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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
CoverWorks owner upbeat about John Day
New flooring
store opened in
By Richard Hanners
Blue Mountain Eagle
Stacy DeLong has an up-
beat view of the John Day
area — and her investment in
a new business here shows it.
DeLong, who spent 14
years as a hospital admin-
istrator, and her husband,
Mark, a building contractor,
bought the Coverworks Plus
store in Baker City in Janu-
ary 2016. Bob and Fern Tay-
lor had operated the business
for more than 40 years, she
Soon after acquiring the
Baker City store, the De-
Longs met Mike Douglass,
and their plans to expand the
flooring business into John
Day moved up.
“When we bought the
Baker City store, we never
thought about branching out
until we met Mike,” DeLong
said. “We had talked about
starting a satellite store, but
we had figured in 2019. Then
we saw signs of growth in
the John Day area and went
ahead and started up a store
in John Day.”
DeLong follows news
about the John Day area and
said she is enthused by the
numerous projects spear-
headed by City Manager
Nick Green.
Douglass started manag-
ing the John Day store at 160
Dayton St. in September and
is keeping busy with installa-
tions. He’s been in the floor-
ing business for 25 years, in-
cluding 13 years in the John
Brad Armstrong
to serve as
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Eagle/Richard Hanners
Mike and Tawnia Douglass recently opened the Coverworks Plus flooring store in John Day.
Day area.
Douglass said the new
store will grow more after the
first of the year, with his wife,
Tawnia, staffing the store
while Douglass is out on in-
Coverworks John Day
offers a full range of floor-
ing products, from linoleum
and porcelain or ceramic tile
to carpeting, hardwood and
“The newest product
that’s going crazy is called
luxury vinyl planking that
looks like wood or tile,” De-
Long said. “It’s waterproof,
scratch-proof and dent-proof.
It’s a nice-looking product
that comes in a wide range of
Blue Mountain Eagle
Justin Morehouse is the
newest member of Robert
Raschio’s law firm in Canyon
Morehouse mainly works
as a court-appointed criminal
defense attorney for Grant
and Harney counties. He also
works on court-appointed ju-
venile dependency cases and
does some general practice
work, including wills, estate
planning and family law.
Morehouse, who lives in
John Day, says he feels at
home in Grant County. He
grew up on a farm in a small
town in Illinois the size of
John Day and Canyon City
combined, he said.
Previous to starting work
with Raschio, Morehouse
was employed at the non-
profit Alaska Legal Services
Corporation, providing legal
services to low-income fam-
ilies in Bethel, Alaska.
“In Bethel, it was 10 min-
Justin Morehouse
utes from the airport to the
other end of town,” More-
house said.
Bethel, a town of about
6,000, is a fly-in communi-
ty on the Kuskokwim River
about 400 miles east of An-
chorage, he said.
The area is detached from
the rest of Alaska and is part
of the Yukon-Kuskokwim
Delta Wildlife Refuge, the
size of Oregon, but with a
population of about 45,000
and not many roads due to
the terrain.
ditional European designs,
she said.
In addition to helping
with interior design, Cover-
works will install linoleum,
carpeting and tile. They also
install and restore hardwood
For more information, call
the store in John Day at 541-
BEO Bancorp announces share dividend
New lawyer enjoys the
Grant County outdoors
By Angel Carpenter
A popular style of wall-to-
wall carpeting in central and
Eastern Oregon is frieze (pro-
nounced free-zay), DeLong
said — a low shag carpeting
with colored speckles. Area
rugs that are popular in this
part of Oregon feature West-
ern designs, including cab-
ins, bear paws and cowboys.
Coverworks also carries tra-
Brad Armstrong of John
Day now serves as an inde-
pendent contractor for GEN-
EX, providing personalized
beef genetic and reproductive
services. As an independent
contractor, Armstrong works
with purebred and commer-
cial beef producers to devel-
op customized reproductive
programs to meet immediate
and long-term genetic goals.
He also provides complete
chute-side service including
heat detection, synchroni-
zation program assistance,
artificial insemination and
sire recommendations. Arm-
strong has raised registered
Angus cattle for over seven
years. He earned a bache-
lor’s degree from Oregon
State University. For more
information about GENEX
beef programs, sires and ser-
vices, visit
or contact Armstrong at 541-
620-2007 or barmstrong@
Blue Mountain Eagle
Morehouse began build-
ing connections in the state
when he moved to Oregon in
2010, earning his law degree
from the University of Ore-
gon in Eugene.
He said, after living in the
Portland area, he was tired
of city living. An outdoor
enthusiast, Morehouse said
Grant County is a good fit for
his hobbies, which include
hiking, fishing and hunting.
“I love the river and moun-
tains out here,” he added.
He said he arrived too late
to purchase deer or elk tags,
but he hopes to apply for the
2018 season.
“I’m looking forward to
getting out there next fall,
and seeing what the winter
is like here compared to the
valley and the tundra,” he
His other interests include
reading and cooking at home.
“I’ve really enjoyed all the
people I’ve met, clients and
people in the community — I
like it here,” Morehouse said.
BEO Bancorp and its
subsidiary, Bank of Eastern
Oregon, announced an 80
cent per share dividend for
“The dividend will be
paid to shareholders of re-
cord as of Dec. 1, 2017,
payable on or before Dec.
15, 2017,” said President
and CEO Jeff Bailey in a
press release.
According to Board
Chairman George Koffler,
“BEO Bancorp has paid a
dividend 31 of the past 32
years. Dividends reflect the
financial stability and prof-
itability of the bank. We are
very happy to be able to
provide this dividend to our
The company also an-
2017 consolidated net in-
come of $816,000 or $0.69
per share, compared to
$735,000 or $0.60 per share
for third quarter 2016.
Year-to-date earnings were
$2,359,000, up 1.2 percent
year over year. Total assets
were $403.8 million, up
7.3 percent year over year.
Net loans of $327.0 million
were up 12.3 percent from
the same period in 2016,
while deposits were at
$359.5 million, up 7.6 per-
cent year over year.
President and CEO Jeff
Bailey said third-quarter
The Chamber and several
other businesses, etc, and
House to Home will be open
during the Trucker’s Light
Parade. We will have a fire
for smores and cookies and
hot cocoa at the Chamber
during the parade.
Advent Services begin at
Redeemer Lutheran in John Day
Advent is the story of how Love came from heaven to earth – how God Himself
became a tiny human baby for the sake of a world that didn’t recognize Him when
He came. This is an astounding story; no other religion has anything like it. And
that is no surprise – no human imagination could come up with something so
unexpected and yet so wonderful. That God would humble Himself so for our sake
– that He would take on human flesh and blood – that He would ultimately lay
down His own life on a cross, then rise up again, so that we might share His
eternal life – who could make this story up?
Redeemer Lutheran Church will begin midweek Advent services on December 6th
at 7:30. The midweek Advent services continue until Christmas on December 13
and 20th at 7:30 pm. Those will be lay led using PowerPoint presentations
developed by one of our visiting pastors. Our Sunday services consist of using a
hymnal for liturgy or PowerPoint presentations or a combination of the two.
During Advent in December, we will have a visiting pastor on December 17th at
4:30 pm and on January 28th at 4:30pm.
Pastor Peter Pagel comes from LaPine, Oregon and travels after his own service in
LaPine. We have a pot-luck after each pastor-led service for fellowship and
We also have a bible study every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm. We are studying
Foundations provided by Answers in Genesis. This is a program taught by some
Church Seminaries on how to defend the bible against non-believers. It assists
Christians to re-establish the Christian foundations in our Western culture that is
turning its back on the Love of Christ. All visitors are welcome. These services
and studies are for the community at large as well as members of the church.
If you need directions or have questions about the services, call
541-575-5840 or 541-542-2333.
net income is up 11 percent
from last year, with year-to-
date profits in line with last
“We are an agricultur-
al-based bank,” Bailey said.
“Improved yields in dryland
crops along with steady to
increasing commodity pric-
es across the board make us
cautiously optimistic about
a better renewal season for
our agricultural producers.
“On a national and even
global level, it will be in-
teresting to see what the
rest of the year brings in
terms of the economy with
potential tax and regulatory
For more information,
The Chamber
on their one year
for Holiday Gifts
Check out these local spots for great
shopping at the holidays, and all year!
• A Flower Shop
and More
• Better Blooms & Gardens
• Dayville Mercantile &
Bike Shop
• Gardner Enterprises
• High Desert Office
• John Day Auto Parts
• JD Rents and Power
• John Day Polaris
• John Day True Value
• John Day Video
• Len’s Drug
• Log Cabin Espresso
• Mosier’s Home
• Muzzy’s 123 Dollar
• Nydam’s Ace
• Oxbow Trade
• Prairie Hardware
• Prairie Trading Post
• Prime Time Video
• Radio Shack
• The Corner Cup
• The Outpost
Watch for additional members each week!
Grant County Chamber of Commerce
301 W. Main St. • John Day, OR 97845