Category Archives: Blue Mountain Eagle

Police committee votes to close Palmer investigation

Oregon’s police licensing agency is closing an investigation into citizen complaints about Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer. The Police Policy Committee of the licensing agency, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, voted unanimously Nov. 16 to affirm the recommendation of DPSST staff that no further action be taken on the complaints against Palmer. […]
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Ferrioli appointed to regional power council

Bentz interested in Senate seat. A major shakeup is in the works for Oregon Senate District 30. Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, was recently appointed to represent Oregon on the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Council. His appointment must be confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee, which will take up the appointment Nov. […]
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Cities want financial numbers on broadband project

Not so fast, two Grant County mayors are saying about their community’s role in a proposal for a government-subsidized fiber optic network to the area. Canyon City Mayor Steve Fisher and Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher told the Eagle that more information with better financial figures was needed before their city councils could approve an […]
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Bentz: Form a committee to address major state reforms

Representative presses for spending, revenue and public retirement reforms. Tackling spending, revenue and public retirement reform at the state level will be difficult, but Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, believes it can be done. After a bipartisan committee ushered in a state transportation package this year, Bentz said a similar committee should be established and tasked […]
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Our View: 911 measure well worth minimal cost – Opinion

Grant County is in danger of losing its 911 dispatch center, but residents can save it. Ballot measure 12-69 would create a temporary tax, providing funds to keep the local dispatch center open, that would cost taxpayers about $38 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value. If the measure fails, the local dispatch center […]
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Forest Service wants more public engagement 

Public trust and turning the battleship. Improving public engagement will increase support for forest projects, Malheur National Forest officials say. But developing public trust and improving agency relationships could take time. About 50 people attended a workshop at the Grant County Regional Airport on Oct. 16 to learn about public engagement opportunities. Vernita Ediger, the […]
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Flags installed at state parks — (Picture only, No story)

Park host Lynn Ostensen, right, of Mt. Vernon shakes hand with Boy Scouts during a flag ceremony as Unity Lake State Park Sept. 23. Ostensen, a longtime host, requested flag poles at Unity Lake and Clyde Holiday state parks, and Park Manager Dennis Bradley had them installed in August. Source: Flags installed at state parks […]
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Help for small firms in new natural resource economy

Helping small companies take advantage of emerging opportunities in agriculture and natural resources is the goal of a new award-winning development program in Eastern Oregon. The New Natural Resource Economy project aims to help small firms develop new products, such as organic wheat, biomass fuels or lumber from juniper trees, as well as find new […]
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Prairie City looks at water options

Upgrades, new well possible solutions. Call it a perfect storm. Prairie City was taking steps to improve water production for its residents when a lightning strike in June knocked out the electrical controls for its wells and slow-sand filtration system. Source: Prairie City looks at water options – Local News –

Some bright spots in local economy

The unemployment rate in Grant County increased half a percentage point to 6.4 percent in August, exceeding the statewide rate by more than 2 percent. Statewide nonfarm employment dropped slightly, while the figure for Grant County stayed steady at 2,520 jobs, according to figures from the Oregon State Employment Department. Source: Some bright spots in […]
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