The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, December 23, 2015, Page A8, Image 8

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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday DecemEer 1
Blue Mountain Eagle
In response to the Can-
\on CreeN CoPple[ ¿re the
AmeriCorps National Civil-
ian Community Corps team
Green Two worked with the
Malheur National Forest
from Nov. 8 through Dec. 18.
The Canyon Creek Com-
ple[ ¿re not only increased
Àood risk in the area Eut also
had a negative impact on the
trails and roads.
“Working in this small
town I¶ve learned how close
the community is and how
most of the town is Erought
together through the love of
the national forest´ Green
Two MemEer 6cott Bar-
tuska said in a press re-
lease. “Wherever we go
the town knows who we are
and thanks us for our work
showing us the importance
of maintaining the trails
roads filling sandEags and
helping out the community
any way we can.´
Green Two coordinated
with the multiple depart-
ments in the Forestry 6er-
vice and Grant County to
help the area recover from the
¿re damage. The team ¿lled
sandEags to reduce the risk of
Àooding cleared ha]ard trees
and created signage for the
roads department. On approx-
imately four miles of Laycock
Creek 5oad the 11-memEer
team cleared ha]ard trees
and trimmed vegetation that
would potentially clog the
drainage area and Elock vi-
The mission of the 8.6.
Forest 6ervice is “Caring for
the land and serving peo-
ple.´ The Malheur National
Forest and 6trawEerry Wil-
derness are major sources of
employment for memEers
of John Day and the larger
Grant County area. The Mal-
heur National Forest is one
of the main tourist attractions
in John Day and plays a large
role in the economy.
Contributed photo
The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team Green Two, pictured
here, recently assisted with rehabilitation of the Malheur National Forest after
the Canyon Creek Complex fire.
for private
Blue Mountain Eagle
Contributed photo
The Baker and Grant SWCDs received NRCS Partnership Awards at the Oregon
Association of Conservation District’s annual gathering Nov. 4 in Eugene. From
left, Misty Bennett, NRCS district conservationist for Baker County; Whitney Collins
and Tim Kerns of Baker SWCD; Lorraine Vogt, NRCS district conservationist for
Grant County; and Jason Kehrberg of Grant SWCD. Not pictured: Barbara Grant,
Partnership Award recipient from the Curry County SWCD.
Local 6WCDs receive awards
Blue Mountain Eagle
E8GENE — The 8.6. De-
partment of Agriculture¶s Nat-
ural Resources Conservation
6ervice recogni]ed memEers
of local soil and water con-
servation districts with annual
Partnership Awards presented
Nov. at the Oregon Associa-
tion of Conservation District¶s
annual gathering in Eugene.
The Grant 6WCD and the
Baker County Association of
Conservation Districts each
received the 1 Partner-
ship Award for outstanding
contriEutions to post-wild¿re
recovery following a year of
devastating wild¿res across the
“Both the Grant and Baker
district staff were instrumental
partners for getting post-¿re
conservation practices on the
ground during a critical time
for the community´ said Jay
GiEEs NRC6 Easin team lead-
r i s t m a s
r e r y
er for the 6nake River and John
Day/8matilla Easins.
At its annual fall gather-
ing the Network of Oregon
Watershed Councils honored
Amy 6tiner of the 6outh Fork
John Day Watershed Council
and Li] 9ollmer-Buhl of the
6uislaw Watershed Council
with its annual Dedicated 6er-
vice Award. The award in its
second year honors recipients
for their outstanding leadership
and dedication to the steward-
ship of Oregon¶s watersheds.
6tiner was noted for signi¿-
cantly increasing the scope
and capacity of the watershed
council over the past two years.
To learn more visit www. or www.
Emergency Forest Resto-
ration Program has national
funding availaEle to assist
owners of nonindustrial
private forestland that has
Eeen damaged Ey natural
Forest owners can use
the money to implement
restoration practices in-
cluding removal of unus-
aEle materials replanting
of cover erosion or water
quality control.
EligiEle land must have
had existing tree cover and
Ee owned Ey a nonindustrial
private individual or group.
TriEal land is also eligiEle.
The disaster must impair
or endanger the natural re-
sources present or material-
ly affect future land uses.
6ign-ups are Eeing taken
Nov. 1 to Jan. 1.
To set up an appoint-
ment visit the F6A of¿ce
in Baker City at Mid-
way Drive or call 1--
11 ext. .
For an application and
more information visit di- or fsa.
The Eagle/Sean Hart
There’s No Place Like Home
County Judge Scott Myers, left, and Doug
Ferguson, the engineer in charge of a flood
mitigation plan, look over maps of the project at a
town hall meeting Dec. 16 in Canyon City.
For The Holidays
From the City of Prairie City
Continued from Page A1
Your Rural Fa mily Health Clinic
Grant County
528 E. Main, St. E,
John Day
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
Services Provided:
Karen Triplett, FNP
• Primary Care
• Acute Care
• Women’s Health
• Men and
Children Exams
• Immunizations
• Family Planning
• Contraception
• Pregnancy Testing &
• HIV Testing &
• Cacoon
• High Risk Infants
• Maternity Case
Grant County Health Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin,
disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activitie s, or in employment.
331 W. Main, John Day
Fax 541-575-2610
We’d like to deliver our sincere best wishes to your door
this holiday. May the season bring much happiness,
health and good fortune to you and your loved ones.
If you’re looking for a home for the holidays and
beyond, please keep us in mind. We’ve been
helping area residents find the perfect place to
call home for over 10 years.
Call and schedule your
appointment today!
or 541-575-0429
Amy Denman
Principal Broker
Mike Moore
Sharon Busch
Al Denman
Fred Winegar
as Dec. and the county is
continuing with a plan to in-
crease the amount of water
Canyon Creek can accommo-
date Eefore Àooding.
Doug Ferguson the en-
gineer in charge of a plan
to Euild up low-lying walls
along feet of the creek
using earthen Eerms concrete
Elocks and sandEags said
the county knew it needed
to Ee proactive after the ¿re.
+e said although the Eest
long-term solution would Ee
to dredge the creek to make
it deeper the authori]ation
reTuired to do so would Ee
dif¿cult to oEtain. The current
project he said was a positive
¿rst step.
Merry Christmas
and a
Happy 2016!
The coalition has $6,500 from the Oregon
Cultural Trust to distribute in Grant County to
organizations for projects relating to culture.
Projects may be related to the visual or
performing arts, heritage, and/or humanities.
Applications are available from Karin Barntish,
131 W. Main Street, John Day or call Kris Beal at
541-932-4892 for more information or an
Grant applications will be accepted until
January 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
The county held meetings
Dec. 16 to explain the project
to landowners who would Ee
affected. Ferguson said ease-
ments are needed from aEout
- landowners so crews
can Eegin working on the
Chris LaEhart said the county
plans to purchase a machine
that can ¿ll more than
sandEags per hour as aEout
are needed for the
project. AmeriCorps volun-
teers have also spent hours
¿lling sandEags for the proj-
ect and another 1 have
Eeen purchased.
“A lot of times people are
reactive Eut we¶re taking a
proactive approach´ LaEhart
said. “The cooperation Ee-
tween the county and the state
and the local cities has Eeen
From all of us at