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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
C OPS & C OURTS
CANYON CITY – The
Grant County Circuit Court re-
ported the following ﬁ nes and
• Eldrid Jonathan Hamrick,
28, pleaded guilty to driving un-
der the inﬂ uence of intoxicants.
He was sentenced to bench
probation for 18 months and 80
hours community service, and
ﬁ ned $1,175. His driver’s license
was suspended for one year. The
court dismissed one count of vi-
olating the basic speed rule.
• Buford W. Breland, 56,
pleaded guilty and was sen-
tenced on several counts. On
each of two counts of delivery
of methamphetamine to a minor,
he was sentenced to 36 months
supervised probation, 80 hours
community service and jail for
90 days. He was ﬁ ned $2,700.
On one count of manufacture of
meth, supervised probation for
36 months, 80 hours community
service and jail for 90 days. The
sentence is consecutive. On two
counts of delivery of meth, 72
months supervised probation,
60 hours community service and
jail for 90 days. On each of three
counts of possession of meth, he
was sentenced to supervised pro-
bation for 36 months. His driv-
er’s license was suspended for
six months. The court dismissed
one count of unlawful delivery
of marijuana to a minor, four for
unlawful delivery of meth to a
minor, three for unlawful man-
ufacture of meth and 15 for un-
lawful delivery of meth. Crimi-
nal forfeiture, the amount $2,734
is forfeited from Breland.
• The court allows a DUII di-
version for Michael Ira Walker,
John Day, for a diversion fee of
John Day dispatch worked
119 calls during the week of
Sept. 21-27. Along with the vari-
ous trafﬁ c warnings, trespassing,
injured animals, noise com-
plaints and juvenile complaints,
these calls included:
• John Day Police:
Sept. 21: Report of theft from
a rental in Prairie City; theft of
bailing wire at Huffman’s Mar-
Sept. 26: Arrested a John Day
man and a woman for domestic
Sept. 22: Cited a John Day
man for menacing.
Sept. 26: Hit-and-run report-
ed at the fairgrounds pavilion;
arrested a John Day woman for
Sept. 27: Arrested a Prairie
City man for DUII.
• Grant County Sheriff:
Sept. 21: Hit-and-run report-
ed in Monument.
• John Day ambulance:
Sept. 21: Dispatched for an
Sept. 26: Paged for a 25-year-
old man with cardiac problems.
Sept. 27: 56-year-old woman
with severe pain.
• Bureau of Land Manage-
Sept. 26: Cited a Newberg
man for vehicle in enclosed area.
CANYON CITY – The
Grant County Justice Court re-
ported the following ﬁ nes and
• Operate/park a motor ve-
hicle in violation of restrictions:
Robert Sutton Woods, 46, Mo-
lalla, ﬁ ned $385.
• Driving while revoked:
Whitney Jo Pattee, 26, Prairie
City, ﬁ ned $435.
• Driving uninsured: Whitney
Jo Pattee, 26, Prairie City, ﬁ ned
$260; Rodney Cole Wilson, 20,
John Day, ﬁ ned $260; Travis A.
Palmer, 25, Mt. Vernon, ﬁ ned
• No burning permit: David
L. Torres, 37, Prairie City, ﬁ ned
• Failure to immediately
validate big game tag: Weston
L. Wettstein, 54, Ontario, ﬁ ned
• Failure to properly use safe-
ty belt: Joseph Walter Twitchell,
80, Mountain Home, Idaho,
ﬁ ned $95.
• Violation of the basic rule:
Jamie Lee Steinhardt, 23, Mon-
te Sereno, Calif., 70/55 zone,
ﬁ ned $160; Darren J. Kling,
46, Culver, 76/55 zone, ﬁ ned
$260; Morgan Alyssa Phipps,
24, Prineville, 79/55 zone, ﬁ ned
• No brake lights on trailer:
Leslie Lee Zaitz, 60, John Day,
ﬁ ned $160.
• Use of cellphone while
driving: Bobbee Lynne Huec-
kman, 27, Canyon City, ﬁ ned
• Driving while suspend-
ed-violation: Travis A. Palmer,
25, Mt. Vernon, ﬁ ned $435;
Whitney Jo Pattee, 26, Prairie
City, ﬁ ned $435.
• Whitney Jo Pattee, Prairie
City, was convicted of failure to
appear for a violation proceed-
ing. She was sentenced to 24
months probation and 30 days in
jail, to be suspended upon suc-
cessful completion of probation.
• Minor in possession-al-
cohol/violation: Jordden Bree
Cameron, Mt. Vernon, ﬁ ned
$260, driver’s license suspend-
ed for one year; Kelsi Demaris,
Prineville, ﬁ ned $260, driver’s
license suspended for one year;
Mitchell Allen Moulton, John
Day, ﬁ ned $260, driver’s license
suspended for one year; Aaron
Klefman, John Day, ﬁ ned $260,
driver’s license suspended for
one year; Cejay Villa Partello,
John Day, ﬁ ned $260, driver’s
license suspended for one year.
• Minor in possession-mari-
juana/violation: Aaron Klefman,
John Day, ﬁ ned $260; Cejay Vil-
la Partello, John Day, ﬁ ned $260.
New Idaho: Re-drawing the map
A La Grande, Ore. farmer is seeking comment on the idea of eastern portions of Washington and
Oregon joining Idaho. The new, supersized Idaho would see a 125 percent population increase.
Proposed state of Idaho
Area in detail
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“The environmental regu-
lations that come out of Salem
make it almost impossible to do
my work,” he said.
Dr. Jeffrey Dense, a politi-
cal science professor at Eastern
Oregon University, called the
logistics of trying to create a
new, larger Idaho “largely insur-
“Given the inability of Puer-
to Rico and Washington, D.C.,
to effectuate this type of large
scale change, disgruntled citi-
zens would be better off to get
involved with politics instead of
complaining about the state of
every 10 years based on popu- west side of the state provides
affairs,” he said in an email.
A state boundary hasn’t been lation counts in the latest cen- a tax base that supports state
redrawn in the United States sus. If other states’ populations services. The transportation
since West Virginia was carved stayed roughly proportionate to package, for example, that both
out of Virginia in 1863. The idea their current levels, Washington sides of the aisle would like to
of seceding from one state to the would likely lose two of its 10 see come to fruition would like-
other is hardly new, however, seats, adding them to Idaho’s ly result in Eastern Oregon in-
and various efforts have land- current two seats, while it would frastructure beneﬁ ting from tax
ed on ballots and on the ﬂ oor be a close call on whether Or- money generated by Portland
of state legislatures across the egon would hang on to its ﬁ ve residents.
representatives or lose one to
Parsons said he knows that
Occasionally, those efforts another state.
getting rural Oregon and Wash-
have even come close to fru-
The number of Electoral ington counties to join Idaho is a
ition. In 2002 the U.S. House College votes a state receives long shot.
of Representatives voted unani- is equal to the number of U.S.
“If it came to fruition it
mously to allow state legislators senators and representatives would probably not be in my
to adjust the Nevada-Utah state the state has, which would give lifetime,” he said.
boundary. The move would Idaho more sway in presidential
To start the discussion he
have been a minor one, but it elections too.
emailed every state legislator in
would have allowed the eco-
Rep. Greg Smith, R-Hep- all three states, contacted news-
nomically struggling city of pner, said during his freshman papers in the area and started a
Wendover, Utah, to join the casi- year in the Oregon state legis- forum on Yahoo Groups titled
no-rich city of West Wendover, lature in 2001 he tried to intro- “Oregon and Washington Join-
Nevada, and get rid of what res- duce the idea of creating a state ing Idaho” to discuss logistics
idents called an invisible “Berlin of Eastern Oregon, but couldn’t like what would happen with
Wall” in the community creating even get a hearing on it.
assets like state prisons and uni-
poor infrastructure and schools
“I know there’s a real frus- versities in counties that voted to
on one side of the state line and tration with the urban-rural di- join Idaho.
abundant services on the other. vide,” he said.
“I ﬁ gured there are a whole
The bill ended up dying in the
However, he also said that al- lot of people smarter than me
Senate, however, after Nevada though Eastern Oregon provides who could ﬁ gure all that out,”
Senator Harry Reid opposed it.
the state with food and ﬁ ber, the he said.
According to 2014 data
from the U.S. Census Bureau,
Idaho currently has 1,634,464
residents. That would rise to
3,680,297 people if all 17 Ore-
gon counties east of Hood River
County and the 20 Washington
counties east of King County
Oregon, meanwhile, would
go from 3,970,239 residents
to 3,471,709 and Washington
times available by
would drop from 7,061,530 res-
idents to 5,514,227.
How that would affect each
state’s representation in Wash-
150 Dayton, John Day
ington, D.C., would depend on
how other states’ populations
Call or text Cindy Legg for more details
changed at the same time.
The 435 seats in the House of
Representatives are apportioned
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Help us kick off
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Saturday, October 3
Registration 8am - Start time 10am
Grant County Airport Industrial Park, John Day
Admission: $20.00/person, $40.00/family
For more information call 541-575-4355
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart of Grant County Second Annual
“Color Me Free” Fun Run
The hay truck crash and fire Friday, Sept. 25,
happened along County Road 63 on the Izee-
Paulina Highway near Snow Shoe Summit. The
loaded semi truck and series of trailers with hay
crashed into a pine tree.
One found dead
in hay truck ﬁ re
Blue Mountain Eagle
SENECA – The lone oc-
cupant of a hay truck was
found dead after ranchers
and emergency ofﬁ cials
responded to the scene of
a crash and ﬁ re Sept. 25
along County Road 63 on
the Izee-Paulina Highway,
approximately milepost 15
near Snow Shoe Summit.
The driver of the
semitruck, Donald Leon
Bidwell, 59, of Terrebone
was pronounced dead at the
The vehicle was a cab
over semitruck and series of
trailers pulling a load of al-
falfa hay from the Vale area
and was headed to the Spen-
cer Ranch near Izee.
The investigation shows
the loaded semi crested
Snow Shoe Summit west
bound and drifted to the
right shoulder of the road.
Evidence at the scene
showed a lack of braking or
turning to avoid the crash.
The vehicle crashed into
a large pine tree and a sub-
sequent ﬁ re consumed the
majority of the semitruck
A contingency of Bear
Valley ranchers made an
initial attack on the ﬁ re
and kept it at less than
The Sheriff’s Ofﬁ ce was
assisted by the Oregon State
Police, U.S. Forest Service,
Oregon Department of For-
estry, Dr. Hall, Grant Coun-
ty Road Department, John
Day Fire Department and
the Blue Mountain Hospital
Ambulance from John Day
and Seneca, as well as nu-
merous area ranchers and
passers-by who kept the ﬁ re
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and Alan Kenaga/
EO Media Group
Arrests and citations in the
Blue Mountain Eagle are taken
from the logs of law enforcement
agencies. Every effort is made
to report the court disposition of
Parsons realizes that gov-
ernment ofﬁ cials in Boise may
not want to take on more rural
counties, even if they also got
population centers like Spo-
kane, the Tri-Cities and Bend.
The U.S. Congress would have
Still, he said if Eastern Or-
egon did secede to Idaho, local
residents wouldn’t have to wor-
ry so much about Portland res-
idents pushing laws like a $15
an hour minimum wage on rural
“If they want to buy a $20
Big Mac that’s ﬁ ne with me,”
To access the Yahoo Group
online visit groups.yahoo.com/
Contact Jade McDowell at
Information leading to conviction of
trespassers and/or poachers on Silvies Valley Ranch
Approximately the first of September, a nice mule deer buck was killed
and left to rot on our ranch. Last year, four poachers were caught and
prosecuted, and four other dead elk were found rotting. Please help us
catch trespassers and poachers who have no respect for private property
rights and who give all hunters a bad name. If you legally wound an ani-
mal that comes onto any of our property, please come to ranch headquar-
ters at Bridge Creek and we will help you find and clean it at no charge.
Otherwise, do not go onto our property unless accompanied by a Silvies
Valley Ranch associate. We will press charges, sue for damages, and are
actively patrolling our property with ATVs, by horseback, and videocams.
Sheriff Glenn Palmer 541-575-1131
Sheriff Dave Ward 541-573-6156
Colby Marshall 541-573-5150 x110