Blue Mountain Eagle | Blue Mountain Eagle Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:49:12 -0400 en Blue Mountain Eagle | Library rewarding young readers in July Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:05:40 -0400 Grant County Library is rewarding young, active readers this summer.

During the month of July, each child 12 and younger who reads at least five books each week, Mondays through Saturdays, will earn a new prize.

Starting July 5, readers can earn a book bag and a bookmark. New prizes will be awarded each week.

The grand prize will be announced Aug. 2.

For more information, contact the library, 541-575-1992,

The library is open from 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays at 507 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day. The library is closed Friday and Sundays.

Tri-county wool pool delivery set for July 12 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:42:06 -0400 Tri-county wool pool deliveries will be accepted 8-11 a.m. July 12 at the Union County Fairgrounds.

People who have not yet signed up but are interested in selling wool through the pool can contact John Williams, OSU Extension Service in Enterprise, 541-426-3143.

Wool from Romney, Leicester, Montedale, East Friesion, some Polypay, some Dorset and/or similar types will be classed as black face.

Wool from Churros, Romanoff, Barbado or Dorper have no value and will not be accepted.

The presence of black fibers found in any bag will make entire bag to be paid as black face.

Do not use poly twine to tie any part of the bags, fleece or anything else to do with wool. There will be a 10-percent deduction if any is found.

Short and six-month wool will be half price of white face or black face wool.

If tags are too heavy, they will not be accepted. If manure is more than 50 percent of weight, it will be rejected.

Bellies only need to be kept separate on white face.

Lamb wool is wool at least 1.5 inches.

If you have question feel free to contact your local Extension Office.

Joe Duncan remembered as fun, hardworking and helpful Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:25:28 -0400 Angel Carpenter Joe Duncan, a former Monument mayor and Monument School staff member, died Wednesday in Monument.

He served as mayor of the city from January 2002 to December 2005.

Duncan also worked as a custodian and bus driver for Monument School District for 18 years, retiring in 2003.

At the school, he taught a small engine class on occasion and substituted as a natural resources teacher.

Friends and associates shared their memories of Duncan, including Jennie Mund of Monument, who worked as the school’s administrative assistant for several years until her recent retirement.

“I loved Joe,” she said. “He was the king of the jokesters and the king of gardening with a beautiful garden and flowers.”

She remembered Duncan joking back and forth with science teacher Ron Gaither, who died in 2000.

“Those two worked hard at getting the best of each other,” she said.

“He will be sorely missed,” she added. “He was a good guy and fun to work with.”

Speaking of Duncan upon his retirement back in 2003, then superintendent Joe Seeley said, “Anything Joe was asked to do, he did. Joe worked hard for the school district. Every superintendent before me had nothing but good things to say about Joe. People visiting Monument had nothing but compliments for Joe on his grounds and buildings.”

A longtime Monument resident, Duncan stayed involved in the community.

In August of 2004, Joe and his wife Alice, and Barbara Hawkins hosted an ice cream social in the city park to introduce new students to the school and town.

When a lawn mower race was held in September 2004 to support the local fire department, it was noted that Mayor Duncan was “OK after being run over twice.”

Duncan smiled and said, “Next year, the advice will be to stay away from the lawn mowers.”

Jerry Boyer, a Monument business owner, added his thoughts.

“We really appreciate his dedication for all his volunteer work and all the extra stuff he did behind the scenes,” he said. “He will be missed.”

Darlene Muzzy of John Day said she and her husband, Wally, developed a friendship with Duncan through church.

“He was so handy — he could fix anything — and he was always helping someone else,” Darlene said.

Funeral services are being arranged through Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day.

Duncan is survived by his wife, Alice.

Jim ‘J.D.’ Majors Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:56:38 -0400 A celebration of life for Jim “J.D.” Majors, who died March 6, 2013, in Canyon City, will take place at 1 p.m. July 23 at Washington Park in Burns.

The Majors family invites family and friends to the potluck lunch. Attendees can bring a side dish. Hamburgers, hot dogs and water will be provided.

ODF fire restrictions begin July 1 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:42:32 -0400 Lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District will be placed under a Regulated Use Closure beginning Friday July 1, 2016 at 12:01 a.m., according to an ODF press release.

The Regulated Use Closure applies to private, county, and state owned lands protected by the district in Deschutes, Grant, Hood River, Wasco, Wheeler, Crook, Jefferson, Morrow, Harney, Umatilla, Lake and Gilliam counties. The intent of the closure is to limit human caused wildfires. Recent high temperatures have dried wildland fuels and increased the danger of large fire growth. Human caused fires in the district are above the 10-year average for the district, which concerns fire managers as we enter the heart of fire season with dry fuels, warm temperatures and an increasing possibility of lightning caused fires.

The full Regulated Use Closure Proclamation can be found on the Central Oregon District website: The official Closure includes, but is not limited to the following activities:

• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. A map of designated areas is available on the district’s website under Fire Information. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

• Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one ax, one shovel, and one operational 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.

• Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.

• Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.

• Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

• Use of fireworks and blasting is prohibited.

Open fires are allowed by permit only, please contact your local ODF office for information. Exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns are prohibited during fire season.

For information on restrictions on public lands contact your local US Forest Service ranger district office or Bureau of Land Management district office.

Dog trainers provide lesson in ‘obility’ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:55:18 -0400 About a dozen people and their dogs got a lesson in “obility” — obedience and agility — June 25 and 26 in Canyon City.

Prairie City resident Kathy Moss hosted a clinic at Canyon City Park with Bend trainers Flora Steffan, Herd U Needed a Home dog rescue, and agility trainer Carole Mann.

“They made a great team as they shared their experience of the unspoken communication of the canine language from Flora’s perspective and the attempt of ‘try and achievement’ from Carole’s experience,” Moss said. “Each participant brought their questions, concerns and issues of dog handling and communication to the forefront to be discussed and faced — from trust issues, hyperactivity, to boredom to critiquing finer points of agility and obedience.”

Moss said the trainers were full of information from the hundreds of dogs they have worked with.

She said the attendees learned to work with the dogs in a positive environment with games and simple challenges for the dogs to accomplish to receive awards.

“In doing so, the dog engages with the owner and becomes more attentive in the partnership between dogs and people, and the person is more receptive to the dog’s attempt of communication and accomplishments,” she said.

Moss said the trainers brought their agility equipment, and the dogs worked on tunnels and ramps. She said they also worked on recall and targeting.

This clinic filled up fast, she said, and future clinics will likely be limited to five dogs. Moss said anyone interested in a future clinic or more information about dog training can contact her, 541-620-0746,

County renews dispatch contract with John Day Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:41:56 -0400 Sean Hart Grant County renewed its contract for dispatch services from the city of John Day, despite increased costs and a recommendation to change providers from the sheriff.

The Grant County Court voted to renew the one-year contract June 22.

Although the county anticipated a 10-percent increase from the $68,869 paid in the 2015-16 fiscal year, the new contract from the city this year called for a 15-percent increase to $79,198.

At the April 13 Grant County Court meeting, John Day City Manager Peggy Gray said the 15-percent increase was one of several steps necessary for the city to come closer to balancing the dispatch budget. She said the city reduced expenses and also asked fire departments to start paying, as well as Community Counseling Solutions, which use dispatch services.

Gray said the state 911 tax, which is distributed to dispatch centers, has remained at $0.75 per phone per month since 1995, but costs have increased.

Sheriff Glenn Palmer proposed attaining dispatch services from Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch in Condon in March and later served notice of his intent to sue the city and dispatch employees for breaching the contract “to provide appropriate information” to the sheriff Jan. 26 and other complaints.

At the April 13 meeting, Palmer said he had been told the state would be implementing regional dispatch centers, and he would rather choose the dispatch center than be assigned one.

County Judge Scott Myers said Palmer provided a one-page map after the meeting that showed current dispatch centers and potential regions into which they could be organized. Myers said he also obtained a 2012 study, “Consolidation Analysis and Next Generation 9-1-1 Implementation Study,” commissioned by the state Office of Emergency Management.

However, in an email to the Eagle, State 9-1-1 Program Manager Mark Tennyson said, “The state has no intent or authority to mandate PSAP (9-1-1 center) consolidation.”

Myers said no one from the sheriff’s office attended the June 22 meeting.

County pays John Day for training officer who became deputy Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:17:37 -0400 Grant County will pay the city of John Day for training a police officer who changed jobs to work for the sheriff’s office within a year of being trained.

County Judge Scott Myers said Oregon law requires an agency, such as the county, to reimburse the agency that paid to train an officer who leaves within three years of being trained.

The county sheriff’s office hired Tyler Smith May 9, he said, within his first year on the job with John Day, which requires 100-percent reimbursement. After the first year, the reimbursement is prorated, he said.

Myers said the total cost for training, and for covering for Smith while he was at the academy, was $14,965.90, which the county must pay to the city. The funds will come from the sheriff’s office 2015-16 materials and services budget, he said.

Fire district announces regulated closure Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:59:47 -0400 The Grant County Fire Defense District and city and rural fire departments in Grant County will be going into regulated closure Thursday, June 30, according to Bill Cearns from the fire defense district. Check local jurisdictions for specific regulations.

Seneca City Council minutes, May Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:56:17 -0400 Attached are the minutes from May meetings of Seneca City Council.

Local day spa offers ‘Pampered Paradise’ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:30:35 -0400 Angel Carpenter In need of a day of pampering?

Taylor Edgar has opened Perfectly Polished Day Spa, 140 E. Main St., in downtown John Day.

She offers customized services for nails and skin, with everything from express manicures, pedicures and facials for a quicker visit to in-depth services such as “Pampered Paradise” and other packages.

Pampered Paradise includes a deluxe facial with décolleté massage of the neckline, a deluxe manicure and pedicure, which includes foot bath, massage, scrub, callus removal and polish.

Other services include nail art and French tips. Her gel polish lasts two weeks without chipping and dries right after application.

“There’s something about coming in and getting a service done,” Edgar said. “It makes you feel refreshed.”

She attended Grant Union High School in John Day, earning her GED a year early.

When she graduated from Phagan’s in Bend, she passed the state boards in Salem and began working at Bend Day Spa at the Old Mill District the next day.

After working there for about one year, she made the return to her home town, opening her own business on May 2.

“I love John Day and decided to move back and go out on my own,” she said. “I like the lifestyle, and everyone’s friendly. I like seeing all the familiar faces.”

Edgar said, while growing up, she was happy to give her friends manicures.

“I thought it would be fun to have a career that you actually enjoy,” she said. “I like that it’s a different thing every day. Everyone has different styles, and I like helping them express their personality and style.”

The day spa is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays are by appointment only.

Gift certificates are available to purchase in any amount.

For more information or an appointment, call Edgar at 541-620-4966.

John Day Swim Team holds its own at first meet Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:25:08 -0400 Angel Carpenter The John Day Swim Team faced tough competition at their first meet of the season June 24-26 in Prineville, and head coach Sabrina Howard said they held up well under the pressure.

“This meet was against year-round swimmers, so to hold a candle against them says a lot about our athletes,” she said, adding several on her team shaved time off last year’s records.

“Our kids persevered and did really well,” she said. “They represented the John Day Swim Team with flying colors.”

The team travels to the Lakeview Meet July 8-10.

Howard said she’s grateful to parents who help their children make the trip to Lakeview, where the pool was renovated two years ago.

She said she hopes the participation levels increase for the July 15-17 Burns Meet.

Prineville Meet results:

Place/Last name, first name/Time/Points

Girls 10 & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle

13 May, Sierra, 4:39.39

Boys 10 & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle

6 Coalwell, Ryan, 3:56.84, 1 point

Girls 11-12 200 SC Meter Freestyle

11 Robertson, Riley, 3:42.57

Boys 11-12 200 SC Meter Freestyle

4 Reames, Riley, 4:34.24, 3 points

Girls 13-14 200 SC Meter Freestyle

4 Reames, Jessica, 3:29.90, 3 points

Boys 13-14 200 SC Meter Freestyle

5 Coalwell, Trevyn, 3:23.82, 2 points

Girls 15 & Over 200 SC Meter Freestyle

5 Coalwell, Torie, 2:56.18, 2 points

10 Coalwell, Myckee, 3:30.91

Boys 15 & Over 200 SC Meter Freestyle

5 LeQuieu, Grant, 2:55.12, 2 points

Girls 18 & Under 200 SC Meter Medley Relay

3 John Day Swim Team, 3:10.23, 6 points

1) Robertson, Riley A 12 2) Coalwell, Myckee M 17 3) Mead, Rhea R 12 4) Coalwell, Torie B 15

Boys 18 & Under 200 SC Meter Medley Relay

2 John Day Swim Team, 2:52.56, 8 points

1) Hallgarth, Quentin 13 2) Coalwell, Trevyn K 13 3) LeQuieu, Grant J 15 4) Hunt, Taylor J 14

Girls 8 & Under 50 SC Meter Freestyle

9 May, Sierra, 56.62

15 Howard, Colbie, 1:24.52

21 Komning, Dilynn, 1:49.70

Boys 8 & Under 50 SC Meter Freestyle

10 Rookstool, Ritter, 1:23.00

Girls 9-10 100 SC Meter Freestyle

28 Vaughan, Hannah, 3:27.28

Boys 9-10 100 SC Meter Freestyle

5 Coalwell, Ryan, 1:46.37, 2 points

10 Howard, Cayden, 2:04.29

12 Gabbard, Trevor, 2:10.01

Girls 11-12 100 SC Meter Freestyle

9 Mead, Rhea, 1:23.03

21 Robertson, Riley, 121:41.74

Boys 11-12 100 SC Meter Freestyle

4 LeQuieu, Thomas, 1:36.73, 3 points

9 Vaughan, Casey, 1:45.26

9 Vaughan, Casey, 1:45.26

Girls 13-14 100 SC Meter Freestyle

8 Reames, Jessica, 1:29.00

Boys 13-14 100 SC Meter Freestyle

2 Hunt, Taylor, 1:15.47, 5 points

4 Hallgarth, Quentin, 1:16.60, 3 points

9 Coalwell, Trevyn, 1:28.06

Girls 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Freestyle

3 Coalwell, Torie, 1:12.94, 4 points

14 Coalwell, Myckee, 1:34.21

15 Amsden, Deja, 1:44.84

Boys 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Freestyle

7 LeQuieu, Grant, 1:13.74

Girls 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Butterfly

5 May, Sierra, 28.99, 2 points

12 Walker, Morgan, 37.92

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Butterfly

7 Coalwell, Ryan, 1:16.54

9 Gabbard, Trevor, 1:27.97

10 Howard, Cayden, 1:33.21

Girls 11-12 50 SC Meter Butterfly

9 Mead, Rhea, 44.67

20 Robertson, Riley, 1:02.41

Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Butterfly

7 LeQuieu, Thomas, 1:16.51

Girls 13-14 100 SC Meter Butterfly

5 Reames, Jessica, 1:46.80, 2 points

Boys 13-14 100 SC Meter Butterfly

1 Hunt, Taylor, 1:26.46, 7 points

3 Hallgarth, Quentin, 1:33.66, 4 points

Girls 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Butterfly

6 Coalwell, Torie, 1:39.52, 1 point

11 Coalwell, Myckee, 1:59.01

Boys 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Butterfly

9 LeQuieu, Grant, 1:59.52

Girls 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Backstroke

7 May, Sierra, 28.51

13 Walker, Morgan, 33.37

18 Howard, Colbie, 43.95

19 Komning, Dilynn, 44.77

Boys 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Backstroke

11 Rookstool, Ritter R 7 John Day Swim Team-OR NT 41.80

Girls 9-10 50 SC Meter Backstroke

28 Vaughan, Hannah R 9 John Day Swim Team-OR NT 2:17.08

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Backstroke

9 Howard, Cayden J 9 John Day Swim Team-OR NT 1:10.90

11 Gabbard, Trevor W 10 John Day Swim Team-OR 1:14.97 1:14.02

Girls 11-12 50 SC Meter Backstroke

9 Mead, Rhea, 45.97

22 Robertson, Riley, 59.82

Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Backstroke

4 LeQuieu, Thomas, 49.08, 3 points

8 Vaughan, Casey, 1:01.59

9 Reames, Riley, 1:05.12

Boys 13-14 100 SC Meter Backstroke

5 Coalwell, Trevyn, 2:10.91, 2 points

Girls 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Backstroke

3 Coalwell, Torie,1:37.25, 4 points

Boys 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Backstroke

7 LeQuieu, Grant, 1:35.81

Girls 8 & Under 100 SC Meter Freestyle Relay

2 John Day Swim Team, 2:15.58, 8 points

1) Walker, Morgan L 8 2) Komning, Dilynn A 7 3) Howard, Colbie K 7 4) May, Sierra E 8

Boys 12 & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay

2 John Day Swim Team, 3:17.84, points 8

1) Gabbard, Trevor W 10 2) LeQuieu, Thomas R 12 3) Howard, Cayden J 9 4) Coalwell, Ryan F 10

Girls 18 & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay

3 John Day Swim Team, 2:35.30 6

1) Reames, Jessica S 14 2) Coalwell, Myckee M 17 3) Amsden, Deja B 15 4) Coalwell, Torie B 15

Boys 18 & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay

3 John Day Swim Team, 2:14.37, 6 points

1) LeQuieu, Grant J 15 2) Coalwell, Trevyn K 13 3) Hallgarth, Quentin 13 4) Hunt, Taylor J 14

Boys 9-10 100 SC Meter IM

5 Coalwell, Ryan, 2:15.46, 2 points

Girls 11-12 100 SC Meter IM

10 Mead, Rhea, 1:35.40

19 Robertson, Riley, 1:59.94

Boys 11-12 100 SC Meter IM

6 LeQuieu, Thomas, 2:00.15, 1 point

Girls 13-14 200 SC Meter IM

7 Reames, Jessica, 3:52.76

Boys 13-14 200 SC Meter IM

2 Hunt, Taylor, 3:12.42, 5 points

4 Hallgarth, Quentin, 3:21.01, 3 points

6 Coalwell, Trevyn, 4:10.27, 1 point

Girls 15 & Over 200 SC Meter IM

10 Amsden, Deja, 4:55.46

Boys 15 & Over 200 SC Meter IM

7 LeQuieu, Grant, 3:28.82

Girls 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Breaststroke

11 May, Sierra, 37.74

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Breaststroke

2 Gabbard, Trevor, 1:09.24, 5 points

4 Coalwell, Ryan, 1:13.10 3

9 Howard, Cayden, 2:24.64

Girls 11-12 50 SC Meter Breaststroke

7 Mead, Rhea, 49.24

11 Robertson, Riley, 52.00

Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Breaststroke

3 LeQuieu, Thomas, 57.08, 4 points

9 Reames, Riley, 1:15.86

Girls 13-14 100 SC Meter Breaststroke

8 Reames, Jessica, 2:09.49

Boys 13-14 100 SC Meter Breaststroke

4 Hallgarth, Quentin, 1:40.84, 3 points

5 Hunt, Taylor, 1:41.74, 2 points

Girls 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Breaststroke

10 Coalwell, Myckee, 1:52.65

13 Amsden, Deja, 2:34.49

Boys 15 & Over 100 SC Meter Breaststroke

7 LeQuieu, Grant, 1:55.99

Girls 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Freestyle

10 May, Sierra, 25.21

14 Walker, Morgan, 27.50

21 Howard, Colbie, 35.58

28 Komning, Dilynn, 47.33

Boys 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Freestyle

12 Rookstool, Ritter, 31.65

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Freestyle

2 Coalwell, Ryan, 46.78, 5 points

10 Howard, Cayden, 52.13

14 Gabbard, Trevor, 1:01.82

Girls 11-12 50 SC Meter Freestyle

9 Mead, Rhea, 37.90

18 Robertson, Riley, 44.08

Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Freestyle

6 LeQuieu, Thomas, 45.14, 1 point

9 Reames, Riley, 50.77

Girls 13-14 50 SC Meter Freestyle

6 Reames, Jessica, 39.01, 1 point

Boys 13-14 50 SC Meter Freestyle

2 Hunt, Taylor, 32.24, 5 points

5 Hallgarth, Quentin, 34.42, 2 points

9 Coalwell, Trevyn, 37.39

Girls 15 & Over 50 SC Meter Freestyle

3 Coalwell, Torie, 32.13, 4 points

14 Coalwell, Myckee, 39.87

15 Amsden, Deja, 43.95

Boys 15 & Over 50 SC Meter Freestyle

9 LeQuieu, Grant, 33.36

Boys 18 & Under 400 SC Meter IM

2 Hunt, Taylor, 7:28.83, 5 points

Employers prepare for minimum wage hike Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:18:09 -0400 PARIS ACHENCapital Bureau About half of Deschutes Brewery’s 500 employees will receive a raise when Oregon’s new three-tier minimum wage law kicks in Friday. Customers also might notice a change: Menu items at its brew pubs are climbing by about 50 cents each to cover the cost of the wage increase, said company founder Gary Fish.

“There is a direct correlation,” Fish said. “We don’t cut staff because we don’t schedule people when we’re not busy. If, because we raise prices, volume drops, then we don’t need to schedule as many people. We will deal with that at that time.”

At least 203,000 Oregonians will receive a raise from the new law Friday, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Wages climb from $9.25 to $9.75 in most parts of the state and to $9.50 in rural counties.

“I think it’s a great thing,” said Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, chairman of the Senate Workforce Committee, which first proposed the law. “It starts small, but that is the beauty of the way we have crafted this. It is spread out over a number of years. Workers are still going to get immediate relief from the financial pressure they’re under because of housing and other costs they face.”

The first-of-its-kind law customizes wages by cost of living and income level in three different regions of the state and sets a five-year schedule for increases. The law stemmed from concerns about the state’s housing shortage and rising expenses in a state with relatively low wages. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has ranked Portland’s affordability below Seattle’s because of a disparity between wages and living expenses.

The actual number of employees who benefit from the pay bump is unknown, said Nick Beleiciks, state economist with the Employment Department. Minimum wage workers who receive tips may not on paper appear to be minimum wage workers because of that extra income, Beleiciks said.

But those costs still materialize for employers. Tips in Oregon don’t count toward the wages owed to an employee, but employees are required to report any money they receive on the job as income for tax purposes.

Most of the 250 Deschutes employees who will receive a raise from the minimum wage law also make tips at the company’s pubs in Portland and Bend.

“The people who receive minimum wage in our company receive tips, and that’s the lion’s share of their earnings, plus we provide health care, even for food and beverage staff,” said Fish of Deschutes Brewery. “We know these are our highest paid employees getting a raise because those are our tipped employees.”

The additional cost comes at a time when employers also are adjusting to new paid sick leave requirements and facing the potential of a corporate tax increase under Initiative Petition 28, which voters will consider in the November general election.

Junki Yoshida of Portland-based Yoshida Food International said he will cut many temporary positions in his company to offset the cost of the wage increases. He said he also is looking at ways to pare down benefits.

“It is hurting those people,” Yoshida said of the people who would lose jobs. In lieu of the temporary workers, he is asking his better-paid staff to increase production.

Fish of Deschutes Brewery said despite the burden of having to pay higher wages, he doesn’t view the law as a bad thing.

“There are some employers who are not treating their employees as well that are making it harder on those of us who are,” Fish said. “With that being said, the Legislature doesn’t seem to value business and risk and all of those kinds of things as much as maybe they could.”

“We have terrific people we get to work with, and this is not about them,” he added.

The new law has some complications for employers who have itinerant employees working in multiple regions.

Generally, employers have to pay employees the regional rate in which an employee works more than 50 percent of the time, but if an employee works in more than two regions, the employer has to track that employee’s time spent in each region and pay different wages according to the amount of time spent in each region.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries has scheduled a series of seminars to help employers comply with the new law.

Enforcement of the law will be mostly complaint based, said Charlie Burr, a spokesman for Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

The minimum wage gradually climbs to $14.75 by 2022 in the Portland urban growth boundary, which includes parts of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. It will rise to $13.50 in Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco and Yamhill counties, and parts of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties outside Portland’s urban growth boundary.

In rural areas, the wage increases to $12.50. Those areas include Malheur, Lake, Harney, Wheeler, Sherman, Gilliam, Wallowa, Grant, Jefferson, Baker, Union, Crook, Klamath, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Umatilla and Morrow counties.

Pierce agrees to SPJ debate in Bend, Brown mum for now Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:51:53 -0400 PARIS ACHENCapital Bureau GOP gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce says he has accepted an invitation from the Oregon Territory chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to debate Sept. 24 in Bend.

Gov. Kate Brown’s campaign spokeswoman, Liz Accola Meunier, declined to comment on whether the governor plans to join him in the debate.

“Conversations about this debate are confidential until we hear more from the host,” said Liz Accola Meunier, Brown’s campaign spokeswoman.

The hour-long debate will “focus solely on issues impacting exurban and rural Oregon,” according to a memo by John Sepulvado, an Oregon Territory SPJ board member. Sepulvado sent the memo to the Pierce campaign June 24, said Stacey Kafka, a spokeswoman for Pierce’s campaign.

The candidates will take questions from a panel of journalists on subjects ranging from agriculture to transportation, in front of a live studio audience in Bend, Sepulvado wrote.

SPJ has partnered with three media organizations that serve rural Oregon, including The East Oregonian, Jefferson Public Radio and KTVZ-TV, to organize the event, the memo stated.

Pierce issued a news release Wednesday in which he called for six debates during the campaign and announced he had accepted SPJ’s invitation.

The GOP candidate accepted SPJ’s invitation within hours of receiving it, Kafka said.

“We’re trying to be open and transparent with voters so they can plan to attend,” Kafka said.

Brown has received widespread criticism for declining to participate in a July 22 debate sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. That debate has traditionally served as the first debate of the campaign. No other gubernatorial incumbent has declined to appear in the debate since it began 30 years ago, according to ONPA.

Brown has said she plans to participate in at least three debates, starting no sooner than Sept. 1, and will consider more on a case-by-case basis.

Christina Lynn Long Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:57:34 -0400 Christina Lynn Long, 39, of Haines passed away June 20 near Haines. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Driskill Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery in Canyon City.

Christina was born on Oct. 18, 1976, to Ivan Henry Lattymer and Doris Edith Osterhout in Albany, New York. She graduated from Grant Union High School, and then later attended college at OHSU, graduating in 2008 with a nursing degree. On Oct. 18, 1995, she married Mitchel Dawain Long at Clyde Holliday State Park.

She is survived by her daughters Tomina Long of John Day, Matika Long of Haines and Johna Long of Haines and foster father John Rowell of John Day.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christina Long Memorial Fund at U.S. Bank. Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Ronald Dennis Smith Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:51:54 -0400 Ronald Dennis “Axelrod” Smith Sr., 80, passed away June 3, 2016, in Palmdale, California.

No services will be held at this time.

Smith was born December 1, 1935, in Palmdale to Sam and Evelyn Smith. He attended school in Palmdale.

On May 31, 1975, he married the love of his life, Yvonne Smith, in Las Vegas. They lived in Tujunga, California. He worked as a welder and machinist and drove truck for the road department. He also did other various jobs.

Then they moved to Prairie City, where he worked at Dixie Creek Mine. Then after it shut down he started working at Prairie Wood Products. He helped build parts of the mill. His main job was working in the log yard, running the log loader. He worked there for 30 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, riding his street bike and four-wheeler, spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family and friends.

He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandpa. He was the kind of person that would give you his shirt off his back.

Smith is survived by his daughter Joanna and husband Jerry Butler of Prairie City; sons Scott Smith and wife Shelly Smith of Palmdale and Ronald Smith II and wife Christy Smith of Sandpoint, Idaho; one brother and one sister of Palmdale; two brothers of Lake Isabella, California; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Smith; son Asa Smith; parents, Sam and Evelyn Smith; and sister Dodie Hale.

County Court minutes, June 22, 2016 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:28:14 -0400 June 22, 2016

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, Commissioners Chris B. Labhart and Boyd Britton, Administrative Assistant Laurie Wright, Linda Gingrich, Judy Kerr, Jim Sproul, Mike Cosgrove, Steve Beverlin, Logan Bagett, Mary Walker, Rick Minster, and Pastor Dave Hoeffner. A Pledge of Allegiance was given to the United States flag. The invocation was given by Pastor Hoeffner.

CLAIMS. The court had reviewed and approved claims and Extension District Warrants # 158-164.

AGENDA. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to accept the agenda as presented. During the court meeting this was later amended to add an emergency presentation by Clerk Brenda Percy requesting permission to purchase a computer backup system for the courthouse.

ANNOUNCEMENTS. Commissioner Britton was at a Connect Oregon 6 meeting in Portland last week where Connect Oregon projects were prioritized. Our region was only eligible for 4.5 million, but they managed to get that increased to 5.8 million. Tuesday of next week Britton will travel to Ontario for a joint house and senate committee meeting regarding transportation where he will have the chance to testify about our needs. Britton plans on advocating for an additional gas tax. Labhart said the AOC is also in support of a gas tax.

9:12 am Susan Church entered.

Commissioner Labhart reported he attended an emergency management team meeting at the Grant County Regional Airport on Monday, June 20th. Labhart said this is the second emergency management meeting where there was no representative from the Sheriff’s Department and he would like to see Judge Myers encourage the Sheriff to attend or have a representative attend. Labhart believes it is very important for the Sheriff to be involved. On June 22nd he will participate in the Grant County Local Community Advisory Council at ESD, on June 23rd he will attend the Eastern Oregon Jobs Council in La Grande, and on June 27th will travel to Burns for the Regional Community Advisory Council meeting.

Judge Myers had a meeting last Wednesday regarding emergency management with EMC Ted Williams and the Sheriff’s Department. Last Thursday he attended a budget meeting for Community Connections meeting in La Grande. Myers said the road department started the chip seal project on the Middle Fork on Monday and he went and viewed it yesterday. He advised there are no bicycle shuttles offered by the county during the project. Tomorrow Myers has a mental health advisory board meeting at Community Counseling Solutions and a name change hearing tomorrow afternoon. On Friday Myers will assist with interviews at the airport for part time airport assistants.

MINUTES. MSP: Myers/Labhart -- to approve the June 15th minutes as amended.

9:16 am Labhart made a motion to open the budget hearing for the Extension and 4H Budget Committee and to keep the hearing open while waiting for further attendees, Myers seconded. The hearing was opened.

INSURANCE RENEWAL WITH CIS. Quotes were reviewed from Bisnett Insurance for renewal of the county’s property and liability insurance policies with City County Insurance Services as presented. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to approve renewal of the CIS insurance policy and circulate for signature.

Steve Beverlin asked if the Sheriff’s special deputies are covered by workman’s comp insurance. Myers believes they are when acting in the capacity of a special deputy. County volunteers are also covered.

9:22 am Peggy Gray and Nick Green entered.

7TH AMENDMENT TO OHA AGREEMENT #147789. The court reviewed the 7th Amendment to Oregon Health Authority Agreement #147789 to receive an additional $5,000 for mental health services.

MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to approve the 7th Amendment to OHA Agreement #147789 and authorize Judge Myers to sign.

C-2 UTILITIES LEASE. C-2 currently leases the old county road department building at 323 S. Humbolt in Canyon City. Until arrangements are made to surplus the lot and building C-2 would like to continue to lease the facility. Myers would like to wait for the market to improve further before trying to sell the property. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to approve the extension of the lease with C-2 to expire December 31, 2016 and circulate for signatures.

BARGAIN & SALE DEED TO CANYON CITY. The county court reviewed a bargain and sale deed to transfer land to the Town of Canyon City. This is a gift of land from the county. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to approve the bargain and sale deed and circulate for signatures.

9:32 am Dan Becker entered.

RESOLUTION 16-18. Treasurer Kathy Smith had presented the court with Resolution 16-18 which is to adopt the fiscal year budget for 2016/17. This contains all the final changes and adjustments. The total budget for FY16/17 is $26,194,881.00. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to adopt Resolution 16-18 for fiscal year 2016/17 budget and circulate for signatures.

EXTENSION & 4H SERVICE DISTRICT HEARING. Four budget committee members were in attendance, Mary Walker, Chris Labhart, Scott Myers and Boyd Britton. The budget committee is a six member committee so a quorum was present. Walker requested approval of the budget as presented. MSP: Myers/Britton – to adopt the Extension & 4H Service District budget as presented.

9:38 am Myers moved to close the hearing, Labhart seconded, motion passed.

DISPATCH SERVICES. The court reviewed the renewal contract for the City of John Day to provide dispatch services. Nick Green was introduced as the new city manager by retiring city manager Peggy Gray. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to approve the contract renewal and circulate for signatures.

Myers stated some rifts have appeared lately with dispatch and certain users. Myers believes these issues can be rectified and will be working towards this. Myers feels it is invaluable to have our dispatch services provided locally. Steve Beverlin said the John Day Dispatch has been extremely helpful to the Forest Service and has gone above and beyond to assist them. Linda Gingrich agreed with Beverlin and said John Day Dispatch has always been kind and helpful. Labhart agreed with Myers and said communication is the key and all the parties need to talk. Britton urged Green to work on cost containment in the future and Green stated this is a top priority for them. Labhart stated the AOC is pushing to increase 911 user fees. Britton would like the City of John Day to find out if the rural fire districts would be willing to pay some of the fire chief’s salary. Insurance rates for landowners are increasing and having a paid fire chief over all the rural districts may help with the rates.

9:50 am The court took a short recess. 9:55 am Doug Ferguson and Russell Ricco entered.

10:00 am Alan Hickerson and Kathy Gillam entered. 10:01 am The court returned to order. Judge Myers had to step out to attend another meeting.

PETITION TO VACATE OF WAY OF NECESSITY. The court reviewed a petition filed by Russell Ricco of Elmwood Ranch to vacate a way of necessity easement located on his property. This way of necessity was originally granted to the prior landowners whose property was landlocked by a Circuit Court decision in 2011. The previous landowners then sold this property to Elmwood Ranch and so the way of necessity is no longer necessary. Mike Springer, County Surveyor and Road Master Alan Hickerson are both in support of vacating this way of necessity easement. MSP: Britton/Labhart -- to approve the vacation of the way of necessity easement and to circulate the order for signatures.

10:05 am The court again took a recess because the next item on the agenda had a set time to start.

10:15 am The court reconvened. Brenda Percy and Karen Officer entered.

COMPUTER BACK UP SYSTEM. Labhart requested this item be added to the agenda as an emergency item. MSP: Labhart/Britton – to add this as an emergency item to the agenda.

Clerk Brenda Percy advised the court she was notified by ESD yesterday that they recommend a computer backup system be installed as soon as possible in the courthouse. Computer security has become an extremely important issue since the ESD server was attacked by ransomware recently. This will be an external hard drive of 16 terabytes costing $2,122.90. Assessor Karen Officer has offered to pay for this from her capital outlay budget as the funds are there. Dan Becker explained this would be storage in the building and is stored in a different format and not susceptible to viruses. The backup system would only be for the computers in the courthouse. Labhart would like to see Donna Becker check with the road department about a backup system for them as well. MSP: Labhart/Britton – to approve the purchase of the 16 terabyte backup system for the courthouse to be paid out of the Assessor’s Capital Outlay fund in the amount of $2,122.90. Dan Becker explained how ransom ware viruses work and the difficulties in preventing them.

10:27 am Steve Fischer entered.

ENGINEERING SERVICES. Discussion was held regarding whether or not a county and/or road department engineer needed to be kept under contract. Doug Ferguson presented information to the court of why having a county engineer on call is important. One of Ferguson’s points was there are no additional costs to having an engineer under contract because charges only incur when engineering services are performed. Ferguson understands the Road Department doesn’t have any projects in the near future requiring engineering, but things do come up. The other item previously discussed was having an on-call engineer for public works needs outside of the road department and Ferguson thinks this is also a good idea for flood protection plans and location of possible water impoundment sites.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROJECT. Ferguson explained the current FEMA grant consisting of $441,555 in federal funding that requires a $147,185 non-federal match. Ferguson didn’t know where the match funds would come from. The grant is somewhat limited and cannot be used for preliminary engineering or studies, but could be used for upstream improvements to Canyon Creek, or purchase of property which is in danger of flooding. Ferguson has located one property north of the Inland Bridge that is in a bad area and the owner is willing to sell it. Acquiring this property would be a start towards the large project and would allow for further improvements and also storage. Scott Fairley and another regional coordinator are attempting to keep the long term flood mitigation project moving, but need to find out what local opinion is on the project. Ferguson believes more community activism is important and the flooding risk is a chronic problem. It is very important to keep the school safe from flooding, but the cost of moving the school would be completely cost prohibitive. In Britton’s opinion the large flood project is vitally important. Mayor of Canyon City Steve Fisher agreed with Britton. Fisher said he was told by FEMA that as long as property owners and the school maintain their current flood insurance the rates will remain the same. Britton reported John Day City Manager Nick Green has extensive experience obtaining federal funding. Green suggested looking at a long term habitat restoration plan along with disaster preparedness and this could possibly bring in more stakeholders. Road Master Alan Hickerson is concerned that if the county purchased the property near Inland Bridge other property owners with homes for sale would want the county to purchase their homes as well. Labhart reported School District #3 conducted a survey and most patrons do not want a new school built, but rather the current one remodeled. The school district is planning on going out for a bond in 2020 after the fire hall bond expires. There is grant money available of $4 million dollars, but only if the flood issue is mitigated. Britton suggested putting a request for proposals out to have an engineer under contract. MS: Britton/Labhart -- to advertise for requests for proposals for a contract engineer for the county and road department. Labhart said he would vote no and would like to know citizens opinions about the large flood project first. Jim Sproul doesn’t think the road department needs an engineer of record and stated the department has years of experience and does a fine job on their own. Hickerson said the road department has been without a contract since 2015 and they have been able to call engineers when necessary and this has been working well. Britton wants the county to move forward with the large flood project and likes the convenience of having an engineer under contract. Hickerson feels this is being done so the road department money can be utilized. Britton stressed the engineer would only be used as needed. Labhart thinks a task force should be convened to see if the public even wants the large flood project and the court is getting ahead of itself at this point. Ferguson agreed with Labhart, but doesn’t want to see the project dropped. Ferguson reiterated having an engineer on board would not cost anything unless the services were used. MSP: Britton/Labhart – to table this motion to a future date when Judge Myers is present.

PUBLIC COMMENT. None offered. 11:07 am -- Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Laurie Wright

Administrative Assistant

Is school water safe? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:20:34 -0400 Sean Hart Local schools are testing their water taps for lead, joining a scramble of other Oregon districts who are doing the same.

Schools are hurrying to test in the wake of large amounts of lead found in the Flint, Michigan, city water supply and, more recently, in Portland public schools.

Federal law does not require schools test for lead. Although the Oregon Board of Education is working on a new rule, current Oregon law only requires schools with their own water supply to test.

Most districts in Oregon use city water systems, which handle their own testing. While public systems test on a regular basis and treat water to help reduce corrosion, lead in pipes and fixtures can enter the water at the tap and later into anyone who drinks from it.

The Eagle asked all of the school districts in Grant County for records of lead tests. Dayville was the only district that had completed testing, but other districts indicated they plan to test soon.

Dayville tested the elementary, high school and gym drinking fountains and the kitchen sink June 9. The results were sent back from Box R Water Analysis Laboratory in Prineville June 24.

“Dayville Schools passed the lead test well within accepted (Environmental Protection Agency) levels,” Superintendent Kathryn Hedrick reported Tuesday.

The EPA’s maximum allowed level of lead in drinking water is .015 milligrams per liter. The highest level detected in Dayville was .00374.

Grant School District Superintendent Curt Shelley said testing is scheduled in June for all three schools, Seneca, Humbolt Elementary and Grant Union Junior-Senior High.

“Testing facilities are swamped right now, and it may take longer than expected to get results,” he said. “With the recent findings in Portland Public Schools and a few others around the state it has been brought to the attention all school districts really need to test for the safety of all. We have not tested for lead in my tenure as superintendent (one year); however we will plan to test on a regular basis moving forward.”

Prairie City School District Superintendent Julie Gurczynski said she authorized the testing of drinking fountains and cooking water earlier this month and expects the testing to be complete within the next month.

Long Creek School District Office Manager Jennifer Garinger said the school will be testing for lead, but she did not know when.

Monument School District has not responded to the Eagle’s record request.

The districts will also need to develop a plan to test for radon by this fall, as the Oregon Board of Education is fast-tracking adoption of a new rule that requires schools to test for both lead and radon and report those results to the public.

The board heard a first reading of the rule Thursday and plans adoption Aug. 17. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Aug. 2.

The requirement will entail additional costs to schools and the Oregon Department of Education. The Legislative Fiscal Office is working on an estimate on what those costs will be. Legislative leadership has asked the Emergency Board to allocate money to pay for it.

Gov. Kate Brown in April directed the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority to review existing requirements for environmental testing and address the problem of lead in drinking water.

During the review, health and education officials learned that neither the education department nor the health authority has the power to require schools test for lead, said Emily Nazarov, operations policy analyst with the education department’s government and legal affairs section.

The health authority has authority to require testing of public water systems, but schools are excluded from the agency’s jurisdiction.

The proposed rule would require school districts, charter schools and education services districts to conduct lead and radon testing and to submit an environmental monitoring plan to ODE for keeping water, air and physical spaces safe for students and staff.

The health authority already had authority to require schools to test for radon, but the new rule will provide comprehensive guidance to schools on all of the testing required. Schools will be required to report their test results to the education department and to the community annually.

Phil Wright and Paris Achen contributed to this report.

Don’t miss these four local Fourth of July celebrations Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:20:30 -0400 Dayville, Long Creek, Monument and Prairie City will all proudly display their stars and stripes during the Fourth of July weekend.

Several fun events are on schedule, including parades, fireworks displays, music in the park, contests and barbecues.

Dayville has a new schedule this year, with their main events on Saturday, July 2.

“I’ve been enjoying Dayville’s 4th of July Celebration for decades,” said city recorder Ruthie Moore. “This year, things are definitely different, but I’m sure the event will still be full of fun, family and friends. I am especially looking forward to the car show; I think it’s a great way to honor a man (Jake Streeter) who gave so much to the Dayville community. And an evening parade should be lots of fun — come to Dayville, and celebrate with us.”

July 1

5 p.m.: Youth Arts Program art, music and drama presentations at Dayville School gym

July 2

10 a.m.: 3-on-3 basketball at Dayville School with sign-ups from 9-9:30 a.m., $15 per team

2-4 p.m.: Beer and wine tasting at Dayville Merc

2:30 p.m.: Tribute to Jake Streeter, city park

3 p.m.: Horseshoe tournament

4 p.m.: Scavenger hunt with digital camera or cellphone, teams of two

4:30 p.m.: Pie contests

5 p.m.: Jake Burger stand

6 p.m.: Parade with Grand Marshals Skip and Cindy Inscore (line up east end of Dayville)

7 p.m.: Baked goods auction

7:30 p.m.: Duck race, $5 each ($200 prize for first, $100 for second and more prizes)

8 p.m.: Music in the park

Sunday, July 3

7:30-9 a.m.: Community Breakfast at the Community Church, by donation.

For more information, call city hall, 541-987-2188.

12 p.m.: Founders Day celebration at Long Creek City Park

For more information, call city hall at 541-421-3601.

Monument’s Fourth of July Jubilee has fun for everyone scheduled for Independence Day.

7-9 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at the senior center

7:30 a.m.: Top Road Challenge 5K Run

9 a.m.: Horseshoes

9:30 a.m.: Booths open

10 a.m.: Parade

10:30 a.m.: Baking contest

11 a.m.: Family games, Frisbee golf

1 p.m.: Carnival

2 p.m.: Watermelon-eating contest

3 p.m.: Auction

4 p.m.: Lip sync

5 p.m.: Corn Hole

6 p.m.: Chili cook off

7 p.m.: Bingo at senior center

10 p.m.: Fireworks over the river

For more information, call Lonnie, 541-934-2696; Lorna, 541-934-9871; Jamie, 541-934-2876; or Heather, 541-934-2690.

Prairie City has some new events scheduled for their celebration, with the theme “Remember Why it’s the 4th of July.”

7-10 a.m.: Fabulous Flapjacks at the Teen Center

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Strawberry shortcake

11 a.m.: American Legion hamburgers at VFW Hall

12 p.m.: Parade with Grand Marshals Del and Mary Raymond (line up on North Johnson, judging at 11:15 a.m.)

1 p.m.: Fay Burril Memorial Jackpot Horseshoe Tournament and barbecue next to city hall

12-3 p.m.: Family fun at the park, water slides and a rock climbing wall

Dusk: Fireworks on the Oxbow Ranch property on Strawberry Road

Heart attack victim and paramedic who saved him roll through John Day on cross-country ride Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:18:43 -0400 R.J. MarxEO Media Group What a way to make a friend — in the back of an ambulance as you’re suffering cardiac failure.

Landscaper Bob Quick of Roy, Utah — just west of Ogden — led an unhealthy lifestyle. He paid the price in 2004.

“I could tell he was dying as soon as I saw him, for sure,” paramedic Troy Easton said. “Complete cardiac failure, ashen, blood pressure, 80 over nothing, he was real anxious, you know you’re dying. He said, ‘Please do everything you can to save my life.’”

Easton, first on the scene, said Quick had no pulse and was not breathing when they “let him have it,” shocking him with 360 joules from a defibrillator.

For 3 1/2 minutes, Quick’s life hung in the balance.

As Quick, now 55, entered the “white light,” he recounted earlier this month in Cannon Beach, “I said, ‘I’ll do whatever I can to change,’ and I woke up three days later.”

“I’m not sure whether I had a choice to save him or not, but he wouldn’t have had a very good lifestyle,” Easton said. “Not very many people come back.”

Quick’s survival was a result of Easton’s quick action and subsequent medical treatment — stents, bypass surgery, and multiple cardiac procedures, according to Easton. Quick suffered so much damage — the lower third of his heart was dead — he required a pacemaker defibrillator for survival.

Less than a decade later, in 2013, Quick had built himself into shape and proposed a unique thank you for the emergency responders who came to his assistance. He conceived a plan to bicycle from coast to coast, the first man to embark on a transcontinental ride with 16 heart stents and a defibrillator. Easton and his wife, Marla, owners of Easton Health and Safety Solutions in Ogden, sponsored the ride from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida.

The 91-day journey went through Southern California’s Imperial Valley, where temperatures reached 114 degrees on the ride. Quick and his son, Conrad, rode at night when necessary,

“It was an appreciation ride and thank you to public safety for their response,” Easton said. “Bob’s job was to go shake hands and kiss babies.”

“Say hello to your hometown heroes, because that’s what they are,” Quick said. “The ones that never hear a thank you.”

When they landed back in Salt Lake City, they were greeted by firefighters and emergency personnel lined on the runway in a V-formation.

Quick, along with the Eastons and their two daughters, arrived June 7 in Cannon Beach via RV to launch the first leg of Quick’s second transcontinental journey, a 3,400-mile trek from Cannon Beach to Fire Island, New York.

This time, Troy Easton is pedaling alongside Quick.

“Being the first paramedic to save him, I said, ‘I’ll go with you,’” Easton, 48, said. “I’ve got to watch him. He’s a go-getter, he’s done amazing things but I’ve got to reel him back. It won’t be much of an journey if we kill him.”

Quick had never been to Oregon, and originally suggested San Francisco as their launch point.

Easton vetoed that. “Bob wanted to take me through Nevada,” he said. “We were going to go from San Francisco to Nevada from Reno to Salt Lake — 512 miles of sheer hell. Why would you do that? You could cook an egg on the hood of your car.”

Easton’s daughters had recently vacationed in Cannon Beach, and loved the city and its scenic beauty.

He successfully pitched the idea to Quick: “We’re going to Haystack, Jack!”

Quick agreed, and began preparation for the trip, which would conclude 3,400 miles away.

He got a “tune-up” from medical personnel, including another stent, implanted through the groin up the femoral artery. “The key was getting him ready internally, externally, mind for the next ride,” Easton said.

The Eastons used the same tests on Quick they use for performance testing of fire and police personnel.

This ride expands the original goals of the 2013 trip. Along with thank yous to emergency services, Quick and his team hope to raise awareness of physical fitness and health, and they are raising funds to provide iPads to schools that serve autistic children.

Quick’s grandson, Bruce, 6, is autistic.

Quick and Easton, who took off June 1, headed for Salem and then to Bend.

On their way through Grant County, they visited Dayville Merc, one of several “Two Wheels Spoken Here” bike friendly businesses in the area, for some repairs with help from owner Justina Frey. They pulled into John Day Friday and stopped at the Squeeze In Restaurant for lunch and the Blue Mountain Hospital ambulance bay to show their appreciation for local emergency personnel.

They plan to participate in a three-day event planned for St. Jude Medical in Minneapolis. They’ll then take 250 miles of trail from St. Paul to Milwaukee.

With food, tents, sleeping bags and stoves, “We’ve got everything we need,” Easton said.

They plan to travel about 50 miles a day. To prevent diarrhea or cramps, they eat glutamates and protein — to maintain their energy, they’ll need about 8,700 calories per day. “We’ve been training hard the last little while,” Easton said. “But once that heart rate goes up over your threshold and that lactic acid is rocking and you’ve still got 7 miles up that hill still, that’s so heartbreaking when you’re riding a 140-pound bike. I’m used to a 17-pound bike.”

This should be a wakeup call for all of us — you don’t have to suffer a heart attack to participate in life, the “full catastrophe.” Your crowning moment is right now.

The journey offers inspiration to “seize the day” — before the day seizes you.

Angel Carpenter contributed to this report.

Cinnabar Playdays youth kick up rodeo dust Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:06:57 -0400 Angel Carpenter Cinnabar Mountain Playdays youth are at it again, competing in rodeos this summer.

“We’re thrilled to have started our rodeo series this year,” said Cinnabar Mountain Playdays board member Laura Hopper. “We’re excited for the rest of the events and to see the kids keep continuing to learn and have fun.”

The Cinnabar rodeos began June 11, with a doubleheader held last Saturday.

All of this summer’s events are held at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, and admission is free for spectators.

Youth through age 18 compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, dummy roping, keyhole racing, flag racing and figure 8 racing during each rodeo.

Saturday’s rodeo was a Wrangler National Patriot event with contestants and spectators dressed in red, white and blue clothing, along with contestants’ horses decked out for the occasion.

As part of the National Patriot event, donation jars will be set up in the community, with proceeds supporting a local veteran program.

The CMP’s next rodeo is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 16, and their final event will be held Aug. 20-21.

For more information about the rodeo series, contact Didgette McCracken, 541-575-3520; Janet Plocharsky, 541-792-0077; or Emma Winkelman, 541-620-1199.

Cinnabar Mountain Playdays June 11 results:

Open leadline

Gus Rowell, first

Bransyn Harper, second-third

Weston Hamilton, second-third

Peewee — 6 and under

Kodee Kimball, first

Anna Jacobs, second

Tatyn Harper, third

Junior — 7-9

Coy Mathiasen, first

Rowdy Israel, second

Bailey McCracken third

Intermediate — 10-14

Sam McCracken, first

Denali Twehues, second

Conner White, third

Senior — 15-18

Hunter Martin, first

Chloe Martin, second

8-9-10 softball All-Stars take third in Milton-Freewater Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:57:27 -0400 Angel Carpenter Three Grant County All-Star softball teams battled it out in Milton-Freewater last week in the District 3 tournament.

The Grant County 8-9-10 Softball All-Star team slid into third place at the tournament.

The team, led by manager Zach Williams and coaches Levi Watterson and Marissa Williams, came out on fire Sunday, June 19, beating Baker 17-4, followed by an 18-2 win over Milton-Freewater the next day.

In the semifinals last Wednesday, they suffered an 11-6 loss to La Grande.

The Grant County team was up 6-1 in the second inning, then lost ground, giving up six runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Drewsey Williams pitched through the fourth, throwing several strikes for Grant County until she was hit by a line drive. Lauren Wenger was 4-4 for the team.

On Thursday, Grant County was overcome by Pendleton, 18-6.

Williams pitched three innings with seven strikeouts, and Brilynn Combs finished out the game.

Wenger was 3-3, and Halle Parsons was 2-3.

Manager Zach Williams said he was proud of the team.

“Overall, for being 9 and 10 year olds, they did a great job,” he said.

He said the team would have benefited from tougher competition during the regular season.

“They battled in those last two games, and worked really hard,” he said. “With this group, I look forward to how they’re going to develop because they have a lot of talent and great work ethic.”

La Grande defeated Pendleton for the district title, after losing one game to Pendleton.

The Grant County 11-12 All-Star softball team worked to overcome a tough start at the District 3 tournament in Milton-Freewater, but were edged out by Hermiston.

“We were ahead most the game, and then Hermiston came back in the bottom of the fifth and got a two-run lead,” said coach Chip Grove, who coaches with Janine Weaver.

Grant County came back in the top of the sixth, scoring three for a one-run lead, but Hermiston scored two in the seventh to win.

“It was a battle of a game,” Grove said. “Both teams did really well. We had some crucial errors, but they battled back and played hard.”

The Grant County 13-14-15 All-Stars, who won last week’s District 3 tournament championship with a 12-11 win over Milton-Freewater, advance to the Or-Cal District State Championships, facing South Salem, the winner of District 7.

The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, in Tulelake, California.

Supporters golf for CASA kids Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:58:38 -0400 Angel Carpenter Twenty-four golfers teed off Saturday in support of kids at the Sixth Annual Grant-Harney County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Golf Scramble.

The event, held at the John Day Golf Club, raised $6,000.

The proceeds will be used to train and support citizen volunteers in Grant and Harney counties.

“I’d like to thank our local business sponsors and participants who contributed to the success of this event,” said CASA Executive Director Tracey Blood. “About 30 percent of our funding comes from state, and we rely on fundraising, grants and donors to fund the other 70 percent.”

Grant-Harney County CASA will also hold a golf scramble with Kids Club of Harney County on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Valley Golf Club in Burns.

Blood said children who navigate the court system with a CASA volunteer are more likely to be adopted than linger in long-term foster care, are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system and are more likely to do better in school.

In 2015, 47 children were served by Grant and Harney county CASA advocates. Currently, 42 children are assigned to the Grant-Harney CASA program, with 25 children served by a CASA volunteer. Ten adults serve as CASA volunteers in the two counties.

“We are always looking for volunteers and are especially in need of volunteers in Harney County,” Blood said.


First place: Ryan Torland, Steve Schuette, Ken Peterson and Randy Horner

Second place: CASA volunteer Ed McCrary, Dave Nelson, Alex Finlayson and Travis Jones

Closest to the Pin (KP): Ken Peterson

Men’s Longest Drive: Chuck Wilson

Women’s Longest Drive: Aidan Broemeling

Unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:57:32 -0400 Grant County experienced its lowest unemployment rate for the month of May this year since 2007.

The seasonally adjusted rate fell from 8.8 percent in May of 2015 to 7.6 percent in May of 2016, according to an economic indicators report released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday.

Grant County gained an estimated 60 jobs over the year.

The private sector added 90 jobs, including 20 in mining/logging, 20 in retail trade, 20 in private education/health services and 10 in professional/business services. No private industries lost jobs.

The public sector decreased by 30 jobs, with losses in federal and local government — 20 each — outpacing a gain in state government.

Grant County still has the highest rate in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, and the national rate is 4.7 percent.

Academic Report Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:34:19 -0400 Mariah Faith Frazier of Canyon City graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, on May 11.

Frazier earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts with a concentration in studio art.