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Firefighters remain busy following several small fire starts

GRANT COUNTY – Firefighters have certainly been busy following the lightning activity. That’s not all; wildcad.net reports an incident from hot ash, or a campfire, about 12.1 miles south of Prairie City. The Slide Fire was contained and controlled to a tenth of an acre Wednesday by Malheur National Forest resources.
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Pine Fire in the Strawberry Wilderness

GRANT COUNTY – Firefighting resources are battling the Pine Fire, burning in the Dean Creek area of the Strawberry Wilderness. Wildcad.net shows the fire at 1.1 acres in size, and 40% contained. At last update the fire was almost all the way lined. It’s burning in snags, slash, timber and brush. The forest service reports that rappelers, tree fellers and a helicopter with bucket have been working the incident. We’ll provide further updates as they come in.
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Health Department and EOC projects receive federal funding

GRANT COUNTY – A total of 111 critical need projects in Oregon were included in the FY23 Senate Appropriations federal funding bills. Of those, we mentioned that the City of Prairie City will be receiving $602,000 for improvements on the town’s water system. Prairie City Mayor and County...
PRAIRIE CITY, OR
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Grant County Regional Airport to receive $600K for improvements

JOHN DAY – The Grant County Regional/Ogilvie Field Airport in John Day is set to receive a $600,000 grant to reconstruct and widen the runway, reconstruct runway lighting, install identifier lights and replace airfield guidance signs. The funding is part of $2.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration through their Airport Improvement Grant and Airport Improvement Program. The Announcement came today through Senator Wyden’s office. See the full release below:
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Unearthing the story of Japanese immigrants at site of former Oregon lumber company town

Your browser does not support the audio element. The classic black-and-white photos from early decades of the American West often fail to capture the diversity of the people who came here. Chinese migrants helped build the railroads and were big in gold mining. Basque people from Spain became known for sheep herding. The first Filipino cannery workers arrived around the turn of the last century. Now, Oregon archaeologists are on the surprising trail of Japanese families who lived in a now-vanished lumber company town.
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Grant County Fairgrounds seeks volunteers

JOHN DAY – The Grant County Fairgrounds has a community work day planned for Wednesday, August 3rd to prepare the grounds for the 113th Grant County Fair. Grant County Fairgrounds Manager Mindy Winegar put out the call for volunteers. Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. that day, while it’s still cool. Coffee and donuts will be provided.
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Fatal horse accident in remote Grant County

GRANT COUNTY – The following is a press release issued in its entirety from Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley:. “On July 22nd Kenneth (Kenny) Brooks tragically passed away as a result of a horse accident while out moving cattle, with family members by his side. The Grant County Emergency...
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