Blue Mountain Eagle | Blue Mountain Eagle Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:18:22 -0500 en Blue Mountain Eagle | Young Grant County wrestlers place second Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:21:22 -0500 Fourth-grader competes at Bigfoot Battle

IRRIGON – Three Grant County wrestlers had an exceptional outcome at the Irrigon wrestling tournament.

The athletes each placed second in their weight classes at the Nov. 22 event, which was an optional tournament for the local wrestlers.

Braden Spencer, an eighth grader, finished with 2 wins and one loss.

Youth wrestler Mason Benge, a second-grader, had a scratch/win, a loss and 1 win (6-2).

Taylor Parsons, a first-grader, also took second place with a pin, a loss (9-12) and a pin.

Youth wrestler Jack Strong, a fourth-grader, competed at Spokane’s premiere tournament, the Northwest Bigfoot Battle held Nov. 21-22 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Strong was defeated in two matches, competing in a 31-man bracket. Officials of the event expected 1,000 participants from several states to compete.

State wants to reduce tax credit to biomass digesters Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:18:58 -0500 Hillary BorrudCapital Bureau SALEM — Oregon wants to scale back the tax incentives that currently go to more than half a dozen projects across the state that generate power from manure.

The Oregon Department of Energy included the change in a proposed bill it hopes lawmakers will take up in the 2015 legislative session to extend the biomass energy tax credit program that also covers wood scraps and other fuels.

Matt Krumenauer, a senior policy analyst at the agency, said the original goal was for this particular tax credit to offset the cost to collect and transport biomass fuels, and research revealed that these costs were lower for manure biomass.

Biomass is a catchall term for a wide range of materials, from wood scraps to food waste and manure, that can be used as fuel to generate electricity and heat. Companies often transport wood biomass over long distances, from forests to power plants. But methane digesters that use manure are typically right next to farms and dairies.

Nonetheless, the proposal caused concern for the owners of at least one methane digester company that received the biomass collector tax credits. Farm Power Northwest operates two methane digesters with manure from dairies in Tillamook County. Company president Kevin Maas said it would be unfair for the state to change the tax credit before its current expiration date at the end of 2017.

“All these projects planned on the biomass tax credit, in addition to other incentives,” Maas said. “We feel this is not the way to respond to a successful program, to cut it just as we’re getting going.”

Manure accounted for an increasing large share of the state’s spending on biomass collector tax credits, up from 8 percent of total biomass tax credits at approximately $460,000 in 2010, to 59 percent of biomass tax credits at $3.3 million in 2013, according to a state document. The state spent a total of $4.8 million on biomass collector tax credits in 2013.

Oregon’s existing biomass tax credit program expires at the end of 2017, and the bill proposed by the Oregon Department of Energy would extend it through 2021. State lawmakers first authorized biomass tax credits in 2007.

Lawmakers already extended the program once in 2011 and at that point, they reduced tax credits for collectors of wood biomass.

Krumenauer said there are eight methane digesters in Oregon that primarily use animal manure, and two that use mostly municipal food waste. Post-consumer food waste is not currently eligible for biomass collector tax credits, something that would change under the proposed legislation.

In Tillamook County, the two Farm Power Northwest digesters take manure from 500 cows at five nearby farms, and together generate enough power for approximately 1,000 homes, Maas said. Farm Power Northwest also produces animal bedding as a byproduct of the process.

Farm Power Northwest pays Oregon dairies for the manure, something the company does not do at its three digester facilities in Washington because the state does not have the same type of tax credits.

Maas said if lawmakers pass a bill with the proposed tax credit changes, Farm Power Northwest would likely figure out a way to continue operating but it might force the company to break some of the covenants in its loan agreements.

“We would have some very long, hard conversations with our bankers,” Maas said.

According to the Department of Energy, Farm Power Northwest received approximately $1 million in tax credits to offset capital costs for each of the digesters it built, and Maas said the company borrowed much of remainder necessary to cover approximately $5 million to build the two digesters.

“We planned on this incentive to help us pay it back,” Maas said.

Senior council to meet Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:38:05 -0500 MONUMENT – The Grant County Senior Citizens Advisory Council will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Monument Senior Center.

Agenda items include updating existing by-laws for the group.

2014 County Sports Schedule Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:24:50 -0500 Basketball

Friday, Dec. 5 Grant Union girls vs. Prairie City, 13-Mile Tourney John Day 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5 Grant Union boys vs. Prairie City, 13-Mile Tourney John Day 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5 Dayville/Monument @ Paul Humphreys Tip-Off Fossil 3 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5 Long Creek/Ukiah @ Joseph Tournament Joseph 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6 13-Mile Shootout Tournament continues in Prairie City Girls 12 p.m, Boys 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6 Dayville/Monument @Paul Humphreys Tip-Off Fossil 4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6 Long Creek/Ukiah @ Joseph Tournament Joseph 4 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 5 Grant Union at Enterprise Tournament Enterprise TBA


Thursday-Friday Dec. 4-5 GU Gold and all, Holiday Showcase John Day 7 p.m.

GU wrestlers back at the mats Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:14:01 -0500 Angel Carpenter JOHN DAY – The Grant Union wrestling team is hitting the mats, gearing up for its first competition – the Dec. 5 Enterprise Meet.

Head coach Andy Lusco, in his third year as head coach, is looking to four of his more experienced wrestlers to be a force on the team this season.

Overall, the group is young. Seven freshmen join four sophomores, two juniors and one senior to fill the roster of 14.

Lusco said having more wrestlers on a team can mean a lot, and he’s not dissatisfied with how many have joined this year.

“Our goal is to have as many kids out as we can,” he said.

Last season ended with 16 on the team.

Three qualified for the OSAA State Championships, including Caleb Batease ,who earned the 2A state title in the heavyweight division at 285; Tucker Wright who placed third at 285; and Clay Johnson, who was in the 120 weight class at the time.

Batease and Wright graduated in June; Johnson, now a sophomore, says he’s ready to work hard to reach state again.

Some of this year’s athletes are out for wrestling for the first time, or are in their second year.

Lusco said it’s refreshing to see younger athletes joining the team, and they’ll need to improve and stick with the program.

Returning assistant coach Tye Parsons is taking a bigger role this year, Lusco said.

On the days when both the high school team and junior high team, made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, have meets, Parsons will take a group on his own.

Next year, the team will have their first crop of wrestlers from the youth wrestling club headed by coach Mike Strong.

“That’s really the big thing – they’ll improve us a lot,” Lusco said. “Mike’s doing a dynamite job with that. The kids have fun – wrestling needs to be fun before it can be hard.”

The high school group has been building strength and learning the ropes of wrestling during the past couple of weeks, as most recently finished up with football.

“They’re working on fundamentals,” Lusco said. “We try to do a few things and do them well. Most are in weight training classes – part of being a success is being strong.”

He cited four with the best shot at qualifying for state: Johnson (126 weight class), juniors Antonio Dancer (145) and Andrew Copenhaver (152) and sophomore Chance Ballou (220).

“I’m happy about everyone that’s come out,” said Johnson. “We’re really improving and growing the program here. I’m going to try to place at state. It takes hard work all the time without letting up.”

“I’m looking forward to working harder this season to get to state,” Dancer said. “I’m going to put more individual time in with more running, drilling and working with the coaches and other wrestlers to get more experience.”

“We have a lot of weight classes and a lot of freshmen,” Copenhaver said. “We have solid workers who will continue the legacy that we leave. I’m hoping to make it to state and at least place. I love how wrestling is a one of one sport and how you can’t blame anyone else if you mess up.”

“We’re getting the new guys ready for the program,” Ballou said. “My goal is to take what I learned last year and learn more, and take knowledge from the other wrestlers and coaches and find out what my true potential is on the mat.”

Other wrestlers on the team include: freshman Hadley Boethin (170 weight class), freshman Joey Douglas (132), freshman Jay Goldblatt (120), freshman Collin Harvey (138), sophomore James Mabe (132), freshman Dillon Maley (195), freshman Hunter Martin (138), freshman Reuben Nelson (220), freshman Jessie Paulson (106) and senior Paul Roark (145).

GU girls prep for season Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:13:11 -0500

Thanksgiving sides to make you say YUM! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:12:41 -0500 Angel Carpenter Whether you’re inviting guests to your Thanksgiving table or you’re contributing a dish at a friend or family member’s feast, here is a cornucopia of recipes to help make the day something to be thankful for indeed.

This dish will quickly perform a disappearing act on Thanksgiving Day, so be sure to have plenty on hand to serve the guests!


2 loaves French bread, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 Tbsp. butter to grease pans

1 onion, chopped

5 stalks celery, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces

2 Tbsp. butter, to sauté veggies

2 tsp. celery salt

1 Tbsp. poultry seasoning

1 tsp. dried sage

3 eggs, beaten

2 C. chicken broth

1/4 C. butter, melted

1 lb. ground sausage, browned (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two cookie sheets and set aside. Cut bread into small pieces, and place in a single layer on the baking sheets. Stir occasionally as it bakes until dried out – about 30 minutes. Allow the bread crumbs to cool and add to an extra-large bowl.

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

While the bread is in the oven, melt 1/4 C. butter in a skillet and sauté onions and celery. Stir often, about 10 minutes. If you’d like to add it, brown the sausage at this point.

Add all ingredients to the bowl and stir until all ingredients are combined.

Grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and pour the mixture in, covering with tin foil.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes and serve immediately. 15 servings.

These rolls are a divine addition to the holiday dinner table with a buttery flavor and fluffy texture.


1 Tbsp. yeast

1 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. lukewarm water

1 C. milk

3/4 teas. salt

1/2 C. butter

1/2 C. sugar

4 C. flour

3 eggs, beaten


Mix the first three ingredients together in a cup and set aside to proof.

Scald milk, add butter, cool to lukewarm. Add other ingredients, cover and let rise 5-6 hours (double in size). Knead one or two times. Divide in half. Roll into a circle, 1/8-inch thick, 12-15 inches across. Cut circle into 16 pieces (in pizza fashion). Roll each from the large to the small end and shape like a crescent. Place on cookie sheet, 16 to a sheet, one inch apart. Let rise 2-3 hours. Bake 5-6 minutes at 375 degrees.

Makes 32 rolls.

Green bean casserole is a staple for family gatherings. This version comes from


4 slices maple-flavored bacon, diced

1/4 C. chopped onion

2 (14-ounce) cans cut green beans, drained

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Freshly ground pepper to taste


In skillet, fry bacon until nearly crisp. Add onion and cook until onion has softened. Add green beans, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

This tried and true recipe has a winning combination of flavors.


3/4 C. Miracle Whip Light Dressing

2 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (about 6 cups)

1 pkg. Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon (on the salad dressing aisle)

1 small red onion, chopped (1-2 Tbsp. according to personal taste)

1/2-1 C. candied walnuts


Mix dressing, sugar and vinegar in large bowl.

Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly.

Refrigerate 1 hour.

This recipe, from a Pillsbury Bake-Off booklet, may be your family’s next new favorite side dish.


3 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil, divided

8 sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained

2 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen cauliflower in cheese flavored sauce, thawed

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

1/4 grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot. Add tomatoes, garlic and green chilies; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Spread in bottom of ungreased 9- or 10-inch-square baking dish. Top with thawed cauliflower with cheese mixture. Crumble bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until edges are bubbly and bread crumbs are golden brown.

4 (3/4 cup) servings.

Here’s an easy and delicious Thanksgiving tradition – a nice addition to the holiday meal.


4 large sweet potatoes

1/2 C. butter, one stick

2 C. white sugar

1/4 C. heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

pinch of clove

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

salt to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel the yams and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a 9x13-inch casserole dish. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar, mixing well, then add whipping cream and incorporate. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla. Pour mixture over the yams and cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes, remove foil and bake for 25 minutes more. Plate up, drizzling sauce over the yams.

This barbecued baked beans recipe by Jeanette Hueckman of John Day would be a filling side – or serve it on another chilly fall or winter day.


2 cans butter beans, drained

2 cans kidney beans, drained

1 lg. can baked beans

3/4 lb. bacon (Jeanette uses peppered bacon)

2 lbs. hamburger

1 C. chopped onions

1 C. brown sugar

1 C. ketchup

4 Tbsp. cider vinegar

2 1/2 Tbsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cook bacon until crispy, according to package instructions, cool and crumble or cut into small pieces. Brown hamburger. Combine ingredients in a large oven-safe stew pot and bake, covered, for one hour or heat in crock pot on low for about four hours.

Top gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:12:18 -0500 Angel Carpenter If you’re looking for gifts to shower on your outdoor-loving friends and family, you don’t have to look far.

Friendly local merchants can help you find just what you need, and you won’t even have to push and shove at a mall.

Whether the person you have in mind has a passion for hunting, fishing, camping or just the outdoors in general there are plenty of great gift ideas within local reach. Here’s a sample:

• Garmin GPS at Nydam’s Ace Hardware. This handy gadget will help the recipient navigate whatever outdoor adventures they choose.

• RZR 1000 at John Day Polaris. For the person who has everything, surprise them with keys to an all-terrain vehicle. This Razor comes fully loaded, ready to take on any terrain with 110 horsepower and a smooth ride.

• Military backpack at Good Deals. U.S. Army-made, this heavy duty pack is equipped for the long haul with cinch straps to keep the load in place.

• Leupold BX-1 Rogue binoculars at John Day True Value. These high-performance, waterproof binoculars come in black and mossy oak and will be an instant favorite with its contemporary, yet rugged and reliable design.

• Martin Archery Lithium Compound Bow at Andy’s Pumbing and Sports in Canyon City. With a mix of smoothness, speed and stability, the Lithium delivers a silent, shock-free shot for your favorite hunter.

• HECS Stealthscreen clothing sets at Jonna’s Hair Care in John Day. Hunters could gain that edge they need with HECS technology, which uses carbon fiber conductive grid in the fabric, reducing the body’s energy field and detectability.

• Strike King fishing lures at Pioneer Feed in John Day. These fishing lures, available in a range of proven colors, are sure to bring a smile to the fishing enthusiast on your list.

Bowling results Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:57 -0500 Nugget Lanes

Week of Nov. 16

Nooners Senior League:

Men High Game:  Duane Daniels 222

Men High Series:  Duane Daniels 566

Women High Game:  Mary Jones 155

Women High Series:  Chris Rowe 404

White Trash Wednesday Men’s League:

High Game:  Chip Grove 202

High Series:  Jerry Coombs 571

Thursday Mixed League:

Men High Game:  Kodi Bremner 174

Men High Series:  Kodi Bremner 505

Women High Game:  Jamie Benton 150

Women High Series:  Cheryl Leighton 424

Week of Nov. 9

Nooners Senior League:

Men High Game:  Stanley Dehiya 190

Men High Series:  Duane Daniels 515

Women High Game:  Chris Rowe 159

Women High Series:  Chris Rowe 455

White Trash Wednesday Men’s League:

High Game:  Austin Bremner 232

High Series:  Austin Bremner 640

Thursday Mixed League:

Men High Game:  Jerry Coombs 188

Men High Series:  Jerry Coombs 462

Women High Game:  Cheryl Leighton 125

Women High Series:  Cheryl Leighton 357

Hobble Gobble 5K brings out crowd, plus canines Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:47 -0500 Angel Carpenter CANYON CITY – A hardy field of 36 participants – plus 14 dogs – turned out to hit the road in the annual Gobble Hobble 5K last Saturday.

The Humbolt Elementary School Running Club took on this year’s walk and run as a community service project.

The route began at Humbolt School, in Canyon City, and included Adam Drive and Canyon Heights.

With help from Humbolt PE teacher Samantha Gerry, the youth running club partnered with the Grant County Committee of New Hope for Eastern Oregon Animals, a pet advocate group, collecting donations to aid animals in foster care.

A total of $151 will help with low cost spay and neutering for pets and 18 pounds of dog food and seven pounds of cat food will aid animals in foster care.

Participants also donated a generous 75 pounds of canned goods and other items for people, to be split between several food banks: Monument, Prairie City, Methodist Church in John Day and the Grant County Food Bank.

The Gobble Hobble was started three years ago by Janet Plocharky and Karen Jacobs.

Placing first in the female division was Colleen Malaney with her dog Jessi, 25:46.0; first in the male division was Patrick Berry, 25:36.0; and in the youth division, Eithen Hatfield was first, 32:20.0, and Zeri Janssen was second, 34:55.0.

“We would like to thank all who volunteered and participated in this year’s Gobble Hobble,” Gerry said.

Anyone who would like to purchase a fleece Gobble Hobble scarf can contact Gerry at the school, 541-575-0454.

Shootout launches local hoops action Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:07:15 -0500 Angel Carpenter JOHN DAY – Basketball fans will cheer on their Grant County teams Dec. 5-6 at the 13-Mile Shootout Tournament – the first games of the season to be held locally.

The tournament will have both boys and girls teams competing in John Day on Friday, Dec. 5, and then 13 miles to the east, in Prairie City, on Saturday, Dec. 6, for the final round of games.

Participants this year include the 1A Prairie City Panthers, 2A Grant Union Prospectors, 1A North Lake Cowboys and 3A Vale Vikings.

The Grant Union and Prairie City girls teams will face off Friday with at 6 p.m. at Grant Union, followed by the Grant Union vs. Prairie City boys at 7:30.

Vale and North Lake also play Friday, with the girls taking the court at 3 p.m. and the boys at 4:30 p.m.

The tournament will continue with games Saturday in Prairie City. For the girls, the losers of Friday’s games play at 12 p.m., the winners playing at 3 p.m.

The losers of the boys’ first games will play at 1:30 p.m., the winners at 4:30 p.m.

‘Valued’ leader steps down Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:10:14 -0500 JOHN DAY – Kim Joslin is stepping down from a leadership role in the nonprofit she founded – with plans to spend more time with her family.

Joslin, executive director of VALUE ADDED for the past six years, has passed the leadership baton to Eddie Humbird, former county services coordinator.

She was feted at a Nov. 21 open house at Sue Z Q’s thrift store in John Day, an outlet of the nonprofit that provides skills and job training for special needs adults.

Joslin said she started VALUE ADDED as a way to serve adults in the community – such as her brother Brian McKrola – who have developmental disabilities. Over the years, a fledgling group of two grew to over 15 served.

“We have created meaningful lives for people,” Joslin said, adding, “We’ve lived up to our mission statement of adding value to the community.”

With six children – four of whom are at home, and two with special needs – Joslin said her plans now are to “focus on my family.” She also will continue coaching Grant County Special Olympics, a role she has held for 14 years, and said she would also like to “flip furniture” and do a little crafting.

Cosgrove named OSSA Teacher of the Year Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:05:48 -0500 One of the most important things we can teach our students is that learning in intrinsically enjoyable and striving for success is a reward in itself.

– Sophie Cosgrove

Cosgrove shares her enthusiasm for learning

By Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

CANYON CITY – Humbolt Elementary School teacher Sophie Cosgrove has been named the 2014 Oregon Small Schools Association Teacher of the Year.

Cosgrove, a John Day resident, has shared the joy of learning with students for nearly 25 years, all spent at Humbolt Elementary in Canyon City.

“I really feel that all of them can learn,” she said. “I enjoy teaching and trying fun and engaging ways to present the lessons and have them be enthusiastic about learning.”

She said that at times children may feel they can’t do the work, but “when they discover they can, it increases their self-confidence.”

Cosgrove, who lives in John Day with her husband Mike, a retired educator, began teaching at Humbolt in 1977, starting as a second grade teacher.

After teaching for four years, she took 13 years off to raise her two sons. She returned to Humbolt, teaching kindergarten for 18 years and is now in her third year teaching fourth grade.

Grant School District No. 3 Superintendent Mark Witty cited Cosgrove’s commitment to teaching and willingness to adapt in her profession are some reasons for her nomination for the award.

“Her love of her students is demonstrated by her exceptional care in preparing quality lessons every day that meet the needs of all of her students,” Witty said.

Cosgrove said the award is for all teachers at Humbolt.

“I accepted the honor on behalf of everybody at our school because we all work together to educate children,” she said. “It shows education in a positive light in the community.”

Humbolt Principal Monty Nash said the fact that she would accept the award on behalf of the other school teachers “speaks volumes” about the kind of person she is.

Nash said that while Cosgrove is humble about the recognition, she is “very deserving.”

He said his greatest source of pride in her has been her willingness to move from kindergarten to fourth grade.

“It’s not easy to do,” he said, adding she’s learned the curriculum, the standards, and has come to know her students and their educational needs.

He said her ability to assess her students and the best learning approach for each one has been her greatest asset.

Her dedication to teaching students outside of normal school hours is another highlight, he said, noting she’s taught summer school, working with her incoming fourth-grade students who needed to boost their reading and math skills before starting school in the fall.

“All her students passed their assessments last year – with 97 percent in reading and 91 percent in math – not just Mrs. Cosgrove, but also Andrea Ferreira who also teaches fourth grade,” Nash said.

“We’re proud of her, and just to be a part of it makes us all feel good,” he said.

Two of her colleagues Didgette McCracken and Devin Moan, math and reading Title coordinators at Humbolt, said Cosgrove is “the epitome of what all educators should strive for and an inspiration to both of us.”

Cosgrove said she’s excited to be teaching at a time when the standards are rigorous with “high levels of accountability for both students and teachers.”

“Students’ confidence and self-esteem is built, not by frequent praise, but by success in completing a difficult task after repeated attempts and periodic failures. One of the most important things we can teach our students is that learning in intrinsically enjoyable and striving for success is a reward in itself.”

Cosgrove said other aspects of teaching she’s appreciated over the years have been educating the children of children she has previously taught and seeing the connection her students have to the outdoors, such as ranching and outdoor recreation.

“It’s the connectivity of small-town life,” she said. “I think kids feel comfortable in their community.”

Merry Christmas – from Prairie City! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:04:10 -0500 Cheryl Hoefler PRAIRIE CITY – Let the holidays begin!

That was the sentiment in Prairie City last Saturday as people from across Grant County and beyond thronged to town for the annual Christmas on the Prairie celebration.

People streamed in and out of shops along Front Street all day, chatting, laughing, and of course, scooping up bargains. They also converged on several sites – Prairie City School cafeteria, the community center and the public works building – for bazaars and vendor sales.

While the weather looked threatening, the rain stayed clear of the festivities most of the day.

A popular spot was the Teen Center on Front Street where kids of all ages made crafts, led by Lindsay Rausch, and gingerbread houses, organized by Anna Smith. Maddy Hassmiller and Aiden Marten’s names were drawn to win prizes of ready-made gingerbread houses.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, accompanied by a trio of elves, dropped in on the Teen Center, arriving in flashy style aboard a Prairie City fire engine with its siren blaring and lights flashing.

Other activities included the opening of DeWitt Museum for the day, a Prairie City School FFA auction and dinner, and a tree-lighting ceremony at City Park.

A concert at the Strawberry Grange Hall, emceed by Boyd Britton, and presented by Strings & Beyond and Friends, capped the festive day. Vocal and instrumental performances featured a range of styles, from timeless carols to upbeat holiday tunes.

District 3 schedules input nights Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:03:28 -0500 JOHN DAY – Grant School District No. 3 will hold three community input sessions this month, and parents and patrons are invited to attend.

All three start at 6:30 p.m., and the dates are:

• Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School.

• Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Seneca School.

• Thursday, Dec. 11, at Humbolt Elementary School.

This is the third year the district has held input nights.

Superintendent Mark Witty said people can give the district feedback on what’s working well, what improvements might be needed, and their program priorities and interests. The information is considered in the planning and budgeting processes.

Project urges healthy lifestyles Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:03:10 -0500 JOHN DAY – Local health officials and medical providers are joining together to launch Healthy Together, a project aimed at improving health awareness and education in Grant County.

Kimberly Lindsay, executive director of Community Counseling Solutions, announced the project last week.

The project will offer free monthly informational events for the community, as well as group activities encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

The effort is funded by the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, which has awarded $1.6 million in grants for projects throughout Eastern Oregon to promote better health, better care and lower costs for Oregon Health Plan members and their communities.

The grants encourage collaboration between caregivers and community partners. Groups have a year to work on their projects, with evaluation by the Oregon Health Sciences University during that time.

Lindsay is overseeing the Healthy Together grant.

Individuals working on the project include Dr. Andrew Janssen of Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic; Karen Triplett, nurse practitioner at the Grant County Health Department; Linda Watson, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc.; Lindsay Madden, family nurse practitioner and county health department manager; and Mindy Stinnett, registered nurse and Strawberry clinic manager. Other partners include Blue Mountain Hospital, dental providers, Department of Human Services, Families First, OSU Extension, Heart of Grant County, Grant County Safe Communities Coalition and Grant School District No. 3.

For more information, contact project coordinator Kathy Cancilla, 541-620-8261.

Grant Union October Students of the Month Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:44:41 -0500

What’s Happening Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:15:23 -0500 The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Friday. Call Cheryl at the Eagle, 541-575-0710.

See information on community dinners, Page A1.

• 7 p.m., Grant Union High School old gym, John Day

The event includes performances by the Grant Union High School dance team, and students of Body, Fitness and Dance. Admission at the door is $5 a person plus one can of food, and free for children under 6. Proceeds benefit the high school and junior high dance teams.

• 5:30 p.m., John Day Elks Lodge

This is the 21st year for the event that benefits several senior groups in Grant County: Blue Mountain Care Center, Valley View Assisted Living, Bear Valley Assisted Living, Chesley’s Elderberry House and homebound seniors throughout the county. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the by-donation spaghetti dinner starts at 6 p.m. Auction items are needed for the silent auction which is held during the dinner. To donate or for more information, contact Lucie Immoos at 541-620-2098 or 541-575-1058.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Keerins Hall, Grant County Fairgrounds

For more information, call the fair office at 541-575-1900.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Trowbridge Pavilion, Grant County Fairgrounds

For more information, call Mary Jones at 541-575-2318.

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

The Grant County Library Foundation is holding the sale in the west wing of the old Blue Mountain Junior High building on Canton Street, behind Kam Wah Chung Interpretive Center. Books, tapes, DVDs and more, plus hot beverages and gift baskets. The Foundation is raising money to build a new library in Grant County. To donate books for the sale, contact Bonnie Britton, 541-575-0435.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

All are welcome to a community event, offering an opportunity for people to discuss healthy alternatives. A free dinner will be offered, as well as child care and door prizes. The project, sponsored by the Grant County Health Department, is funded by a Transformation grant from Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization received by Community Counseling Solutions. Transportation is available; call 541-620-8261.

• 1-2:30 p.m., Canyon City Community Hall

Just in time for the holidays, Families First Parent Resource Center is offering free family photo sessions. There will also be “Winterfest” toy-making activities. For more information or to RSVP, call Families First at 541-575-1006.

More holiday events are listed in this week’s special Holiday Guide section.

Student art Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:15:17 -0500

Clarence ‘Buster’ Shearer Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:14:54 -0500 Clarence “Buster” Shearer, 84, died Nov. 19 at his Long Creek home. Services are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Buster Shearer through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Helen Lorraine Warner Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:14:47 -0500 BEND – Helen Lorraine Warner, 85, Canyon City, died Nov. 14 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. A memorial service was held Nov. 20 at Driskill Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Warner was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Klamath Falls to Cecil Sharp and Vera (McClain) Sharp. In 1947, she graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville.

On May 15, 1953, she married William F. Warner in Winnemucca, Nev.

She spent her years working for the U.S. Forest Service, retiring after 25 years in 1994.

Her hobbies included bowling, camping and her flower garden.

Survivors include her sons, Dewey (Brenda) Warner of Las Vegas, Robert Warner of Troutdale and William Warner of Canyon City; brother, Jerry Sharp of Portland; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Warner.

Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Homer Dewayne Wood Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:14:39 -0500 Homer Dewayne Wood, 76, died Nov. 18 at Richland, Wash., with family members at his side.

Mr. Wood was born April 18, 1938, in Marcia, N.M., to Homer and Edna Wood. He attended school in Mt. Vernon, Ore., and joined the Army in 1956. He served in armor (tanks) and became an instructor until his discharge in 1959. He met and married Betty White in 1960.

Mr. Wood became a truck driver and drove long haul trucks for years. Then he moved back to Oregon and became a log truck driver with logging being his love. He always had a smile and was quite a jokester, making those around him laugh and smile.

He liked country music and gospel music and became quite a musician himself. He was much loved by many and will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Betty, his children Homer (Jake) Wood of Kansas, Susan (Joe) Willmorth of Parma, Idaho, Jimmy (Linda) Wood of Eagle, Idaho, and Wesley (Emily) Terrell of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; sisters Opal Futter, Florence Burrious and Ruby McCoshum; brother, J.D,; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his mother and father; his sisters, Evelyn Kline, Norma Davis, Alma Ruth Walker, and brother, James.

A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 24 , at the Canyon City cemetery, followed by a reception to honor his memory at the community hall in Mt. Vernon.

Candy Lee Olsen Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:14:32 -0500 Candy Lee Olsen, 64, died Nov. 16 at her John Day home. A celebration of life was held Nov. 24.

Mrs. Olsen was born Jan. 21, 1950, in Prairie City, the youngest of three children to Darrell and Dorothy Johnson. She grew up on a ranch in Prairie City, and graduated from Prairie City High School in 1967.

She attended Blue Mountain Community College, where she studied to become a licensed practical nurse. She worked at several nursing homes and assisted living centers throughout her career, where she brought much joy to those in her care. She also worked at St. John’s Medical Clinic in Portland.

Her many hobbies included sewing, crocheting, embroidery, baking, writing poetry and playing the organ. She played organ for Grace Chapel in Prairie City and First Christian Church in John Day.

She was a kind and caring person who always offered a warm smile and listening ear. She rarely complained and was easy to please, and thankful for what she had. She enjoyed a good laugh and being silly. She loved dressing up in funny costumes and hats to make her residents laugh.

Throughout her illness, she demonstrated valiant strength and steadfast trust in the Lord.

Survivors include her daughter, Felicia (Lisa) August of Walla Walla, Wash.; son, Christopher Olsen of Prairie City; father, Darrell Johnson of Prairie City; sister, Wanda Petersen of Charlie Lake, British Columbia, Canada; and brother, Garth Johnson of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Johnson.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church of John Day or to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Clinton Mathew Brown Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:09:15 -0500 Clinton Mathew Brown, 57, died Nov. 12 at this Dayville home. A private service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Brown was born Aug. 21, 1956, in Eureka, Calif., to William and Fontella “Penny” (Wilson) Brown.

On April 6, 2013, he married Cindy Bolman at their home in Dayville. He spent his working years as a logger.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was a man of many accomplishments; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy L. Brown of Dayville; daughter, Jolene Brown of Bend; son, Shane Brown of Prineville; seven brothers; one sister; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Bartley Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Clinton Brown through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Grant County Meetings Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:09:06 -0500 ONGOING

Grant County Library is open 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. Tuesday; and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The library is located at 507 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day.

Canyon Mountain Center offers meditation sittings from 5:30 to 6:10 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 511 Hillcrest, John Day. Call ahead, 541-932-2725.

Burns-Hines VA Clinic – Services for Grant County veterans. Lab draws on Wednesdays. Nursing staff and therapy Monday through Friday. 541-573-3339.

Grant County Genealogical Society Research Center – Open 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Parsonage building behind Historic Advent Church, West Main Street in John Day. 541-932-4718 or 541-575-2757.


11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – TOPS weigh-in, meeting. Bible Way Community Church, 401 W. Main St., John Day. 541-575-3812, 541-932-4592.

12 p.m. – Seniors Meal Program at the Strawberry Grange Hall, Prairie City.

12 p.m. – Women’s Support, by Heart of Grant County, for domestic violence survivors. Free lunch. 541-575-4335.

6 p.m. – Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department, City Hall.

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Family History Center open, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, John Day. Also open by appointment. 541-656-8069.

7 p.m. – Prairie City School Site Council, school library.

7:30 p.m. – Let Go Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish Hall, John Day. 541-575-0114.


Thanksgiving Day – No meetings

FRIDAY, Nov. 28

4 p.m. – Long Creek Historical Society, Long Creek City Hall, 541-421-3621.

6 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous, open to nonmembers too, Long Creek Community Center. 541-421-3888.

7 p.m. – Whiskey Gulch Gang, Sels Brewery, Canyon City. 541-575-0329.


7 p.m. – Bingo at the Monument Senior Center, potluck dinner at halftime.

SUNDAY, Nov. 30

Fun Jam, musicians and listeners welcome for bluegrass, gospel and traditional country western music, Call for time and location, 541-575-1927.

MONDAY, Dec. 1

Noon – Seniors Meal Program, John Day Senior Center, 142 N.E. Dayton St. 541-575-1825.

5 p.m. – Monument Soil and Water Conservation District, Monument Senior Center. 541-934-2244, 541-934-2141.

5:30 p.m. – Monument Booster Club, Monument School library. 541-934-2532.

6 p.m. – Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, 541-932-4688.

7 p.m. – John Day Volunteer Fire Department, fire station. 541-620-4037.

7 p.m. – Dayville Volunteer Fire Department, fire hall.

7 p.m. – Prairie City High School Booster Club, school library. 541-820-3314.

7:30 p.m. – New Leaf Garden Club. Meeting place varies. 541-575-4333, evenings.

7:30 p.m. – Outlaw Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon. 541-932-4844.


9 a.m. – Grant County Food Bank, board of directors, 530 E. Main St., John Day. 541-575-0299.

10-11 a.m. – Story Hour and craft project, Grant County Library, for preschoolers 0-6 years old. 541-575-1992.

12 p.m. – Seniors Meal Program at the Monument Senior Center.

4 p.m. – Dayville School Site Council, at the school.

5:15 p.m. – Monument School Site Council, school science building.

6 p.m. – Compassionate Women, support for women who have lost a loved one. Outpost Restaurant. 541-575-1515.

6:30 p.m. – John Day Swim Team Board, Outpost Restaurant. Open to the public.

6:30 p.m. – New Beginnings Recovery Group, Living Word Christian Center, Mt. Vernon. 541-932-4910.

7 p.m. – Bingo, John Day Senior Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

7 p.m. – Venturing Club, Boy Scouts of America, Church of the Nazarene, John Day. 541-575-2765.

7 p.m. – Oregon Hunters Association Harney County Chapter, at Glory Days Pizza. Gift card drawing for members who attend.

7:15 p.m. – Boy Scout Troop 898, John Day Elks Lodge, John Day. 541-575-2531.

Degree of Honor, Margaret E. Lodge 64, Time and place vary. 541-575-2528.


7 a.m. – Ministerial Association of Grant County, Outpost Restaurant, John Day.

9 a.m. – Grant County Court, courthouse, Canyon City.

9 a.m. – Shepherd’s Closet, open, with free clothing for all ages and coffee, at Prairie City Assembly of God. 541-820-3682.