Leadership opportunities for Grant County youth
JOHN DAY – 4-H Summer Interns Laken and Skylar McKay were on KJDY’s Coffee Time to discuss several youth engagements for this summer. Laken said the annual Natural Resources Camp is right around the corner for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders:. “In just a couple weeks we have...
Darrel “Moose” Simmons 1949 – 2023
Darrel “Moose” Simmons, age 73, passed away at his home in John Day on May 24, 2023. A celebration of life in his honor will be held on July 8th, 2023, at the Elks Lodge at 1:00 PM in JohnDay. Darrel was born at the Blue Mt. Hospital...
Suspicious circumstances leads to warrant arrest
PRAIRIE CITY – UPDATE (9:20 a.m.): According to information from Umatilla County officials, the warrant Mr. Ganguly was arrested on was issued for failure to appear on a Criminal Trespass II charge. The pretrial conference he did not attend was in 2021. Therefore, the Sixth Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant.
ESD Superintendent says to get scholarship applications in
JOHN DAY – Grant County ESD Superintendent Robert Waltenburg was on KJDY’s Coffee Time speaking to scholarships. He said there’s an important one due at the end of the month:. “So, we have the Stewart Scholarship coming up. Huge deadline. That deadline is June 30th. The application...
Snowpack is almost gone
PENDLETON – A warmer and drier May means snowpack is making an earlier exit in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. National Weather Service Meteorologist Camden Plunkett says that’s why the Umatilla River is running lower than normal and inflows into the McKay Reservoir are below the norm. “For...
Emergency Management Coord. discusses fire season precautions
GRANT COUNTY – Grant County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Bush was on KJDY’s Coffee Time speaking on fire season. Bush explained the role in his office during an emergency wildfire situation:. “One of our responsibilities, particularly at the Sheriff’s Office—the Sheriff is responsible for ordering evacuations if they...
In Grant County, community ties are strong, but divisions run deep
No matter how you look at it, Grant County – five hours southeast of Portland – is a deeply divided place. There are more than three times as many registered Republican voters in the county as Democrats, a sharp contrast to the Portland metro region or the Democratic majorities in the Oregon Legislature.
Oversized Load Traveling Through Eastern Oregon Starting Today
Motorists should expect nighttime delays of up to 20 minutes starting Monday, June 5, and continuing through mid-June on various Eastern Oregon highways and local roads. The Oregon Department of Transportation in a press release reported these delays will accommodate an oversized transport scheduled to travel during eight evenings as it moves from the Port of Umatilla to the Idaho border. The shipment consists of boiler equipment traveling 10-30 mph along segments of highways 730 and 37 and Interstate 84 in Pendleton, and highways 395, 26, 20, 78, 95 and other roads in Umatilla, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties.
Grant County Library closed due to plumbing issues
JOHN DAY – According to a release from the Grant County Library, the library will be closed today through Thursday, June 8th, due to plumbing issues. There will be no story time for the kids today. If you need to contact the library, folks can call 541-633-6877.
Long Creek to get new science textbooks
LONG CREEK – Long Creek School Superintendent Larry Glaze was on KJDY’s Coffee Time and said tomorrow will be the school’s budget hearing for adoption of the new budget:. “The situation of our budget is solid. We have enough money to cover the needs of the school district. We are adding a new science curriculum. We’re doing a new science textbook adoption next year, so that’s going to be a new thing for us.”
Fire Potential Outlook for June, July, August and September
EASTERN OREGON – The National Interagency Fire Center has issued information on the new four-month wildland fire potential outlook. According to the National Interagency Coordination, “The main objectives of the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlooks are to improve information available to fire management decision makers. These assessments are designed to inform decision makers for proactive wildland fire management, thus better protecting lives and property, reducing firefighting costs and improving firefighting efficiency.”
Sheriff McKinley looking for info on murder suspect
JOHN DAY – Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley was on KJDY’s Coffee Time recently. The Sheriff said his department is currently seeking information on a man who used to live here, and is now a murder suspect. According to McKinley, Robert Crosby, who goes by Bobby, first came to Grant County in 2017 with the Rainbow Gathering. He said Crosby got into trouble last year:
Photos: Grant Union/Prairie City pours it on in 6-inning win over Weston-McEwen/Griswold for OSAA Class 2A/1A state championship
The Grant Union/Prairie City softball team returned to Jane Sanders Stadium with a mission, and the Prospectors are leaving as champions after beating Weston-McEwen/Griswold 10-0 in six innings on Friday afternoon. Grant Union/Prairie City had three losses this season, only against teams from higher classifications.
Jail time for woman in DV, mischief case
CANYON CITY – A woman will spend jail time on domestic violence charges and more, according to Grant County Circuit Court documents. Jessica Anne Shawn Thomas, 39, pleaded guilty to Assault in the Fourth Degree—Constituting Domestic Violence; Resisting Arrest; Harassment; and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Thomas...
The top 10 places people in Grant County are looking to buy homes
Stacker compiled statistics about where people in Grant County are looking to buy homes using cross-market demand and monthly inventory data from Realtor.com.
Eastern Oregonians take spotlight in new Amazon Web Services docuseries
AMAZON — Amazon Web Services is shining its spotlight on collaborations with businesses, teachers and others in Umatilla and Morrow counties in a new docuseries, "Data Centered." The first episode premiered Wednesday, May 31. The docuseries details the stories of five subjects from Eastern Oregon who have collaborated with...
Remote detection system for wildfires expanding in Northeastern Oregon
LA GRANDE — Oregon Department of Forestry employees will be doing some heavy lifting in Northeastern Oregon forests in the next few weeks. Their work will have a heavyweight impact on the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center’s ability to help get wildfires put out in their infancy, according to Logan McCrae, the La Grande unit forester for ODF.
Chase Bloom is the new Prairie City District Ranger
PRAIRIE CITY – (Press Release from the Malheur National Forest) The Malheur National Forest is pleased to announce on June 4, 2023, Chase Bloom will be the new Prairie City District Ranger. Bloom is currently the Engineering, Minerals and Fleet Staff Officer on the Malheur National Forest and has worked on the forest since 2019.
Death Notice – Darrel Wayne Simmons
Darrel Wayne Simmons, age 73, of John Day, passed away on May 24, 2023, at his residence. A celebration of his life will be planned at a future date and will be announced when the date is chosen. To light a candle in Darrel’s honor or to offer online condolences to his family, please visit www.driskillmemorialchapel.com.
PC’s Pam Woodworth is Oregon Bus Driver Of The Year
PRAIRIE CITY – Susie Combs with Prairie City School was on KJDY’s Coffee Time with Elementary Principal Rhonda McCumber. Combs said that the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association has recently recognized Prairie City School’s own Pam Woodworth as Oregon Bus Driver of the Year:. “Pam Woodworth…Oregon Bus Driver...
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