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Barreto cancels town hall meetings in Wallowa and Union counties

Rep. Greg Barreto has canceled two town hall meeting scheduled for this weekend in Wallowa and Union counties due to weather.

The Wallowa County Town Hall, which had been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at Cloverleaf Hall has been canceled,...

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Bird watching: Dippers are stream-loving, solitary birds
Bird watching: Dippers are stream-loving, solitary birds

My bird of the month is a Dipper. Other names are Water Ouzel or Teeter Bird. Their habitat is on cold, fast running mountain streams from Alaska to Central America. They appear to be related to the wrens and they are indeed a songbird, but it is...

Out of the past: Two Joseph basketball players killed on Minim hill crash
Out of the past: Two Joseph basketball players killed on Minim hill crash

Items of interest from the pages of The Chieftain from this week in years past.

100 years ago – January 18, 1917

Two Enterprise lodges, the I.O.O.F. and the Knights of Pythias, are making plans to build homes for their own...

Local group to support Women’s March on D.C.
Local group forms "sister march" in support of Women's March on D.C.
NWS issues winter story warning, newspaper delivery will be delayed

Due to an approaching winter storm, delivery of print issues of the Jan. 18 edition of the Wallowa County Chieftain are expected to be delayed.

The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issues a winter storm warning, calling for freezing...

Field heavy with veterans for Eagle Cap Extreme events
Field heavy with veterans for Eagle Cap Extreme events
Near perfect conditions for 2017 ECX
Fishtrap Big Read event
Fishtrap Big Read event
Big cold doesn’t stop Big Read
Big cold doesn’t stop Big Read

The latest cold snap didn’t keep the reading public, including students from Joseph and Enterprise schools, from packing the Hurricane Creek Grange Hall for Fishtrap’s Big Read Kickoff on Jan. 5.

The Big Read is a nationwide...

Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Using GPS tracking technology, a five-year Oregon State University study shows grazing cows spend little time in streams.
DMV reopens
DMV scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, depending on weather.
Chili cook-off offers hot competition in Joseph
Chili cook-off offers hot competition in Joseph

What do you do when it’s a 0-degree January Saturday and you’re in the mood to mingle? Last Saturday, about 150 Wallowa County citizens descended on Embers Brew House on Main Street in Joseph for its 10th annual chili cook-off coupled...

Death notice: Teddy Atkins

Teddy Atkins, 81, of Joseph died Jan. 12, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. At this time no services are planned. Bollman Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. A full obituaries will follow at a later date.

Fire damages Hurricane Creek home
Fire damages Hurricane Creek home
Multiple emergency agencies called to Hurrican Creek fire
Eagle Cap Extreme returns to Wallowa County
Eagle Cap Extreme returns to Wallowa County
The 13th running of the Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race will kick off Thursday, Jan. 19
Wallowa County hustle: Sometimes one job ain’t enough
Wallowa County hustle: Sometimes one job ain’t enough
Some Wallowa County residents will bend over over backwards to live here.
Josephy hosts first 2017 event
Josephy hosts first 2017 event

The Josephy Center opened 2017 with its new exhibit “Places in Wallowa County,” and even inclement weather couldn’t keep several dozen art aficionados from attending the Jan. 6 opening.

The exhibition included works...

Free business workshop in Enterprise

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District will offer a free seven-week workshop to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The class is taught by Lisa Dawson, who has done so for more than a decade. It covers the basics of running a...

Fishtrap Big Read kickoff Jan. 12
Fishtrap Big Read kickoff
Divide Camp open house features local author
Divide Camp open house features local author

Imnaha author and Vietnam veteran Keith Kirts will read from one of his novels Jan. 13 at Divide Camp headquarters in Joseph.

Kirts will choose a piece, in conjunction with the countywide Big Read event, with Vietnam War as its setting. He will...

Joseph City Council
Joseph City Council's first 2017 meeting.
Brrr! Another Polar Plunge in the books
Brrr! Another Polar Plunge in the books

Josephy Center opens “Places in Wallowa County” exhibit

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will ring in the New Year with a new exhibit: “Places in Wallowa County.”

The show opens Friday and will run through Feb. 27.

The idea of celebrating the place where we live...

Wallowa County food banks in good shape this winter
Wallowa County food banks in good shape this winter
Wallowa County food banks see increase in donations
Budwig studio in OK Theatre offers laid-back vibe
Budwig studio in OK Theatre offers laid-back vibe
Bart Budwig's OK Theatre studio offers relaxed place to record.
Hays plans manufacturing facility in Joseph
Hays plans manufacturing facility in Joseph
Tyler Hays returns to offer opportunities.
Two step down from county posts
Two step down from county posts
End of year sees two retiring from county.
Livestock groups seek reform under new administration, Congress
Livestock groups seek reform under new administration, Congress
Regulations and out-of-control litigation by environmental groups are two priority issues NCBA and PLC will work on with the new administration.
Farmers look ahead to a year of unknowns
Farmers look ahead to a year of unknowns
Water, workers, trade and Trump among the many issues facing agriculture.
Fire in Lostine damages home

An early-morning fire Friday in Lostine damaged a home on Warnock Lane.

Both Lostine and Wallowa rural fire districts responded to the blaze in the 68000 block of Warnock. Upon arrival, Lostine fire chief Dusty Tippet said firefighters found a...

Community Bank raises more than $24,000 for charity
Community Bank raises more than $24,000 for charity

Community Bank raised $24,440 during its annual holiday charity drive, and Wallowa County charities were among the largest recipients.

Almost half the total amount was raised and distributed in this county — $11,099 that will go to food...

National Weather Service: 2016’s Top 10 regional weather events
National Weather Service: 2016’s Top 10 regional weather events

Staff members of the National Weather Service in Pendleton voted on what they considered the region’s top weather events in 2016. Here are the results:

1. June supercell

On June 8, a thunderstorm over southern Wheeler...

Agriculture

Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Using GPS tracking technology, a five-year Oregon State University study shows grazing cows spend little time in streams.
Livestock groups seek reform under new administration, Congress
Regulations and out-of-control litigation by environmental groups are two priority issues NCBA and PLC will work on with the new administration.
Farmers look ahead to a year of unknowns

Business/Economy

Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Using GPS tracking technology, a five-year Oregon State University study shows grazing cows spend little time in streams.

Local News

Barreto cancels town hall meetings in Wallowa and Union counties

Rep. Greg Barreto has canceled two town hall meeting scheduled for this weekend in Wallowa and Union counties due to weather.

The Wallowa...

Jocelyn Tanzey named to EOU fall term dean’s list

Jocelyn Tanzey of Joseph was one of 520 students named to the Eastern Oregon University dean’s list for the 2016 fall term.

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Icy weather prompts closure of area schools today
Bird watching: Dippers are stream-loving, solitary birds