Grant County, OR

Grant County,

OTEC to conduct power pole inspections and testing throughout summer

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is gearing up to begin its annual pole-testing program throughout the cooperative’s service territory in Baker, Grant, Harney and Union counties. Osmose Utility Services, a contracted service with OTEC, will begin inspecting and testing utility poles for strength and potential rot, determining and treating ailing poles....
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Grant County,

Small business grants available to local businesses June 21

Grant County’s small businesses, sole proprietors and 501©(3) nonprofits still reeling from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a small business grant starting at $10,000 June 21-28. Tory Stinnett, Grant County economic development director, said the grant funding is for any Grant County-based small business —...
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Prairie City,

Out of the Past: June 16, 2021

Fort Sam Houston, Texas — Private Tom H. Lattymer, son of Mrs. W. H. Lattymer, Prairie City, Oregon, has completed eight weeks of basic training at Army Service Forces Training Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, according to an announcement by Brig. General John M. Willis, Commandant.
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Grant County,

New sheriff building stability

Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley has been busy since he took the helm of the sheriff’s office in January. The former undersheriff, who in his second bid for sheriff unseated longtime Sheriff Glenn Palmer, said his office had been on more calls this year than last. McKinley said he is...
Mount Vernon,

Man arrested for firing shots within Mt. Vernon

A Mt. Vernon man was arrested Monday afternoon on unlawful shooting charges. No one was injured in the incident, but Joshua Fleetwood, 38, of Mt. Vernon was arrested for felon in possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon, according to a press release from Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley.
Grant County,

County mulling how to spend COVID-19 relief funds

Grant County is mulling how it will allocate American Rescue Plan funds. County Emergency Manager Paul Gray, who researched the U.S. Department of Treasury Guidelines, said so far roughly three departments are requesting approximately $300,000, which include the health department, sheriff’s office and fairgrounds. He said the county has been...
Grant County,

Grant County COVID-19 infections down

A seventh Grant County resident died after contracting COVID-19. A 68-year-old man with no known underlying medical conditions who resided in Grant County tested positive for COVID-19 on May 9, according to Kimberly Lindsay, the county’s public health administrator. Lindsay said after various medical interventions the person died May 27...
Grant County,

Cops and Courts: June 16, 2021

Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases. Nathan L. Gordanier was convicted of a probation violation June 14 for failing to complete treatment and failing to pay. He was sentenced to 10 hours of community service. He was ordered to continue treatment and enter a payment agreement with the court.
Grant County,

'62 Days Celebration commemorates 100th year

Grant County’s ’62 Days Celebration commemorated its 100th year over the weekend when the two-day festival kicked off on June 11 at Sels Brewery in Canyon City. Roughly 1,500 people turned out for the event marking the discovery of gold in Canyon Creek in 1862, according to Colby Farrell from the Whiskey Gulch Gang, which organizes the event.
Grant County,

Owens introduces bill to ban vaccine passports

Grant County’s state representative introduced legislation that would ban vaccine passports in Oregon. Mark Owens, R-Crane, introduced House Bill 3407 last week to “protect the privacy and rights of Oregonians,” according to a press release. The legislation would prevent any public body — state, local or special government — from...
Grant County,

Grant County judge faces possible recall effort

Grant County Judge Scott Myers faces a potential recall effort. Chief petitioner Joshua Walker of Seneca filed a prospective recall petition with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office June 10. Walker wrote in his justification that Myers has shown a “lack of administrative oversight,” a “refusal to collaborate,” “financial mismanagement”...
Grant County,

Grant County Seniors: June 16, 2021

JOHN DAY—First of all, apologies for last week’s error in this article. I must have been the one, being confused when looking at posts on the senior center site on Facebook. I do confuse easily. Blondes do that, you know. A great annual holiday for Canyon City and John Day,...
Grant County,

Grant County ESD office seeking nominations for Crystal Apple award

The Grant County Education Service District is taking nominations from the county's five school districts for the Crystal Apple award. Robert Waltenburg, Grant County ESD superintendent, said this year there would be two categories of awards, one for licensed educators and one for staff who may not hold a teaching license but play a role in educating students.
Grant County,

County offering $50 gift certificates for COVID-19 vaccinations

With COVID-19 vaccination rates lagging behind the statewide average, Grant County leaders are offering $50 gift certificates and other prizes to people who roll up their sleeves to get the shot. Kimberly Lindsay, Grant County's public health administrator, said every county in the state received vaccine incentive dollars based on...
Grant County,

Grant County reports another COVID-19 case

Another Grant County resident tested positive for COVID-19. The Grant County Health Department announced Thursday that the person infected with the virus lives in the John Day ZIP code. The health department said the person is working with their health care providers for proper care and safety and contacting those...
Grant County,

County reluctantly passes budget

After a contentious conclusion to a two-hour budget session, the county reluctantly passed its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Budget Committee passed the budget on a 3-2 vote. The three Grant County Court members voted to approve the budget, while two of the committee’s citizens voted against it.
Grant County,

Employers: Extra unemployment causing labor shortage

As employers in Grant County and across the state scramble to fill jobs, some blame the $300 per week supplemental unemployment benefit for keeping Oregonians from going back to work. A group of Eastern Oregon elected officials that included County Commissioner Jim Hamsher penned a May 25 letter to Gov....
Grant County,

Residents request county revive Contracts Review Board

Residents are requesting the county consider reviving its decades-old Contracts Review Board and adding grant funding applications to the list of agreements for committee review. Grant County resident Charlene Morris told county court members during the May 26 session that the county had a review board over 20 years ago...