The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, January 07, 2015, Image 1

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Grant County’s newspaper since 1868
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John Day mill pares back to one shift
Company faces scant log decks, small-log stallout
By Scotta Callister
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY – Ochoco Lum-
ber Co. is laying off the second
shift at its Malheur Lumber Co.
sawmill in John Day, some seven
months after the swing crew was
Bruce Daucsavage, Ochoco
Lumber president, cited a lack of
logs for the mill as the problem.
Daucsavage called the decision
to lay off some workers “beyond
disappointing,” but also termed it
a temporary move.
He said Ochoco will work to
restore those jobs.
Work continues
this week at the
Malheur Lumber
plant in John
“Our main goal is to keep the
one shift going,” he said. “And
then we want to put these folks
back to work again.”
The exact number of workers
affected was not available, as mill
officials refined their plans.
The Eagle
Scotta Callister
See MILL, Page A10
Designs for a new library
Eagle photo
Forest Commissioner Nicky A.
Sprauve takes the oath at the
Grant County Courthouse.
New year,
new duties
Blue Mountain Eagle
CANYON CITY – Several county
officials elected or re-elected in 2014
were sworn into a new term of office
Monday at the Grant County Court-
house in Canyon City.
The ceremony led off with County
Clerk Brenda Percy taking her oath,
following by the rites for County
Commissioner Boyd Britton, District
Attorney Jim Carpenter, and two com-
missioners on the Grant County Public
Forest Commission, Nicky A.Sprauve
and Dan Bishop. Two other forest
commissioners, Brooks Smith and
Roger McKinley, were not at the cere-
mony but were scheduled to be sworn
in later by the commission.
Also sworn in Monday were Jus-
tice of the Peace pro tem Jamie McK-
ay and alternate pro tem Riccola
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A grant puts
the Foundation
over the top to
hire an architect
By Scotta Callister
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY – The Grant County
Library Foundation has received a
$20,000 grant and is moving ahead
toward its goal of a new county li-
Eagle photos/Scotta Callister
the grant award last week. It comes
from the Oregon Community The site for the Library Foundation’s new library building is a vacant portion of the lot that’s
Foundation’s participating funds, home to the former junior high building and Kam Wah Chung Interpretive Center.
including the Shelk Fund, Ward
The current library, at
Family Fund and Jerome S. and
507 S. Canyon Blvd.,
Barbara Bischoff Library Subfund.
in John Day, draws
Library Foundation organizers
patrons from across
said the grant, on top of earlier
the county but library
fundraising efforts, sets the stage
supporters say a new,
for the group to hire an architect
modern library would
to prepare a preliminary design for
provide more space
the new building.
for the collection,
“This is a huge step for us,” said
computer use, and
Tracie Unterwegner, noting a new
community activities
library has been a long-term goal
that encourage
for the group.
literacy and reading.
She said the Foundation has been
in contact with several architects in
earlier stages of the planning, but
See 2015, Page A10
Word on the Street
The Eagle asked people in Grant County “What have you been doing during the recent
cold snap – either for fun or just to stay warm?”
Eagle file photos
“Working to keep
everyone’s ATVs and
UTVs going, so they can
plow snow.”
Monty Bond,
John Day
“I went out and tried
out my new camera that
Santa got me – in 15
degrees. You just dress
warm for it. I’ve lived here
all my life; I’d better be
used to it.”
Sandra Sutton,
John Day
“Unpacking boxes. I just
moved here Nov. 1. This
isn’t cold. I just moved
from Bragg Creek,
Alberta, Canada. It was
-30 degrees Celsius there
a couple of weeks ago.”
John Conley,
Mt. Vernon
“Wearing extra long
johns and wool socks at
work. I hate winter!”
Sherri Gif¿ n,
John Day
“I got a cold and stayed
home. The day I went
out, we went sledding
over near McDonalds,
and I kept on flipping
my sled. Overnight, my
cold got worse.”
Rylan Cox,
John Day
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