Week of June 20, 2024

Artist Spotlight: Stacy Bird has first exhibit at Sherman Historical Museum

Stephen Allen | Jun 20, 2024

To say that Stacy Bird enjoys life on her family's farm would be an understatement. A fifth-generation resident of Sherman County, Stacy grew up and lives near Starvation Point, not far from Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Stacy's deep roots on the farm and in the county have guided her journey as a photographer. This is evident in a series of photos that are currently on display at the Sherman County Historical Society Museum in Moro, Oregon. Bird says that she first became...

Gilliam County DA Kara Davis wins Wasco County DA election

Stephen Allen | Jun 20, 2024

Kara Davis came to Gilliam County in 2023, after winning the election for District Attorney. Davis took over after longtime DA Marion Weatherford was elected as a Circuit Court Judge. Now, Davis is set to return to Wasco County after winning the primary election for Wasco District Attorney against sitting DA Matthew Ellis. Davis narrowly defeated Ellis in the May primary election, and the vote was only certified last week. Davis won by just 160 votes and will take office in...

Wild Sage restaurant opens in Condon

Stephen Allen | Jun 20, 2024

Customers lined up on opening night for the Wild Sage Restaurant on Friday, June 14. Located inside the Hotel Condon, the restaurant is owned by Aly Sedlock, of Mayville. The Wild Sage is the product of many years of effort and hard work in the culinary industry for Sedlock. Raised in Salem, Aly Sedlock says that she aspired to work in business while she was in high school and as a young adult. But instead of looking for a degree in business administration, Sedlock instead...

Condon Food Pantry continues to serve community while preparing for upcoming move and expansion

Stephen Allen | Jun 20, 2024

At the regular board meeting held on June 11, 2024, the Condon Community Food Pantry provided an update on its recent activities. The Coordinator Report revealed that the pantry served 70 households and 171 individuals in the past period. This was made possible with the help of 10 dedicated volunteers who collectively contributed 76.5 hours of service. In terms of food donations, the pantry received significant support from various sources. Safeway donated 154 pounds of...

No longer considered predators, Oregon beavers get new protections from state

Alex Baumhardt - Oregon Capital Chronicle | Jun 20, 2024

By Alex Baumhardt Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon's state animal has for years been classified as a "predator" by the state fish and wildlife agency, and that's meant that the North American Beaver has lived largely unprotected from private landowners who can kill them at will. That will change July 1 when new rules go into effect under House Bill 3464, the "beaver bill." The bill passed the state Legislature in 2023, and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, which crafts...

Merkley joins bipartisan effort to protect pollinators

Press Release | Jun 20, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Indiana's Senator Mike Braun, along with U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-19) and Rudy Yakym (R-IN-02), introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to recognize the importance of pollinators to ecosystem health and agriculture in the United States by designating June 16 through June 22, 2024, as "National Pollinator Week." The resolution emphasizes the vital role native pollinators play in the health of our...

Independent pharmacies like Murray's Drug face unprecedented challenges

Stephen Allen | Jun 18, 2024

Oregon pharmacies are in trouble. And none are in a more precarious situation than the mom-and-pop drug stores that once defined the industry. Small-town, family-owned, and multi-generational pharmacies like Murray's Drug are at the forefront of a fight to push back against corporate greed, that many say is responsible for a monopoly on prescription drugs. John and Ann Murray are the owners of Murray's Drug – which was started by John's parents, Rod and Meg Murray in 1959....

Sherman FFA travels to Oklahoma

Jessica R. Wheeler | Jun 12, 2024

Four students from the Sherman County FFA Chapter traveled to El Reno, Okla., on April 29 through May 3 for the National Land and Range Judging Contest. Earlier this year, the chapter placed 5th at the Oregon FFA State Soils Evaluation contest, which qualified the team to go to the national contest. The students on the team were Josiah Carlson, Violet Woods, T'Sharra Lanthorn and Sawyer Baker, and coached by FFA advisor Nels Swenson. The first two days in Oklahoma were spent...

Oregon newspapers in freefall

Stephen Allen | Jun 20, 2024

Newspaper publishers are calling the events of June 3 "Black Monday" – the day that dozens of local newspapers were sold or ceased print operations in Oregon. The Pamplin Media Group announced that it was selling to the Carpenter Media Group out of Mississippi. Robert Pamplin Sr. was once the CEO of Georgia Pacific lumber and left a fortune to his son, Robert Pamplin, Jr. The younger Pamplin created an empire in the newspaper industry, catering to Christian news and...

Gov. Kotek appoints Cris Patnode as Gilliam Co. Judge

Stephen Allen | Jun 12, 2024

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek appointed Cris Patnode as Gilliam County Judge on June 4 – two weeks after Patnode captured nearly 62% of the vote for county judge in the primary election. Patnode was sworn into office on June 11, 2024 and will serve as the county's executive officer. By carrying more than 51% of the vote in the primary election, Patnode secured victory in the race for county judge – which had been vacant since the recall of Elizabeth Farrar Campbell on April...

Fossil Public Library kicks-off summer reading program and new initiatives

Press Release | Jun 12, 2024

The Fossil Public Library is launching a series of ambitious initiatives aimed at enhancing its services, engaging the community, and fostering a culture of lifelong learning. The library is focused on the future, from promoting the Children's Summer Reading Program to developing a new Strategic Plan and reorganizing its services to be more people focused. The Children's Summer Reading Program is a highlight of the library's summer calendar, inviting young book enthusiasts to discover the joy of reading through a variety of...

News in Brief: June 13, 2024

Stephen Allen | Jun 12, 2024

Gilliam Co. Museum in full swing The Gilliam County Historical Society is welcoming visitors to the Gilliam Co. Historical Museum this summer. On June 18, Camden Jones will become the new Curator at the Historical Museum, located next to Burns Park and the Gilliam Co. Fairgrounds in Condon. Jones is a teacher at Condon High School and resides in Condon with his wife Jessica and their baby Rosemary. Others in the community and from the Historical Society board of directors have helped to provide tours and keep the museum...

Area youth excel at Oregon High School Rodeo Finals

Lynn Wilkins | Jun 20, 2024

The Columbia Basin High School Rodeo Club was well represented at the 2024 Oregon High School Rodeo Finals held last weekend in Prineville. Condon's Gracie Garthwaite led the way, bringing home the Champion Goat Tying saddle and was also named the Reserve Champion Barrel Racer. Gracie will represent Oregon at the National High School Rodeo Finals with top four finishes in Goat Tying and Barrel Racing. She will compete for Blue Mountain Community College next year. Brycen...

  • Condon Arts teams up with Condon Elks to hold line dancing class

    Stephen Allen | Jun 20, 2024

    The Condon Elks Lodge hosted an event by the Condon Arts Council last Friday, which brought more than 50 people to the Lodge. Boots for youngsters and adults were polished and ready for the dance floor, as the arts group hosted line dancing instructor Natasha Rosenthal. Natasha is the childhood friend of Clara Steward, who joined the Condon Arts Council board of directors in May. Rosenthal and Steward grew up together in Midland, Michigan. Steward had been hoping to get...

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