Forest panel nominations accepted at Nov. 26 chili feed

JOHN DAY - The 11th annual Road Kill Chili Feed will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the John Day Senior Center.

Those attending are asked to bring their favorite chili dish or rolls, cornbread or other side dish. Coffee, milk, punch and table service will be furnished.

The opening of nominations for the newly approved Grant County Forest Commission will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 932-4618.

Prairie City plans Christmas bash

PRAIRIE CITY - The annual Christmas on the Prairie celebration Saturday, Nov. 23. The town and stores will be dressed for the season with ample gift ideas for shoppers.

Many of the traditional activities - Santa's Secret Shop at the Teen Center, buggy rides, face painting at Country Curl - will be offered along with the return of the Luncheon and Fashion Show at Shoshoni Winds restaurant with the latest styles from Bar W-B.

"Let the magic begin," said Esther Dew, the organizer of the "trains, planes and automobiles" display at the Hospice building, which in addition will show antique toys dating back to the 1800s and a peddle car, Christmas villages, a "Barns Across America" display with eight barn models, a Madam Alexander doll and other collections.

An art show and sale will be held at Dixie Mountain Video along with music by Rose Coombs and Karla Teague. The craft bazaar at Prairie City School will feature local artisans and table space is still available by calling Marge Walton at 820-4624. Refreshments also will be served. The day will conclude with a tree lighting at the park at 5 p.m. followed by refreshments at the Lunch Box Deli.

Canyon City issues burning permits

CANYON CITY - The Town of Canyon City announces that burning permits are required for all outdoor burning within the limits of Canyon City.

The free permits are valid for one year and can be purchased at the Canyon City Fire Hall on Wednesdays from 6:30-7 p.m.

For more information, call 575-0509.

John Day/Snake RAC meets Dec. 4

PENDLETON - A meeting of the John Day/Snake Resource Advisory Council will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Oxford Suites, 2400 S.W. Court Place, in Pendleton. This federally chartered citizens group advises Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service managers on issues affecting the John Day River Basin and a portion of the lower Snake River Basin. Steve Courtney is the local timber industry representative.

An opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 1 p.m on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment and the amount of time available, comments may be limited. Written comments are also accepted by the council.

For further information, contact Virginia Gibbons in Prineville at 416-6700.

Advisory council discusses zoning at Dec. 2-3 meeting

HINES - The Steens Mountain Advisory Council will hold its next two-day meeting 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2-3 at the Burns District BLM office at 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines.

Monday's session will focus on recreation and wilderness issues as well as proposed zoning in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols will give a presentation on scenic byways. On Tuesday, the SMAC will concentrate on transportation classification and maintenance procedures. Recommendation and action item reviews will be included.

The public is invited to attend. Public comment will be scheduled at 11 a.m. each day. Materials planned for distribution must be sent prior to the meeting to Rhonda Karges, Burns District BLM, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738.

For more information, call 573-4400 or access the Steens Web site at

Road closures announced

HINES - Due to recent snowstorms, the Burns District Bureau of Land Management reports closing of the upper sections of the Steens Mountain Loop Road, to the north just below Jackman Park Campground and on the south segment at the Rooster Comb gate area. As hazardous weather conditions increase, closure of the remaining portions of the Loop Road will follow.

All BLM Steens Mountain campgrounds, except Jackman Park, remain open and accessible at this time. Services and maintenance will become more limited as winter weather continues.

Campground conditions and services as of Nov. 15 are as follows:

Fish Lake - Approximately six inches of snow, hand-pumped water, restroom facilities, trash cans with minimal maintenance.

Page Springs - Running water, restroom facilities, trash cans and complete winter season maintenance.

South Steens - No running water, trash cans and restroom facilities with minimal maintenance.

For more information, call 573-4400.

Strawberry Christian fellowship offers holiday worship

SENECA - The Strawberry Mountain Christian Fellowship will open its doors of the Seneca Church located at the corner of Second and "D" streets for two holiday happenings - A Thanksgiving dessert planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and a Women's Christmas Get-together at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

The Strawberry Mountain Christian Fellowship also conducts services in John Day at 173 S.E. Dayton St. and a number of Bible study groups at various locations around the county.

For more information call 542-2324 or 620-0976, e-mail to or access

Lions peace poster contest winners announced

JOHN DAY - Winners of the Lions Club Posters for Peace Contest were recently announced by the John Day-Canyon City Lions Club.

Students in Bee Lim's sixth-grade class at Prairie City School entered the contest. First-place winner is McKenzie Purnell, daughter of Ken and Heidi Purnell of Prairie City. Her poster was sent to competition at the district, state and international levels, where the grand prize totals $2,500.

Second place was awarded to Sherree Wright, daughter of Rusty and Jill Wright of Prairie City; third, Daniel Soupir, son of James and Karen Soupir of Prairie City.

The local club will honor the winners at a dinner to be held in early 2003. The contest was sponsored by Lions International. For more information, call Anton Kodesh at 575-1285.

Regional alliance meets Nov. 25 at Canyon City

CANYON CITY - The Southeast Regional Alliance will hold its regular board meeting 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Guernsey Building conference room.

Consideration of projects for possible grant or loan funding is the major agenda item. Nine applications have been received for this round of funding and sponsors have been invited to make brief presentations. Other discussion will include the Community Solutions Team and the Statewide Transportation Investment Plan.

For more information, call 575-2786.

Mentors needed for grade-schoolers

CANYON CITY - People who enjoy interacting with young people are needed as volunteer mentors for fifth- and sixth-grade girls for a nine-month period.

Mentors and their young friends will meet one day each month and be in regular contact weekly by phone, mail or e-mail. Volunteers will be given training and support throughout the mentoring assignment and expenses associated with activities will be paid by Families First through a grant from the Grant County Commission on Children and Families, sponsors of the program.

Families First Director Linda Harrington said, "This is the first year for this program and we are hoping to get a pool of mentors so we can expand next year."

This year's program will involve eight young girls. Applications for mentors must be received by Nov. 22 and volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check.

For more information, call Harrington at 575-1006 or Dana Brooks, director of the Commission on Children and Families at 575-3600.

Diabetic support group changes times

JOHN DAY - The Diabetic Support Group will now meet from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every fourth Friday at Blue Mountain Hospital's classroom 112. The next meeting is Friday, Nov. 22, announced organizer Jennifer Middleton. Those attending can bring lunch, refreshments such as pop will be available.

For more information, call Middleton at 575-4124 or 820-3341.

Christmas tree tags available on forests

BAKER CITY - Permits to cut Christmas trees on national forest lands are now available for sale at local Forest Service offices and several commercial outlets.

The permit costs $5 and is valid for the cutting of one tree up to 20 feet high on national forest land.

The permit does not authorize cutting on private, state or other federal lands.

'Scrooge!' comes to Blue Mountain college

PENDLETON - The College Community Theatre season at Blue Mountain Community College will open with "Scrooge!"

This popular musical by Leslie Bricusse, directed by BMCC's Choral Music Director David Miller, is based on Charles Dickens' holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" and will be presented from Dec. 6-14 in Pioneer Hall Theatre on BMCC's Pendleton campus.

For tickets or more information, call 278-5953; the CCT box office is open 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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