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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Income survey determines grant eligibility
John Day
seeking federal
funds for
treatment plant
By Richard Hanners
Blue Mountain Eagle
Selected residents in John
Day and Canyon City will be
asked to participate in an on-
line income survey in coming
The information will be
used to determine if the city
of John Day is eligible for a
federal Community Develop-
ment Block Grant that will
help pay for a new wastewa-
ter treatment plant to serve the
two cities.
“Our community may
receive up to $2 million in
CDBG funds toward the new
treatment plant, depending
on the outcome of the survey
results,” John Day City Man-
ager Nick Green said in the
city’s November newsletter.
To be eligible for the grant
funding, more than 50 percent
of the population surveyed
must be in the low- to mod-
erate-income bracket, Green
About 2,440 people live
in John Day and Canyon City
in about 1,080 households.
A random sample of house-
holds will be surveyed, with
the goal of receiving 284
completed surveys to ensure
a plus-or-minus 5 percent sam-
pling error.
Green told the Eagle one
strategy for the income survey
is to make sure every house-
hold selected for the survey is
accounted for. People who do
not respond to the survey will
be considered to have high in-
come, hurting the chances of
eligibility for the grant.
Candidates nominated
to replace Ferrioli
will select GOP
Blue Mountain Eagle
Three people have been
nominated to fill the state Sen-
ate vacancy left by the depar-
ture of Sen. Ted Ferrioli.
At a special nominating
convention held by the Oregon
Republican Party Dec. 2 in
John Day, Republican precinct
committee persons from Sen-
ate District 30 nominated the
candidates to be considered by
Baker, Deschutes, Grant, Har-
ney, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur,
Wasco and Wheeler county
commissioners, according to a
press release.
The nominees are Rep.
Cliff Bentz, a rancher, farm-
er, attorney and current state
House representative for Dis-
trict 60 from Ontario; Suzan
Ellis Jones, a rancher and Bak-
er County Republican Party
chair from Bridgeport; and
Dr. Eric Wattenburg, a fami-
ly, emergency and urgent care
doctor, small business owner
and medical radio show host
from Bend.
Under state law, the coun-
ty commissioners from each
county of District 30 must se-
lect by Dec. 22 from one of the
three Republi-
can candidates
are expected
to announce
soon when and
where they will
interview the
nominees, af-
ter which they
will cast their
weighted votes
according to
the number of
each of their
Ellis Jones counties regis-
tered within the
boundaries of
District 30.
The nomi-
nee selected by
will officially
take office be-
fore the next
Wattenburg Oregon Legis-
lature session
starting Feb. 1.
Ferrioli officially resigned
from office Nov. 22 to begin
his appointment as a member
of the Northwest Power and
Conservation Planning Coun-
cil, which oversees electrical
energy co-operatives, public
utility districts and hydroelec-
tric generation facilities, along
with planning, conservation
and management of other re-
newable energy sources, such
as wind, solar and geothermal.
Eagle file photo
City Manager Nick Green poses for a photo next to one
of the holding ponds for the city’s wastewater treatment
plant. An upcoming income survey of randomly selected
John Day and Canyon City residents will determine
eligibility for up to $2 million in federal grant funding
toward a new wastewater treatment plant.
The survey has three ques-
tions: 1) How many families
reside at each surveyed lo-
cation (families must be sur-
veyed separately)? 2) How
many people are in a family?
and 3) What is the family’s
income range? Nine brackets
are provided, with the lowest
being under $29,900 and the
highest being over $56,301.
Green notes steps will be
taken to ensure confidentiali-
ty. Each individual survey will
have a unique four-digit PIN
number, not the household
address. The Survey Research
Lab will possess the only mas-
ter list linking the PIN number
to the household address.
“The customer’s responses
to the survey items will never
be directly linked to their per-
sonal information to ensure
confidentiality is maintained
throughout the survey pro-
cess,” Green said in the pro-
A similar income survey
recently was conducted in the
cities of Mt. Vernon, Seneca
and Monument so they could
qualify for CDBG funds need-
ed for infrastructure improve-
ment projects.
Sewer customers will be
notified in advance of the sur-
vey through flyers and a no-
tice printed in the local news-
paper. Randomly selected
households will then receive a
postcard in the mail providing
them with the online survey’s
internet address and the PIN
number needed to access the
Two weeks later, a physi-
cal copy of the survey will be
mailed to the randomly-select-
ed households that did not re-
spond online. If the minimum
number of needed respons-
es has not been reached two
weeks later, trained volunteers
will go door to door to person-
ally interview the households,
with attempts made in the
morning, afternoon and eve-
Green told Business Or-
egon it’s possible more than
the minimum number of sur-
veys will be completed, but
that “will only increase the
response rate and improve the
validity of the data.”
Jerome assumes command
of helicopter squadron
By John Hetherington
U.S. Navy
A member of the local Vet-
erans of Foreign Wars Post
3597 and American Legion
Post 77 assumed control of a
U.S. Navy helicopter squad-
ron last week.
Cmdr. James Jerome re-
lieved Cmdr. Joshua C. Elli-
son as commanding officer
of Helicopter Sea Combat
Squadron (HSC) 6 during an
airborne change-of-command
ceremony, Dec. 6, above the
aircraft carrier USS Theodore
Roosevelt currently deployed
to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of
His father, Jim, of John
Day said James Jerome, his
wife, Lauren, and 1-year-old
son, William, now live near
San Diego, California, where
the squadron is based.
“I think it’s fantastic,” he
said. “We’re very proud of
him, very proud of his accom-
In a unique ceremony that
highlighted the capabilities
of the squadron, Ellison and
Jerome, each piloting an MH-
60S Sea Hawk helicopter,
read their orders mid-flight.
The pilots demonstrated eva-
sive maneuvers and launched
flares, completing the cere-
mony. More than 150 squad-
Contributed photo
U.S. Navy Cmdr. James Jerome launches flares from
a helicopter he is piloting in a ceremony in which
he relieved Cmdr. Joshua C. Ellison as commanding
officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 on the
USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Gulf. His
father, Jim Jerome, of John Day said he was very
proud of his son’s accomplishments.
ron sailors observed from the
ship’s flight deck.
Prior to reporting to HSC-
6 as executive officer in
September of 2016, Jerome
served as regional engage-
ment branch chief and aide-
de-camp for the director of
U.S. Africa Command.
“I have seen this squad-
ron work together through a
year of arduous training and
now on deployment in U.S.
5th Fleet,” said Jerome. “The
squadron’s success is attribut-
ed to each member’s dedi-
cation to the team and our
mission. I plan to continue
building on the high standard
of operational excellence set
by Cmdr. Ellison during his
time leading the Indians. I am
excited about serving with the
men and women of HSC-6.”
HSC-6 provides all-weath-
er rotary wing operations,
and conducts vertical lift
search and rescue, logistics,
anti-surface warfare, special
operations forces support and
combat search and rescue ca-
pabilities for Carrier Air Wing
17 embarked aboard Theo-
dore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt and
its carrier strike group de-
parted San Diego on Oct.
6 for a regularly scheduled
deployment to the U.S 5th
Fleet area of operations in
support of maritime security
operations to reassure allies
and partners and preserve the
freedom of navigation and
the free flow of commerce in
the region.
The Blue Mountain Eagle
contributed to this report.
Grant County
The Grant County Sher-
iff’s Office reported the fol-
lowing for the week of Nov.
30 to Dec. 6:
• Concealed handgun li-
censes: 2
• Average inmates: 20
• Bookings: 15
• Releases: 15
• Arrests: 1
• Citations: 1
• Fingerprints: 4
• Civil papers: 19
• Warrants processed: 5
• Asst./welfare check: 5
• Search and Rescue: 0
Justice Court
The Grant County Justice
Court reported the following
fines and judgments:
Exceeding speed limit:
Jeannette E. Davison, 72,
White City, Nov. 25, 63/35
zone, fined $260.
Violation of speed limit:
Mychelle K. Hite, 31, Bend,
Nov. 26, 84/65 zone, fined
Violation of basic rule:
Mandi Jo Malone, 39, John
Day, Dec. 4, 80/55 zone,
fined $220; Elizabeth C. Pace,
40, John Day, Oct. 28, 75/55
zone, fined $135; Israel Bar-
on, 51, Eugene, Oct. 29, 75/55
zone, fined $160; Lori J. Hart,
25, John Day, Nov. 25, 75/55
zone, fined $135.
Driving while suspended:
Todd M. Winegar, 40, Prai-
rie City, Nov. 19, fined $435;
Todd M. Winegar, 40, Prairie
City, Nov. 25, fined $435.
Failure to register vehicle:
Todd M. Winegar, 40, Prairie
City, Nov. 25, fined $110.
No operator’s license: Isra-
el Baron, 51, Eugene, Oct. 29,
fined $260.
Parking a vehicle in viola-
tion of restrictions: Gregory
C. Davis, 67, Klamath Falls,
Nov. 5, fined $335.
Hunting in a prohibited
area: Stephen A. Wess, 57,
Winston, Nov. 6, fined $110;
Ryan M. Lane, 37, Lowell,
Nov. 6, fined $110.
Homegrown marijuana or
cannabis: Leo B. Buzzard, 53,
Prairie City, fined $200.
No big game tag: James R.
Huddleston, 21, Astoria, fined
Harassment: Thomas R.
Taylor, 50, Canyon City, fined
Oregon State
Dec. 3: Investigated a sin-
gle-vehicle noninjury rollover
crash on Highway 395 near
Beech Creek State Park.
Dec. 4: Received a com-
plaint about livestock on
Highway 26 near Clyde Hol-
liday State Park.
Dec. 9: Barbara A. Stanley,
63, Baker City, was cited for
failure to drive within the lane
after her car left Highway 26
near Dixie Summit and hit a
Dec. 9: Alec A. Leach, 26,
Rocklin, California, was cited
for failure to drive within the
lane after his car left Highway
26 near Dixie Summit and
landed on its side.
John Day dispatch worked
131 calls during the week
of Dec. 4-10. Along with
the various traffic warnings,
trespassing, injured animals,
noise complaints and juvenile
complaints, these calls includ-
• John Day Police Depart-
Dec. 4: Responded to a re-
port of a noninjury crash on
Main Street in John Day.
Dec. 4: Received a report of
a theft on South Johnson Ave-
nue in Prairie City.
Dec. 4: Dispatched to a ha-
rassment report in downtown
John Day.
Dec. 4: Responded to a re-
port of a hit-and-run crash in
downtown John Day.
Dec. 4: Dispatched to a re-
port of a suspicious subject at
a ranch on Highway 26 east of
John Day.
Dec. 6: Responded to a re-
port of fraud on North Johnson
Avenue in Prairie City.
Dec. 6: Dispatched with the
sheriff’s office to a domestic
dispute on Main Street in John
Dec. 7: Steven M. War-
rington, 28, John Day, was ar-
rested in John Day on a Marion
County warrant.
Dec. 7: Responded to a trail-
er park in John Day for a report
of a suspicious subject.
Dec. 8: Dispatched to an
apartment complex in Prairie
City for a report of stolen gas.
Dec. 9: Received a report of
Facebook hacking in John Day.
Dec. 9: Received a report
of a theft on Northwest Second
Avenue in John Day.
Dec. 9: Responded to
Southwest Brent Drive for a
report of a suspicious subject.
Dec. 10: Britt M. Wilcox,
23, John Day, was arrested
on Highway 26 near Pine
Creek Road and charged
with violating a no-contact
• Grant County Sheriff’s
Dec. 4: A suspect was ar-
rested on North Humbolt in
Canyon City and held on an
Idaho warrant.
Dec. 4: Dakota C. Stout,
20, John Day, was arrested in
Umatilla County on a Grant
County warrant.
Dec. 5: Responded to a re-
port of an assault and stolen cat
on South Washington Street in
Canyon City.
Dec. 6: Dispatched to Hum-
bolt Elementary School for a
report of criminal mischief.
Dec. 7: Responded to the
John Day city shop for a report
of suspicious circumstances.
Dec. 9: Received a report
of a verbal dispute on Wall
Creek Road in Monument.
Dec. 10: Responded to Car-
penter Pond Road in John Day
for a report of shots fired and
pellets hitting the reporting
party’s roof.
• John Day ambulance
Dec. 5: Dispatched to First
Street in Prairie City for a 911
Dec. 5: Responded to an
assisted living facility in John
Day for an elderly man with
pain in the right shoulder.
Dec. 5: Dispatched to
Main Street in John Day for a
54-year-old woman with ab-
dominal pain.
Dec. 6: Responded to La
Costa Avenue in John Day for
a 37-year-old woman having a
Dec. 8: Dispatched with
Prairie City ambulance to
Summit Prairie Road for a re-
port of a person with a stroke.
Dec. 8: Responded to Cot-
tonwood Street in Mt. Vernon
for a woman who had fainted.
Dec. 8: Dispatched with
Prairie City ambulance to
McHaley Avenue in Prairie
City for a woman with a sore
Dec. 8: Responded to
Northwest Fifth Avenue in
John Day for a man who had
fallen on ice.
Dec. 9: Dispatched with
Monument ambulance and fire
to John Day Street in Monu-
ment for a 45-year-old man.
Dec. 10: Responded to
Main Street in John Day for a
57-year-old woman.
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