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Tourism has ups and downs
Tourism has ups and downs

This weekend marks the official kick-off of the tourist season in Wallowa County. I am anxious to experience it.

This is the third area of the country I’ve worked where tourism has played a large role in the local economy.


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Logging issues left undecided

Editor’s note: Although it is our policy to issue corrections and clarifications in a more timely matter, this response to a story published March 29 on Page 16 of the Chieftain is being printed to correct an editing error, which...

Worst winter in ... forever

So exactly how bad was the winter of 2016-17? Depends upon whom you ask.

I have heard anywhere from the worst in 20 to the worst in 30 years, and a couple folks willing to go even further back. We haven’t done an in-depth comparison of...

Biz Buzz: I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree
Biz Buzz: I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree
I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree
Little libraries can have big impact
Little libraries can have big impact

All of us are hoping for the best where the future of the Wallowa County Library is concerned. Libraries are an important part of the fabric of our community.

Did you know our county has two “little free” libaries? While these...

Open Range: Late branding season a concern

As if winter didn’t have enough bad weather, the end of April has been unusually wet and windy. Winter spawned bad humor, cabin fever and not a lot of domestic tranquility.

Spring isn’t doing much better. The biggest problem I...

How are we doing anyway?
How are we doing anyway?

When Ed Koch was mayor of New York, his common greeting when out amongst his constituents was a cheery “how am I doing?”

I tend to use the same approach as editor of the Chieftain. We value what you as readers and subscribers have...

Wallowa Gal: Mothers, remember the pickles

This time of year the world outside my window speaks of mothers. Mama cows and their calves, as black as coal, block the road ahead of me as they plod toward verdant pastures. An osprey with its beak clasping a branch wings overhead toward its nest...

And furthermore: Cheap car adventures

Cheap cars lead to great adventures

To make it in Wallowa County, you can’t just go throwing money around. A penny pinched is a penny earned, or whatever, so as a service to the thrifty-minded here in the Land of Winding Bank...

Hardships were a part of history
Hardships were a part of history

I am reading a book this week that I hope to share with readers in a future edition: “Tough Enough: 25 Years in Hells Canyon” by Virginia Woods Meyer. It tells the story of the Wilson family and their experiences when the U.S. government...

Understanding the electoral college

This is the second in a three-part series about the Electoral College.

As I noted last month, Article II and the 12th Amendment of the Constitution lay the groundwork for what has become known as “The Electoral College.”...

Proper use of herbicides leads to great lawn

This time of year, we begin getting questions from homeowners about controlling weeds in their lawns.

There are two characteristics of herbicide that are important to understand –– selectivity and persistence.

In terms of...