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but said Shelley is highly
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the board members and staff,
and knows the community.
She also said he is a top
candidate for a superinten-
dent position at another dis-
trict, adding he would be a
“top candidate in any pool,
in any state.”
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nalists for the top job there.
At Monday’s meeting,
board vice chairman Zach
Williams spoke in favor of
hiring Shelley as did board
members Mike Cosgrove,
Gordon Larson, Kelly
Stokes and Tracie Unterwe-
Williams referred to all
the personnel changes un-
derway in the district, and
said while he didn’t always
agree with Shelley on every-
thing, he would be the stron-
Larson said he was “100
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ley’s competence and abili-
Unterwegner said the de-
cision goes to what’s best for
the kids – “not just continu-
ity, but a strong leader who
can lead the district.”
She said she had looked
at salary ranges from the
Confederation of Oregon
School Administrators, and
the mid-range was $98,000
The lone dissenting vote
came from newly appointed
board member Ben Holliday.
He said that while he has the
“utmost respect” for Shelley
and his wife Elizabeth, he
didn’t feel a rushed decision
was a good idea. He said he
felt the board should follow
its timeline, not Shelley’s.
Several spoke of the con-
tinuity that would be lost
with the departure of Shel-
ley and also his wife, who is
a career coordinator and En-
glish and leadership teacher
at Grant Union.
While the majority of the
remarks from the audience
were supportive of the de-
cision, a couple of people
urged the board to take time
and consider a wider search.
Shelley was at the meet-
ing, but made no comment
at that time.
The board is scheduled to
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board meeting, at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Humbolt grade-schoolers cash in
on Adopt-a-Classroom program
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CANYON CITY – Five
classes at Humbolt Elementa-
ry School have received cold,
hard cash for classroom use,
from the Quaker Oats Compa-
ny and Chester’s Thriftway in
John Day, through the Adopt-A-
Chester’s store manager Bill
Wyllie, grocery manager Robert
Hunt and operations manager
Thadd Cowan Thompson were
on hand Feb. 26 to present the
checks in the school cafeteria.
Fifth-grade teacher Georgia
Boethin, who pursued the pro-
gram, received $1,500 for her
students, which she plans to
use on several iPad minis. Even
though there won’t be enough
for each student to have one,
Boethin said, “The kids are ec-
static, to say the least.”
The other teachers each re-
First-grade teachers Peggy
Murphy and Mandy Ipson are us-
ing their money on whiteboards
for the students. Murphy also
bought privacy barriers, phonics
math and two sets of “100th day
of school” glasses. Ipson hopes
to buy new books, too.
Third-grade teacher Caroline
Colson bought books, art and
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grade teacher Lorie Croghan
bought an iPad for her class-
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Ipson expressed her thanks to
Chester’s Thriftway and Quaker
Oats for the generous award,
saying “We are so grateful to get
these new supplies.”
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there for forty years.
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Grant County is looking to fill
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Cramer told Martin and Graves
he will consider the counsel re-
quest, but simple dissatisfaction
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wouldn’t be enough to warrant
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Raschio said the motion to a change. He said the defendants
before Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5 pm.
DO TO HELP YOUR SCHOOL: The community needs to
suppress would deal with issues must show some Constitutional
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dates back to last summer. He said
he usually expects a plea within he said.
He said the defendants could
be putting themselves at risk
with a counsel change.
GRANT SCHOOL DISTRICT #3
Our Services by a registered nurse include:
“You have a right to be your
• Pedi-Spa treatment for your feet
own attorney. You have a right
to hire your own attorney,” he
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Grant School District #3 is accepting applications
said, “But there will not be an-
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other court-appointed attorney.”
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If new attorneys are retained,
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he added, they need to be ready
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to move forward on March 26,
year. Those interested in applying may pick up an
when a hearing is scheduled for
application from Superintendent Mark Witty, 401
the motion to suppress.
N. Canyon Blvd., Canyon City. Application
Raschio said the defendants
for an appointment
deadline is Wednesday, March 11.
but he said the situation is com-
plicated by the fact his client is
homeless and telephone contact
He said Martin is being ad-
vised by his religious leader to
drop him as lawyer.
Graves was accompanied by
two supporters who also drew at-
tention from the bench – one was
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“I’m an American,” the man
The other man stood at the
close of the hearing, declared
“amicus curiae” meaning “friend
of the court,” and began making
a statement. Cramer stopped him
after a few sentences and said he
was moving on to the next case.
The hearing also was marked
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Deputy District Attorney Mat-
thew Ipson told Cramer that a
packet of papers had been left on
the prosecution table, addressed
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from Graves. Ipson said he had
not examined the contents.
A similar packet was found
on the defense table, and Graves
with the court and providing
copies to the lawyers.
Cramer told the attorneys to
return their copies to Graves,
and said he would seal the one
very important role in the education of children. Parents
need to read to their children at an early age. It is also
important to talk and listen to them.
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