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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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“We were fortunate to
have really good board
members and blessed with a
bunch of good teachers,” he
He oversaw the expan-
sion of the school buildings
as the student population
was bursting at the seams.
At one time during the mid-
’60s, enrollment for the then
freshman through senior
high school grew to about
455 with 100 seniors in the
graduating class.
Joyce’s 34-year career
included teaching grades 4
through 7, and Dean worked
for 28 years.
One of Dean’s favorite
parts of his job as superin-
tendent was traveling to Izee
and Seneca schools.
“I tried to visit every
week to make sure they felt
part of the system,” he said,
adding that both he and
Joyce enjoyed the Seneca
School Christmas programs.
Today, the couple can
still be seen attending Grant
Union sporting events,
cheering for the home teams.
Over the years, Dean has
offered up his skills volun-
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Grant County Fair staff members have been busy making preparations for the 110th fair.
From left, office assistant Tanni Wenger, maintenance and fair support Dusty Williams and
fairgrounds manager Mindy Winegar.
teering for 4-H, the John Day
Elks Lodge and the Grant
County Shooting Sports
club as well as various local
boards and committees.
included the Grant County
Health Fair, American Red
Cross, John Day Senior Cen-
ter site council and Grant
County Food Bank.
Both Dean and Joyce
have also volunteered for
the American Legion Post
and Auxiliary.
Joyce said she enjoyed
“I always felt I was help-
ing kids prepare for the
future — that doesn’t stop,”
she said. “I just like helping
people, and I feel fortunate
that I can do it.”
She added, “All you need
is for someone to come up
and say, ‘Thank you for giv-
ing of your time,’ and that
just makes it all worthwhile.”
The Nodines plan to ride
in the Grant County Fair
Parade in an old-fashioned
horse-drawn cart driven by
Rusty Clark with their fam-
ily members following, rid-
ing on a float.
The parade starts at
11 a.m. Saturday.
Mindy Winegar has been
busy with staff members,
including maintenance and
fair support Dusty Williams
and office assistant Tanni
Wenger, making prepara-
tions for the big event.
“Dusty’s been work-
ing his tail off, getting the
grounds ready,” Winegar
said. “We’re rarin’ to go.”
There is a lot to be
excited about, from the
livestock to the open class
entries, as well as fair food
and vendors.
The fun starts with free
day at the fair on Wednesday.
This year’s big headliner
is American country music
band Parmalee, and lead
singer Matt Thomas said
they’re planning on bring-
ing a high-energy and fun
concert to the stage Friday
evening with hits, includ-
ing “Carolina” and “Be
Alright” and many more.
Britnee Kellogg of Portland,
an American Idol contestant
from seasons 11 and 12, will
open for Parmalee at 7 p.m.,
and gates to the arena open
at 6 p.m. For tickets visit
Other entertainment at
the fair, free with admission,
include the Blue Moun-
tain Old Time Fiddlers,
trick roper Karen Quest and
magician and comedy hyp-
notist Nick Toombs. Other
big draws are the youth live-
stock auction and freestyle
bullfighting with Hamsher
Fighting Bulls on Satur-
day evening, free with fair
admission. Following the
bullfights, country music
singer Jessie Leigh will
perform at the main stage,
located on the fairgrounds
field near the rides.
The cost of admission to
the fair Thursday-Saturday
is $5 a day or $13 for the
week per person. Admis-
sion for seniors 65 and over
and children 6-12 is $2 a
day. Children 5 and under
get in free. Parking passes
are $3 a day or $10 for the
informed Winegar the week
of the fair that they would
not be able to bring their
attractions. Winegar said
alternative activities are
being planned. Cash refunds
will be given at the fair
office to people who have
already purchased carnival
Fair passes can be pur-
chased at Len’s Drug, Radio
Shack, Boyer’s Store, Bar
WB, Jonna’s Hair Care,
Grant County Fairgrounds
office and Grant County
Chamber of Commerce.
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as “the best new golf expe-
rience of the year.”
course includes par-3 and
short par-4 holes and fea-
tures goats as caddies. The
leashed goat-caddies can
tote a handful of clubs in
leather golf bags up and
down the course’s steep,
rugged terrain.
Golf Digest, with a
circulation of 1.6 mil-
Hankins and Craddock
courses as two of the top-
four best new courses of
2018. Colby Marshall,
the resort’s general man-
ager, noted that was the
first time any property had
Contributed photos/David Zaitz
A goat caddie follows a golfer at The Retreat & Links at Silvies
Valley Ranch.
two new courses ranked
in the top five in a single
The Blue Mountain
Healthcare Foundation
would like to thank all the
sponsors of 13th Annual
Fundraiser Golf Scramble
on July 27th. With the help
of the generous players
and this incredible
community we were able
to raise over $10,000!
Craddock are reversible
18-hole courses designed
Bank of Eastern Oregon
Central Oregon Radiology
Chester’s Thriftway
Derek Daly
Health Tech S3
Northwest Quadrant
Wealth Management
Solutions CPA’s
Southworth Brothers Ranch
St. Charles Health System
Strux Engineering
Turn Key Medical
Roof Creek Guttering
Woodruff Sawyer & Co
Levi & Kathryn Manitsas
Burke Ranch
Contributed photo/Silvies Valley Ranch
The Chief Egan mountain meadow 9-hole golf course at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley
by Dan Hixson.
Nine greens are shared
by the two courses, with a
total of 27 greens, 17 fair-
ways and 36 holes.
Guests can also play
the Chief Egan course, a
mountain meadow 9-hole
par-3 course.
The Retreat & Links
at Silvies Valley Ranch,
located in Grant County
just south of Seneca, is
a 34-room resort offer-
ing luxurious accommo-
dations, fine dining, a spa
and a conference center.
Golf Magazine recently
recognized the Lodge
at Silvies Valley Ranch
as one of the 13 most
spectacular golf course
Breakfast, lunch and
dinner is served ranch-
style every day at long
wooden tables shared by
guests, staff and man-
agement. The beef and
chevon comes from grass-
fed cows and free-range
goats raised on the ranch,
and the meat is USDA-cer-
tified organic.
Chef Damon Jones,
recognized as a pre-
chef, was selected last
year as the Chef of the
Year by the Oregon Beef
Founded in 1883, the
ranch’s 140,000 acres of
deeded and leased land in
Silvies Valley is home to
mountain meadows, pon-
derosa pine forests and the
Silvies River drainage.
Ranch hands manage
2,600 goats and 4,500
head of cattle.
First, offenders must be in
default for payment on their
fines for at least a month
without contacting the court
before the court will mail
one or two failure-to-com-
ply letters to the offender,
Stinnett said.
If there’s still no response,
the court will send a notice
of license suspension to the
Department of Motor Vehi-
cles. The DMV will then
give the offender 60 days
to respond to the court. If
they don’t respond after all
that, then their license is
But it can be reinstated,
Stinnett pointed out. If the
offender deals with the col-
lection agency or Revenue
Department and provides
a satisfactory explana-
tion to the court, Stinnett
could return driving privi-
leges to the offender at her
“They must take respon-
sibility, contact the court and
make payments,” she said.
the level of law enforcement
activity and whether citizens
want to file civil suits, such
as landlord-tenant disputes
or small claims cases.
Oregon justice courts
are required to file biannual
reports to the legislature.
The number of cases filed in
Grant County Justice Court
increased from 1,035 in the
2017 fiscal year to 1,345 in
The court held 486 hear-
ings in addition to 24 traf-
fic court dates in FY2018.
It processed 300 potential
jurors and maintained 125
for the year. That level of
activity has been fairly con-
sistent since then, Stinnett
$215,747 in fines in FY2018
but collected only $141,514.
Civil cases amounted to 163
cases and $6,449 in civil
revenue. A total of 284 cases
were sent to collection agen-
cies in the first eight months
of 2018.
Most people pay “pre-
sumptive fines,” which is the
amount set by statute that a
defendant can pay to resolve
a violation offense without
having to appear in court.
But offenders can contact
the court later and provide
a reason that might lower
the fine, Stinnett said. About
$3,000 in traffic fines was
refunded in FY2018.
The court awarded about
$8,000 in restitution to 35
victims in FY2018. In a wild
game case on private land,
the victim received $3,000
in restitution, which was
donated to local charities,
Stinnett said.
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must be $16 in full.
Failure to pay
1188 Brewing Co.
Ansel & Judy Krutsinger
Bank of Eastern Oregon
Best Western John Day
Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary
Dan & Chris Cronin
Duke Warner Realty
Gary & Virginia Miller
Health Tech S3
Intermountain Law
John Day True Value
Keith Thomas, MD, FACS, Board Certifi ed
General Surgeon
Len’s Drug
Les Schwab Tire Center
Malheur Lumber
Mary Ellen Brooks
Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management
Old West Federal Credit Union
Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op
The Law Offi ce of Robert Raschio
Triangle Oil
Turn Key Medical
Some people, however,
make little or no attempt to
pay their fine or appear in
court, Stinnett said. The bur-
den is on the defendant to
prove they are indigent and
unable to pay a fine. A pro-
cess exists that they can fol-
low to make their case, she
Lack of action by the
defendant can lead to
“Violations for driving
while suspended or unin-
sured are a chronic prob-
lem,” Stinnett said. “The
question is: How did these
people get to this point?”
Grant County Justice
Court provides payment
agreements based on what
the offender can afford. But
Stinnett maintains a “hard
and fast rule” about fines
and payments.
“They must make their
monthly payments on time
or call the court to explain
why they can’t,” she said.
Those who don’t comply
could find their debt placed
in the hands of a private col-
lection agency or the Ore-
gon Department of Reve-
nue. In addition to having
their driver’s license sus-
pended, show cause or
arrest warrants could be
But this doesn’t happen
overnight, Stinnett notes.
Court volume
Justice court is a local
court of limited jurisdiction
presided over by an elected
justice of the peace. The
court oversees traffic vio-
lations, violation and mis-
demeanor crimes, small
claims up to $10,000, land-
lord-tenant disputes and
evictions and other civil
Caseload volume at the
Grant County Justice Court
goes up and down over time
for a variety of reasons, Stin-
nett said. Factors include
whether the district attor-
ney chooses to file a case,