Category Archives: Blue Mountain Eagle

Oregon officials confident election systems are secure

Elections officials reiterated the security of Oregon’s procedures amid national concerns about foreign interference in this year’s midterms and reports earlier this month that Oregon voter information was being peddled online. State and county officials say they have buttressed the state’s voting systems against intruders. “I am confident that Oregon’s voting system is as safe […]
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Oregon Health Authority seeks tax increase on alcohol, cigarettes – Capital Bureau

State health officials say they want a substantial tax to drive down smoking and binge drinking, two leading causes of preventable death for Oregonians. About 20 percent of Oregonians smoke, exceeding the national average and increasing their risk for strokes, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s the state’s highest cause of preventable death. And in […]
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Audit: Problems cleaned up in Oregon Department of Energy

In the wake of a scandal over the state’s handling of energy tax incentives, the Oregon Department of Energy has cleaned up its process, state auditors say. The state Audits Division report, released Wednesday, assessed whether energy officials implemented recommendations made earlier by state and private auditors and state lawmakers. Auditors found the Energy Department […]
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Thursday update: Area remains closed for Harrison Fire

Firefighters continue to make progress in containing wildfires caused by the recent thunderstorms, according to a Umatilla National Forest press release. Starting today, fire updates will be released once a day unless conditions change. The Harrison Fire remains 30 acres and is and 50% contained. The fire is located 16 miles west of Sumpter, Oregon, […]
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Grant County experiencing suicide cluster

Suicide statistics for Grant County are sobering, if not alarming, but two visiting crisis line professionals emphasized personal communication and focusing on positive things during an Aug. 15 suicide forum. Four people completed suicides in Grant County over the past seven months when the average has been one per year, Community Counseling Solutions Executive Director […]
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County finalizes objections to forest plan

Court cites comments submitted in 2014. Using a form provided by an Eastern Oregon group and a letter written by Commissioner Rob Raschio, the Grant County Court formalized its objections to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan revision during a special meeting Aug. 15. Source: County finalizes objections to forest plan – Local News –

Monument residents asked to voluntarily conserve water

The city of Monument is asking residents to take voluntary steps to conserve water by limiting outside watering to the hours of 6-8 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. City Manager Dorothy Jordan told the Eagle the seasonal drought has lowered the water table at the city’s only well, and increased demand by people irrigating lawns or […]
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Prairie City faces water emergency

Trucks bringing in water from John Day. Drought conditions have taken their toll on Prairie City, forcing the city into emergency restrictions and now trucking water from John Day. Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher told the Eagle he wants to use available water tenders to build up the city reservoir level now before a wildfire […]
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Mystery of Chinese mining revealed

Archaeologists unearth new information about Chinese miners. As word got out in June 1862 about gold in Whiskey Gulch near Canyon City, 10,000 miners flocked to the high desert area of Eastern Oregon to strike it rich. Chinese miners working the placer diggings in California and southwest Oregon around Jacksonville soon heard the news and […]
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Sorting out marijuana tax distributions

Details missing in communications to counties and cities. State marijuana tax payments that initially perplexed Grant County officials are getting sorted out — but only after the county court mistook its discretionary share as earmarked for alcohol or drug abuse prevention and treatment. According to state law, Oregon counties that allow recreational marijuana businesses to […]
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