Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition


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  • Foiled Again

    Mark Miller, Local Poet|Updated Jun 24, 2024

    Ratus ratus Ratus norvegicus Rats One small One unusually Large as As big Cats Who bailed Off a ship In the harbor In Seattle Who came to Our village Near the coast To scare the You know what Out of me Literally She was huge I had to run Or be eaten They were Everywhere It was the Law Eat a rat The Law will Take care It's Own Hands...

  • Wyden, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Grazing on Federal Lands

    Press Release|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said today they have introduced bipartisan legislation that would support ranchers who rely upon federal lands in Oregon and nationwide to graze their livestock. "After embracing the Bureau of Land Management pilot program, ranchers in eastern Oregon worked closely with me to include updated operational flexibility in my community-crafted Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act to bring certainty, c...

  • A Taste of Home: Wheeler County cookbook looking for more than recipes

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Sarah Waters was inside the Spray Museum last year when she stumbled on a cookbook that was put together in the 1980s. Inside were recipes and stories of people from the Spray area, many of whom had long since passed away. While flipping through the pages, Sarah recalled her own childhood experiences, and how recipes could tell a story of family and community bonds. So began the quest for Waters to create a Wheeler County Heritage Cookbook. Sarah Waters moved to Spray in...

  • Jenny Don't and the Spurs to play Spray General Store June 28

    Joni Kabana and Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Western band Jenny Don't and the Spurs have been booked to play the Spray General Store on June 28. This is a big get for the small community venue that is bringing in big-time talent. Jenny Don't and the Spurs describe themselves as a "Western Cowpunk" band. They are currently touring the United States and after the show in Spray, the band will head for Belgium to kickoff their European tour. With a new album being released on June 14, the show in Spray is sure to be a big...

  • Olex Scholarship recipients announced

    Press Release|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Olex School Scholarship was started in 1996 after the school was closed and merged with surrounding districts. At the time of its closure it was the longest running school district in the state. This year the Arlington recipient for $1000 is Callahan Troutman and the Condon recipients for $1000 are Megan Aamodt, Theresa Campbell, Abby Colby, Brody Geer, Grady Greenwood, Christian Potter, Kristian Takagi, and Kade Wilkins....

  • Students selected for the Billy Gentry Memorial Scholarship

    Columbia Basin Electric|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Columbia Basin Electric is pleased to announce the recipients of four $500 Billy Gentry Memorial Scholarships for 2024. The scholarships were awarded to Seniors in our service territory. Applications were accepted from each high school; Condon, Ione, Fossil and Heppner/Lexington. This year's recipients are: Lyja Whitbeck of Fossil, Irelynn Kollman of Heppner, Casey Nelson of Condon, and Morgan Cutsforth of Heppner. Lyja Whitbeck is the son of Rob and Lari Whitbeck of Fossil,...

  • Merkley Town Hall in Mitchell June 9th

    U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced today he will be holding six in-person town halls for Oregon communities in June: Coos and Curry counties on Friday, June 7; Klamath and Lake counties on Saturday, June 8; and Crook and Wheeler counties on Sunday, June 9. The events continue Merkley's 2024 town hall tour of Oregon, where he is holding a community conversation for each of the state's 36 counties.    "I hold a town hall for every Oregon county every...

  • Tri-County employment for young people outpaces Eastern Oregon counties

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Finding work for young people has long been a cause for concern in Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties. It has been said that the biggest export for this region is its children. But new data coming from the U.S. Census Bureau's Quarterly Workforce Indicators shows that the tri-county area is outpacing other Oregon counties and that young people are filling jobs. The data, which shows changes in the workforce by age over the past decade, indicates that young people are being...

  • OBITUARY: Rudolph Mundy

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Rudolph A. Mundy 1940-2024 Rudy Ambrose Mundy was born December 28, 1940 to Ray and Martina Mundy in Jasper, Indiana and passed away peacefully on June 3rd, 2023 at home. He was raised with his four sisters, Shirley, Virginia, Sarah and Janice in a home filled with love and laughter that was especially grounded in a strong Catholic faith. They were all taught the value and importance of hard work, family and faith. Rudy graduated from Jasper High School in 1958 and enlisted... Full story

  • Kaela Reser Memorial Scholarship recipients

    Press Release|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Theresa Campbell and Casey Nelson, graduates from Condon High School, are both recipients of the Kaela Reser Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is presented annually to a Gilliam County High School graduate to assist in pursuing higher education. Theresa Campbell has been a Gilliam County 4-H member for 9 years and during her many years in 4-H, Theresa has participated in several 4-H clubs including Beef, Leathercraft, Photography, and Ambassadors. After graduation,...

  • DAYS OF YORE: June 6, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Days of Yore for June 6, 2024 10 years ago— Members of the McElligott family recently made a trip to England and Ireland to attend the wedding of a family member, and to tour the countries. Pete and Nancy McElligott went from here along with son Brian and friend, daughter Janet, Pete’s sisters Kathleen and Mary and friend Nora Toban. They attended the wedding of Paul McElligott’s daughter, Salli, who lives in London. Twilight on the Track, a walk/run event, will be held at th...

  • Second Mayville Reunion coming June 22

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    A blacksmith shop, a flour mill, a general store, three churches, a hotel, a school, a Grange and an Odd Fellows Hall. These hallmarks of a thriving town were once found in Mayville, Oregon. And many still remember it as a community, not a ghost town. Those people, their descendants, and others who have ties to Mayville will meet at the Stinchfield property on June 22 for the second Mayville Reunion. Nearly 100 people attended the first Mayville Reunion in 2019. Organized by...