4-2 News Briefs
Mt. Vernon Rural Fire District hosts April 5 meeting
MT. VERNON - The Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Protection District board of directors will hold a regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Mt. Vernon City Hall.
For more information, call 932-4688.
NE Housing Authority holds public hearing
JOHN DAY - The Northeast Oregon Housing Authority will receive public comments concerning the possible purchase of Meadowbrook I Apartments beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Grant County Health Department, 528 E. Main St.
All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities can be arranged by calling Lola Dutton at (541) 963-5360, extension 21.
helmets offered at Sunday skate
JOHN DAY - During the 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, session of skating at Trowbridge Pavilion, GerriAnne Graham of Grant County Safe Communities Coalition will be distributing bicycle helmets. Graham also will do helmet fittings for sizes from toddlers to extra large.
For more information call Graham at 575-1084.
JOHN DAY - The annual spring Spay and Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs is planned for Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11, at Gambler Veterinary Clinic, west of John Day.
To make an appointment, call co-sponsor Lynn Judd of Critter Country Kennels at 932-2702.
JD City Council meeting moved to Wednesday
JOHN DAY - The April 8 John Day City Council meeting has been changed to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at City Hall. This is a change from the regular council meetings which are held monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday.
For more information, call 575-0028.
Groups sue to halt grazing on Malheur forest
BEND - The Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that the agency has failed to protect bull trout and steelhead habitat on the Malheur National Forest.
The lawsuit, filed on March 24 in U.S. District Court in Portland, challenges the Forest Service for allowing livestock grazing that the groups claim has damaged several fish-bearing streams.
The complaint argues that the federal agency has failed to comply with requirements under the National Forest Management Act, which would include conducting scheduled environmental analyses on two grazing allotments.
In their lawsuit, the groups say stream monitoring information from the Forest Service and National Marine Fisheries Service indicate that the Murderers Creek and Blue Mountain allotments have repeatedly failed to meet vegetative, stream channel and water quality standards.
"The days of using the Malheur National Forest as a feedlot for cows are coming to a close," said ONDA executive director Bill Marlett. "Here we are nearly a decade after these aquatic conservation strategies were adopted, and the Forest Service is still conducting business as usual."
This is the second lawsuit in less than two months filed by environmentalists challenging the Malheur National Forest's grazing program. ONDA and the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit in February, alleging that the Forest Service's grazing authorizations along the Malheur and North Fork Malheur wild and scenic rivers segments violated the law. Ranchers involved in that case disputed their evidence and said ranching has a minimal effect on streambanks and riparian vegetation. Wildlife and natural events such as scouring floods can cause damage mistaken as overgrazing, ranchers argued.
4-Hers plan April 5 weigh-in, clean-up project
PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City 4-H Beef Club will hold a weigh-in for 4-H and FFA beef 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at John Forrest's scales.
The day will continue as the club participates in a community service project cleaning-up flowerbeds along Prairie City's Front Street.
season ended effective April 1
PORTLAND - Studded tires must be removed this week. The deadline was April 1, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after April 1 can be charged with a class C traffic violation, which carries a maximum $150 fine. An estimated $11 million is spent each year in Oregon to repair studded tire damage on city streets, county roads and state highways.
teaches bosses how to supervise
LA GRANDE - "Skills for Solving Employee Performance Problems Early" will be presented 8 a.m.-noon, Friday, April 25, at the Inlow Room 011, Eastern Oregon University.
This four-hour supervisory skills training will be broadcast live via Interactive Television and covers:
Risks and responsibilities in the workplace
Improving your ability to observe and document problems
Constructive intervention techniques
This workshop meets the requirements for DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervision training
Instructor Jerry Gjesvold, BS, Employer Services manager at Serenity Lane Treatment Center has trained thousands of supervisors and has 20 years of employee performance consulting experience.
This workshop is cosponsored by the Small Business Development Center and Work Drugfree.
The cost for this workshop is $20. Space is limited. Mail payment to Small Business Development Center, One University Blvd., La Grande, OR 97850; phone and fax: 541-962-1532; e-mail: email@example.com; or access the Web site at www2.eou.edu/sbdc.
area youths for summer work
BEND - Youth between the ages of 15-18 who are looking for a summer job in the woods can consider the Youth Conservation Corps.
Summer applications are being accepted through April 15 for the YCC, a work-learn-earn program that provides Oregon youth eight weeks of natural resource education and work projects on public lands.
Information and applications can also be found on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests Web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/index-jobs.html or call Jon Stewart, Deschutes National Forest, at 383-5576 or Lynn Roby, Ochoco National Forest, at 416-6542.
4-H livestock club hosts 2003 meeting
JOHN DAY - The Juniper Ridge Livestock 4-H Club held its first meeting March 17 and started the season with five new members, Laura Chesley, Tiffany Davis, LaShawna Gill, Tyler Palmer and Cheyenne McDaniel.
The members discussed an April 5 weigh-in at the Kim Lemons Ranch in Mt. Vernon, fund-raisers, and the April 6 lamb and pig sale in Prineville. They also worked on their record books.
The next meeting of the Juniper Ridge Livestock 4-H Club will be 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Outpost Pizza and Grill in John Day.
Lucas Palmer provided this information.
Forest Service closes roads for public safety in fire areas
JOHN DAY - Due to hazards associated with the fire and for the protection of resources within the Easy, High Roberts, and Monument Fire area, all roads within the fire perimeter are closed to all motorized vehicles including all-terrain vehicles, reported officials with the Forest Service.
The main entry roads into the fire area will be signed as "Closed to all Motorized Vehicles - Foot Travelers and all other Non-Motorized Visitors are Welcome." Fire perimeter maps are available at the Malheur National Forest office in John Day.
The public is cautioned that danger still exists within the fire area from burned snags, burned out stumps and rootwads, and other fire effects.
For more information about closures on the national forest, call Malheur National Forest at 575-3000.
Steens advisory council
gathers April 9-11 at Hines
HINES - The Steens Mountain Advisory Council will meet at the Burns District Bureau of Land Management at Hines 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 9-11. The public is invited and can make public comment at 11 a.m. each day.
On Wednesday, the Preliminary Draft Andrews/Steens Resource Management Plan will be presented and the council will discuss road closures, project management actions within the plan's transportation and wildlife resources.
Thursday and Friday will be entirely devoted to review of the preliminary draft Resource Management Plan. Recreation and wilderness issues will be discussed as well as other topics.
The Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement will be available for public comment late summer/early fall 2003, then a 90-day comment period will be given. The BLM encourages public comment.
For more information, contact Rhonda Karges at 573-4400 or access the Web site at www.or.blm.gov/Steens.
Prairie City blood drive Tuesday
PRAIRIE CITY- The Prairie City National Honor Society members will sponsor a community blood drive 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Prairie City School gym.
Students will be contacting residents to schedule donation appointments. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
Those wanting to donate blood can call the school at 820-3314 to schedule an appointment.
GUHS hosts blood drive, conferences
JOHN DAY - The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be set up April 9-10 at Grant Union High School.
Blood donors can come 1:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Advance appointments are encouraged by calling recruiters at Grant Union High School, which include Student Council members and can be reached at 575-1799. Or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-826-5920.
On April 10-11, Grant Union High School will host Parent-Teacher conferences. Parents can come to the new gym 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday or visit with teachers in the classrooms 8:30 a.m.-noon on Friday. Report cards can be picked up at the school office.
Principal Mark Witty encourages parents to come and visit at the school. For more information, call 575-1799.
dinner for officers
JOHN DAY - The American Legion Auxiliary will welcome state officers to a no-host dinner 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Outpost Pizza and Grill, 155 W. Main St. In addition to Ellis Tracy Unit 77, the Prairie City and Dayville units are invited to attend.
On Sunday, April 6, the District 10 Girls State luncheon will be held at John Day Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. Girls State representatives from Grant and Harney counties will be present as well as Anerican Legion state officers.
During the Ellis Tracy Unit No. 77 of the American Legion Auxiliary's regular meeting on March 21, the group voted to purchase a patriotic wreath to raise funds for the State Department's President's Project for veterans hospitals.
Sandi Rennels of Prairie City, who serves as District 10 Vice President, addressed the topic of membership for the service organization. Prairie City Auxiliary President Sue Tilman and member Vivian Rookstool, also attended.
For more information, call Evelyn Ogilvie at 575-1802.
Missionaries speak at chapel
PRAIRIE CITY - Jose and Norma Meza, missionaries to Mexico with World Gospel Mission will speak at Grace Chapel 11 a.m. Sunday, April 6. A potluck will follow the service and World Gospel Mission videos will be shown.
The Mezas are natives of Honduras and since their appointment with WGM, they have served in Bolivia and are expected to return to Mexico to continue their service with church planting, evangelism, discipleship and pre-school child care.
Jose Meza earned a master's degree in agriculture from Tennessee State University and a bachelor's degree in forest products from the University of Bio Bio (Chile) and a forest management degree from the National Forestry School in Honduras. His wife earned a certificate in early childhood education at Burnaby College in Surrey, B.C., Canada. They have four children.
The public is encouraged to come and meet the Mezas at Grace Chapel, located at 154 E. Williams, Prairie City. For more information, call Pastor Darrel Johnson at 820-3781.