Articles from the June 13, 2024 edition


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  • Oregon newspapers in freefall

    Stephen Allen|Updated 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 c...

  • Independent pharmacies like Murray's Drug face unprecedented challenges

    Stephen Allen|Updated 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. J... Full story

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

    Press Release|Updated 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...

  • Print will never die

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    The news of EO Media Group’s plan to sell the company, or to potentially restructure as a non-profit certainly got our attention. To be honest, it was a scary week. The Times-Journal has been printed weekly by the EO Media Group for decades. We communicate with their staff weekly and depend on them for printing The Times-Journal. We have also looked to the EO Media Group and its many publications as a guide. We have admired their work in sustaining legacy newspapers in E...

  • The Treasure in Your Trash

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Some of my very favorite pantry things are the two bivg boxes of glass jars and bottles that I’ve rescued from the garbage. I clean them up and remove the labels so they are like new. I noticed a long time ago that food lasts longer in glass than it does in plastic. I often decant food that is packaged in plastic into glass containers. Just say NO to random food clutter and all the mismatched packages that don’t seal properly. Those invite staleness and attract bugs, mot...

  • Born on the Bayou (or is it Borne?)

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Ms. Amanda Jones is a great American. She has been an elementary school teacher and librarian in Louisiana for two decades. In 2023 she was awarded the American Association of School Librarians' Intellectual Freedom Award and the American Library Association's Paul Howard Award for Courage—the latter group awards "an individual who has exhibited unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.” She has over time fought increasingly against book-banning for...

  • News in Brief: June 13, 2024

    Stephen Allen|Updated 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...

  • Eastern Oregon Pioneer Association prepares for annual Pioneer Picnic

    Press Release|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    The Eastern Oregon Pioneer Association is in the final stages of planning the 2024 Pioneer Picnic. The annual picnic at Julia Henderson Pioneer Park is scheduled for July 27th, 2024. People will gather at 10:30 AM and will listen to a presentation by Sam Barry, a descendant of an original Wheeler County Pioneer family. “The Barry Family from Johnson County Tennessee to Wheeler County Oregon and beyond” is the title of the presentation. The story of pioneers will include the Barry, Howard, Grindstaff, Britt, Price fam...

  • Sherman FFA travels to Oklahoma

    Jessica R. Wheeler|Updated 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...

  • Gov. Kotek appoints Cris Patnode as Gilliam Co. Judge

    Stephen Allen|Updated 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 30....

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