Articles from the May 30, 2024 edition


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  • Condon Arts Council honors Gilliam SWCD with steelhead mural

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The first mural in Condon was painted last week. The Condon Arts Council worked with the Center for Biological Diversity to commission the painting – which depicts two steelhead fish. The mural design was selected to honor the work of the Gilliam Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) – which has done extensive work in steelhead habitat restoration on Thirtymile Creek, Hay Creek, and Rock Creek in Gilliam County. The Gilliam SWCD has been recognized as a leader in con... Full story

  • 2024 Spray Rodeo and EO Half Marathon

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    For people in Wheeler County, Spray is at the epicenter of activities over Memorial Day weekend. Hundreds of people flocked to the county this year - some to run on Highway 19 from Service Creek to Spray and others to ride and rope in the 76th Annual Spray Rodeo. With cool weather but no rain, it was a good weekend for outside activities. The Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon made history in 2024 – as the first female runner took first place. Eighteen-year-old Haley Blaine of A...

  • Classical pianist performs at Spray General Store

    Joni Kabana|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The old Spray General Store has undergone a major transformation. As the recipient of the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant in 2022, the old General Store underwent a significant renovation and restoration project, which was completed late last year. But equally impressive is the new life that has been breathed into the building. On May 22, classical pianist Daniel Adam Maltz performed at the General Store. Here is a question and answer with the artist: Q: Tell us about...

  • Sweet Land of Liberty

    Jessica R. Wheeler|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The tiny town of Wasco saw arguably its largest crowd yet at the annual Memorial Day celebration Monday. Folks traveled from across the state to take part in the festivities, which kicked off at 10 a.m. with a Memorial Service and flag raising at the historic train depot. Wasco Mayor Beth McCurdy opened the ceremony with a welcome greeting, followed by an opening prayer from pastor Joe Burgess. Tri-County Veteran Services officer Eric Akin paid tribute to fallen soldiers and...

  • Wyden, colleagues call for robust federal funding to support rural small businesses

    Press Release|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today he has joined Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure federal investment for small businesses in rural Oregon and nationwide through the Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG). "Since launching in 2015, RBDG funding has provided support for planning, technical assistance, job training, and other business development needs in rural areas in all fifty states," the senators wrote....

  • Ivan Gall confirmed as director of the Oregon Water Resources Department

    Press Release|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    SALEM, OR - The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is pleased to announce the confirmation of Ivan Gall as the Department's new director, following his executive appointment by Governor Tina Kotek and confirmation by the Oregon Senate. Gall brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to this critical role of sustainable water management. As the head of OWRD, Gall will oversee the state's water resources, ensuring their responsible allocation, conservation, and...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 30, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated May 30, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 30, 2024 10 years ago- Gary Purpura and Linda were in town for their annual Memorial Day visit from Portland. As tradition would have it, they were guests at Hotel Condon and he ran in the Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon at Spray, as he has done for the past 40 years! He said something about "getting older" this year. David Esterquest of Hebron, Connecticut spent several days in the Condon area visiting with the Colgan families. He was able to attend the...

  • Cris Patnode wins Gilliam County Judge election

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 30, 2024

    Cris Patnode has emerged victorious in the Primary Election for Gilliam County Judge and will be the county's next executive officer, capturing more than 61% of the vote. The Primary Election was held on May 21 and garnered 57% participation from registered voters. Patnode defeated Commissioner Leah Watkins and Condon Mayor Jim Hassing. By eclipsing 51% of the vote, Patnode won the election outright, with no need to hold a general election in the fall. In all three precincts,...

  • Matt Davis wins Wheeler County Commissioner election

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 30, 2024

    Matt Davis will be the next Wheeler County Commissioner. Davis won the primary election in Wheeler County, with 61.6% of the vote. By eclipsing 51%, Davis wins the election outright and will be sworn into office in January. Matt Davis is a graduate of Spray High School and later attended the University of Oregon. Davis returned to Wheeler County with his wife, Coco, and their two daughters in 2018. Davis began working as the county's Planning Director that year, but later...

  • OBITUARY: Suzanne May Hyde

    Updated May 30, 2024

    June 18, 1951 ~ May 23, 2024 Suzanne May (Hardie) Hyde passed away peacefully at Summit Springs Village in Condon on May 23, 2024 of cancer complications. She was born in Condon June l8, 1951, the second daughter of William D. Hardie and Donna (Klint) Hardie. She was raised on the family wheat ranch at Trailfork southeast of Condon. Suzanne graduated from CHS in 1969. She received her teaching degree from Eastern Oregon University in 1973, and began her teaching career in... Full story