Local officials were ecstatic as Malheur County voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea of an Owyhee Canyonlands national monument last week.
Results released by the Malheur County Clerk’s Office showed 90 percent, or 5,666 voters, saying no while 10 percent, or 633 voted yes in the March 8 election.
County Judge Dan Joyce lauded the decisive results, saying, “You probably are not going to get it any better than that.”
Commissioner Larry Wilson, who was involved in a task force examining the Canyonlands proposal, agreed.
“If you had a presidential election that went 75-25 percent, it would be the thrashing . . .