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WALLOWA – What’s up? That’s what Troy and Janette Barnum want you to wonder and stop in to their new coffee shop at 307 E. 1st St in Wallowa to find out.

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As has long been the case, agriculture is one of the dominant industries in Wallowa County.  It made headlines in the Chieftain throughout 2019. Here are a few of the highlights.

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Just off the Imnaha Highway and at the bottom of the westward slope from Joseph Charter School, a class action is taking place. Not a lawsuit, but action by the school’s fire science class on …

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Although a new federal spending bill included nearly $60 million for sustainable and organic agriculture, few Wallowa County producers expect to see any benefits despite federal and state effo…

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After 66 years of supplying electrical and plumbing supplies and serving as one of Wallowa County’s outstanding electrical contractors, J.B. Bane is pulling the plug.

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Part-time vendors in the city of Joseph may get a shock when they apply for a license in 2020. The city is considering a substantial jump in fees for the coming year.

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Those plastic grocery bags we’ve all become used to will be a thing of the past on Jan. 1. That’s when a law banning them across Oregon becomes effective.

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Planning to be married, Megan and Jaymz had a problem. The only place they had to begin their lives together was with Melissa’s father in Wallowa.

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They just finished one semester at the Wallowa County Dance Academy but teacher Ashly Hanson Braden is already preparing for a new one to start in January.

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Real beef? Impossible Burgers? Beyond Meat? Old-fashioned veggie burgers? They’re all being considered these days as consumers add concerns for health, the environment and climate change to th…

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The Enterprise Flower Shop and Prairie Creek Quilts, separated by just one business on River Street across from the Wallowa County Courthouse, are planning a grand opening next week in conjunc…

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As always, Wallowa Memorial Hospital keeps marching along the road to progress. Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Larry Davy and the WMH staff are making sure of that.

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Musician Bob Webb is renowned in Wallowa County and beyond for his work giving music lessons or as music sideman for his partner, Heidi Muller. These days, Webb is hanging out his shingle for …

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Third-generation restaurateur Breeann Gladden and her husband, Justin, have reopened a longtime Enterprise landmark – Friends Restaurant – in a new location at 111 W. Main St.

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Thanks to a joint effort by the Joseph and Enterprise FFA chapters and Les Schwab, the Community Connection food bank can breathe a little easier ... for a while.

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The holiday gift-giving season offers not only the opportunity to make our friends and family happy, but also to help our local stores remain prosperous and in business.

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — Alyssa Mahaney has a toolbox full of non-lethal methods and strategies that she wants to share with livestock producers in hopes of reducing conflicts between predators and ra…

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Local saddlemaker and leather artisans, Sharp Saddles, have packed up their gear and moved to new diggings. Formerly located at 203 N. Main St. in Joseph, the shop is now located in Big Canyon…

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Jay Connolly, owner of J’s Place, a computer repair/music store, is sitting comfortably in his store amid computers, computer parts and guitars. It won’t be that way come December. Connolly is…

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Pyrography: n “the process of burning designs on wood, leather, etc., with a heated tool,” according to Dictionary.com.

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While Outlaw Motor Sports (OMS) offers a number of “fun” ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, etc, they also know there’s a time to keep your nose to the grindstone. The shop is offering a “fun” in…

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“There’s a first time for everything,” as the saying goes, but not every first time is something to be celebrated. The Red Rooster restaurant in Enterprise just had their first burglary. The r…

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Most people who watch cartoons or listen to audio books wonder, sooner or later, about the people behind the voices. Local resident, Amanda Berry, can give you a pretty good idea. The Enterpri…

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Wallowa County farmers, concerned about a misleading report in the Chieftain in late September, are trying to remain optimistic they’ll have time to get the rest of their wheat and hay harvested.

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JOSEPH – The life of a farmer isn’t easy and when you add organics into the mix, it becomes even more difficult.

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It’s been 20 years since a landmark study, The Wallowa Resources Business Development Project, profiled 23 Wallowa County businesses to better understand what it takes to have a successful bus…

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LOSTINE – It may not be the easiest way to make a living, but Krag Norton finds running his heavy-equipment and automotive repair shops in Lostine rewarding.

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It’s been a long, slow process, but Bowlby Building owners Bill Warnock and Michele Starr are happy with their progress toward renovating the historic Bowlby Building in downtown Enterprise, a…

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It’s not your run-of-the-mill used car dealership. In fact, Main Street Motors in Enterprise does much more, including auto and truck repair and, possibly its highlight, the company restores a…

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At 104 N. Main St. in Joseph, B. Bright Vintage store is owned and run by mother and daughter, Linda and Emily Bright, who both live in Joseph. The family has a long history in the county as L…

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Local ranchers Scott and Kelli Shear and Perry Johnston have dedicated their lives to raising superb cattle. Both ranchers were honored at the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Awards Dinner on Augu…

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If you happen to take a visit to the T.W. Bronze foundry and gallery, owned and operated by Tim Parks, at 202 Golf Course Rd. in Enterprise, be prepared. On walking into the foundry’s roll-up …

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This year the Wallowa County Farmers’ Market has offered fresh produce, locally made soaps and other items on the third Thursday of every month at the Wallowa County Courthouse.

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A lot of action is happening in Joseph on the Jennings Hotel block of Main Street in Joseph these days. The latest addition to the business world is the upcoming opening of “Small County,” a s…

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Plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures greeted car enthusiasts and exhibitors at the sixth annual Main Street Show & Shine car show in Enterprise on Aug. 16-17. More than 100 gleaming ca…

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Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, is one of the oldest existing therapies in medicine—and one of the newest in Wallowa County. It’s also one of the fastest grow…

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The Joseph City Council met on Thursday, Aug. 1. During staff reports, city administrator, Larry Braden, proposed closing city hall during Chief Joseph Days rodeo weekend because of the extra …

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It’s just about time for the “Main Street Show & Shine car show on the weekend of Aug. 16-17. The show is sponsored by Main Street Motors, the Enterprise Elk’s Lodge and Stangel Industries…

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It’s time to strap on your boots and take a hike to Sunrise Iron LLC. Owner Erl McLaughlin is holding his annual tractor viewing show on Saturday, Aug. 3. The show is a long-standing Wallowa C…

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It isn’t rare to hear a long-time county citizen hearkening back to the days when Joseph’s Gold Room bar and restaurant was arguably the most popular business of its type in the county. Those …

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It is luxury in a most unassuming place, a respite seemingly built of wilderness and fresh air. The Minam River Lodge, a new incarnation of a 1950’s classic log hunting lodge, opened last summ…

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On Saturday, July 20, firefighters from Wallowa and Lostine fire departments responded to an 8 a.m. fire alarm at Integrated Biomass, a sawmill in Wallowa.

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Stein Distillery, Wallowa County’s only distiller, has some good news: They’re doubling production thanks to the addition of two new mash kettles to the production process. Stein, located at 6…

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On July 8, local contractor Andy McKee withdrew a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application to build an upscale campground on portions of about 825 acres of land he recently purchased on Big Sh…

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It was a busy weekend at the OK Theatre as plays were presented, food was eaten and top-notch musicians played at the theater’s centennial celebration held July 12 and 13 in Enterprise, but th…

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The OK Theatre is a community landmark and known as one of the finest small musical venues in eastern Oregon, if not the entire state. Thanks to the efforts of owner Darrell Brann and his fami…