Public hearing continues 10 am, Dec 2!

Well, folks — so many people showed up at the first round of the pubic hearing that we didn’t finish … even after eight hours! So, the Yamhill County Commissioners have graciously allowed the issue to spill over into their upcoming regularly scheduled meeting time, Thursday, December 2, beginning at 10 am (in the basement of the Yamhill County Courthouse).

This time, testimony will begin with the opposition! See you there!

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Candidate forum — Tuesday, Sept 28

Tuesday, September 28th
McMinnville Community Center, Room 103
House District 24

We hope that you can join your neighbors in a public Food and Farm Forum next Tuesday from 6-8:30pm at the McMinnville Community Center (600 NE Evans St., Room 103). There will be a meet and greet followed by a panel with Representative Jim Weidner and Susan Sokol Blosser, both candidates for House District 24. This is an opportunity to discuss food and agriculture issues with the candidates to highlight for them your concerns and thoughts, and to hear from the candidates where they stand on these issues (including Grand Island!). Free and open to the public! Sponsored by Friends of Family Farmers, Slow Food Yamhill, OSALT.

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Hearing date rescheduled to Nov. 10!

The hearing in front of the Yamhill County Commissioners has been rescheduled and moved! Here’s the new info:

1 pm, Wednesday, November 10
McMinnville Community Center
600 NE Evans St, McMinnville, OR 97128

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Grand Island poems, cheers & slogans!

Tom Haire of Portland contributed these verses/slogans on the topic of Grand Island and our quarry fight. Enjoy!

sand, gravel and
crushed rock
they’ll do it right
it’s all
just talk

i like farms and
i like dirt
all that mining
sure will hurt

we need farms
and we need food
all that mining
is wrong
and rude

yamhill folks
don’t be no fool
don’t let them ruin
this little jewel

big birds nest
on every pole
not when it’s near
a mined out hole

how many trucks
will that bridge handle
GRAND ISLAND mining
is such a scandal

apples, peaches, pears
and plums
do not allow
those mining bums

jack be nimble jack be quick
GRAND ISLAND mining
makes me sick

peace and quiet
will be gone
once that mining noise
is on

Gravel pits
Aren’t as tasty
As fresh peach pits
Don’t be hasty!
Save Grand Island

Fertile farmland
Beautiful views
Don’t farm gravel
It’s bad news!
Save Grand Island

Yamhill County Commissioners
Listened to their constituents
Unlike most politician-ers
What a novel concept!
Save Grand Island!

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Aerial quarry photos posted

I just added a new page to the website with aerial photos of existing quarries near the proposed site on Grand Island. They need to be seen to be believed! Check them out here.

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Community meetings, Wednesdays, 7 pm

Community organizing meetings continue to be held Wednesday evenings at 7 pm at the Unionvale Countryside Church (on Wallace Rd, just south of the junction with Grand Island Rd)!

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Bicycle/walking tour – Sept. 19

Bike, Walk or Run At Heiser Farms
Sunday, September 19, 1:00 PM
21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Dayton, OR 97114 (Grand Island)

Enjoy a no-cost family day touring the rural beauty of Grand Island while learning about the proposed Grand Island Rock Quarry. Bike, run or walk the suggested 9.2-mile tour of the island or explore the island roads on your own. (Please, no trespassing.) This is a perfect road for all levels of riders. All roads are either flat or slightly sloped. There is very little traffic. Bring your own picnic. Tables & fresh water will be provided at Heiser Farms, and along the route.

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Article in The Oregonian

Eric Mortenson wrote a great article that was published on the front page of Tuesday’s edition of  The Oregonian. Read it online here!

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More Grand Island tours

Educational tours of Grand Island to the proposed gravel quarry site will be held from 1 to 3 PM Sundays, Aug 22 and 29, sponsored by the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries and the Yamhill County Democrats. Two vans/buses will leave from the parking lot of the Ministries building at 544 N.E. Second St. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Liz Marlia-Stein at 503-434-5352.

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Wednesday tour a success!

Just wanted to thank everyone who attended or participated in this week’s Wednesday Grand Island tour. Attendees were given an intimate introduction to the island as a whole, the proposed gravel quarry site, and the many farms thriving on Grand Island today. We also spent time listening to some of the experts on how the aggregate industry is affecting Oregon as a whole.

More tours are coming up for folks in McMinnville who missed this first opportunity. Check the next update post for more info!

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