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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Chamber seeks input on 2016 event
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY – The Grant County
Chamber of Commerce is seeking ideas
an input for a chautauqua – an event
showcasing local ideas, culture, crafts
and music – next summer.
The John Day River Territory Chau-
tauqua is tentatively set for the weekend
of June 16-18, with the location to be
“We’re looking for people who want
to participate and share their knowledge
and talents on a wide array of topics,”
said Chamber board member Dave
Chautauquas have a rich tradition in
America, with roots in the late 1800s,
when all ages would gather to discuss
and share skills and traditions in a picnic
or camp setting.
Locally, communities such as Day-
ville have hosted chautauquas in the past.
Driscoll said the Chamber board
envisions an event for Grant County
residents to share the things that make
the county special, currently or from its
past. The event will provide a gathering
for local residents, but also a draw for
tourists and others interested in the John
Day River region’s attributes and histo-
“We’re looking for anyone who
wants to help with the event by adding
opened in the ¿ re area
an exhibit, demonstration, talk or per-
formance,” said Driscoll.
“We think people have local knowl-
edge that would be great to share –
whether the focus is geology, astrono-
my, mining, birding, recreation, natural
resources, agriculture, pioneer crafts,
music – the list of possibilities is end-
less,” he said.
Planning is just getting underway,
and volunteers are welcome to add in-
Anyone interested in getting in-
volved in the Chautauqua should contact
Driscoll at 248-719-2122 or driscoll-
email@example.com, or call the Chamber at
E AGLE ON VACATION
Blue Mountain Eagle
The following camp-
grounds and trails are open
to the public in the Canyon
Creek Complex ¿ re area
• Fall Mountain Lookout
• Wickiup Campground
• Slide Creek Campground
• Slide Horse Campground
• Strawberry Campground
• Strawberry Trail No.
375 to the junction with Trail
No. 5004 to Strawberry Falls
• Trail No. 5004 from
Strawberry Falls is open to the
junction with Trail No. 5003
to Little Strawberry Lake
• Slide Creek Trail No. 386
• Big Creek Snowshoe
Trail No. 377 is open to the
junction with Meadow Fork
Trail No. 376
• Meadow Fork Trail No.
376 is open from the junction
with Big Creek Snowshoe
Trail No. 377 south to the
junction with trail No. 379
• Trail No. 5007 to Slide
Lake is open
• Trail No. 372 from its
junction with Strawberry
Lake Trail No. 375 to Trail
No.5001 to Slide Lake
• Skyline Trail No. 385
Karen Evonne Markert
Sept. 9, 1939 – Sept. 16, 2015
CLARKSTON, Wash. – Kar-
en Evonne Markert, 76, formerly
of Prairie City, died Sept. 16 at her
home in Clarkston, Wash. A Cele-
bration of Life was held Sept. 26 in
Mrs. Markert was born Sept. 9,
1939, in Prairie City, to Gladys Ellen
Deardorff and Wayne R. Drewett.
She attended Prairie City Ele-
mentary School, and graduated from
Grangeville High School in Grangeville, Idaho, in 1957.
She attended nursing training in Montana.
On April 9, 1960, she married Lennard Roy Markert in
Great Falls, Mont.
She worked for All-American Homes, and retired in
2002. Her hobbies included sewing and quilting.
Survivors include her daughter, Stephani Williams of
Seattle; granddaughters, Amy Williams of Clarkston and
Cristle Williams of Seattle; great-granddaughters, Adell
Davis of Clarkston and Alli Jo Williams of Seattle; uncle,
Wayne Deardorff of Lewiston, Idaho; sister, Judy Linds-
ley of Grangeville; nephews, great-nephews and a great-
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lennard
Roy Markert; and son, Stephan John Markert.
Memorial contributions may be made to Quilts of Valor
Foundation, Sharon Ledbetter, 1777 4th Ave., Clarkston,
Jeptha ‘Jep’ Oscar White
March 23, 1923 – Sept. 13, 2015
A large portion of the
Strawberry Mountain Wil-
derness remains closed to
public entry, in addition to
some adjacent non-wilder-
ness areas where ¿ re¿ ghters
and large equipment contin-
ue work to mop-up hot spots,
tie in ¿ re lines, remove haz-
ards, and strengthen con-
tingency lines. As progress
continues to be made, it is
anticipated additional areas
will be opened.
The public is reminded to
be aware of what areas are
open for use and what areas
For more information
call Malheur National For-
est service of¿ ce, 541-575-
3000, or go to www.fs.usda.
JoAnne Phippen of Prairie City took the Eagle on a
recent vacation to Seattle, a mother-daughter trip
with her daughters, Tammie Walker, center, from
Wasilla, Alaska, and Colleen Olsen from Bend. The
trio enjoyed brunch at the Space Needle, toured
Chihuly Garden and Glass, shopped at Pikes Place
Market and the waterfront shops, visited the “Ye
Old Curiosity Shop” on the waterfront, and toured
the Seattle Underground. The last morning, they
took a tour on a “Ride the Ducks” amphibious
bus on city streets and then into Lake Union for a
close-up look at houseboats.
ARIZONA – Jeptha “Jep” Oscar White, 92, formerly of
John Day, died Sept. 13. A memorial service will be held at
a later date.
Mr. White was born March 23, 1923, in Winkelman,
Ariz., to James Abel White and Verna Otilia Hext.
On Sept. 12, 1942, he married Peggy Marie Kelly in Flor-
He spent his career as a rancher. He enjoyed horses, his
ranch, cattle and bighorn sheep, whether it was hunting or
watching them, family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Cat-
tle Growers or Pinal County Sheriff’s Posse through Drisk-
ill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR
Betty Altizer Gibbs
Nov. 28, 1927 – Sept. 24, 2015
Betty Altizer Gibbs, 87, formerly of Prairie City, died
Sept. 24 at Lake County Hospital. A memorial service will
be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Prairie Baptist Teen Center
on Front Street in Prairie City.
Mrs. Gibbs was born Nov. 28, 1927. She attended ele-
mentary school in Prairie City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Baptist
Church, 238 N. McHaley St., Prairie City, OR 97869.
245 South Canyon Blvd.
John Day, OR 97845
OPEN WED. & THUR.
9 am - 5 pm
A graveside service will be held for Peggy Bond at 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9, at Canyon City Cemetery.
Mrs. Bond, formerly of Seneca and John Day, died Aug.
23 in Redmond.
24 hrs/7 days wk
Dave and Sherry Feiger of John Day with their
children, Jim, Mike and Allyson.
Dave and Sherry Feiger
Dave and Sherry Fieger
took the Eagle on a recent
trip to celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary at Pacif-
ic City on the Oregon coast.
Joining them at the Oregon
coast were their children, Jim,
who À ew in from San Anto-
nio, Texas, Mike from Idaho
City and Allyson from Boi-
se, Idaho. Dave, Jim, Mike
News obituaries are a free service of the Blue Mountain Eagle. The
paper accepts obituaries from the family or funeral home. Information
submitted is subject to editing. Obituaries submitted to the Eagle with
incorrect information may be corrected and republished as paid no-
tices. Send obituaries by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; fax, 541-575-
1244; or mail, 195 N. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. For more
information, or to inquire about a paid memorial, call 541-575-0710.
and Allyson chartered a dory,
went À y ¿ shing for rock ¿ sh
and pulled crab pots, return-
ing with a limit of both, while
Sherry enjoyed walking on
the beach and watching long
The Feigers, who live in
John Day, were married Sept.
18, 1965, in Traverse City,
We would like to thank
all the ranchers who put
the fire out on the Izee
highway at the truck
accident. You saved our
Sincerely, Steve & Carolyn Mullin
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