Long Creek• The votes needed to oust Amy Kreger from her seat on the City Council didn't materialize March 29, when more than 100 ballots were counted by Grant County Clerk Kathy McKinnon.

Out of 144 ballots mailed to registered voters in Long Creek, 118 were returned in time to be counted. Of those, 73 voted against the recall; 45 voted for it. There were 24 mailed ballots that were not returned. The turnout was about 82 percent.

"I want to thank the voters for having confidence in me," Kreger said during a phone interview a couple of days after the recall vote. "I'm glad it's over and we can move forward."

Except for the recent water issue, which is temporary, no crisis faces the city, Kreger said.

• A water sample collected at the wellhead March 28 was negative for total and fecal coliform bacteria. Additional samples were collected March 31, but results weren't known. The city learned it was in violation March 9, after the state health department tested the water. Robert Cramer, the city's watermaster, chlorinated the system for a non-fecal matter violation and said the water would likely have a bleach taste. "There is no danger of death or illness," Cramer said.

County Court• Judge Dennis Reynolds, the county chief administrator, told the Court that the Forest Services' next planning meeting regarding new regulations on local national forests associated with the reassessment of wilderness and other protected status, including Wild and Scenic River designation, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the federal building in John Day.

• The Court signed a resolution March 16 reflecting its decision to give the Blanton to Snowshoe Prairie road an RS 2477 designation.

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