Blue Mountain Eagle | Blue Mountain Eagle Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:37:17 -0400 en Blue Mountain Eagle | John Day class set for prospective homeowners Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:18:37 -0400 JOHN DAY – People can learn more about home ownership and low-interest loan programs at the ABCs of Homebuying class Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Day Senior Center.

To register, call 541-963-3186 or 1-800-838-3186, or email to

Debbie Votaw of Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc. and Di Lyn Larsen-Hill of the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority will present the class.

Festival fun for all Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:25:19 -0400 Cheryl Hoefler JOHN DAY – Food, produce, crafts and entertainment – were among the many treats awaiting visitors to Saturday’s Farmers Market Harvest Festival in John Day.

Crowds of happy shoppers packed Southwest Brent Street throughout the morning at the Festival which caps the 2014 season of the Farmers Market.

Shoppers sample their way into the holidays Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:02:58 -0400 JOHN DAY – Shoppers got to dine while they filled their carts Thursday at Chester’s Thriftway, as the store held its annual Holiday Showcase.

The event featured sample tables throughout the store, with more than 30 vendors showing off new and favorite holiday treats.

There also were drawings for free bags of groceries, and several demonstrations of how to prepare various items.

Chester’s also hosted an oyster eating contest that drew eight brave souls, each vying to be the first to slurp up 24 oysters on the half shell. Jason Wright was declared the winner.

Crews get ready to burn piles on Malheur districts Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:44:11 -0400 JOHN DAY – Pile burning will get underway in multiple units of the Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts, continuing over the next couple of months, the Malheur National Forest announced.

Pile burning is used to eliminate woody debris and lessen risk to firefighters in the event of large-scale wildfires.

It is being done in areas where crews have completed fuels reduction projects, including thinning, brush removal and cutting lower limbs from trees. The activity will be dependent on weather and air quality conditions, officials said. There may be short-term impacts on air quality.

Drivers are urged to be caution in the burn areas, as there will be fire crew traffic and other activity.

To report a wildfire or to report theft or damage to government property, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321.

Bald Sisters at 100 percent containment Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:02:15 -0400 JOHN DAY – With the onset of cooler weather and rain, the Forest Service has declared the Bald Sisters Fire 100 percent contained.

The agency said the fire was deemed contained Wednesday, Oct. 15, after showing no significant acreage increase. It remains on patrol status by local resources.

Malheur National Forest officials said area closures remain in effect for public safety in the fire vicinity. Closure information and maps are available online at

The fire, sparked by lightning Aug. 1, spread to 2,820 acres in rugged terrain on the west slope of Baldy Mountain.

Poll shows Oregon pot, GMO measures passing Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:49:24 -0400 PETER WONGCapital Bureau A new poll conducted for Oregon Public Broadcasting/Fox 12 indicates that legalization of marijuana for recreational use is headed for approval in Oregon — but only if advocates get some of their likeliest voters to turn in their ballots.

According to the survey by DHM Research, released Wednesday, Measure 91 was favored by 52 percent and opposed by 41 percent. Seven percent were undecided.

DHM pollster John Horvick said the balance rests with groups that historically have low participation in elections: Voters ages 18-34, who favor Measure 91 by 70 percent; independents, 68 percent, and first-time and low-frequency voters, 63 percent.

Horvick said if more of those voters cast ballots, Measure 91 is more likely to win, but if they don’t, Measure 91 could fail.

The telephone survey was conducted last week with 516 likely voters, defined as those who cast ballots in two of the past four elections. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. All results include “leaners” who said they are for or against a measure, but might change their minds.

Republicans, at 63 percent, were the group most opposed to Measure 91.

A different marijuana legalization measure failed in Oregon in 2012, the same year that voters in Washington and Colorado approved legalization measures similar to Oregon’s current measure,

Alaska and Washington, D.C., also have legalization measures on their ballots.

Similar circumstances apply in Measure 92, which would require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.

According to the DHM survey, Measure 92 was favored by 49 percent and opposed by 44 percent — within the survey’s margin of error. Seven percent were undecided.

Among those 18-34, and new and low-frequency voters, Measure 92 won 62 percent support. Republicans were the largest group against it with 61 percent.

DHM’s Horvick says if Measure 92 advocates can persuade low-participating groups to return their ballots, it can pass, but it will be close.

Both sides have waged multimillion-dollar ad campaigns.

Similar measures failed in California in 2012 and Washington in 2013, but only after campaign spending of $46 million and $22 million, the latter a record for Washington.

Oregon voters also rejected a measure in 2002 with 70 percent of the vote, although both sides say the Nov. 4 vote will be closer.

On three other ballot measures in the DHM Research survey:

• Measure 90, which would advance the top two finishers in a primary to the general election, regardless of party, was almost evenly split at 36 percent in favor and 38 percent opposed; 26 percent were undecided. Both sides have well-funded campaigns that could sway the outcome.

A similar measure failed in 2008.

• Measure 86, which would allow the state to sell bonds or other debt to create a scholarship fund for post-secondary education, was favored by 35 percent and opposed by 41 percent; 25 percent were undecided. Neither side has a well-funded campaign.

• Measure 88, which would allow four-year driver cards to drivers regardless of immigration status, was failing with 31 percent in favor and 60 percent opposed. Horvick said only 44 percent of Democrats support it, while 60 percent of independents and 83 percent of Republicans oppose it.

Results in the OPB/Fox 12 survey for governor and U.S. senator were released Tuesday.

County Court minutes 10-08-14 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:11:33 -0400 IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF GRANT – OCTOBER 8, 2014

To access County Court Minutes go to the Commissioners page at the Grant County website

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, Secretary Mary Ferrioli, Jim Sproul, and Pastor Ron Roberson. A Pledge of Allegiance was given to the United States flag. The invocation was given by Pastor Roberson.

CLAIMS. The court approved county claims and Extension District Warrant Nos. 215 – 221. A tagged claim was to Boyd Britton Welding due to conflict of interest for $414.00 in steel supplies for the Road Department.

AGENDA. Britton said he heard this morning the Monument Rural Fire Protection District would be in again to discuss some questions with the court. MSP: Myers/Labhart -- to accept the agenda with adding discussion with the Monument Rural Fire Protection District.


Labhart would participate in an AOC Veterans Committee meeting next Monday and then be gone the rest of the week for the Oregon Rural Health Conference at Sunriver.

Britton hoped this week he and Doug Ferguson will be meeting with State Dam Inspector Keith Mills. Tomorrow he will attend the Blue Mountain Forest Partners general meeting at the airport. He and Clerk Brenda Percy attended the AOC District 1 meeting at the airport last Thursday.

9:05 am -- Hal Smith entered

Myers and Britton had both attended the OPRD trails system public meeting at 6 pm Monday evening in Mt. Vernon. Tomorrow from 2 to 4 pm Myers would attend the Cattlemen’s Association Monitoring Workshop out at Izee that would look at ways to measure stubble height, and other items. Britton felt the issues and changes regarding stream bank alteration would soon come forward again.

MINUTES. MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to approve the October 1 minutes as amended.

9:20 am – Kathy Smith entered

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. The court discussed suitable dates to schedule contract negotiations with Pinnacle Architecture for the Courthouse Elevator Project. Myers planned to check with Circuit Court Administrator Tammy Wheeler and Peter Baer to see which dates in the next week are convenient. Britton thought it would be useful if Treasurer Kathy Smith could also participate.

ROCK QUARRY LEASE. Court members reviewed a 20 year Rock Quarry Lease and Mining Agreement for the Howell Pit with Art Ragsdale at an annual lease payment of $1,500.00 beginning May 2015. It was noted that this pit is located in the Monument area. MS: Labhart/ Britton -- to circulate for signature the Rock Quarry Lease and Mining Agreement for the Howell Pit. During discussion Britton asked Myers to check with the Road Foreman about the need for this rock quarry lease and the 20 year term. Labhart withdrew his motion; Britton withdrew his second.

RAILWAY DEPOT. The court reviewed and signed a Contract with Shannon Voigt Construction LLC to perform work on the entrance ramp to the Sumpter Valley Railway Depot at the RV Park in Prairie City. Last week Voigt’s bid was awarded to remove the ramp and install stairs and a handrail. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to sign the Contract for Goods and Services Less Than $25,000.00 with Shannon Voigt Construction LLC for the Railway Depot entrance.

9:35 am – Jerry Cowger, Bruce Strange and Larry Vote entered

BUDGET RESOLUTIONS. Court members reviewed and sign Resolution 14-35 Making Transfer from Contingency / General Fund $4,500.00 to Sheriff’s Capital Outlay Equipment to purchase ballistic vests for all Corrections personnel and Resolution 14-36 Appropriating Unexpected Grant Funds / Equipment Reserve Fund $10,000.00 from DEQ to assist in purchasing a cardboard baler for the Transfer Station. MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to adopt Resolution 14-35 and Resolution 14-36 as presented.

MONUMENT RFP DISTRICT. Board member Jerry Cowger appeared to ask if the county had a solution yet for storing the district’s equipment. Myers said he had not heard back yet from the Attorney General’s office or Oregon Department of Forestry. Board members were anxious to have 2 engines and a 4WD truck removed from their property. Strange indicated that Zach Bruce may have storage space; but, it was felt temporary storage on county property was best. Myers offered to look into available storage at the Long Creek Shop. He also planned to contact legal counsel again today. Labhart asked for a list of property items that would be involved. Britton recommended bringing the equipment to the County Road Shops for winterization and storage. Discussion followed about the district’s anticipated insurance policy renewal, resignation letters dated for tomorrow, and a low-boy Mr. Strange has available for hauling the fire-fighting equipment. Today, the board delivered a file cabinet for storage in the Clerk’s office and turned over the check book balance to the Treasurer.

LIBRARY. The court considered the Librarian’s request to approve a $3,400 budget transfer to cover this year’s cost increase for the Sage Evergreen Bar Coding System. Baker City Library is the new hub for 18 libraries in our system and Grant County’s annual fee is now $8,380.00 (based on population from 5,000 to 15,000). This fee which includes the Orbis Cascade Courier inter-library loan system is expected to increase by 3-4% each year. Labhart pointed out that during the budget process we could not get a firm cost increase, but we knew the cost would be higher this year. Treasurer Kathy Smith said the expense would come from General Fund Contingency, and that ongoing cost to support the library will continue to increase. MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to approve a $3,400.00 budget transfer from General Fund Contingency for this year’s Sage Evergreen Bar Coding System cost increase.

10:05 am – Sally Bartlett entered

RETURN TO WORK. The court discussed a return-to-work date and continuing donated sick time for a Road Department employee who has completed 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave.

Myers suggested that we temporarily fill the existing Assistant Road Master position by promoting from within, until we know more about the Road Master’s return. He recommended approving an extension of donated accruals through the December pay period since we’re unsure at this point about this person’s long term treatment. It was the consensus of the court to carry insurance coverage through donated accruals through the December pay period.

Labhart asked to address the temporary Assistant Road Master next week, and he would call in for that discussion. Treasurer Kathy Smith recommended that the court look at an employee’s necessary qualifications for the Assistant Road Master position. County policy allows promoting from within to temporarily fill an existing position. Britton suggested checking with our insurance company about these issues.

10:20 am – Roni Hickerson entered

PERSONNEL MANAGER. Court members discussed the course of action needed to fund, recruit and equip a Personnel Manager. The job description and draft in-county and public advertisements were provided for review. Myers felt it was time to quickly and actively recruit a Personnel Manager due to our exposure by not having a qualified person in this position. He has been performing personnel duties on a daily basis since Clerk Brenda Percy resigned that responsibility on October 1. Myers was in contact yesterday with an individual experienced in this field, who has offered to assist by participating on the Interview Committee.

Funding, office space, and the job description were briefly addressed later. Labhart thought those decisions could be made after we have facts on funding sources and available office space. He recommended housing the Personnel Manager in the office next to the Clerk’s office. Discussion followed about the idea of combining resources or sharing personnel administration with another local entity or organization. Kathy Smith stressed the importance of having a Personnel Manager here all the time so issues can be addressed when they develop. Hal Smith said he would like to see the county keep its options open for a full time Personnel Manager. He felt it would be a real challenge to find a good, competent part time candidate.

ADULT PROBATION SUPERVISOR. Community Corrections Director Dean Hoodenpyl, represented by Case Aid Roni Hickerson, asked to increase the Community Service Supervisor to full time to fill the Probation Counselor Misdemeanor position 3 days a week. Hoodenpyl’s department currently supervises 85 court-ordered offenders and standard Evidence-Based Practice is reported to be from 55 to 65 offenders per supervisor. He hoped the increase to full time could assist with supervising low-level offenders, facilitate the Moral Recognition Therapy program, allow more time to focus on the Community Service Program, and potentially assist in re-establishing a Drug Court. This would effectively bring back a position the department lost during budget cuts about 10 years ago. If approved, Hoodenpyl estimated needing a $45,585 transfer from Contract Services to Personnel Services to cover wages for 3 days per week. He felt funds had been increasing and the additional cost was available within the budget. Hickerson talked about the Community Service Supervisor’s effort to secure work for crews and income for the department through campground clean up for the Forest Service, and work with other counties to possibly bring back the Drug Court.

Myers asked if this person has the qualifications to serve in the Probation Counselor Misdemeanor position. Hickerson said the individual has no experience in the jail system, but is only a few credits away from a Bachelor’s degree in Corrections. Labhart asked about additional training that’s needed at the academy which would create an additional expense for several weeks, and a work load transfer for that period of time. Britton thought we may be getting in a hurry. He felt things have been going well and preferred to “take a deep breath” and wait and see how things progress over the next couple of months. Hickerson said she has been able to double the monthly supervision fees received by the department over the past several months. Labhart felt the court really needs to hear directly from Hoodenpyl about this proposal. MSP: Myers/Britton – to deny the request as presented today.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Economic Development Coordinator Sally Bartlett requested approval to Contract with Kathy Cancilla to perform a portion of research and conduct interviews for the RBEG 2014 Jobs Project from October 15, 2014 to March 31, 2015. She also asked for approval to hire a 12 week temporary clerical position for the RBEG 2014 Jobs Project. She has in mind a contractor who worked with GREAT on the 2013 Rural Business Enhancement Grant.

Bartlett explained that enough money is currently in the budget to cover both the contract and the temporary hire. She indicated that this project is more intensive and would require about one-third of her time. MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to sign the Contract with Kathy Cancilla for $4,800.00 to perform search and conduct interviews for the 2014 RBEG Jobs Project. MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to allow Ms. Bartlett to hire a 12 temporary clerical position for less than $5,000.00 for the 2014 RBEG Jobs Project.

Bartlett discussed potential impacts to the Economic Development office associated with her duties as Chair of Greater Eastern Oregon Development Council. The court appointed her to serve on this board in 2010. She said that GEODC’s Executive Director resigned to take a job in Alaska and board members are responsible for covering those duties until a new director is hired. Bartlett hoped it wouldn’t take too long to get an Interim Director in place, but she may need to work in the Pendleton office as much as two days a week. Bartlett requested that the county cover her travel expenses, but not through her department’s budget. MSP: Britton/ Myers – to approve Ms. Bartlett’s travel expenses to be paid from the Court’s Travel Line while doing the GEODC duties in Pendleton. Myers asked Bartlett to consider walking away from this appointment if those new responsibilities become extended. Bartlett provided information on the 7 eastern Oregon county representation of this non-profit which is the largest federally mandated economic development district in the United States. She also said there are 7 businesses in Grant County that received funding from this non-profit.

10:55 am – John and Lindy Bastian and Judy Kerr entered

PUBLIC ACCESS ADVISORY BOARD. Public Access Advisory Board members John Bastian and Judy Kerr presented a written recommendation on the Vance Creek Road (3920). Bastian said they still don’t know what their role is as a board. The board asked for clarification about how lines of communication are to run between the board, the court, and the forest service. Britton understood the board does not have clear direction. However, he liked how the board is presenting information today and agrees the court can make those suggestions to the forest service. Labhart suggested the court, the board and the Acting Forest Supervisor sit down as a group to discuss on appropriate communication and procedure for this new kind of relationship. Before the proposed group meeting, Myers asked the board to write up a scenario of what the members feel would work best for the board.

Britton encouraged the board to send a representative to the Blue Mountain Forest Partner’s Collaborative Group to see what is going on with that process. Board members said they would like to be given information on those meeting dates so they can attend.

Bastian recommended that all travel restriction signs (instituted since our Ordinance was adopted) come down because a NEPA has not been done on the environmental effect. Bastian also said the board wants to know which public roads are being proposed for closure, but they have not been given any of that information. Labhart suggested using (on Vance Creek) the same “on the ground” process that was used on the Wickiup Road. Judy Kerr expressed frustration at being told by the forest she would need to initiate a FOIA to get a copy of a forest service map.

PUBLIC COMMENT. An opportunity was given for the public to comment. Some discussion took place about current events around the county, the prescribed burn, hunting, etc.

11:40 am -- Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary R. Ferrioli

County Court Secretary

State F&W panel boosts cougar quota, talks wolf delist Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:57:40 -0400 MEDFORD – An increase in the statewide cougar will be included in the 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations, adopted last week by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

At its meeting Friday in Medford, the commission also discussed plans for delisting wolves in part of Oregon, and set the recruitment process to replace Roy Elicker, the current agency director who recently took a job with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Major changes in the 2015 game regulations will increase the cougar quota to 970, up from 770. The change is due to growth in cougar populations, public safety issues and low elk and deer numbers in some areas.

The commission also approved modifications to archery season regulations as a result of a recent advisory committee review. The changes:

• Adding three controlled archery deer hunts in Walla Walla, Mount Emily and Wenaha units, and removal of the requirement to have a controlled elk archery tag to deer hunt. The tag will also be valid during the general archery season.

• Adding a new November controlled archery white-tailed deer hunt in the Wenaha unit.

• Severing the link between archery deer and elk tags in Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, Maury, and Warner units, meaning an archery elk tag will no longer be required to hunt deer.

• Adding new Maury and Warner unit controlled archery elk hunts. Tags will also be valid during the general archery season.

• Returning Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, and Steens Mountain units to the general archery deer season.

The Commission turned down a staff recommendation to add a new spring bear hunt in Southwest Oregon.

The Commission got a briefing on potential delisting of wolves in Eastern Oregon from the state Endangered Species Act.

The Oregon Wolf Plan, adopted in 2005, calls for considering delisting when Eastern Oregon has four breeding pairs for three consecutive years.

Staff has documented at least four packs reproducing in the previous two consecutive years. If that trend continues, the delisting process would begin in April 2015.

Before delisting could occur, the Commission must determine that wolf populations in Eastern Oregon are not likely to become endangered, existing state and federal regulations are adequate to protect wolves, and that other criteria are met.

Letter: What’s a few? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:57:10 -0400 To the Editor:

We are being blasted with ads for and against Measure 92, one “for” ad said if it passes it might raise the price of some food items a “few dollars.” For this old country boy, please explain what a few dollars means in exact amounts.

Eddie Smith

Prairie City

Letter: ‘If you think’ Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:56:59 -0400 To the Editor:

If you think your congressman should be bought and paid for by out of state money – vote for Greg Walden.

If you think your congressman should put his personal religious beliefs and political party agenda before his constituents and Oregon – voter for Greg Walden.

If you think the hugely profitable fossil fuel industry needs billions in taxpayer subsidies and tax breaks - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think for profit health care companies should fully control the cost of health care insurance – vote for Greg Walden.

If you think women should not be paid equally with men for the doing the same work - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think women’s health care choices should be controlled by someone else’s religious beliefs or government regulation - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think the top 5 percent of the wealthiest Americans should get big permanent tax breaks - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think the full time worker hours should be raised so big businesses don’t have to provide employee health care insurance - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think your congressman should meet in secret with big businesses to write bills favorable to those businesses, at the expense of workers, consumers and the environment - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think Social Security should be privatized and run by for profit businesses - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think no one should have access to and the choice of affordable health care providers - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think 25 percent of all federal eligible land should be made available for gas and oil exploration, including off shore areas - vote for Greg Walden.

If you think … vote for Alea Christofferson.

Gary Fields

Hood River

Dead bear in traffic lane causes wreck Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:55:51 -0400 PENDLETON – Two people were injured and their dog died after their car struck a dead black bear that was in the traffic lane of Interstate 84 near Meacham Saturday night.

The wreck occurred about 11 p.m. A Boise family was driving east on the freeway when the driver, Bret Cartwright, 25, changed lanes to avoid vehicle parts that were causing a hazard in the right lane. The car then struck the bear lying in the left lane.

The vehicle rolled onto the center median, landing on its top. The driver was taken to the hopsital in Pendleton for non-life threatening injuries, and his wife, 22, had minor injuries. Their 1-year-old daughter was properly secured in a child seat and was unharmed.

The family’s dog was dead at the scene.

The vehicle that previously hit the bear was not around. Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation urge drivers involved in wildlife crashes to stop and check the extent of damage to the vehicle; if possible, the driver should get the animal and any vehicle debris out of the way of approaching traffic. They also should call 911 or dispatch to report the collision and request assistance as needed.

Keep Bentz on job in District 60 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:55:09 -0400 Grant County voters have a clear choice in the Oregon House District 60 race.

Incumbent Rep. Cliff Bentz, an Ontario Republican, has proven to be a dedicated worker for his district and particularly its agricultural base. He has the endorsement of the Oregon Farm Bureau and Oregon Forest Industries Council. But beyond that, he has gained the respect of legislators on both sides of the aisle. In government circles, he is seen as a go-to guy to help work out the intricacies and impacts of water policy, transportation and energy issues.

In office since 2008, Bentz says he wants to continue working on various issues – among them protecting the water in the Columbia Basin from outside claimants and solving problems to bolster this region’s important resource-based industries.

An attorney, Bentz comes from a ranching background and is quick to discern potentially unfair impacts of changes in regulations on rural landowners. He has become a respected voice for his vast district, even with the political cards still stacked in favor of an urban westside agenda.

General election challenger Peter Hall, a Haines Democrat who describes himself as a progressive Libertarian, would have us believe he can do it better, in good part because of the “D” behind his name. In a recent interview, he stressed his familiarity with rural issues and said he could press the rural case better because he would be in the Democrats’ tent.

That insider status would be refreshing; however, we agree with Bentz that Democrats from rural districts don’t necessarily have an easier time making their case in the Legislature. There are a couple rural Ds in office now, and they face just as much resistance and misunderstanding from the urban majority when it comes to issues of rural import. When it comes to tackling that divide, there is no reason to replace Bentz, who has both the credibility and experience we need in our state representative.

We urge voters to return Bentz to the Oregon House. – SC

GU digs in and DIGS PINK Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:31:26 -0400 Angel Carpenter JOHN DAY – Grant Union’s gym was a sea of pink with pink ribbons, pink balloons and pink uniforms – even pink mohawks – as the volleyball team held its Dig Pink event Saturday.

The annual event ties in with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“This is always a special day for us to use volleyball as an avenue to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research,” said Grant Union head coach Shae Speth.

It was also a day for her team to wade its way through adversity, making the best of tough situations.

The Prospectors swept the Enterprise Outlaws in three sets, and had an energetic start to their match with Burns, but lost 1-3.

Grant Union was missing senior setter Mariah Meyerholz due to illness and the Pros’ senior middle blocker came out of action during the first set of the game with Enterprise.

“Even though we were missing those players, the team was able to stay focused during the game against Enterprise with efficient serving and running offense consistently,” Speth said.

“Mariah Moulton had a tremendous day overall, both on offense and defense,” she added.

The Prospectors won with scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-20.

Hoping to take a win after losing to Burns earlier in the season, Grant Union came out energetic and strong against the Hilanders.

The Pros won the first set 25-21, but fell short during the remaining sets, 23-25, 19-25 and 11-25.

“In the first set, we played some of our best volleyball of the season,” Speth said. “We kept our intensity throughout the set, coming away with a win late in the set.

“Toward the end of the second set, starting freshman outside hitter Kori Pentzer had to come out of the game with severe leg cramps, and we just weren’t able to close out the set. JV swingers Jocelynn Smith and Kenzie Wilson stepped in and did a good job for us in helping keep those sets competitive.”

Speth said she was proud of the team for playing “with heart and determination even with the loss of three starters.”

“Fighting through adversity was a theme for the day as we dealt with several different lineup changes. It was also a theme for the day on the whole with our sixth Dig Pink Rally,” she said.

Earlier last week, the Prospectors swept a match with Elgin on the road.

Grant Union’s strong serving with 15 team aces, kept Elgin out of system for much of the game, Speth said.

“Elgin has a couple strong hitters, but they weren’t able to get the ball to them very often,” she added.

Scores were 25-20, 25-14 and 25-16.

Grant Union hosts Imbler at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, for Senior Night. Junior varsity games begin at 5 p.m.

They are on the road to face Enterprise and Union on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 12 p.m. in Union.

The stats

GU vs. Enterprise

Mariah Moulton: 12 kills, 3 aces, 14 digs

Sam Brock: 4 kills, 3 digs

Sydney Stearns: 2 aces, 6 digs

Rheanna Cartner: 1 kill, 30 set assists, 1 ace, 12 digs, 1 solo block

Heather Mosley: 6 kills, 2 solo blocks

Emily Mosley: 1 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs

Kori Pentzer: 14 kills, 3 aces, 9 digs

Chelsie Kodesh: 3 aces, 8 digs, 100 percent serve-receive

GU vs. Burns

Moulton: 16 kills, 16 digs

Brock: 3 kills, 10 digs, 2 block assists

Stearns: 14 digs

Cartner: 1 kill, 35 set assists, 16 digs, 1 solo block, 3 block assists

H. Mosley: 8 kills, 6 digs, 5 block assists

Pentzer: 10 kills, 11 digs

Kodesh: 28 digs

GU vs. Elgin

Moulton: 4 kills, 4 aces, 5 digs

Brock: 2 kills, 1 block assist

Stearns: 6 digs

Cartner: 2 kills, 22 set assists, 2 aces, 3 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

H. Mosley: 6 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Carli Gardner: 4 kills, 2 aces, 2 block assists, 2 digs

E. Mosley: 1 block assist

Pentzer: 8 kills, 4 aces, 9 digs

Kodesh: 22 digs, 2 aces

Rally on links raises funds for a cure Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:59:27 -0400 Angel Carpenter JOHN DAY – Ladies in pink brightened the links at the John Day Golf Club Oct. 4, with men joining in the following day during the 12th Annual Rally for the Cure Golf Scramble.

Organizer Lynda Farrell said it was a memorable day.

Part of the fun included a golf cart decorating contest, and several participants dressed in colorful shades of pink.

The event included a prayer and pink balloon release in memory of loved ones who’ve been affected by breast cancer or other cancers or hardships.

“It’s my favorite part,” Farrell said.

Jan Curtis’ team won the low gross and Nita Van Voorhis’ team had low net.

Other organizers for the event included chairperson Kim Ward, Brenda Densberger, Vera Shoberg, Kathleen Lee and Vicky Mullany.

Participants enjoyed barbecued hamburgers the first day and a bring-your-own-meat barbecue the second day.

The event and a live auction raised $3,200 with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

There were 28 golfers on the first day with seven teams of women – plus nongolfers who joined in – and seven teams the second day.

“Thank you to the girls that come and participate for such a worthy cause,” Farrell said. “There are special people that come for special reasons.”

Bowling results Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:02:18 -0400 Nugget Lanes

Oct. 8

Nooners Senior League:

Men High Game: Doug Kruse 146

Men High Series: Doug Kruse 377

Women High Game: Chris Rowe 154

Women High Series: Chris Rowe 434

White Trash Wednesday Men’s League:

High Game: Grant Benton 245

High Series: Grant Benton 603

Oct. 9

Thursday Mixed League:

Men High Game: Shane Johnson 233

Men High Series: Shane Johnson 603

Women High Game:  Cheryl Leighton 153

Women High Series: Cheryl Leighton 422

Tiger Tourney generates excitement Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:01:50 -0400 Angel Carpenter MONUMENT – In their last meeting, the Dayville/Monument Tigers beat the Prairie City Panthers at their home court.

Last Saturday, the tables turned and the Panthers defeated the Tigers on the Monument court 3-1.

The Panther scores were 25-17, 20-25, 25-18 and 25-17.

Because it was a double-dual tournament, the game with their High Desert League opponent is considered nonleague.

The teams also faced the top 10-ranked Condon/Wheeler of the Big Sky League.

“This was great volleyball,” said Dayville/Monument head coach Patti Wright. “All teams played well and it was a good precursor for districts coming up in a couple of weeks.”

The Tigers had a good start to the day, beating the Condon/Wheeler Knights, 3-1.

The scores were 25-23, 27-25, 21-25 and 25-17.

“We were very excited to play them,” Wright said. “This by far was the best we have played this season, and we executed our game plan well.”

Treiquella Osborne had 28 kills in the match despite the Knights defensive presence, the coach said, adding their opponents have two 6-foot players.

“We served well and controlled play at the net,” she said.

Against Prairie City, Wright said the team simply went flat.

“They played well, and we ran out of gas,” she said.

The Panthers lost in three to Condon/Wheeler.

“As a team, we didn’t move to the ball like we needed to,” said Prairie City head coach Louanne Zweygardt. “We let unforced errors get the best of us.”

Then something changed as they went up against their county rivals.

“The girls flipped a switch when it came to Monument/Dayville, and they made adjustments to their play and coverage that earned us the win,” the coach said. “They didn’t let losing a set get them down, they just made the adjustment and played on. I am really excited for this team to use this mental focus to carry them through this week and on to districts.”

The High Desert District Tournament is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in John Day.

ADRIAN – The Tigers had a tough 1-3 loss to the Adrian Antelopes on the road last Friday.

Dayville/Monument’s scores were 11-25, 11-25, 25-21 and 18-25.

“We just weren’t there for the first two sets and finally started to play in the third,” Wright said.

The team was hampered by the loss of Ravyn Walker, who suffered a knee injury in the second set.

“We are hoping it’s not serious,” Wright said. “Hannah Flower and Brittani Hays stepped in to help and played very well. We just struggled with serve-receive and could not get our offense started.”

JORDAN VALLEY – The Panthers lost a squeaker on the road to Jordan Valley last Friday.

Prairie City’s scores were 22-25, 21-25 and 20-25.

Zweygardt said some missed serves in the first set hurt their team, but an adjustment was made and they only missed three serves total in the next two sets.

“We still had too many unforced errors to come out ahead,” said. “Amy Black had 13 kills and Brianna Zweygardt added 7 kills. Cassie Hire and Lindsey Stewart continue to improve at the net, and I really look forward to seeing how far they can go.”

Burns gridders set GU scoreboard ‘on fire’ Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:57:03 -0400 Angel Carpenter JOHN DAY – The Grant Union Prospectors faced a tough opponent last Friday as the Burns Hilanders took the ball, and the score, and ran away with it.

The game ended with a lopsided 0-89 loss for the home team.

“Burns was a tough match-up for us at all positions,” said Grant Union head coach Jason Miller. “They are bigger, faster, stronger and more experienced.”

The halftime score was 0-69.

While the Hilanders gave a strong performance, they also left their share of flags on the field, including holding and face-mask penalties and two personal fouls.

The Prospectors now move on to homecoming this Friday at 6 p.m., hosting Union/Cove.

“We will continue to prepare for each week and get better,” Miller said. “Union is a quality team and we will give everything we have on Friday night. We appreciate the support of our community.”

2014 County Sports Schedule Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:54:43 -0400 Football

Friday, Oct. 17 Dayville/Monument vs. Crane Dayville 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17 Prairie City @ Harper/Huntington Huntington 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17 Grant Union vs. Union/Cove (Homecoming) John Day 6 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 16 Grant Union vs. Imbler (Senior Night) John Day 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17 Dayville/Monument vs. Crane Dayville 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17 Prairie City @ Harper/Huntington Huntington 5 p.m. (varsity)

Saturday, Oct. 18 Long Creek/Ukiah vs. Prairie City, Burnt River Long Creek 12 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18 Grant Union @ Union, Enterprise Union 12 p.m.

Panther team plays with winning attitude Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:53:50 -0400 Prairie City 34 – Jordan Valley 64

By Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

JORDAN VALLEY – If there was a theme to the Prairie City Panther football team’s game against the Jordan Valley Mustangs on Saturday, it was “Never Quit.”

The Panthers lost 34-64, but kept a strong stance throughout.

Originally scheduled for Friday, the game was reset for Saturday, causing the Panthers to travel to Jordan Valley a second time, resulting in some “jet lag” for the team, said head coach Darrel McKrola.

“The boys played hard,” he said. “Jordan Valley had a few tough kids and a few things didn’t click for us, but we had our highest-scoring game of the season.”

At one point, the Panthers were down 20-50, yet came back to score 14 more points.

Danner Davis scored his first receiving touchdown and Ethan Camarena also scored his first two receiving touchdowns.

Dorran Wilson scored twice for the Panthers, rushing.

“The boys had fun and had some really good plays both on offense and on defense,” the coach said.

The team plays Harper/Huntington on the road to Huntington next Friday, the game beginning at 1 p.m.

McKrola said they’ll be working on their defensive strategy as they prepare for the road game.

The Panthers host Monument/Dayville junior varsity the following week for homecoming Oct. 24 under the lights at the Prairie City field.

They face Burnt River Oct. 31, and a coin toss will decide the location of that game.

Panther team shows power in attitude Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:52:31 -0400 Angel Carpenter PRAIRIE CITY – The odds may seem against the Prairie City junior varsity team, as an 8-man football team with only eight players on the roster.

Yet while they haven’t won a game yet, the Panther players and their coach have a positive outlook.

“I couldn’t ask for better guys,” said head coach Darrel McKrola. “When the other team scores, they don’t get down. Their attitudes are phenomenal – they never give up.”

They keep working hard for me play after play,” he added. “I think that’s what every coach wants – it’s really made an impression on me – I’m not just a coach, I’m a fan.”

The team is composed of two freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.

So far, five of the eight players on the team have scored touchdowns.

Senior Omar Ceja has been playing high school football for three years now.

“We are super motivated and determined,” he said. “We’re big-hearted. No matter how much people talk about there only being eight boys on the team, we stay determined.”

He said his goal is to help the team win the final three games, and “stay strong and motivated.”

Anthony Hall is a senior who’s in his fourth year playing high school football.

“I think we’re an extremely strong and well-put-together group of eight kids,” he said. “My goal is to work hard and play well and try to excel as best I can.”

McKrola has experience as assistant coach for youth football teams, but this is his first time coaching high school football, and first time coaching an 8-man team.

“I’m having a great time as coach,” he said. “I’m proud of the boys.”

He noted their focus will be “staying healthy, keeping grades up and playing hard.”

Tigers play strong, suffer defeat in Adrian Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:51:41 -0400 Dayville/Monument 20 – Adrian 60

Blue Mountain Eagle

ADRIAN – The Dayville/Monument Tigers made a good effort facing the Adrian Antelopes last Friday, but lost 20-60.

“We lost, but the guys played hard and never quit,” said Tiger head coach Nathaniel Ashley.

All three of the team’s seniors scored touchdowns, including Jeremy Hand, who connected with both Sage Flower and Brody Breck.

Breck also caught a pass for a 2-point conversion.

Hand also rushed in a touchdown.

“Adrian is a tough team, and all the guys stepped up and came ready to play football,” he said. “We are getting ready for Crane this week.”

The Tigers host the Mustangs Friday at 1 p.m. at the Dayville field for their final game of the season.

Varsity runners improve, middle school XC takes first Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:50:55 -0400 Angel Carpenter BURNS – Grant Union cross country runners enjoyed forested scenery last Saturday at the Idlewild Invitational near Burns.

“The high school athletes had good races over a difficult course,” said coach Sonna Smith. “The runners who ran the course last year all improved on their times.”

The middle school team took first place and had some outstanding individual efforts, she said.

“Tanner Elliott placed first and set a course record,” she said, adding that he’s finished in second place once this season and first place four times.

Bo Olson and Walker Joslin each had their best time of the year at Idlewild.

“Cody Combs and Luke Claughton had strong finishes, which allowed the team to beat Burns by one point and take first place,” she said.

Smith is now looking forward to taking her varsity runners to the District 5 Championships this Friday at McKay Park in Pendleton.

While Grant Union doesn’t have a full varsity team, runners can compete as individuals, with the top five advancing to state.

GU varsity @ Idlewild


Sam Bentz, 13th place, 22:59

Tynan Callahan, 15, 23:48

Trejan Speth, 17, 24:49


Hannah Deming, 16, 30:43

Kelsey Long, 19, 33:18

Kaylyn Joslin, 21, 35:50

Babe Nash, 22, 41:20

GU middle school @ Idlewild


Tanner Elliott, 1, 12:08

Walker Joslin, 4, 12:31

Bo Olson, 9, 13:55

Luke Claughton, 10, 14:12

Cody Combs, 17, 15:37

PC athlete aims for Down Under Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:27:15 -0400 Angel Carpenter PRAIRIE CITY – Garrett Hitz, a junior at Prairie City School, has a goal to show his track and field skills, representing the U.S., in the Down Under Sports Tournaments set for next summer on the Gold Coast of Australia.

A part of Prairie City’s varsity track team since his freshman year, Hitz made strides last season gaining several personal records in five events and qualified for the OSAA 1A State Championships.

At the District meet in Baker City last year, he finished second in the 110 hurdles, third in 300 hurdles, fourth in javelin and second in pole vault.

To reach the Down Under event, Hitz will need to earn a significant portion of the $5,600 for the trip by the end of October.

Hitz is seeking sponsors as he raises money for the trip.

Donors can visit, click “sponsor” and enter the athlete’s name, and team name “Oregon.” Next, click “track and field athlete” and the donation amount and “sponsorship payment.”

“I am very excited to go,” Hitz said. “I have not traveled any farther then our neighboring states so my first plane ride – other than the John Day Fly-In – will be a 16 hour flight – it makes me kind of nervous and excited all at the same time.”

Hitz is the son of Joe and Nancy Hitz of Prairie City.

To receive a mail-in donation form, email Nancy at or call her at 541-620-1483.

All sponsors filling out the form (online or mail-in) will be entered to win a trip for two to Australia and Hawaii and/or a 5-day cruise for two.

Medal awarded to honor brother killed in 9/11 attack Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:12:37 -0400 Gerry Iken of Prairie City has been honored with a replica Congressional Gold Medal, commemorating the loss of his brother, Michael Patrick Iken, in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Mint recently prepared three original gold medals, one for each of the sites hit on Sept. 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Penn. – in accordance with the Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act. The originals will be placed at the memorials at each location.

Duplicates were given to family members of those lost on 9/11.

Iken, who teaches history at Prairie City High School, said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden selected him to be a recipient in recognition of his attempts to teach his students about the events of 9/11.

Iken is the only person in Oregon who lost a direct family member.

His brother, Michael, was on the 84th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City that fateful morning, and was killed when the second plane hit that tower. He was 37 years old.

The medal’s front side shows an upward image of the twin towers, with the words “Always Remember,” and the numbers of each flight – 11, 175, 77 and 93 – positioned as if on a clock, in the approximate times of each crash.

The back side reads, “We honor the thousands of innocent people from more than 90 countries lost at the World Trade Center in the attacks that shook the world on September 11, 2001. May their memory inspire and end to intolerance.”

The other two medals depict images of the Pentagon and a field of hemlock groves behind the memorial in Pennsylvania.

Iken attended the 10-year commemoration of the attacks in September 2011 in New York, where he was among several family members who read names of the nearly 3,000 who died that day.

Dayville School – September students of the month Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:59:20 -0400