Category Archives: Blue Mountain Eagle

Ethics violation a warning to others

Disputed document receipt could have cost $10,000. A former Prairie City City Councilor recently admonished by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission cautions others to maintain a paper trail. Viola Rose was accused by the commission of failing to file annual statements of economic interest by April 15 as required in 2013 and 2015, but she […]
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Hazardous materials to be removed from Weaver Building

Asbestos was found throughout the structure. Hundreds and hundreds of pounds of asbestos removal may be needed at the Weaver Building on Main Street, City Manager Nick Green told city councilors at their June 12 meeting. The city closed on the 12,000-square-foot complex of four connected buildings sharing one roof in November 2017 using a […]
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John Day adopts housing incentives plan

The John Day City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at the June 12 meeting that creates a housing incentives plan, with the goal of seeing 100 new homes built in the 20-year life of the program. Source: John Day adopts housing incentives plan – Local News –

Our View: Kam Wah Chung a local treasure

Nestled near Canyon Creek in John Day is a building steeped in history. Constructed more than 140 years ago, the small structure that housed Kam Wah Chung & Co. is now a museum providing visitors a window into the past. Following the Canyon City gold rush in 1862 and an influx of Chinese immigrants, Ing […]
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Celebration dinner marks 140 years of Kam Wah Chung

Guest speakers include former first lady Mary Oberst. Friends of Kam Wah Chung — 130 of them — gathered Saturday evening at the John Day Senior Center for a special presentation to celebrate the 140th year of the opening of Kam Wah Chung & Co., which became a National Historic Landmark in 2005. Source: Celebration […]
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Grant County firearms initiative challenged 

Signature gathering on hold until ruling. An initiative aimed at prohibiting enforcement of laws that restrict gun possession in Grant County has been challenged and is awaiting a ruling by Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. Source: Grant County firearms initiative challenged – Local News –

Stewardship contract promotes forest, economic health

University study looked at local economic impacts. A 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest supported 268 jobs in Grant and Harney counties from 2015 through 2017, according to a 2018 study by the University of Oregon. On top of that, the work value of forest and watershed restoration activities came to about $1.2 […]
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International forest seminar returns to John Day

June 12-13, a group of land management professionals from around the world will visit the Malheur National Forest for the fourth consecutive year as part of an International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service International Programs and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The international seminar is designed to […]
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Court will ask legislature for courthouse roof funding

The Grant County Court has asked the Association of Oregon Counties to represent Grant County in the Oregon Legislature for a funding request to repair the county courthouse roof. Grant County Judge Scott Myers made the request during a recent courthouse facilities meeting with the AOC. Source: Court will ask legislature for courthouse roof funding

Dispatch move could be completed by January

IGC agrees to John Day’s terms for fire hall. The Intergovernmental Council that will take over operation of Grant County’s 911 dispatch service from the city of John Day expects to be running a dispatch center in the John Day Fire Hall by January 2019. Source: Dispatch move could be completed by January – Local […]
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