To the Editor:

The last eight years, lest we forget...

Dayville: re-opened restaurant, vacation rentals, gift and beer shop.

Mt. Vernon: first-time sidewalks and new streetlights, second cafe and rebuilt laundromat, expanded services at Frontier rentals and vehicle repairs, vacation rental and bicycle inn, rebuilt community center, large antique and wine shop.

John Day and Canyon City: second farm and feed store, expanded services and rentals at Polaris, rebuilt and expanded JD Rents, Malheur Lumber mill saved and pellet factory built, 10-year stewardship contract with forest service with 100 new employees in the county, new Oregon Department of Forestry compound, Juniper Ridge mental health care facility, new dental clinic, brew pub and restaurant, new bistro presently under construction, two new coffee shops, pizza parlor, county fair barn rebuild, community garden, summer farmer’s market, meditation and well-being center, Chinese medicine herbalist and masseuse, Kam Wah Chung museum re-opened with interpretive center, Grant County Museum rebuilt, new fire station, new state police offices, new Indian Center offices, new chamber of commerce offices, expansion of the People Mover with service to other counties, Koyote antique store on Main Street, Sue-Z-Q’s thrift store, new cosmetology school, second veterinary clinic, Canyon City Community Hall rebuild, new pellet heating systems for high school, airport, Prairie City HS and hospital, new education services building, rebuilt home health services building.

Prairie City: Train depot museum rebuilt, new forest service offices, new vacation rentals, Prairie City hotel rebuilt and opened, city park rebuilt, Methodist Church turned into a community center.

Grant County: The Fossil Beds Paleontology center, two Highway 26 bridges rebuilt, bicycle lanes defined, increase in tourist business to all service businesses, Silvies Valley Resort built and opened, internet service to all, fiber optics cable system installed, increase in new home construction and general real estate sales, Bates State Park opened, library foundation created, new airport building and forest service training center, unemployment goes to 7.9 percent after many years in the 20 percent range and approximately 50 new, unfilled jobs now available around the county.

Let us count our blessings for all we’ve accomplished together in the beautiful valley.

Jim Bay

Mt. Vernon

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