News Blue Mountain Eagle Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Conservation District annual meeting on tap Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Monument Senior Center. The event will begin with a welcome and in- troductions at 10 a.m. Three seminars are scheduled: “Water Rights” from 10:15-11 a.m., led by Grant Blue Mountain Eagle MONUMENT — Water rights and toxic plants are among the topics at Monu- ment Soil and Water Conser- vation District’s 2016 land- owner seminars and meeting, County Watermaster Eric Ju- lsrud. “Allocation of Conserved Water Program” from 11-12 p.m., led by Assistant Water- master Hailey Boethin. “Toxic Plants in Your Fields and Around Your House” from 1-2 p.m., led by Mark Porter, Oregon Depart- ment of Agriculture noxious weed representative from the northeast Oregon Region. From noon to 1 p.m., Monument FFA will serve a barbecue brisket lunch for $8 a plate. The seminars will be fol- lowed by the Monument SWCD annual meeting and election of of¿cers at 2:15 p.m. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 15, by calling 541-934-2141, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Armed group accesses government ¿les at refuge By Rick Bowmer Associated Press BURNS — The lead- er of a small, armed group occupying a national wild- life refuge in southeastern Oregon said Monday he and his followers are going through government docu- ments stored inside refuge buildings. Ammon Bundy told re- porters the documents will be used to “expose” how the government has discrimi- nated against local ranchers who use federal land for cat- tle grazing. Bundy said the docu- ments would also help se- cure the release of Steven and Dwight Hammond, two area ranchers con- victed of arson who re- turned to prison last week to serve longer sentences. The Hammonds’ case set off the occupation of the Eagle file photo The Grant County Courthouse will be closed Jan. 15-18 for asbestos abatement. Grant County Courthouse to close for asbestos abatement Blue Mountain Eagle CANYON CITY — The Grant County Courthouse will be closed Friday, Jan. 15, through Monday, Jan. 18, for asbestos abatement. The entire building will be closed, and no one will be allowed to enter, with no POT exceptions. All other county departments will remain open on Jan. 15. All county of¿ces will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular of¿ce hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 19. reational marijuana. “We believe that the county court will do what the people of Grant Coun- ty expect and give them a voice in this process through a vote,” he said. “... My cli- ents and I are confident that the people of Grant County, if given a chance to vote on whether they want jobs and tax revenues from a legal activity in (the) State of Or- Continued from Page A1 majority of whom he believes will vote to allow “making money and bringing jobs here” through marijuana businesses, despite the fact 65 percent of the county voted against Measure 91 in 2014, which legalized rec- egon or no jobs and no tax revenues, they will (choose) to reject the Measure 91 opt- out passed in Grant County Ordinance 15-01 and allow businessmen in Grant Coun- ty access to the free market to bring jobs to our county suffering nearly 10 percent unemployment.” Although bills enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 only allow taxes to be Burns-area refuge on Jan. 2. Bundy said his group is not accessing government computers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including personnel ¿les. After the news confer- ence, the group drove in a convoy to a ranch near the refuge and tore down a stretch of government-erect- ed fence. The goal, accord- ing to the armed men, was to give the rancher access to the range that had been blocked for years. It’s not clear where the fence was located or which rancher sought the group’s help. The refuge is adminis- tered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Spokes- man Jason Holm said be- cause the documents and files at the refuge may have personally identi- fiable information, the agency “is taking neces- sary steps to ensure em- collected from retail mari- juana sales, county residents who argued against the ban on marijuana growers and expressed interest in growing — including Russell and Paul Cooper — volunteered to pay a 3-percent fee of their grow- ing revenues to the county. The complaint that was withdrawn alleged the Grant County Court improperly passed the ordinance as an ployee and family safety.” The agency strongly condemned the destruction of the fence and said the action undermines hard- earned conservation impacts achieved in the area. “Removing fences, dam- aging any Refuge proper- ty, or unauthorized use of equipment would be addi- tional unlawful actions by the illegal occupiers,” Fish and Wildlife said in a state- ment. “Any movement of cattle onto the Refuge or other activities that are not speci¿cally authorized by USFWS constitutes tres- passing.” Sixteen full time em- ployees and one part time employee usually work at the refuge, Holm said. Some who can’t work away from the refuge have taken ad- ministrative leave, while others are working from home or another of¿ce. emergency, effective imme- diately, without a unanimous vote. The complaint further alleged that, although the commissioners discussed the ordinance at four con- secutive weekly meetings in December, Myers’ language stating the hearing was con- tinued from one meeting to the next legally indicated the four dates were a single meeting. A5 Steele sentenced 25 months for drug charges By Sean Hart Blue Mountain Eagle Anthony Scott Steele was sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of drug-related charges. At a plea hearing Thursday in Grant County Circuit Court, Steele pleaded guilty to one count of manufacture of meth- amphetamine, four counts of delivery of methamphetamine, six counts of possession of meth- amphetamine and one count of menacing. He entered an Alford plea — pleading guilty with- out admitting to committing the criminal act — on one count of felon in possession of a ¿rearm. The plea came after negoti- ation with District Attorney Jim Carpenter, whereby additional charges — three counts of man- ufacture of methamphetamine, four counts of delivery of meth- amphetamine, three counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felon in pos- session of a restricted weapon — were dismissed. Per the plea agreement, the parties stipulated to a crime severity and crimi- nal history level for a 25-month sentence for the manufacturing charge. Carpenter said Steele was also required to assign his $2,500 bail security to the Grant County Sheriff/Drug Task Force. Judge William D. Cramer Jr. sentenced Steele to the 25-month prison sentence, with a variety of lesser sentences for the other charges to be served concurrent- ly. Cramer also imposed three years of post-prison supervision, with added recommendations of substance abuse treatment and no contact with Shelby Picken- paugh, and a $250 ¿ne. Cramer said Steele could receive credit for time already served and was eligible for consideration for ear- ly release. C OPS & C OURTS Circuit Court CANYON CITY — The Grant County Circuit Court reported the following ¿nes and judgments: Brett Anson Nelson, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree crim- inal mischief. For each, he was sentenced to supervised probation for 18 months and 10 hours community service. He was ordered to pay com- pensatory fines of $100 each to the Grant County Sher- iff’s Office and to the vic- tim. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim. He pleaded guilty to men- acing and was sentenced to jail for five days, supervised probation for 18 months and 40 hours community ser- vice. He was fined $350 and ordered to have no contact with the victim. He plead- ed guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct and was sentenced to jail for two days, supervised probation for 18 months and 20 hours community service, and he was ordered to have no con- tact with the victim. The sen- tence is to be consecutive to the previous ones. The court dismissed counts for attempt to commit second-degree as- sault, recklessly endangering another person, driving under the inÀuence of intoxicants, third-degree criminal mis- chief, failure to perform the duties of a driver when prop- erty is damaged and third-de- gree theft. Jeanne Marie Moles, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to jail for 120 hours, supervised probation for 18 months, 110 hours community service, ordered to report for a mental health evaluation and ¿ned $350. Her conditional discharge for Jan. 7, 2016, was revoked. The court dismissed one count of endangering the welfare of a minor. Grant County Sheriff CANYON CITY — The Grant County Sheriff’s Of¿ce reported the following for the week of Jan. 1-7: Concealed handgun li- censes: 6 Average inmates: 15 Bookings: 11 Releases: 9 Arrests: 1 Citations: 2 Fingerprints: 7 Civil papers: 10 Warrants processed: 4 Asst./welfare check: 5 Garrett Grif¿th, 27, Burns, was cited for driving while suspended-violation. Justice Court CANYON CITY — The Grant County Justice Court reported the following ¿nes and judgments: Driving while suspend- ed: Travis James Freniere, 29, John Day, ¿ned $435. Driving uninsured: Tra- vis James Freniere, 29, John Debbie Ausmus 245 South Canyon Blvd. John Day, OR 97845 OPEN WED. & THUR. 9 am - 5 pm 541-575-1113 24 hrs/7 days wk debbie.ausmus@ countryfinancial.com NO ONE KNOWS YOUR EQUIPMENT BETTER. Your AGCO Parts Dealer has the parts you need when you need them. Hardware, chain, batteries, tillage, belts, cutting parts. We have the quality parts you need to keep your AGCO equipment running smoothly during the demanding harvest season. Highly trained service personnel at AGCO Parts make it all come together, so you can rest easy. Visit your AGCO Parts Dealer and get the parts and services you need to “Keep you in the Field” this season. Find out more at agcoparts.com. Day, ¿ned $260. Dispatch John Day dispatch worked 114 calls during the week of Jan. 4-10. Along with the various traf¿c warnings, trespassing, injured animals, noise complaints and juvenile complaints, these calls includ- ed: John Day Police: Jan. 4: Cited a John Day man for two vehicles illegally parked. Jan. 5: Arrested on John Day man on a Grant County warrant; arrested a John Day woman on a Grant County warrant. Jan. 6: Report of an assault in the 100 block of North Canyon Boulevard. Grant County Sheriff: Jan. 7: Report of forgery in Canyon City; report of con- tempt of court in Canyon City. Jan. 8: Fraud reported on North Humbolt; cited a John Day man for driving unin- sured. Jan. 9: Criminal mischief reported in Mt. Vernon. Jan. 10: Hit-and-run re- ported at Canyon City Park. John Day ambulance: Jan. 7: Dispatched for an elderly man. Jan. 8: Responded for a woman with chest pain, shortness of breath and dizziness. Prairie City ambulance: Jan. 4: Responded to an accident on State Route 7. Long Creek ambulance: Jan. 10: Responded for a 77-year-old woman. Mt. Vernon Fire De- partment: Jan. 10: Flue ¿re reported west of Mt. Vernon. Pro Saw Shop and a Whole Lot More 02131 Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law en- forcement agencies. Every ef- fort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.