Crater Lake, Mount Rainier limited after government shutdown
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Access to Crater Lake and Mount Rainier national parks will be limited due to the government shutdown.
The Statesman Journal reports the lapse in federal funding prompted Crater Lake managers to close the visitor's center, cancel ranger-guided snowshoe trips and close the road to the lake's rim.
Former deputy charged again in killing of fellow deputy
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico prosecutor is moving again to retry a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in the 2014 fatal shooting of a fellow deputy.
District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's office on Friday filed a voluntary manslaughter complaint against former Deputy Tai Chan in the shooting death of Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel during a work trip.
Defense attorney John Day called the prosecution's move vindictive and an abuse of power.
Remains found in John Day cabin belong to missing man
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in a cabin near John Day have been identified as those of a man missing since the cabin burned earlier this year.
The Register-Guard reports tissue discovered inside the residence in July was positively identified Monday as belonging to Terry Smith.
Sheriff: Remains found in John Day cabin believed human
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — The Grant County Sheriff's Office says remains found in a burned cabin near John Day are believed to be human.
The remains were found in a burned-out cabin near John Day belonging to Terry and Sharon Smith, who have been missing since July.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office is trying to identify the remains.
The cabin was found engulfed in flames on July 18 and the Smiths' pick-up truck is still missing.
STORY REMOVED: BC-OR--Couple Missing-Remains Identified
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about human remains found in a burned cabin in Oregon. The story incorrectly stated the remains have been identified as those of Terry and Sharon Smith, who have been missing from their home since July. The remains have been identified as human but are being studied further by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — A "sociable" couple whose remote house burned to the ground last week in Oregon remained missing Wednesday and police said there has been no sign of them on their phones or social media.
Authorities have stopped short of calling the disappearance of Terry and Sharon Smith suspicious, but Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said Tuesday, "we'd like to know where they are at, whether it's good or bad."
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has dismissed first- and second-degree murder charges against a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy.
District Court Judge Conrad Perea on Thursday dismissed the murder counts against former deputy Tai Chan, meaning he will stand trial in August on a voluntary manslaughter charge.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Fifty years ago, construction of the John Day Lock and Dam east of The Dalles changed the city of Umatilla forever.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, acting on flood predictions, acquired the city's land along the banks of the Columbia River, requiring everyone north of Fifth Street to move to higher ground. Much of the site never did flood, but the Army Corps of Engineers still owns hundreds of acres of land within Umatilla's urban growth boundary.
GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — Two major developers are pursuing efforts to build an energy storage project along the Columbia River in Washington state.
John Day collected 12 service points and 10 digs to fuel the Central Catholic boys volleyball team past MVC rival Billerica, 3-0.
Elsewhere, Lowell Catholic and Westford lost.
Central Catholic 3
Central (2-2) swept the Indians in three matches, 25-13, 25-9 and 25-15.
Playing well in the win were Matt Ferrara with 5 kills, Jack Roderick with 8 assists and Joey Terramagra with 10 digs.
JOHN DAY — The Oakers fell 18-13 to Monroe on the second day of the Les Schwab Invitational in John Day on Friday.
Dakota Percell, Andrew Harrington and Dylan Baimbridge all had multiple hits in the game. Percell went 4-5, Harrington was 2-for-3 and Baimbridge 2-for-5.
Percell scored three runs, while Cameron Benzel, Baimbridge and Harrinton each had two runs. Baimbridge batted in three runners.
Prep Baseball: Oakland defeats Lakeview, 11-6, at Les Schwab Invitational
JOHN DAY — Oakland started the Les Schwab Invitational with an 11-6 win over Lakeview on Thursday afternoon at McConnell Field in John Day.
Andrew Harrington had two doubles and a triple in the game for the Oakers (2-1).
Oakland started off strong, scoring three runs at the top of the first and another in the second to get a 4-0 lead over the Honkers (2-5).
FISHING – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have set closure dates for sturgeon fisheries on two sections of the Columbia River while deferring consideration of a recreational smelt fishery until more is known about the size of this year’s run, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.
Rural John Day creating housing district to address shortage
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of John Day is creating a housing district to spur new home construction within city limits.
City manager Nick Green tells Oregon Public Broadcasting that John Day's rental vacancy rate is less than 1 percent, creating an obstacle for employers trying to recruit workers.
Bighorn sheep get new home at John Day River Basin
MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — Jim Bittle's participation in one of Oregon's greatest wildlife success stories came strictly from behind.
The Central Point man parlayed his position on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission into a key role during the capture of 20 California bighorn sheep from the Deschutes River Canyon and their release in Oregon's John Day River Basin.
"I was a tail-gunner," Bittle says. "I had to take the temperature and collect fecal matter."
A soldier’s 1950s love story brings comfort, answers
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In the summers of 1958 and 1959, U.S. Army private Albert A. "Bob" Robertson, 19, sent Lynne Marie Culver almost 50 photos and postcards. He was serving in Europe, far from his home in Eugene, and he wrote to the Junction City High School girl every chance he got. On the back of the photos he described the places he'd seen. He assured her he was thinking of her and not drinking too much or acting too rowdy.
In the summers of 1958 and 1959, U.S. Army private Albert A. “Bob” Robertson, 19, sent Lynne Marie Culver almost 50 photos and postcards. He was serving in Europe, far from his home in Eugene, and he wrote to the Junction City High School girl every chance he got. On the back of the photos he described the places he’d seen. He assured her he was thinking of her and not drinking too much or acting too rowdy.
Justice department finds no criminal conduct by sheriff
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice found insufficient evidence to file a criminal case against a sheriff based on complaints that he destroyed public records and issued concealed handgun licenses to out-of-state residents.
Residents filed 11 complaints about Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer that raised alarms about Palmer's association with leaders of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Eastern Oregon man dead, neighbor in custody
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oregon say one man is dead and another is in custody facing charges following a confrontation between neighbors in the town of John Day.
Oregon State Police in a news release Saturday say 55-year-old Thomas Elliott shot and killed 46-year-old Todd Berry on Thursday.
Police say Berry assaulted Elliott at Elliott's residence.
Going back in time at the Blue Basin of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
We drove past the covered wagons and the signs about the historic figures that stayed at Farewell Bend before us as we got back on the road to head home.
As a graduate from Huntington High School I’ve always associated Eastern Oregon with the covered wagons and struggles of the early travelers on the Oregon Trail.
Those looking for better opportunities in the West referred to this area as “the land without soil.”
High air pressure anchored to the south of the Pacific Northwest should to bring dry sunny conditions for Monday’s solar eclipse.
A quick look at forecasts around the region show Spokane should be sunny with a high of 86. The temperature should be in the upper 60s during the eclipse, forecasters said. Coeur d’Alene will also be sunny.
Oregon National Guard heads to wildfire near Crater Lake
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Spc. Alex Beall, an Oregon National Guard member who fought in the war in Afghanistan, is being deployed along with more than 100 fellow guard members to take on a different foe: A wildfire at the state's iconic Crater Lake.
More than 100 members of the Oregon National Guard received refresher wildland firefighting training Tuesday at site outside of Salem, the state capital.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Eugene Register-Guard, Aug. 9, on legalizing marijuana
Another significant voice has joined the growing chorus asking the federal government to change the way it deals with marijuana.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — If you spend enough time at prayer circles organized by the Rainbow Family of Living Light, you'll likely hear the Legend of the Rainbow Warriors, which refers to a group of people from all races and creeds who rise up to save the Earth during a time of environmental crisis.
CANYON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a man's death at the Rainbow Family gathering in Eastern Oregon.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said in a news release Sunday that the man collapsed near a makeshift medical station. An emergency room doctor who's attending the festival southwest of John Day tried to save his life.
Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the retrial of a former Santa Fe County deputy charged in the death of a fellow deputy (all times local):
A defense attorney for a former New Mexico sheriff's deputy facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of a fellow deputy says he's pleased that most jurors did not believe his client was guilty.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An ex-deputy accused of killing his partner in 2014 following what authorities have said was an alcohol-fueled argument will be tried again after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict the first time.
Tai Chan's retrial is scheduled to begin Monday in Las Cruces. The former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy is charged with murder in the shooting death of fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin.
A story published on Page A-8 of the Thursday, April 13, 2017, edition of The New Mexican, and a story published on Page A-6 of the Tuesday, April 25, 2017, edition, both about the case against former Santa County sheriff’s Deputy Tai Chan in the shooting death of Deputy Jeremy Martin, incorrectly reported that motions to dismiss the case were written by Chan attorney John Day. The motions were written by Chan co-counsel Monnica Garcia.
The murder case against Tai Chan, a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy charged with shooting a fellow officer, will go forward, a judge has ruled in rejecting a defense motion for dismissal.
State District Judge Fernando Macias of Las Cruces also denied a motion by Chan’s attorney, John Day of Santa Fe, to remove the lead prosecutor. Macias wrote in his decision that Day’s “provocatively titled pleadings are bereft of both applicable legal authority and substance.”
The National Park Service reports more than 1.3 million people visited national parks in Oregon to spend more than $138 million in the state in 2016. That spending resulted in 1,640 jobs and contributed more than $186 million to the state economy.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Les Zaitz has been living and working at a ranch near John Day in eastern Oregon for more than a decade — not exactly where most would expect to find one of the state's top investigative journalists.
New Mexico deputy’s lawyers seek murder charge dismissal
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Lawyers for a former New Mexico deputy accused of killing his partner in 2014 are asking the court to dismiss their client's case.
A lawyer for a former Santa Fe County deputy charged with murdering a fellow deputy is asking a state District Court judge in Las Cruces to dismiss the lead prosecutor in the case and to drop the case altogether.
Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader speaks in John Day
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — The widow of one of the leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon drew about 500 people to a small town to hear her message that federal lands should be turned over to states and counties.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2kInRDh) that Jeanette Finicum on Saturday said at the meeting in John Day that her husband's voice had been silenced but that created 13 loud voices counting herself and the couple's 12 children.
Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader carries on his mission
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public meeting a year ago when police shot and killed one of them at a roadblock.
Now, LaVoy Finicum's widow and their children are planning to hold that meeting later this month in the same town, John Day. Speakers are slated to talk about the Constitution, property rights and other issues.
1 year after refuge takeover, quieter land battle unfolds
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — On a recent wintry evening, members of the Grant County Public Forest Commission walked into the warmth of a rustic diner and took seats at their customary table for their bimonthly meeting.
They voiced anger and frustration. At this meeting, they were officially a non-entity.
A judge this fall dissolved the commission at the behest of a former county supervisor who worried it was becoming a risk, citing the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in a neighboring county.
Oregon tourism grows, generating income and problems
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is expecting a record number of visits to its state parks and federal lands for the second year in a row.
Data from multiple agencies shows that the crowds began growing in 2013 and show no signs of slowing down, reported The Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/2efIecg ). The Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon are the fastest-growing recreation areas, but visits to the coast, Crater Lake National Park and John Day Fossil Beds have also increased.
Oregon sheriff invokes the 5th when questioned about email
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon sheriff repeatedly invoked his right against self-incrimination while being questioned under oath about his email practices.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was questioned twice last week by an attorney representing The Oregonian/OregonLive, which sued the sheriff in an effort to obtain public records.
Grant County commissioner is victorious in recall vote
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county commissioner in Oregon faulted by critics for not demanding an investigation of a destructive wildfire has emerged from a recall election with a decisive victory.
"I was very, very humbled by it," Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton said Wednesday, after the vote count the previous evening.
SALEM — Registration is open for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s free pheasant hunts for youths age 17 and younger happening around the state in September.
The events are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, the Hermiston area, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland and The Dalles (Tygh Valley).
Firefighters work to contain Gilliam County fire
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Crews say they've gotten the better of a wildfire that has scorched about 56 square miles and threatened homes in eastern Oregon.
A spokeswoman for the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center tells The East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/2aGYe1V) crews expected to have the Scott Canyon fire fully contained by Monday night.
The blaze started Thursday along the banks of the John Day River and spread toward the community of Mikkalo — halfway...