Category Archives: Blue Mountain Eagle

Highway projects slated for Grant County

Culvert, hazard trees and stream work. Three highway projects will take place in Grant County this year that may disrupt traffic flow. According to Oregon Department of Transportation Public Affairs Officer Tom Strandberg, the culvert under Highway 26 at milemarker 164.1 near Pine Creek will be replaced with a wider concrete box unit. Source: Highway […]
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Funding source could assist Weaver Building project

A pilot program from the Governor’s Regional Solutions office with up to $1 million in grant funding could be an important source of funding for the city’s Weaver Building project, John Day City Manager Nick Green told the city council Jan. 23. According to information submitted to the office by local governments and businesses across […]
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Walden confident in 6-year CHIP funding

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said he believes Congress will soon pass a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Oregon Republican told reporters on a conference call Jan. 12 the health care program for children and pregnant women could be funded for six years after the Congressional Budget Office revised its financial […]
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Plastics recycling grinds to a halt

China’s ban on waste imports started Jan. 1. Clark’s Transfer in John Day will no longer accept plastic for recycling. But this is not a local problem — it’s global in scope. China announced last year that it no longer wanted to be the “world’s garbage dump,” and a ban on importing 24 kinds of […]
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Tax changes could mean business investments

Ag and timber sectors see benefits. Large and small businesses in Grant County could see immediate benefits from passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December — from agriculture to timber — but the hospital could see increased costs from an increase in uninsured patients. Source: Tax changes could mean business investments – […]
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Rural hospital committee names Ferrioli legislator of year 

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems’ Small and Rural Hospital Committee awarded its 2017 Rural Legislator of the Year Award to Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) for his long-standing commitment to the health of rural communities and his dedication to the hospitals that serve them. Source: Rural hospital committee names Ferrioli legislator of […]
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Rep. Bentz to replace Sen. Ferrioli

Bentz has served in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2008. Rep. Cliff Bentz was appointed to the Oregon Senate Jan. 4 to fill the remainder of former Sen. Ted Ferrioli’s term in office for Senate District 30. Source: Rep. Bentz to replace Sen. Ferrioli – Local News –

Staff shortage impacting local vets program 

Local veterans advocates are encouraging the Veterans Administration to restore a counseling program for veterans in Grant County with post-traumatic stress disorder. Steve Bull, the former director of the VA clinic in Burns, traveled to John Day on Wednesdays to meet with about a dozen veterans suffering from the mental disorder. The program ended after about […]
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Ferrioli honored by state associations

State Sen. Ted Ferrioli of John Day was honored by two state associations this month. Ferrioli was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Legislator of the Year Award by the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living. Source: Ferrioli honored by state associations – Local News –

Ritter land group receives big grant

Truckload of milled juniper sold. The Ritter Land Management Team in Long Creek recently received a $135,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust with the goal of restoring ecosystem health and creating jobs in the John Day Basin. Patti Hudson, the group’s executive director, said the money will be used for staffing, maintaining a website […]
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