Articles from the May 9, 2024 edition

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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: May 9, 2024

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Dear Readers, Unfortunately, we did not have the space in this week's print issue for Letters to the Editor. We have posted them online, and this week's letters have open access. Please visit the Letters to the Editor page on the website or click HERE. Thank you, The Times-Journal... Full story

  • Commission selects Dr. Debbie Colbert as new ODFW Director

    Press Release|Updated May 13, 2024

    On Friday, March 10, 2024, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to select Dr. Debbie Colbert as the new ODFW Director. Colbert is the first woman to ever be appointed to the permanent ODFW Director position in the agency's long history. The first state Fish Commission was legally recognized in 1887 and a combined fish and game agency has existed in Oregon since 1893. Colbert will now lead an agency still managing sustainable fishing and hunting...

  • Fatal motorcycle crash in Wheeler County

    Press Release|Updated May 13, 2024

    WHEELER COUNTY, Ore. 13 May 2024 – On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:02 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy. 207 near milepost 18 in Wheeler County. The preliminary investigation indicated a black Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William Charles Edward Herrold (42) of Oregon City, was leading a group of motorcycles northbound on Hwy. 207 when it veered onto the gravel shoulder, lost control, and crashed. The operator (William Herrold) a...

  • Letter to the Editor: Pat Shannon

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I am running for re-election for Gilliam County commissioner, in the aftermath of a very contentious recall. As I and my supporters reach out to voters, we are hearing feedback and complaints about my oversight of the road department. I would like to take this opportunity to provide context for my decisions, done with the intention of ensuring Gilliam County is in compliance with health and safety regulations for the safety of road department employees, landowners, residents of county, and... Full story

  • Upcoming public hearings on changes to groundwater allocation rules

    Press Release|Updated May 8, 2024

    SALEM, OR - The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is updating the rules for new groundwater rights applications and is seeking public input on proposed rules that have been developed with input from a Rules Advisory Committee. OWRD is hosting two in-person public hearings and one virtual hearing in May to allow for the public to provide input. The public comment period closes at 5 p.m. on May 31, 2024. Current groundwater right permitting rules allow for aquifers to...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lynn Wilkins

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To the Editor, I am writing to encourage Gilliam County voters to support Leah Watkins for Gilliam County Judge. I served on the Condon School Board with Leah and remember she was always fair with her decisions and her first priority was serving the community. She spoke her mind yet was willing to work for a common solution that best served the school district. With the current situation in the county, she is the only candidate with prior experience on the court. In talking to former and current county court members, they... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eudora Olsen

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To the Editor: Anyone can access the online letters submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on February 12th, where our current county court members supported Senate Bill 1576-4 Amendment; two of those three are now subject to recall. The Senate Judiciary Committee opted to remove amendment 4 regarding the alteration of six other county courts, thus giving the voters in each county the opportunity to make their voices heard. The proposed legislation could have provided a way to replace our existing court with a... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leanne Durfey

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To the Editor and Gilliam County Residents, I submit this letter to express my support for my brother Pat Shannon in his re-election bid for Gilliam County Commissioner. I no longer live in Gilliam County, but I lived there most of my life and I still care a great deal about all things Gilliam County. It’s where I grew up, where we raised our daughters and where I lived and worked most of my adult life. During the more than two decades I worked for the Gilliam County Court I gained a unique insight into the operations of l... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jordan Maley

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To the Editor, At a local social gathering place in town, it was once remarked that the City of Condon was a lot easier to manage from the Texaco gas station than it was from City Hall. We are about to find out that Gilliam County is a lot more complicated to administer from the Courthouse in Condon than it is from the pizza parlor in Arlington. I’ve noticed over the years that there are generally two types of individuals who seek election to the Gilliam County Court. There are those who are willing to put in the hours n... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Grant Wilkins

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To The Editor: As a candidate for the County Commissioner, I Grant Wilkins will appreciate your support in voting for me. As a Gilliam County resident for almost my entire life, I have served over twenty years in attained, appointed, end elected positions in Gilliam County. Additionally, I have been General Manager for a Chevron Distributing company, am currently a small business owner, and also am currently employed by Portland General Electric as a Control Room Operator for one of their Thermal Generation Plants. These... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leah Watkins

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To the Editor: I’m writing this letter in support of Pat Shannon, Gilliam County Commissioner for re-election. Now is not the time for inexperience, we are at a serious crossroad in Gilliam County. Do we let 32% of the voters in Gilliam County determine the future of the County. Pat is currently serving as the vice chair of CREA Community Renewable Energy Association, as one of the counties with a large amount of renewable energy we need representation. He is knowledgeable about this subject, and starting back at ground z... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Scott Thompson

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: After our recent SpringFest flower basket sale, the board of The Woolery Project, Inc. wanted to take a moment to educate the naysayers and social media trolls who have recently taken it upon themselves to make untrue and negative statements about our fundraising efforts and our intentions in the community. We had a lady taking issue with most of our flower baskets being sold before our sale officially opened. That only happened the first couple of years, as we were adjusting our quantities to the needs... Full story

  • RECALL ELECTION: Gilliam County Judge and Commissioner voted out

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 8, 2024

    Although the results are still unofficial, Gilliam County voters have resoundingly voted to recall Judge Elizabeth Farrar Campbell and Commissioner Pat Shannon from office. The special election was held on April 30 and will take several weeks to finalize. Gilliam County Clerk Ellen Wagenaar is working to verify contested ballots and those that were unsigned. Wagenaar says that it will likely take until May 21 to finalize this process, and to certify the election by May 22...

  • Evelyn Marie Robinson

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Evelyn Marie Robinson was born November 4, 1929, to Robert R. and Jessie Niven Schomp at her grandfather's home on Mayville Flat, Oregon. Her parents moved, while she was still a baby, to their own home a short distance away. She grew up there and attended grade school, first at a country school, then at Mayville Grade School. She and her sister Margaret were the only two students in the country school, and Margaret graduated from the eighth grade leaving Evelyn to attend... Full story

  • Bank of Eastern Oregon announces 2024 academic scholarships

    Press Release|Updated May 8, 2024

    The Bank of Eastern Oregon has selected its 2024 high school senior scholarship recipients. This scholarship is awarded to students planning to enroll in agriculture or business in college and judging is based on scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Applications are accepted from graduating seniors in the areas where Bank of Eastern Oregon and Bank of Eastern Washington branches and loan offices are located. $500 scholarships were awarded to Oregon seniors Grace Johnson,...

  • Oregon High School Rodeo in final stretch

    Lynn Wilkins|Updated May 8, 2024

    Oregon High School Rodeo action took place May 3, 4, and 5, in Prineville. Once again, the Columbia Basin High School Rodeo Club was well represented. Condon's Gracie Garthwaite rode to the Reserve All-Around Girls title for the weekend. In the first round of competition, she tied her goat in 8.61 seconds for a second place finish. With Spray's Oran Davis at the heels, they turned in a fourth place time of 10.90. A time of 3.1 seconds earned Gracie 6th in the breakaway roping....

  • Mosaic artist leads class in Spray

    Updated May 8, 2024

    By Joni Kabana and Stephen Allen Artist Mary Tapogna led the first in a series of classes at the Spray General Store last week. The Spray General Store underwent a significant restoration project, supported by the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce and funded by Oregon Main Street and Oregon Heritage. Today, the General Store serves as a community gathering space, event space, and now a classroom space. This year, the Spray General Store received the competitive Creative...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 9, 2024

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 9, 2024 10 years ago— Traveling from her mission duties with SEND International in Taichung, Taiwan, former Arlingtonian Jean (Frost) Carlton has been at the Mikkalo home of sister Julie and Neil Mikkalo for the past two weeks. The Arlington Jackpot Rodeo had fair weather with attendance up from 2013. Three riderless horses entered the arena as a moving tribute to three men lost during the past year; Dustin Lorentz, Richard Rende and Ron Davis. Jim and Tiona Weiser felt that these men, all rodeo s...

  • BLM looks to reshape leases for conservation

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 8, 2024

    In a move aimed at enhancing conservation efforts on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Biden administration introduced a new rule in April that seeks to protect approximately 245 million acres of public land across the United States. The new Public Lands Rule introduces two innovative leases designed to facilitate the restoration of degraded lands and mitigate environmental damage on BLM-managed properties, representing a significant portion of...