Sheriff maintains search and rescue

CANYON CITY - Grant County Search and Rescue will continue to operate out of the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Glenn Palmer announced Sept. 23.

Following discussions with Grant County Judge Dennis Reynolds, Palmer said he decided to retain the authority and responsibility for search and rescue operations.

Mt. Vernon staffs hunters' booth

MT. VERNON - The Mt. Vernon Fire Department will provide a hunters' booth Sept. 25-27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. near the Mt. Vernon City Hall which will provide hunters with area maps, hunting regulations and other information. Baked goods will be sold to raise funds for the purchase of department equipment. Volunteers to staff the booth and donations of baked goods are needed.

Contact Fire Chief Bill Cearns at 932-4688 for further information.

Irrigation season ends on John Day

CANYON CITY - Irrigation season on the Mainstem John Day River and all tributaries ends midnight, Monday, Sept. 30, according to Kelly Rise, watermaster for District 4, the Upper John Day Basin.

No irrigation from these sources will be authorized after that date, unless it involves an out-of-season water right for irrigation. Also, irrigation from groundwater sources not substantially connected to surface water may be allowed through Oct. 31, if the individual water right allows it. For more information, call Rise at 575-0119.

Malheur implements hazard-tree removal

JOHN DAY - Felling and hauling of hazard trees began Sept. 21 on County Road 18, reported Blue Mountain Ranger District sale administrator Bruce Carey.  In addition, logging operations are taking place in the Murderers Creek-Flagtail area of the Malheur National Forest. Motorists are cautioned to watch for log trucks, which are traveling roads near Deer Creek, Flagtail Lookout and on the Izee Highway to Highway 395.

American Legion will provide banners

JOHN DAY - Blue Star banners are available through the Ellis Tracy Post 77 for parents with sons of daughters serving active duty in the United States military.

To receive a Blue Star banner, contact American Legion Commander Jack Sanders at 575-2838.

55 Alive driving class scheduled for Oct. 1-2

JOHN DAY - Charles Mills will teach a classroom driver-improvement course for senior citizens 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1-2, at the John Day Senior Center, 142 N.E. Dayton St.

The course will provide techniques for coping with changes in vision, hearing and reaction time, along with a review of "rules of the road." A fee of $10 is required.

For those completing the two-day course, reduced insurance rates may apply. To sign up, call Helen Bogart at 575-1636 or Mills at 575-2528.

BLM enacts safety closure at Stonehouse

BURNS - Tom Dyer, Burns District Manager for Bureau of Land Management, reported a temporary closure which began Sept. 11 on public lands involved in the Stonehouse Creek prescribed burn on Steens Mountain. Dyer says the closure is to assure public safety during the burning operations.

The closure area is posted at main entry points. Closure is subject to weather conditions; but, it is likely to be less than one month.

Kam Wah Chung Museum marks quarter century

JOHN DAY - In celebration of Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum's 25th anniversary, the friends of the museum on Oct. 19 will present day-long displays, a silent art auction provided by the Grant County Art Association, and a Chinese dinner to be held at the John Day Senior Center.

For more information, call Bobbi Baker at 932-4472.

Well-kept yards receive kudos from garden club

PRAIRIE CITY - The Green Thumb Garden Club recently presented their Outstanding Yard Award to four Prairie City residents for maintaining the city's most attractive yards.

Larry and Peggy Bradford, 340 W. 12th St., received first place and $25 for their efforts; Larry and Carla Wright, 707 S. Overholt, took second and were awarded $15. Two third-place awards of $10 each were made to Mary Winegar, 915 S. McHaley and Anne Wood, 777 S. Bridge St.

These winners were chosen from a list of 17 yards over a period of several weeks.

Criteria used for judging included curb appeal, visibility, neatness, color, design, special features and condition or health of plantings. The selection process took into consideration special efforts due to lack of water, extreme heat and other weather-related conditions, as well as health problem or disabilities of the residents.

The club judges yards within the city limits between May and July each year. Awards are presented in August.

Alaskan cruise open to alumni

JOHN DAY - The Grant Union High School Alumni Association is sponsoring a seven-day Alaskan cruise aboard the M.S. Princess Diamond in June 2003.

The tour is scheduled to leave from Seattle then on to Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria B.C.

For more information, call Chris Labhart at 575-1276 or contact Imperial Tour and Travel at 1-800-888-2887.

School board updates goals

CANYON CITY - The Grant School District No. 3 board will meet for a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Business for the board includes conducting interviews with Gordon Larson and Traci Unterwegner, candidates for a school board vacancy. Also, trustees will update goals and priorities for the 2002-2003 school year and conduct a closed executive session to discuss personnel and negotiation issues.

For more information, call 575-1280.

Solar home tour planned

JOHN DAY - The 2002 Oregon Solar Home Tours will take place in Portland, Salem, Eugene, the Rogue Valley, Klamath Falls, Central Oregon, and locally at John Day.

The Eastern Oregon Tour of Solar Homes will meet at the Grant County Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. For more information, contact Jennifer Barker at 575-3633 or e-mail to info@solwest.org.

Flower bulbs can be ordered from 4-H members

JOHN DAY - Country Critters 4-H livestock club members continue to take orders for spring flower bulbs.

As a tax-deductible fund-raiser, they will take orders for daffodils, tulip, lilies through Nov. 1.

For more information, call 932-4212.

Prineville BLM office reopens

PRINEVILLE - The Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management office reopened to employees and the public Sept. 19 following a hazardous materials investigation.

The office had been closed since the Friday before when several people experienced medical symptoms inside the building. A hazardous materials investigation confirmed that there was a non-toxic/non-lethal airborne irritant inside the building.

Prairie City PD notes seatbelt enforcement

PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies from across Oregon, Washington and British Columbia will be conducting a seatbelt enforcement blitz through Sunday, Sept. 29.

The emphasis will be on seatbelt and child-restraint violations through education and enforcement in an effort to make motorists aware of the safety hazards and the potential of injury in the event of an accident when drivers and passengers fail to use seatbelts and child restraints.

Forest committee meets Sept. 26-27

ENTERPRISE - The federal Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee will meet at Wallowa Mountain Visitor Center in Enterprise on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27. For more information, call 575-0059.

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