The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, January 11, 2017, Image 1

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    W EDNESDAY , J ANUARY 11, 2017
• N O . 2
• 16 P AGES
• $1.00
Blue Mountain
Grant County’s newspaper since 1868
The beauty and the beast of
Snow, ice create gorgeous scenery, but affect drivers across state
Idaho driver rolls
into river Sunday
By Rylan Boggs
Blue Mountain Eagle
George Drossel, 57, of Nampa,
Idaho, failed to negotiate a right-
hand turn while headed east on
County Road 20 and rolled his 2001
Jeep Wagoneer into the river. The ve-
hicle came to rest on its wheels atop
a submerged rock.
“He was high and dry. The motor
was running. He was staying warm.
It was perfect conditions for being
in the river, but he couldn’t get out
because he was on crutches,” Grant
County Roadmaster Alan Hickerson
Drossel was able to keep the en-
gine running and stayed in the ve-
hicle with his two dogs until Grant
Eagle photos/Angel Carpenter
A young deer roams
a Canyon City
winter scene in
downtown John Day
after recent snowfall.
vehicle slid off Coun-
ty Road 20 and into
the Middle Fork of the
John Day River Sunday
An ice-covered Canyon Creek
provided a beautiful winter
scene on Saturday from the
covered footbridge in Canyon
Contributed photo/Grant County Sheriff’s Office
A Grant County Search and Rescue member approaches a
vehicle that slid off County Road 20 into the Middle Fork of the
John Day River Sunday. The driver, George Drossel, Nampa,
Idaho, was transported to Blue Mountain Hospital where he
was treated and released.
He was staying warm. It was perfect
conditions for being in the river, but he
couldn’t get out because he was on crutches.”
Alan Hickerson,
Grant County Roadmaster
See WEATHER, Page A16
Long Creek family starts new year with new baby
Baby Hannah
welcomed Jan. 2
at local hospital
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Danielle Courchesne and Lee
Kramer of Long Creek started the
new year welcoming their newborn
baby girl, Hannah Lynn Kramer.
Hannah, born at 8:27 a.m. on
Jan. 2, was the fi rst baby of 2017 to
be born at Blue Mountain Hospital
in John Day.
The baby was delivered by Dr.
Emily Lieuallen, D.O., weighing 8
lbs. 1 oz. and measuring 19 inches
Courchesne said she’s recov-
ering well and is glad Hannah is
“I’m glad everything is OK
with her,” she said.
She said Hannah’s due date was
Dec. 30, but she’s happy her baby
was born Jan. 2.
“I can’t think of a better way
to start the new year than to have
the cutest baby ever,” she said.
“I think I have the cutest kids, of
Hannah joins her big sister,
2-year-old Rylie.
By Rylan Boggs
Blue Mountain Eagle
Page A2
Contributed photo
Jacob DeRosier takes plea deal
murder charges
reduced to
racers compete
in Seneca
Hannah Kramer,
born Jan. 2, is
Blue Mountain
Hospital’s first
baby of 2017.
Her parents
are Danielle
and Lee Kramer
of Long Creek.
Jacob DeRosier, 29, was
sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 10,
after accepting a plea deal
for shooting two men in
John Day in April.
Grant County Circuit
Court Judge William D.
Cramer Jr. ordered DeRosi-
er to serve a probationary
sentence of 360 days in jail
Jacob DeRosier
with credit for time served,
five years probation and
300 hours of community
service, as well as restitu-
tion of $15,000 to the two
He pleaded guilty to
two counts of second-de-
gree attempted assault
Thursday, Jan. 5.
As terms of his proba-
tion, DeRosier must obtain
a psychological evaluation
and follow any recom-
mended treatment, obtain
an alcohol and drug evalu-
ation, obtain moral recona-
tion therapy, obtain any
other treatments or thera-
pies recommended by his
probation officer and must
enroll in school or remain
If he violates probation,
he will face 97 months in
prison without being eli-
gible for early release and
three years parole. If his
probation is revoked, he
cannot argue his case in
DeRosier shot 32-year-
old Christopher Woodell
and 35-year-old Eric Tow-
ers, both of John Day, who
survived the shooting.
pleaded not guilty but en-
tered the guilty plea as part
of an Alford plea, a plea
that maintains innocence
while admitting the prose-
cution has enough evidence
See PLEA, Page A16