and-sour meatballs and fried rice. For dessert, we had Mandarin oranges and fortune cookies.

Judy was on vacation, so Brandi and Veanne just cut loose and had fun with their recipes. Really good, gals.

LaVerne Hardwick and Bobbie Gilmore delivered 22 “meals on wheels” and 16 frozen meals to shut-ins. Ron Dowse and Kris Labhart greeted us at the desk. The gals from Redeemer Lutheran Church served. LaVerne led the flag salute, and Bobbie asked the blessing.

I did the announcing as Veanne was busy in the kitchen. It was Brandi’s last day; we will definitely miss her. I was asked to announce that the people who lost everything in the Mt. Vernon Motel fire still need quite a few things. Contact Karen Hinton at 541-792-0670 for more information. We thank Lake Creek Camp for donating the pumpkin bread and cream cheese. We really enjoyed it.

I won the Len’s Drug certificate, and Bonnie Pickle won the free meal.

I had the pleasure of going with friends, Ron and Roberta Dowse, to visit the Monument Senior Center on Oct. 14. The people there were really friendly – really made us feel welcome. We had a great ham dinner there. Thanks Monument Seniors (and younger).

Wow, what a week. I got to go to lunch with my friends again on Oct. 15, this time, to the Prairie City senior lunch. It was also very friendly and wonderful food. It has really been nice to visit with other senior groups.

On Oct. 16, I was glad to be here at my home Senior Center and visit with all the lovely people here, and eat the good food our own cooks fix. We had another gourmet lunch of pork chops in mushroom sauce, boiled red potatoes, green beans, fresh fruit salad and rolls, and for dessert, homemade brownies. Jean Willey and Sherry Feiger delivered 24 “meals on wheels,” and 16 frozen dinners were picked up for delivery to shut-ins.

John Day Eye Care furnished the entrée. Ron Dowse and Gloria Kulis greeted us at the desk. Our servers were from the United Methodist Church. Jean Willey led the flag salute, and Rev. Marcie Collins asked the blessing.

Since Brandi is no longer with us and her replacement has not yet been hired, Veanne had to help dish up in the kitchen so I did the announcements. The Senior Center still has some of their old folding chairs they would like to sell. They are $4 each. See Veanne if you are interested in purchasing any of them.

The heating assistance is now in full swing for seniors and disabled persons only. If you have not received your application in the mail, contact Veanne and she will give you one.

We had Sherry Feiger’s and Judy Longo’s birthdays. Happy Birthday, gals.

Bill and EvaLee Reeves joined us from between St. Helens and Astoria. They were here last year for elk hunting and came back this year again. We were glad to have them join us for lunch. Bill Toop also joined us for the first time in a long time. Glad to see you, Bill.

Gloria Kulis won the Chester’s Thriftway certificate, and Leone Meador won the Valley View lunch for two. On Thursday, Oct. 23, we’ll have yummy chicken enchiladas, and Monday, Oct. 27, it will be homemade soup and sandwiches. Join us for good food and fellowship.

Psalm 138:1 “I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.”

PRAIRIE CITY – You’d never guess what I got in the mail today – a catalog from “Monkey Ward.” That’s what us old-timers used to call Montgomery Ward. Where have they been the last 35-plus years? I thought they went out of business. Back in the ’40s and ’50s, Mom could mail an order to the company in Portland from Drewsey, and she would receive it before a week was gone. And it only cost three cents to mail the letter. I’ll let you digest that for awhile.

In other business, Joe and Joann got the old stage removed from the grange floor. It was indeed a dangerous area. Good thing it had three layers of carpet on it because that was all that was holding it together. The new one will be better engineered, I can tell you. Thanks so much for doing that, Phippens.

In fact, Joe was so tired from the stage work Tuesday that he slept on Oct. 15, and let Bruce, Buzz, and Jim do the set-up. Next step is to inspect the strength of the supports in the basement. It is an interesting trip down there.

Ron Dowse reported he will conduct an AARP Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. The fee has increased, but the course has been upgraded and revised, too. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board so he will have enough materials.

And speaking of bulletin boards, I am amazed that since we put up the two how fast they have filled up. So take a look while you are waiting for the meal.

Buzz led the flag salute, and Bob Meador asked the blessing. Our servers were Sandi Rennels, Gary Jacobson, Linda Boyer and Joann Phippen.

Gary Jacobson won the $5 in trade donated by Prairie Hardware and Gifts, and Carl Sheppard won the gift certificate toward a meal donated by Chuck’s Little Diner.

On this cool fall day we had grape juice, beans and ham, fried potatoes, corn bread, and fresh apple cake for dessert. There were 77 names on the registration book.

Jonie and Patty Jones from Blue Mountain Care Center brought Dorothy Blasing, Lois Hill, Floyd Morgan, Ken Lang, Ray Harper and former resident Darrell Pierce.

We were glad to see David and Kathy Thompson from Bonanza, too.

Table talk was about those who saw the snow on Strawberry this morning and decided it was time to head south. Just last week I saw a couple of bicycle tourers going through town. One had a violin case strapped to the back of his bike. I asked if he played while going down the road. He smiled and replied in the affirmative. Right. Try that picture in your mind.

Dan. 2:29 “... as you were lying on your bed thoughts came into your mind ...”

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Free concert by Navy Band Northwest http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Happening/20141021/free-concert-by-navy-band-northwest http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Happening/20141021/free-concert-by-navy-band-northwest#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:31:27 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029970 PENDLETON – Navy Band Northwest will offer a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Vert Auditorium in Pendleton.

On the program: The Navy Deception Brass Band, a 23-member New Orleans-style band that plays jazz, funk, rock, blues and patriotic songs. All ages are welcome.

The Vert Auditorium is at 480 S.W. Dorion Ave.

The concert is sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 922 and the East Oregonian.

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Gourd-grinning girl http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/People/20141021/gourd-grinning-girl http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/People/20141021/gourd-grinning-girl#Comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:30:39 -0400 http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014141029971

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