More than 300 people concerned about a possible move into Grant County by the Aryan Nations white supremacist group packed a Canyon City meeting hall Friday morning, the latest sign of a fast, strong response that led a speaker from Idaho, the group's current home, to praise the community and declare it already has achieved victory.
"You have won," said Tony Stewart of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. "You're doing the right thing. People in Grant County are great human beings who believe in democracy."
Stewart was one of two speakers invited to the John Day area by the Blue Mountain Eagle (www.bluemountaineagle.com), which provided live-streaming video on its Website, viewed by hundreds more who could not travel and attend in person. (Another, similar meeting, from 6-8 p.m., also will be streamed live.)