Fossil, OR

Gravel Bike Adventures: Credit Card Tours

Hot showers and a comfortable bed. That’s my idea of camping—so the idea of bikepacking has never been my thing. I see those bikepackers loaded down with all their gear and I wonder how they do it. I figure the first hill above a 4% grade and I would turn around.
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▶️ Destination Oregon: Shaniko, a lively ghost town

At one point, this small Oregon town was the wool capitol of the world. But the good times wouldn’t last. On this edition of Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes the drive up Highway 98 to visit Shaniko, now one of the world’s liveliest ghost towns.
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Nate Clark leads the way for Mitchell/Spray track at state finals

Nate Clark led the Eagle/Loggers, taking second in the discus and eighth in the triple jump at the state championships. The OSAA Class 1A State Track & Field Championships were held this past Thursday and Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene. The newly revamped stadium will be host to the NCAA championships in a couple of weeks, and then later in June will host the World Championships. The state of the art facility lent itself to fast times, with a number of state meet records set during the two-day event. The Mitchell/Spray boys team finished in a tie for 20th...

BACK IN TIME: 1912 - Man badly injured while blasting rock

1997: Spray area rancher and logger struck by lightning and killed while on horeseback rounding up cattle110 years ago May 16, 1912 Frank Arnold, who lives in Cloverdale, while blasting rock on his farm Friday forenoon was blown up and badly injured about the face and head. Mr. Arnold was using homemade blasting powder and in loading a hole, used a crowbar to tamp the powder into the hole. It is the supposition that the bar striking against the rock caused sparks, which set off the charge of powder. Being almost directly over it, it is a miracle he...

Mitchell-Spray boys third at district meet

Nate Clark first in discus and triple jump, and runs in both relay races as wellThe Mitchell/Spray track and field team had a great meet at the 1A Special District 3 Championships. The boys team finished in third place among the 14-team field, while the girls team was eighth. Horizon Christian dominated the boys meet with 124 points. Bickleton, which is located in Washington, was second with 54 points. They were followed by Mitchell/Spray (52), Dufur (43), Condon (42), Lyle/Wishram, Washington (38), South Wasco County (33), Ione (31), Trout Lake, Washington (26), Sherman County (23), Glenwood, Washington (18), Arlington (17),...

State Rep. Smith Attends Department of Revenue’s Job Fair in Fossil

Oregon State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) attended a job fair on Thursday put on by the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) at the Isobel Edwards Hall in Fossil. The event was spearheaded by Smith and he opened the event with a brief speech. DOR Director Betsy Imholt lead the event, highlighting the agency’s remote work options. Additional DOR staff helped attendees in one-on-one consultations with the State of Oregon’s employment software ‘WorkDay’.

Farmers & Ranchers Connect through New Growing Together Mentorship Program

Beginning farmers and ranchers looking to improve their agricultural business and connect with experienced producers have a new option in Central Oregon. The Growing Together Mentorship Program, launched by the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance in 2022, aims to improve knowledge of agricultural production, sales, business management, and farm viability by connecting experienced and beginning farmers and ranchers with one another.

Paul Sumner resigns from city work to focus on defense

Sumner will no longer serve as city attorney for Culver, Dufur, Maupin, and Fossil After decades as a city attorney, Paul Sumner will step down Friday, May 13, from representing four cities: Culver, Dufur, Maupin and Fossil. He hopes to retain his position as city attorney for Metolius, home to what he calls "his forefathers and foremothers." Sumner spent more than 23 years as Culver's city attorney, but an even longer time representing what is now called the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Board. He started with the volunteer ambulance service in 1980. "They didn't have money to pay me," said...

Department of Revenue to Promote Jobs in Wheeler County

Fossil area residents interested in employment opportunities with the Oregon Department of Revenue are invited to take part in pair of public meetings May 12 at Isobel Edwards Hall at the Wheeler County Fairgrounds. Revenue Director Betsy Imholt and a team of human resource professionals with the department will share...