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those measures have been effec-
tive,” Smith said.
The crew returned to the
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neighborhood to check some
was to ensure that people homes that were closed up over
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the fumes are coming from, also to resample the air in some
what they are, and how much is homes that had high readings.
Smith said the agency also
present,” Smith said of the EPA
is bringing in geo probes to take
Smith said the labwork so subsurface samples from the wa-
far indicates that volatile or- ter table this week.
“We do believe it’s coming
ganic compounds, known as
VOCs, are venting up through from the ground water,” she said.
However, the initial source –
the ground. She said VOCs are
a class of chemicals that can be where it enters the ground – has
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Tests by a private consultant
hold and industrial products.
Smith said they are not un- earlier this month found sub-
common in small amounts in stances that did not appear to be
buildings. However, she said, petroleum-based, but Smith said
VOCs can pose a health hazard the EPA is still running tests.
“We’re not ruling anything
when in concentrations above
out at this point,” she said.
5,000 parts per billion.
She said toxicology tests
showed 27 homes that had cials’ advice to residents about
some VOCs present, and about ventilation, and Smith added it’s
a dozen exceeded the 5,000 rate. important to continue to ventilate
Residents throughout the area as long as the situation remains
were advised to ventilate their unresolved.
Residents who notice any un-
basements, crawl spaces and liv-
ing spaces thoroughly. An EPA usual odor should call John Day
tip list cites ventilation as the Dispatch, 541-575-0030, and
most important measure. For the their information will be shared
homes with higher readings, the with the EPA. For concerns
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vapor barriers like black plastic 575-0429. Homeowners may
in craw spaces, and limiting the also want to contact their insur-
time spent in any room where ance providers to discuss any
there’s an unusual odor.
Worship in The Park
The Ministerial Association
The Joint Heirs
for an all denominational Gospel Concert in
Canyon City Park.
June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite lawn chair and enjoy!
A free will offering will be taken.
In case of inclement weather, the concert
will move inside to the Canyon
City Community Hall.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studios
The Grant Union 2015 prom court is: front row, Lucrezia Noseda, left, Charli Bowden, Sydney Stearns
and Lucinda Harper; back row, Mitch Moulton, Justin Gravley, Matthew Broemeling and Colton Madden.
the recent rains may be to
temporarily dampen soils and
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for the short term.
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Rob Pentzer, the Oregon
Department of Forestry’s
Only one of the 15 mea-
John Day Unit forester, sees
suring sites listed for the
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John Day Basin region – the
Anthony Lake Snow Course
“I’m afraid we’re receiv-
– had snow on May 1, and the
ing our June rains in May,”
rest were bare.
he said last week. “Every-
Across the basin, the fore-
thing is a month earlier as
range from 10 percent to 52
While there might be a
percent of the average for the
little reprieve now from the
drought, he said, “It will turn
Scientists say the snow-
hot and dry before we know
pack not only was less than
QRUPDOEXWLWSHDNHG¿YHWR the national Drought Moni- won’t counter the effects it, and with the added growth
of record-low snowpack to our grasses we will poten-
eight weeks earlier than nor- tor.
Koberle said that means and warm temperatures on WLDOO\KDYHDQRWKHUEXV\¿UH
mal. Five SNOTEL sites had
their earliest snowpack peak water shortages are likely, VWUHDPÀRZVIRUORQJKHVDLG season.”
Meanwhile, the NRCS
“While welcome, this
and especially for areas that
“Water managers in the GHSHQGRQVWUHDPÀRZVZLWK- is most likely a brief break has announced that $21 mil-
basin should expect signif- out reservoirs – like Grant from the regionwide drought lion in funding will be avail-
conditions that are impact- able to help agricultural
icant water shortages this County.
“The John Day Basin re- ing water supply – and thus landowners in eight states,
summer,” according to the
lies on snowmelt runoff to agricultural and forestry including Oregon, mitigate
May 1 report from NRCS.
While most of the state VXVWDLQVWUHDPÀRZVWKURXJK concerns in the region,” he the effects of drought on
their lands. Plans will roll
is pegged for moderate to the summer months in most said.
Once the area starts to dry out soon for how that will
severe drought, the forecast years,” said Scott Oviatt, an
out – soon – the creeks and look in Oregon. For infor-
in Eastern Oregon is for ex- NRCS hydrologist.
precipitation rivers will be back to below mation, visit the NRCS
treme drought, according to
website or contact the local
average levels, he said.
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O N PARADE
Place your ad today :
Call 541-575-0710 • Fax 541-575-0244 •
Stop by 195 N Canyon Blvd., John Day
Deadline for Classifieds is 10 am Mondays.
5 Large “Yard Sale” signs,
and a Voucher for a FREE
25-word, one week ad to
sell leftover items
(a $17 value!)
Blue Mountain Hospital
170 Ford Road, John Day • (541) 575-1311
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY
Take advantage of the Grant
County Fair Days. Help bring in
new and old cowboys to your
business while they are out and
about this fair season.
We publish 3,000 guides to be
distributed in the Blue Mountain
Eagle and throughout businesses
in the county.
This year’s edition will feature
much of the history and many of
the events going on at this year’s
106th Annual Grant County Fair
Ad Deadline: June 10, 2015
Publishes: July 8, 2015
“Blue Jeans and
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Mitch Wilson has his sidekick, Maxwell the pig,
along for the ride May 23 at the Cinnabar Mountain
Call Kim Kell for available sizes and prices.
195 N. Canyon Blvd., John Day
541-575-0710 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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