High-speed rollover leaves Izee man seriously injured

SENECA - Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Department, with assistance from the John Day Police, investigated a one-vehicle, injury traffic accident on County Road 63 at milepost 13.5 at about 11:58 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The investigation indicated 37-year-old Tod M. Burrows formerly of Grants Pass and recently a resident of Izee, was westbound on County Road 63 when he apparently lost control of his 1999 Ford pickup.

The vehicle reportedly failed to negotiate a corner and left the roadway, rolling over several times.

Burrows was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled, and was discovered laying face down in the eastbound lane of the road by several archery hunters from the Salem area who were camped along County Road 63 and heard the crash.

Ambulance crews from Seneca and John Day were dispatched to the scene, and Burrows was transported to Blue Mountain Hospital.

He was later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by Air Life.

The vehicle was towed by Doug's Motor Vehicle Repair and Towing.

Investigation indicated high speed and alcohol were contributing factors to the accident.

Hells Canyon group fights ATVs

LA GRANDE - After years of controversy without resolution, the Hells Canyon Preservation Council has filed litigation challenging the Forest Service's policy of allowing motorized vehicles within one of Oregon's wildest remaining places.

HCPC, a La Grande-based organization, claims the agency is allowing motorized use within the Hells Canyon Wilderness adjacent to the Lord Flat plateau of Hells Canyon, contrary to the Wilderness Act's prohibition of motors within wildernesses.

The Lord Flat Trail meanders for 16 miles into remote grass and forestlands along the western rim of Hells Canyon, which forms Oregon's northwestern-most border with Idaho

On one side of the Trail sits the Hells Canyon Wilderness, on the other is Lord Flat, the largest remaining non-designated expanse of roadless land in Oregon. In 1992, the Forest Service relocated a portion of the Trail after admitting it crossed into the wilderness.

"By the same definition the Forest Service used in 1992, the Trail still enters the wilderness at several locations," said Brett Brownscombe, attorney and conservation director for the HCPC.

County 4-H program plans fall agenda

CANYON CITY - October 6-12 will commemorate National 4-H Week with Grant County 4-H members planning events such as Achievement Day.

Achievement Day, which will be Sunday, Oct. 13, recognizes 4-H members and leaders for project work. In addition, outstanding junior, intermediate and senior members will be announced as well as those honored for outstanding citizenship, leadership, livestock and home economics.

The 4-H Home Economics/Expressive Arts 4-H leaders will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Grant County Courthouse conference room.

The fall 4-H leaders meeting will convene at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the same location. New leader training is planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

For more information, call 575-1911.

Photography exhibit highlights fair

JOHN DAY - The work of Katharine Pollak of New York will be featured through the month of September at Faith Mountain Art Gallery.

Pollak will be present for the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The public is invited to meet Pollak and view the black and white photographs featuring several local residents as they attended the 2001 Grant County Fair.

A Grant County native, Pollak is the daughter of Barbara Pollak of John Day and the late Don Pollak. She graduated from Grant Union High School in 1978 and has traveled extensively abroad.

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