Blue Mountain Eagle | Blue Mountain Eagle Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:31:42 -0400 en Blue Mountain Eagle | Defense Gets Off To Rocky Start In Oregon Standoff Trial Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:24:24 -0400 Bryan M. VanceOregon Public Broadcasting Defense attorneys for Ammon Bundy and six others accused of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year got off to a rocky start Wednesday morning as they began making their case. 

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown grew visibly frustrated during the initial proceedings as it became unclear who on the defense would call the first witnesses, and which witnesses would be called.

“I’m not here to organize your case. I don’t want to,” Brown told the defense attorneys. 

The prosecution said they had only received the witness list Wednesday morning from Ammon Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, and hadn’t had enough time to go through it.

“Get it together, folks.” a frustrated Brown added after about 30 minutes of the defense trying to figure who would call the witnesses. “It’s 9 o’clock. Someone call a witness.”

Eventually, occupier David Fry’s attorney, Per Olsen, stepped up to call the first witness for the defense, FBI negotiator Mark Maxwell.

Maxwell spent several weeks in Harney County and spoke on the phone with Fry and fellow occupier Jeff Banta in the final days of the 41-day takeover. Olsen’s line of questioning seemed to be driving at establishing his client’s mental state in those final days.

Olsen asked Maxwell about Fry holding a gun to his head and having suicidal thoughts. Maxwell testified about working through suicide prevention techniques with Fry. He also described the final conversation with Fry, when the 28-year-old from Ohio demanded negotiators say “hallelujah” before he would surrender.

“I said ‘hallelujah,’” Maxwell said.

“And he came out?” Olsen asked.

“And he came out,” Maxwell said.

The defense also called a member of the Confederated Tribes Of Siletz Indians: Shellia Warren. She visited the refuge for several hours Jan. 24, when she met with Ryan Bundy and several others involved in the occupation. Warren testified she visited the refuge to check on Native American artifacts and found that they were fine when she arrived. Though she also admitted she didn’t actually enter the room where the artifacts were being stored. 

Warren’s testimony was supportive of the defense’s assertion the occupation was a peaceful protest. She described being greeted warmly by the occupiers, and not witnessing any weapons at the refuge during her visit.

Warren’s testimony ran counter to evidence from the prosecution in the initial weeks of the trial, which included photos depicting armed guards stationed at the entrance to the refuge. Warren testified she never felt threatened during her visit. 

During cross examination from Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight, Warren acknowledged she’s been disavowed from the Siletz Tribe.

“I’m not speaking for the Siletz,” she responded. 

Knight also questioned her about why she chose to meet with Ryan Bundy despite declining to speak with the FBI on her visit to Burns. 

“I didn’t trust the FBI,” she said.

During a line of questioning from defense attorney Mumford about her distrust of the FBI, Brown became agitated and order Warren to stop talking when her testimony seemed to start veering toward bringing up the shooting death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum two days after her visit. The judge has previously ruled the shooting is not up for discussion during this trial, except to mention that it happened and when it happened. 

The defense plans to call several more FBI agents Wednesday, and informed the court they will also call Harney County Sheriff David Ward to the stand at some point.

Grant County Court minutes: Sept. 21, 2016 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:51:43 -0400 Grant County Court minutes from Sept. 21, 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, Jim Spell, Rob Stewart, Dennis Hopkins, Craig Palmer, Charlotte Hopkins, Jim Sproul, Mary Ellen Brooks, Rob Seaver, Mike Cosgrove, and Pastor Flora Cheadle. A Pledge of Allegiance was given to the United States Flag. The invocation was given by Pastor Cheadle. 9:03 am Judy Kerr entered.

CLAIMS. The court had reviewed and approved claims.

AGENDA. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to remove from the agenda Item B – the bid opening for the PA system for the fairgrounds. There is confusion regarding the bid advertisement. MSP: Myers/Labhart -- to accept the amended agenda.

ANNOUNCEMENTS. Commissioner Labhart chaired the Senior Citizen Board of Director’s meeting last Monday, will be attending an LCAC meeting at noon today and also a Chamber of Commerce meeting at 5 pm today at the Elks Lodge. Labhart will drive the VA Van to Boise tomorrow and on Monday he will attend a Regional Community Advisory Council meeting in Enterprise.

Judge Myers attended the last meeting regarding Bates Pond last Thursday and advised a consensus was not reached as one unidentified individual did not agree with the rest of the group. Myers said FirePro was here on Monday and Tuesday testing the fire suppression equipment in the county buildings and will return on the 28th to test the courthouse alarm system. The Secretary of State will be at the courthouse at 1:30 on the 28th as well.

9:12 am Editor Sean Hart entered.

Myers reported there will be a walking tour on the Oxbow on the Middle Fork, but he doesn’t plan to attend. On Friday Myers will attend a District 1 meeting in Baker City.

Commissioner Britton attended the Blue Mountain Forest Partners meeting last Thursday and said the BMFP were disappointed they didn’t have more of a turnout for the field trip they took to view possible road closures in the Camp Lick Area. Britton also went to the Bates Pond meeting and commended Myers on his patience. Britton stated Watermaster Eric Julsrud did a very good job at the meeting and Britton believes since a consensus was not reached this would be a good time for the county to offer alternatives to the pond issue. Next week Britton will attend a SEACT meeting in Burns.

9:15 am Kara Kohlfield entered.

MINUTES. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to approve the September 14th minutes as amended.

PUBLIC HEARING – AMBULANCE SERVICE AREA. MSP: Myers/Labhart -- to open the public hearing for the ambulance service area. Kara Kohlfield, Blue Mountain Hospital District EMS Director introduced herself and presented a proposed Ambulance Service Area Plan (ASA) to the court.

9:22 am Reporter Logan Bagett entered.

Kohlfield explained how the ambulance service area works in a rural county. Kohlfield stated nothing has really changed with the ASA other than she provided clarification regarding volunteers. There is an ASA in place currently, but Kohlfield said one must be completed every 5 years and the ASA presented is the general format used by the State. Myers advised this was being handled as an emergency based on County Counsel Ron Yockim’s recommendation so this ordinance can be put into place immediately. Kohlfield explained that if another franchise wanted to offer ambulance services they would need to be approved by the county court. Myers explained the process for public input to the audience. Britton asked Kohlfield to explain any changes with this plan and why it is being completed. Kohlfield said it is State mandated to have a plan in place and once approved by the county it must be sent to the State for final approval. Kohlfield plans on updating the current maps to clean them up and said she had to make some adjustments for Dayville and Mt. Vernon due to the loss of EMT’s in those areas. The John Day ambulance responds to Dayville and Mt. Vernon now. Kohlfield explained the process for volunteers to become certified and the different options along with incentives the hospital provides. Volunteers are paid for calls they go on, but can choose to waive payment.

9:36 am Dave Traylor entered.

Kohlfield further explained what the ASA covers. Copies of the ordinance were handed out to the audience. Labhart pointed out this agreement does not address staffing, just the area served by emergency services.

1st round in-favor: No response was offered. Kohlfield reiterated the ASA is a State requirement that explains the service area and how it is covered, including ambulance maintenance and insurance. The ASA does not address staffing issues.

1st round opposed: Jim Sproul asked if this agreement provided one sole provider. Myers believes another franchise could come here with court approval. Dennis Hopkins feels like the county is too big for the hospital district to serve and they are not doing a good job. Mary Ellen Brooks doesn’t think an open franchise is going to help because of the distances that must be traveled. Kohlfield replied the ambulance service has mutual aid agreements in place with surrounding counties. Discussion was held regarding how the ambulances are funded. Rob Stewart feels there is a huge volunteer issue here and the hospital should be actively recruiting for volunteers. Kohlfield advised the hospital has no control over the rules and regulations regarding EMT certification and a lot of people choose not to volunteer once they realize what is involved in order to become certified. Kohlfield said if the ASA wasn’t adopted she believes the State would then get involved.

2nd round in-favor: Jim Spell requested clarification regarding “threatened failure of services” and if not having EMT’s in outlying areas would fall under this category. Spell stated he is not advocating one way or another, but he does think this could be utilized to address current EMT issues. Kohlfield said no other franchises are interested in coming here. Mike Cosgrove stated this is just an agreement for a service area and he supports the ordinance.

9:55 am Steve Parsons entered.

2nd round opposed: Dennis Hopkins said the time it takes to get to his house is not adequate and he is against the ordinance because the ambulance is not doing a good job. Myers pointed out this ordinance does not address response times. Jim Sproul stated when you are discussing a sole provider you must address response times. Myers advised the ASA must be in place before anyone else could come into the county because the agreement defines the borders of the ASA and without the ordinance the process cannot move forward. Kohlfield explained mutual aid agreements in place with surrounding counties and these remain in place even without the ASA.

3rd round in-favor: Jim Spell supports the ASA with the understanding this is a mechanism to address issues brought before the court. Craig Palmer agrees with Spell. Mary Ellen Brooks supports the ASA as long as Blue Mountain Hospital does a better job supporting its volunteers and assisting them with costs. Britton asked if it would help the hospital if the court reached out to BMCC to request them to not require the 6 person minimum for EMT classes. Cosgrove pointed out the Stewart Scholarship could be an avenue for people to apply for. Labhart stated money is not the problem, staffing is because people don’t want to get involved.

3rd round opposed: Dennis Hopkins is still opposed and believes the county is too large for one entity to cover and make decisions that are good for all.

MSP: Myers/Labhart – to close the public hearing and deliberate toward a decision.

The court discussed the ASA and need for advisory committee members appointed by the court.

MSP: Myers/Labhart -- to rescind Ordinance 2010-02 and to approve the Ambulance Service Area Plan, and to approve Ordinance 2016-02 as an emergency and circulate for signatures.

FAIRGROUNDS PA SYSTEM BIDS. Britton advised he asked Steve Parsons to attend court today to discuss his concerns with the electrical bid process at the fairgrounds. Parsons said he did not see the advertisement in the newspaper for the PA system last week and believes it was pulled after the fair board met. Parsons went through his concerns regarding the specifications listed on the bid sheet and stated he would hold the county court personally responsible for potential violations of Oregon statutes. Parsons explained different problems he sees with the specifications and confusion regarding who is providing what services. Myers stated because the bid was advertised the court must open it today and decide what to do. Parsons created a drawing approximately 4 months ago and gave it to the Fair Manager showing necessary specifications. It was pointed out the bid should have been sealed and not emailed as the invitation to bid stated. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to reject the bid for cause. Parsons added the costs for the reader boards and PA system are much higher than originally quoted three years ago and said he budgeted $45,000 just for the electrical when this process started.

10:35 am Dan Becker entered.

WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES BIDS. Myers opened bids to provide window cleaning services to the county buildings. Two bids were received, one from Hoffman’s Yes We Do Cleaning, and one from Wes’ Window Cleaning Service. Hoffman’s bid was in the amount of $2985, and Wes’ bid was in the amount of $4,610. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to award the window cleaning contract to Hoffman’s Yes We Do Cleaning in the amount of $2,985.

MONUMENT RURAL FIRE DISTRICT EQUIPMENT. The court discussed the distribution of the remaining equipment of the Monument Rural Fire District (MRFD). The distribution can now take place since the MRFD has been officially dissolved. Myers explained the background to those in attendance of how the court became involved with MRFD. Myers said he contacted the two entities that donated fire trucks. Prairie City would like the fire engine they donated returned to them and Cloverdale would like the fire engine they donated given to a fire department in need. Myers would recommend equipment donated to or acquired by MRFD be donated to the City of Monument Fire Department and to encourage Monument City Fire to donate items they don’t need to other fire departments. Britton agreed with Myers that this would be a good solution. Myers would also like the fuel tank currently stored at the road department to be returned to Monument City Fire. MSP: Myers/Britton – to return the fire engine to Prairie City and to donate the remaining equipment to Monument City Fire Department, including the fuel tank currently at the road department.

UNEMPLOYMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES. The court reviewed a proposal submitted by Jeff Lawrence of The Lawrence Company to provide unemployment management services to Grant County. The County currently utilizes Equifax for these services. Myers explained these services are to assist with unemployment claim tracking and possible litigation. The current cost with Equifax is $300 per quarter and Lawrence is proposing providing this for $400 per year. MSP: Myers/Britton – to accept the Lawrence Company proposal to provide unemployment management services to Grant County after ensuring bids were not required. Myers and Britton voted yes, Labhart voted no because he thinks an RFP should have been completed for this.

10:47 am Mark Webb and Zach Williams entered.

EASTERN OREGON COUNTIES ASSOCIATION. The court discussed and reviewed the invoices submitted by the Eastern Oregon Counties Association for dues for fiscal year 16-17. Myers explained the EOCA has a lobbyist that works for renewal of PILT funding and SRS funding for rural schools. The invoices are in the amount of $10,800 for dues and $3,250 for debt retirement. Myers feels this is a question of what services we are getting for our money. Britton would like to talk to some members prior to deciding if the dues should be paid. Mark Webb asked if the road department or general fund would pay the dues and it is his belief the road department should pay for this as the road department benefits the most. MSP: Britton/Myers -- to authorize payment of the $3,250 debt retirement to be paid from road department funds.

LOCAL COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL. Three volunteer applications were received for the Local Community Advisory Council. Rhiannon Bauman , Cindy Kalin and Shelly Whale-Murphy have all requested appointment to the LCAC. MSP: Myers/Labhart -- to approve the volunteer applications and appoint Rhiannon Bauman, Cindy Kalin and Shelly Whale-Murphy to the Local Community Advisory Council.

PUBLIC HEARING ZONE CHANGE ZC-16-02. 11:00 am MSP: Myers/Labhart – to open the public hearing and take a quick break. 11:07 am the court returned to session. Planning Director Hilary McNary opened the hearing and summarized the request for zone change submitted by Tom Buce. The request was submitted to the Planning Commission who recommended the zone change be presented for acceptance to the county court.

In-favor of zone change: Tom Buce advised he is here to answer any questions raised. Judy Kerr asked McNary to explain how this process works and McNary did so.

Jim Sproul asked where this zone change was located and Buce stated up Dick Creek and in this process he made sure the zoning change would not affect other landowners in the area. Myers said this is actually a more restrictive zoning than what the current zoning is. It is currently multiple use range and would change to primary forest.

Opposed: No one offered opposition testimony. Neutral: No one offered neutral testimony.

Since no opposition or neutral testimony was offered McNary advised the court they could now ask Buce any questions they may have, close the hearing and deliberate towards a decision.

Labhart asked Buce if he had considered power to the property and Buce advised he had, but the cost would be extremely high and not feasible. Myers asked McNary if there was any opposition at the planning commission meeting and McNary said there was not. MSP: Myers/Labhart – to close the public hearing. MSP: Labhart/Myers -- to approve zoning change ZC-16-02 for Tom Buce, changing the zoning from Multiple Use Range to Primary Forest.

PUBLIC COMMENT. Dave Traylor said the Blue Mountain Eagle has an article in it today stating the Grant County Public Forest Commission was nullified and he wants to know why the forest commission wasn’t notified about the hearing. Myers said the hearing was on the Circuit Court docket and he wasn’t notified either. Labhart advised he was in attendance at the hearing as was Judge Myers and county counsel defended the county court and the forest commission at the hearing. Mark Webb said no individual was allowed to testify because this was a summary judgment determination and explained how the process works. Webb also said if a measure is unconstitutional then it doesn’t matter how much voter approval a measure receives. Traylor asked if this meant any decisions the forest commission entered into in the past would be invalid. Webb believes once the order is signed any agreements made in the past by the forest commission would be nullified. Traylor said this shouldn’t be a problem as they did not enter into any binding agreements, just good faith agreements. Judy Kerr asked if a final decision was available and Webb stated not yet, but it will be publically available when completed. Webb reiterated the court decision was not based on how popular the measure was, what kind of voter approval it passed with, or how well motivated it was, it had to do with what the measure said and the constitutional requirements it had to meet. Any citizen could have brought this challenge to the court.

Kerr saw in the newspaper a prescribed burn was announced by the Forest Service near what was Squaw Creek and the name used in the announcement was different. Kerr asked Britton if the name change decisions had been made by the National Geographic Names Board and Britton said not yet, he is still fighting for the change to be Sullens Creek and Sullens Meadow, but the process takes time.

Webb wanted those in attendance to know the county court requested Ron Yockim to defend the Public Forest Commission and Yockim provided a vigorous defense of the forest commission, so any issues they might have should not be with the county court.

Rob Stewart is very concerned about the lack of ambulance service in the rural parts of the county and needs to be addressed. Britton believes the hospital is working on this, but they have rules and regulations they must follow as well. Labhart pointed out there are not enough volunteers to man the ambulances in the rural towns. Stewart has no problem with the ambulance service area, but he does agree there are problems with service in rural areas of the county. Labhart said this is being discussed at the meetings now. Mike Cosgrove explained the reason BMCC requires six students in a class is because they have to pay the instructor and if they have less than six students they lose money.

11:36 am -- Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Laurie Wright

Administrative Assistant

County Court approves medical marijuana dispensaries Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:43:29 -0400 Rylan Boggs The Grant County Court voted today to pass Amended Ordinance 2015-01, which will allow patients to purchase medical marijuana at dispensaries in Grant County.

The ordinance was passed as an emergency to take effect immediately.

“In the interest of those who need medical marijuana, legal recipients of marijuana, I feel that it’s necessary to bring this forward in a timely fashion,” County Judge Scott Myers said.

The amended ordinance would only allow medical marijuana, not recreational, dispensaries.

Myers said many Eastern Oregon counties that originally voted against medical marijuana are changing their minds and allowing it.

When opened up for comment, no one from the public spoke out against allowing medical marijuana into the county.

The issue of recreational marijuana was brought up during the meeting by a community member. Antonio Roberts questioned the decisions of the court to continue to ban recreational marijuana when the county was missing out on large tax benefits that could be put into education and policing for the county.

Myers responded by saying that he believed allowing recreational marijuana shouldn’t be seen as revenue issue but as an ethical issue. County Commissioner Chris Labhart said that they would revisit the issue of recreational marijuana in the future.

Sports roundup Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:48:16 -0400 Angel Carpenter Lady Tigers turn the tables in Burnt River battle with 3-0 victory

The Monument/Dayville Tigers turned their game around after being handed a 0-3 loss by the Prairie City Panthers on Friday at the Unity volleyball court.

The Tigers claimed a 3-0 victory over Burnt River, 25-3, 25-8 and 25-22.

Schmadeka said they added younger net players to their rotations against Burnt River.

“They gained some good experience and were able to win in three,” she said. “Our experienced players did a good job leading the team during this game.”

On Saturday, the Tigers were on the road again to the Crane Tournament, where they beat Prairie City in pool play and lost a 2-1 match to Jordan Valley in bracket play.

Monument/Dayville’s scores against Jordan Valley were 25-22, 17-25 and 13-15.

“Overall, we had a good weekend of volleyball,” Schmadeka said. “We just need to work out a few kinks still.”

Monument/Dayville travels to Adrian Friday with junior varsity volleyball beginning at 3 p.m. and varsity at 4 p.m.

Lady Panthers fall 0-2 to Mustangs at tournament

After Friday’s win over Monument/Dayville in Burnt River, the Prairie City Panthers volleyball players hit the road to the Crane Tournament on Saturday.

The Tigers fell 0-2 to the Crane Mustangs in bracket play with scores of 13-25 and 22-25.

“Saturday was the culmination of a long week for us, and we were missing a few players as well,” said Panther co-coach Louanne Zweygardt. “We came close with Crane in bracket play, but I think ran out of gas. We look forward to meeting them in league play.”

Prairie City varsity faces Burnt River in Unity at 4:30 p.m. Friday and travels to Jordan Valley for games at 2 p.m., beginning with junior varsity, followed by varsity.

Long Creek volleyball fires up

A volleyball team has been formed at Long Creek School, and the Mountaineers will host junior varsity teams on Saturday for Long Creek’s first games of the season.

They’ll face Burnt River at 1 p.m., followed by Prairie City at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Mountaineers are led by head coach Linda Studtmann.

Color for a cause Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:50:49 -0400 Rylan Boggs Roughly 80 walkers, runners and dancers took part in the third annual Color Me Free Fun Run and Walk on Saturday.

Participants young and old were blasted with color throughout the mile long course at the Grant County Airport Industrial Park.

Volunteers at six different stations, each with a different colored chalk, threw color onto participants as they passed. Many participants, including a few dogs, began the mile with white T-shirts and finished covered in every color of the rainbow.

The Color Run website states, “The color powder used at The Color Run event is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes.”

Despite deep gravel in some parts of the course, Jessica Renfro completed the course in her wheelchair. She said, whenever she was having trouble, her friends didn’t mind giving her a little push.

The event is put on by Heart of Grant County, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence of all kinds.

“We do this event to help our victims of violence, which includes stalking victims, teen dating violence, rape and sexual assault and any kind of abuse whether it’s emotional or verbal,” Heart of Grant County Executive Director Shelly Whale-Murphy said.

The event kicks off domestic violence awareness month in October and brings attention to the Heart of Grant County, which Whale-Murphy said not everyone even knows exists.

“I find being able to do this is a great opportunity to let people know Heart of Grant County is here,” she said.

Southworth Brothers Ranch receives national range management award Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:47:27 -0400 Jack and Teresa Southworth, owners and operators of Southworth Brothers Ranch of Seneca and permittees on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District, recently received the prestigious Forest Service National External Range Management Award.

Nominated by the Malheur National Forest for their continued commitment to sound management, their passion for public rangelands and their involvement in the numerous different public projects, the Southworth’s summer grazing allotments total over 25,000 acres. Heavily timbered uplands and mountain meadows make up a majority of their allotments on the national forest, according to a Forest Service press release.

The Southworth Ranch started with a 160-acre homestead established by Jack’s great-grandfather, William Sawyer Southworth, in 1885. It was the first fenced homestead in Bear Valley and was originally settled as a place to provide hay for the oxen he used for his sawmill near Fall Mountain. Jack’s great-grandmother, Minnie, was the first post mistress for the original Seneca Post Office in 1895, located at the present-day ranch headquarters and shop. The Southworths also ran a store and did some freighting, which allowed them to purchase additional homesteads that became available later. Jack’s grandfather, Ed, and his brother Webster “Tepty” Southworth partnered in the original Southworth Brothers Ranch. Jack’s parents, Bill and Jo, took over in 1948, and Jack and Teresa took over management of the operation in 1978.

“My father wanted grass right to the edge of the water and nothing else,” Jack recalls. “The trouble was, that’s not what the river wanted. Soon we had a big problem.”

Without adequate vegetative protection, the river banks began to erode. Alarmed, his father began to deposit old cars in the water in a desperate attempt to stem the erosion. It didn’t work. When Jack took over the ranch right out of college, he tried a different strategy. He decided to plant willows and fence the cows out.

His father wasn’t at all pleased.

“My dad was a tough old World War II Marine and he was pretty well set in his ways,” said Jack. “Maybe it was a generational thing. Dad tried to control the land. My approach is to go with what nature gives you.”

The allotment pastures containing streams are managed to promote healthy willows along the stream banks. Ideas to maintain and increase healthy willows and good stream condition are most often initiated by Jack, his livestock managers and riders on the forest. Jack may be most proud of his willows. Healthy, dense stands line both sides of the Silvies River, which meanders across the ranch. It didn’t look like this when Jack was growing up. In fact, he remembers using a tractor to pull the very last willow clump out of the ground, under orders from his father, when he was 12.

Jack and his wife wrote out a three-part goal statement for their ranch. The first two parts focus on community and livestock well-being. The third reads: “To bring about the quality of life and products we desire we need a dense stand of perennial grasses with some shrubs. We want the ground between plants to be covered with decaying plant litter. We want the streams to be lined with willows, home to beaver and good habitat for trout. We want the precipitation we receive to stay on the ranch as long as possible and to leave here as late season stream flows or plant growth.”

Ranch hands keep themselves up-to-date with recent natural resource objectives and goals on the forest. Consistently showing a willingness and open-minded attitude, their daily herding and summer allotment work has evolved and adapted with forest standards by individually developing and currently using successful herding and pasture rotation methods.

Jack and his ranch hands regularly participate in formal trainings with forest consultants and range managers on their allotments about measuring livestock use and stream health. Annual livestock use monitoring documents short-term use levels from herding and pasture rotation strategies.

Trend results are later compared with annual levels of livestock use to observe successful levels of use and opportunities for new ideas. Increases of young willows, beaver activity, abundant native trout and narrow streams are welcomed and frequent occurrences in Southworth Brothers allotments where cattle still graze.

Ranch hands frequently move the cattle in collected herds to portions of the large pastures with adequate feed and water. Natural boundaries such as rim rock, ridges and stretches of partially fenced streams are often used strategically to hold cattle for short periods until they are moved again. Specific areas within a large pasture are often grazed in a different order each growing season through herd control to promote good plant community diversity, health and resilience.

As a benefit of their land ethic, wildlife abounds throughout their property, which provides year-round habitat for elk, deer, antelope, small mammals, fish, raptors and other birds, as well as seasonal habitat for migratory birds that visit their flooded meadows in the spring.

Learning the needs of healthy natural resources on national forest, the behavior and responses of livestock in the forest environment and constructively putting them together takes time. Jack has allowed time for his riders to observe livestock behavior and appreciate the forest. A variety of skills in Jack’s crew also allows for other members to help with the ranch’s management needs other than herding livestock and monitoring livestock use on forest allotments.

Most recent experiences, as described by rangeland management specialists on the Malheur National Forest, include frequent interaction in the field on his permitted grazing allotments to continuously share ideas for even further improvements toward managing the resource. Successful ideas to improve are most often initiated by Jack’s knowledgeable and experienced livestock managers after communication about grazing standards and goals with the forest rangeland managers.

The current Harney County Restoration Collaborative Leader, Jack can now add this accomplishment to his growing list. The 2010 Grant County Stockgrower of the Year award is one of several awards the Southworths have received in recognition of their contributions to agriculture. The ranch was a recipient of the Conservation Farm Award from Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2009. Jack has also been inducted into the Oregon State University Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Bomb squad responds after meth arrests Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:46:31 -0400 Rylan Boggs Blue Mountain Eagle

The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad remotely removed a pipe bomb from a John Day residence after officers entered the home on a search warrant Sept. 19.

Drew Issac Box, 26, and Celeste Donna Lee, 24, both of John Day, were taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine, and Lee was charged and later indicted on a charge of felon in possession of body armor.

OSP had received a report of a domestic assault on Sept. 19 and, after interviewing a female victim, obtained a search warrant for the Dayton Street residence. The warrant was carried out by officers from the Oregon State Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and John Day Police Department.

After the pipe bomb was removed, a render safe operation was performed and showed the device was three commercial firecrackers in a plastic medicine bottle with a bentonite/clay filler. OSP logs state, “It does not appear, other than the three firecrackers, this device would have functioned.”

OSP Sgt. Tom Hutchison said no charges had been issued in connection with the bomb but confirmed the device had not been made as a toy.

Lee was convicted of first-degree burglary in Grant County in 2010. Other charges in that case were dismissed.

Box was also charged with hindering prosecution in July in Grant County and is scheduled to enter a plea Oct. 13.

Sagaser back in jail after Deschutes County drug crime Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:46:30 -0400 Matthew Eric Sagaser is back in the Grant County Jail after pleading guilty to a drug crime in Deschutes County.

Sagaser pleaded guilty Sept. 7 in Deschutes County Circuit Court to possessing methamphetamine after being arrested Aug. 30. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of supervised probation, according to court documents, and fined $200.

Sagaser was on probation in Grant County after pleading guilty to strangulation, coercion and two counts of fourth-degree assault earlier this year for a 2015 incident. For violating probation by possessing drug paraphernalia, weapons and violating laws, Sagaser received a 35-day jail sanction from Grant County Community Corrections Officer Mike McManus Sept. 15.

Sagaser pleaded not guilty in March to a charge of tampering with a witness and contempt of court and is scheduled for trial on those charges later this year.

William H. ‘Bill’ Deist Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:46:25 -0400 William H. “Bill” Deist, 66, of Winnemucca, Nevada, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Driskill Memorial Chapel.

Deist was born on Dec. 6, 1949, to Howard and Mary (Ryan) Deist in Boise, Idaho. He attended school in Prairie City and graduated from Grant Union High school in John Day. He went on to college and attended Willamette University in Salem where he majored in law. He then transferred to Oregon College of Education, majoring in criminal law with a minor in psychology; he graduated in 1972. A year before graduating, he married his high school sweetheart, Patti J. Officer, in John Day on Sept. 18, 1971. After college, he worked for ECOAC in Pendleton as a law enforcement planner, then the Mid-Willamette Council of Government in Salem.

He was the John Day city administrator for 19 years, and the city administrator for Carlin, Nevada, for three years. Most recently, he was the Humboldt County administrator, retiring in February 2012 after 13 years.

He enjoyed golf, hunting and his grandchildren; he loved following them in sports. He was a trustee for the John Day Elk’s Lodge No. 1824 and a member of the Elks for 45 years. He was a 4-H leader and member of the 4-H leaders association, a member of the John Day Golf Course, a member of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce and served as president for a time. He was also part of the League of Oregon Cities, and a board member.

He is survived by his wife Patti Deist, of Winnemucca, Nevada; daughter Jeanna (Pat) Kiser of Council, Idaho; son Dan (Cheri) Deist of Pilot Rock; sister-in-law Sue Richardson of Springfield, Missouri; half-sister Barbara Oravec of Umatilla; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Dan and Emagene Ryan; grandmother Bessie Deist; parents, Howard and Mary Deist; brother Dave Richardson; and sister Bessie Jean Deist.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk’s Scholarship, youth activities or Grant County Family Heritage Foundation through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Chamber recognizes volunteers, installs directors Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:28:41 -0400 Sean Hart The Grant County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation of Directors and Volunteer Appreciation event Sept. 21 at the Elks Lodge in John Day.

President Jerry Franklin said he was pleased President-elect Bruce Ward would be taking the helm of the business organization in July.

Chamber directors were installed and sworn in by former president and lifetime chamber member Ruth Harris at the event, including Greg Armstrong, Caleb Sturgill, David Driscoll, Shannon Adair, Amber Wright, Elaine Eisenbraun and Taci Philbrook.

The chamber recognized its volunteers, including Sherry Feiger, Larry Christensen, Mary Ellen Brooks, Adair, Eva Harris, Elaine Husted, Lola Johnson, Driscoll, Nicki Cohoe, Dorman Gregory and Pam Durr.

John Day City Manager Nick Green and Grant County Regional Airport Manager Haley Walker both spoke at the event about their plans in their new positions.

The Eagle was also presented with a plaque from the chamber for “many hours of hard work and dedication in promoting the best interest of the county and its business community.”

Monument comes together for Buckaroo Festival Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:38:58 -0400 Rylan Boggs The community came together in and around the senior center in Monument to celebrate the Buckaroo Festival and Harvest Auction on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The festival is a revival of a local gathering called the Buckaroo Supper that took place annually roughly 60 years ago, according to event organizer and fundraiser chair for the senior center Judy Harris.

Donated items, ranging from cords of wood to a pair of Nigerian dwarf goats, were auctioned off with the proceeds going to help support the senior center. A number of prizes were also auctioned off via a silent auction as well as a rifle that was raffled away.

Local musicians entertained festival goers under the supervision of Darrin Dailey, a local teacher. A beer garden kept those of age content with a variety of cold beers, while horseshoes, cornhole and other yard games were available.

Bruce Hansen caught and donated over 90 pounds of salmon and over 100 ears of corn to the festival to ensure that everyone was fed.

“I’m happy to help the community,” Hansen said.

Harris described Hansen as a “real pillar of the community.”

Harris, who was born in Monument and recently moved back, described the festival as a community effort.

“I have quite a troupe that helps,” Harris said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”

In charge of cooking dinner were Jan Ensign, Cara Dailey and Judy and Sue Cavender, who cooked donated elk, salmon and corn. Though they didn’t know how many people would be coming for the festival, they planned to cook for 200.

“We’ll feed ’em till the food runs out,” Cavender said.

The event is a revival of the Buckaroo Supper, which had been a gathering of the community to come together and raise money for the old town hall, according to the women. Sixty years ago, a large group of local men would put on the “Buckaroo Supper.” Now there is only one remaining member, the 96-year-old Grand Marshal Jack Cavender.

The supper had been a fundraising event for the Grange Hall, which was the town’s community center at the time. The senior center in Monument was erected in 1992, replacing the Grange Hall as a meeting place.

Sports schedule Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:29:06 -0400 Wednesday, Sept. 28

Prairie City volleyball @ Burnt River, varsity 4:30

Thursday, Sept. 29

Long Creek volleyball @ Nixyaawii, 4:30 p.m.

Grant Union volleyball vs. Imbler, 4 p.m. beginning with JV

Friday, Sept. 30

Grant Union cross country @ Enterprise/Joseph Invitational in Joseph, 1:30 p.m.

Prairie City/Burnt River football @ Jordan Valley, 12 p.m.

Prairie City volleyball @ Jordan Valley, JV 2 p.m., varsity 3 p.m.

Monument/Dayville volleyball @ Adrian, JV 3 p.m., varsity 4 p.m.

Grant Union volleyball @ Union, 4 p.m., beginning with JV

Monument/Dayville football @ Adrian, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Long Creek JV volleyball vs. Burnt River, Prairie City, 1 p.m./3 p.m.

What’s Happening Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:29:01 -0400 The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Friday. Call the Eagle, 541-575-0710, or email For meetings this week, see our list in the classifieds on Page B9.

• 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Southwest Brent Street, John Day

Weekly features include vendors offering a variety of locally grown produce, homemade food and handmade crafts, plants and more. The markets continue every Saturday through mid-October. Call 831-596-0656, email or visit

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Unity Community Hall

Start holiday gift shopping season early at the third annual Harvest Bazaar. Several vendors will have a large variety of items available: crafts, art, jewelry and more. Call 541-446-3314 for more information.

• 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show, Diamond Hitch Mule Ranch, Kimberly.

Enjoy horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments all the way from Beale Street in Memphis. Ghost Town Blues Band will perform indoors at the ranch 2 miles south of Kimberly on Highway 19 between mile posts 107 and 108. Tickets cost $20, and camping costs $15. A barbecue pork dinner by Gypsy Spoon will be served at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 541-934-2140.

• 9 a.m., John Day Golf Course

A continental breakfast and registration kick off the event, followed by tee-off at 10 a.m., and a Rally KP contest and balloon launch after golf. A hamburger feed and an auction will begin at 4 p.m. The cost for golf and dinner is $40 and includes a goodie bag and magazine subscription, and the cost for dinner only is $8. Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and will stay in Grant County. RSVP by Sept. 30. For more information, call the clubhouse at 541-575-0170 or Kimberly Ward at 503-583-0362.

• 9 a.m., John Day Golf Course

Sign-ups for the four-person teams are at 9 a.m. with sign-up sheets available in the clubhouse prior to the event. Tee-off is at 10 a.m. A bring-your-own-meat barbecue dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Salad will be provided. The cost for dinner is $3, and the fee for golf is $10 per person. Nonmembers will also have to pay the green fee. The proceeds will be split 50/50 between prize money and Rally for the Cure. RSVP by Sept. 30. For more information, call the clubhouse at 541-575-0170 or Kimberly Ward at 503-583-0362.

• 7 p.m., Canyon City Community hall

Rural Organizing Project, a nonprofit organization, will present information about the political and economic roots of the patriot movement and its impact on communities in Oregon. The event is sponsored by Blue Sage Ministries and Grant County Positive Action.

Burke pleads guilty to felonies related to stolen pickup Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:28:03 -0400 The man accused of stealing a pickup in John Day pleaded guilty to several felony charges Sept. 22.

David Wesly Burke pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, first-degree criminal mischief and driving under the influence of intoxicants in Grant County Circuit Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Burke was stopped by police Aug. 30 while driving a white GMC pickup that had been reported stolen from the 100 block of Second Avenue in John Day. The passenger of the vehicle, a 26-year-old John Day man, was released without being charged.

Grant County Meetings Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:27:58 -0400 Meetings subject to change. Call for confirmation.


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. Immunizations, minor surgical procedures, blood pressure and diabetes monitoring, group therapy for combat PTSD, sobriety and other issues. 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.


12 p.m. – Seniors Meal Program at the Prairie City Senior Center, 204 N. McHaley, Prairie City.

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

12-1:30 p.m. – Community Advisory Council, Grant County Regional Airport, John Day. Open to the public, call 541-620-0444.

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

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

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.

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


9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Family History Center open, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, John Day. Also open by appointment. 541-656-8069.

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

6 p.m. – “The Girlfriends” Women’s 12-step Recovery, Families First office, John Day. 541-620-0596.


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


8 a.m. – Overcomers Outreach, Christ-centered, 12-step support group. Living Word Christian Center guest house, 59357 Highway 26, Mt. Vernon. 541-932-4910.

8:30 a.m.-noon – John Day Farmers Market, SW Brent St., John Day. Crafts, baked goods, produce, kids activities, entertainment, information booths. 831-596-0656, email


8:45 a.m. – Redeemer Lutheran Church Council, 627 S.E. Hillcrest Dr., John Day. 541-932-2710.

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


10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Grant County Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Shiny Thimble, Mt. Vernon. Business meeting at 11 a.m. 541-792-0670.

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. 541-987-2188.

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.

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. 541-934-2700.

5:15 p.m. – Monument School Site Council, school science building.541-934-2646.

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.

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.

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Veterans/families services, John Day Elks Lodge. Topics include PTSD services and individual needs.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), weigh-in, meeting. United Methodist Church library, 126 N.W. Canton St., John Day. 541-575-3812, 541-932-4592.

Editorial cartoons Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:18:17 -0400

Our View: Report provides grim details on status of women in Oregon Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:57 -0400 In a state that makes efforts that go a long way to helping others in need, it has a long way to go in helping raise the status and equality for women who live within its borders.

That’s the urgent wakeup call that the “Count Her In” report delivers in what is the first comprehensive look at the status of Oregon women and girls in nearly two decades. The 120-page report comes from the new Women’s Foundation of Oregon and was released to state officials this past Wednesday in Salem, ironically a day before American Business Women’s Day.

The findings in the study are both stark and grim. The last comprehensive report on the status of Oregon women and girls came out in 1998 and relied on census data from 1990. Much was different then, and much has changed.

The material for the “Count Her In” report, which one legislator described as “really top-notch work,” was gathered from surveys, interviews and federal and state reports. It reflects the harsh daily circumstances facing Oregon women in nearly every walk of life:

• Women in Oregon have the nation’s highest rates of reported depression and heavy alcohol use.

• Federal surveys found that nearly half the women and girls in Oregon have suffered domestic or sexual violence.

• Census numbers show women across the state earn less than men, and the wage gap is even wider for women of color. In Umatilla County, women make $0.77 for every dollar a male counterpart makes, while in Morrow County that figure is $0.72.

• Oregon is one of the least affordable states in the nation for working mothers to care for children. In Umatilla and Morrow counties, there are fewer than 14 child care slots per 100 children, the lowest rate in the state.

• Elected and appointed leaders also skew heavily toward men, with 30 percent of those positions statewide filled by women and only 20 percent in Umatilla County.

Clearly, the report illustrates serious problems Oregon women face every day.

Emily Evans, director of the Women’s Foundation in Oregon, put out a call to action that policymakers and all Oregonians should heed, saying “… there is something hopeful about finally knowing the full measure of the problem. Then we can move past the speculation of whether it is a problem and move toward creating solutions together.”

State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, is already on board.

“Good policy will be produced from such great foundational efforts,” he said.

Other lawmakers and leaders throughout the private sector need to get on board as well. If Oregon wants to live up to its reputation for progressive values, the “Count Her In” report presents the challenge to uphold those ideals.

Letter: Let’s make a deal Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:24 -0400 To the Editor:

Let’s make a deal. President Barack Obama wants to bring 110,000 Syrians to the U.S.A. OK, we send Obama to Syria.

W. Toop

Canyon City

Letter: Public Forest Commission threatened Webb’s paycheck Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:22 -0400 To the Editor:

Former County Judge Mark Webb is executive director of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners, the local collaborative group. His salary is somewhere in the $50,000 range. When Webb served as County Judge, there was not a problem with the Grant County Public Forest Commission (GCPFC) in providing the county court with advice, opinions and written comments on the Forest Plan.

The GCPFC was passed with a 70-percent vote and its members elected by the citizens of the county. During the past dozen years of working with the court and Forest Service, the “legality” of the commission was never questioned.

The past year, the GCPFC has pushed for “coordination” in dealing with the Forest Service. Coordination is a law that requires equal footing in dealing with issues from agency to agency. Collaborative groups would be compromised if the county court were to utilize coordination and exercise their authority.

Mark Webb’s paycheck was not compromised as county judge, thus the GCPFC posed no threat. One circuit court judge’s opinion does not necessarily mean it is set in stone. Nor does one man’s effort to undermine what is good mean that he succeeded.

Bob Stewart

John Day

Letter: Harney County sheriff not selective with assistance Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:20 -0400 To the Editor:

I am a homeowner, taxpayer and a registered voter in Grant County. Currently, I work for an agency in Harney County, doing much the same work I did in Grant County. My work in both counties involved working closely with all law enforcement agencies, but due to the scope of the geography, mostly we work with the sheriff’s department. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to work in Harney County with a responsive, professional force. With this particular line of work, you never know what type of a situation you may be facing, and the Harney County Sheriff’s Office never picks and chooses what they will assist us with. They assure my safety and also the safety of the vulnerable population with whom I work. I wish I could have said the same about my experience in Grant County. I am looking forward to a change in November.

Jan Keil

Mt. Vernon

Letter: Sheriff should put safety of community first Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:18 -0400 To the Editor:

Over the years it has been frustrating to see over and over again our current sheriff’s lack of leadership, transparency and communication. He has refused to communicate and work with other agencies on multiple occasions, especially government agencies. Most concerning has been his support of those involved in the take over of the Malheur wildlife refuge and his willingness to use his position as sheriff as a platform to further his own political agendas, which in turn created a large divide in our community and endangered his fellow law enforcement officers. He is a constitutional sheriff who upholds and protects the constitution as he and other constitutional sheriffs interpret it.

In November, we all have the great opportunity and responsibility to choose those who will represent us and be leaders in our community. This community needs someone who will lead the sheriff’s office honestly, openly and with a great deal of cooperation with other agencies. We need someone who is willing to communicate with the public, the media and other agencies whenever necessary, not just when it’s convenient. We need someone who has common sense and puts the safety of our community first.

In November, I will be voting for someone who has all those qualities and so many more. I will vote for someone who throughout the years has consistently shown an immeasurable amount of leadership and service in our community. I will support a sheriff candidate who will support not just those who support his political views but all of Grant County.

I will be voting Todd McKinley for Grant County sheriff.

Cammie Haney

John Day

Letter: Park would have been special for athletes Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:16 -0400 To the Editor:

If I want to train to be a Navy SEAL or to join the IDF at age 50 in the middle of the night when it’s cool and the sun is down, I’m going to do it. Most would agree that, for serious folks such as myself, a treadmill just doesn’t provide the best long-distance training for military readiness. It can be good, but needs to be in concert with cross-country running, free weight training, swimming and other extreme-endurance training.

The upshot of this letter is to get my point across that, if you don’t like me performing long-distance training between John Day and Prairie City, then you should have allowed “low-elevation” Grouse Mountain State Park to go in and right-of-way access could have been provided for law-abiding, conscientious athletes like myself to run or bike straight to the park from John Day. I don’t like to dredge up the past either, but this one has been slow cooking and needed to come out on paper.

I know Agenda 21 when I see it. Owyhee Canyonlands and other attempts to lock up precious metals and other resources in order to act as a down on our national debt, under the guise of beautiful, sparsely populated country, which it certainly is. Other examples are NEPA analysis of climate change, or was it freeze-thaw waste of time and money analysis? “Journey” can also in my opinion be considered a form of locking up lands for more reasons than simply an important wildlife migration corridor to the Kalmiopsis or Marble Mountain Wilderness areas so that wolves can eat salmon carcasses on Wooley Creek or Taggarts Bar. But Grouse Mountain would have been a very special place for many local athletes, hikers, picnickers, campers and bikers. The low-elevation trail system would have been much longer than the Fossil Beds and much closer to John Day. So please get used to my long-distance training at night while it is cool and before the sun comes up and creates any more skin cancer in me.

Scott Cotter

John Day

Letter: Concerns about Trump have already happened Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:14 -0400 To the Editor:

In regards to Mr. Moskowitz’s letter on Sept. 14: All the things he is afraid Donald Trump will do if elected, President Barack Obama has already done and more. The Constitution means nothing to Obama unless it will help with his agenda. Obama wants to bring in hundreds of thousands of Syrian so-called refugees but no Christians. He has said virtually nothing about the slaughter of thousands of Christians in the most horrible ways — even did not object to the beheading of an American. Within a few minutes of the act, he was back on the golf course. Some say he is not a Muslim, but it is hard to believe he is not when he is silent to the murder of Christians. You be the judge. As to some of the claims Moskowitz claimed about Trump wants to do, he had better pay better attention to how our government is supposed to work. There are supposed to be three branches to check on each other. Sometimes in the last eight years they haven’t done it. What is wrong with asking Japan and South Korea to help pay for their protection? They can afford it.

Joe Clarke

Long Creek

Cops & Courts Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:07 -0400 Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.

• Kristopher Michael Goodwin, 25, was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and assault in the fourth degree. Goodwin is sentenced to 20 days in jail with credit for time served, three years of probation, 80 hours community service, fined $500 and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

CANYON CITY — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported the following for the week of Sept. 22:

• Concealed handgun licenses: 4

• Average inmates: 13

• Bookings: 4

• Releases: 7

• Arrests: 4

• Fingerprints: 3

• Civil papers: 12

• Warrants processed: 1

• Asst./welfare check: 2

CANYON CITY — The Grant County Justice Court reported the following fines and judgments:

• Driving with a suspended license: Shawn Colman Kite, 48, Prairie City, Sept. 1, fined $435.

• Violation of the basic speed rule: Nicole Marie Israel, 38, John Day, 68/55 zone Sept. 2, fined $160; James Glen McQuown, 62, Pasco, Washington, 75/55 zone, Sept. 13, fined $135; Austin L. Martin, 21, Hood River, 78/55 zone, Sept. 9, fined $260; Hailey Dawn Boethin, 39, Canyon City, 70/55 zone, Sept. 9, fined $135.

• Exceeding the speed limit: Justin Alan Scheidegger, 22, John Day, 75/65 zone, Sept. 2, fined $160; Menachem Lorber, 73, Oro Valley, Arizona, 52/35 zone, Sept 9, fined $160; Alex Taylor, 23, Libertyville, Illinois, 73/65 zone, Aug. 31, fined $160.

• Violation of the speed limit: Darrel C. Krabill, 41, Christmas Valley, 46/30 zone, Sept. 15, fined $160; David E. Lieberman, 26, Eugene, 43/25 zone, Sept. 18, fined $135.

• Ray Klein Inc. v. Heidi Law. Money judgment awarded to Ray Klein Inc. for $481.65.

• Ray Klein Inc. c. Cory A. Slayton. Money judgment awarded to Ray Klein Inc. for $543.00.

• Credit Associates, Inc. v. Gregory E. Relling. Money judgment awarded to Credit Associates, Inc. for $417.83.

John Day dispatch worked 164 calls during the week of Sept. 19 through 25. Along with the various traffic warnings, trespassing, injured animals, noise complaints and juvenile complaints, these calls included:

• John Day Police

Sept. 20: Received a report of boat battery theft. A man called dispatch to make sure he had not been reported as missing. Dispatch received a report of a possible puppy selling scam. JDPD and OSP served a search warrant and arrested a 24-year-old John Day woman for felon in possession of body armor and methamphetamine.

Sept. 22: Arrested a 41-year-old Prairie City man on a Grant County felony warrant.

Sept. 23: Arrested a man on a Grant County felony warrant in John Day. Dispatch took a report of a stray goat near Figaro’s Pizza.

• Grant County Sheriff

Sept. 19: Responded to a report of a fight on Washington Street.

Sept. 22: Responded to a report of an intoxicated subject harassing a neighbor.

Sept. 23: Responded to a report of disorderly subjects camping.

• John Day ambulance

Sept. 24: Paged for a report of a 76-year-old man who was having trouble breathing.

Beef, freezer raffle set for 2 p.m. Sept. 30 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:17:02 -0400 The Greater Smiles freezer and beef raffle drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Squeeze In Restaurant in John Day.

Coffee and cake will be served at about 1:30 p.m., which will also be the last chance to enter the raffle. Tickets are $10 each, three for $25, seven for $50 or 17 for $100.

The Voigt Ranch donated the beef, and Russell’s Custom Meats donated the wrapping.

Greater Smiles is a project of Christian Communication and Ministry, a public charity based in John Day. Greater Smiles aims to provide assistance to veterans, domestic abuse victims and those who are working but can’t afford dental care.