DMV changes hours, open mornings only

JOHN DAY - The Department of Motor Vehicles changed its hours and is now open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-1503.

Organization plans forest tour

JOHN DAY - We the People, a non-profit organization in Grant County, plans a tour of forest and grasslands on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The group plans to leave from the John Day Senior Center at 9 a.m. The bus will be provided by D.R. Johnson.

Anyone interested in participating can ride free of charge. Pre-registration is requested. Participants should bring a lunch and ample water.

The ride will stop at sites along the Middle Fork John Day River. The focus is on the condition of forests and rangelands on federal land, including the Summit Fire area.

For more information, call Gene Emery at 932-4598 or Merle Brown at 575-0666.

Community invited to discussion on alcohol/drug issues Aug. 28

CANYON CITY - What can be done to help families and children with drug and alcohol issues?

That is the topic of an Aug. 28 meeting sponsored by the Grant County Commission on children and families, Center for Human Development and Northeast Oregon Housing Authority.

The discussion will be held 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Guernsey Building, 120 Washington St.

Organizers are seeking input from community members on how to help. Two questions are asked: "What helps kids and families stop using?" and "What encourages kids and families to keep using?" A portion of the meeting will be devoted to addressing other issues specific to the public and Section 8 housing residents.

For more information, call Dana Brooks at 575-3600 or Lori Kenney at (503) 235-6464.

In uniform • DAVID C. GRASHOFF

BURNS - Oregon Army National Guardsman PFC David C. Grashoff was promoted to Private First Class prior to departing on Aug. 26, for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for advanced individual training.

While at Fort Leonard Wood, PFC Grashoff will undergo training as a combat engineer. He will complete the course in December, then he plans to study automotive and diesel mechanics at Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

Grashoff graduated from Grant Union High School in 2002.

Engagements • Russell - Bitter

Iyatho Russell, son of Jerry and Kitty Russell of Kimberly, and Frances Marie Bitter, daughter of Robert and Luana Bitter of Pratt, Kan., are engaged to be married.

Iyatho graduated from Monument High School in 1994 and served in the United States Air Force. He has been employed as a satellite communications technician.

Frances, a 1994 graduate of Pratt High School, received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Tabor College in Kansas. She is employed as a dental assistant in Denver.

A Sept. 28 wedding is planned at Denver, Colo.

Engagement • Silva - Henry

Ami Eileen Henry, daughter of Kenneth and Patricia Henry of John Day, is engaged to marry Fernando Silva, son of Ladislao and Maria Amelia Silva, on Sept. 20 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The bride, a 1997 graduate of Grant Union High School, also graduated from Ricks College. She works at Nestle's in Springville, Utah.

The groom also is employed at Nestle's and served a mission for the LDS Church in Peru.

Friends and relatives are invited to a reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the bride's parent's home, 59708 Highway 26, John Day.

Political hopefuls share platforms, join in Q&A

MT. VERNON - Meet the Candidates Night is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall.

All candidates running for office in the local election have been invited to present their background and platforms, and will join in a question-and-answer session. This is not a debate, but an informational meeting. Sen. Ted Ferrioli will serve as moderator. A list of those able to attend will be published prior to the meeting.

For more information, call Gene Brady at 575-3588.

Air Search takes flight with annual Fly In Sept. 7

JOHN DAY - The annual Fly In at Grant County Regional Airport will be held Saturday, Sept. 7.

Sponsored by the Grant County Air Search, a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, ham and beverages will be offered from 7-10:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per plate.

Aircraft will be on display throughout the day, including Air Life and model airplanes. Other activities will include demonstrations in skydiving, Forest Service rappelling and retardant drops, and the "Six Chuter" powered parachute demo. Helicopter rides for youth and free airplane rides are planned.

Grant County Air Search will offer T-shirts for sale. Overnight camping at the airport is permissible.

For more information, call Warren and Kay Friedrich at 932-4789 or Mary Jo Higgins at 575-1563.

Wheeler County discusses water, soil conservation

FOSSIL- The local advisory committee for Wheeler County's water and soil conservation issues will meet 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Big Sarvice Corral, on Highway 19 near Fossil.

For more information, call 468-2307.

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