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A 75-year-old former military raft will mark Memorial Day weekend by running the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers from Minam to Wildcat Creek on the Grande Ronde upriver from Troy. Owners Charl…

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After being left alone and seemingly abandoned since March, Enterprise High School’s track and athletic field got a real workout Saturday afternoon in the form of the school’s graduation. Thir…

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The earthquake that never happened. The M4.9 quake reported on Zumwalt Prairie at the headwaters of Camp Creek this morning was a phantom-- a mistaken calculation by computers at the Pacific N…

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Thursday morning at 4:34 a.m. the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), based at the University of Washington, reported a magnitude 4.9 earthquake centered 22 miles northeast of Enterprise…

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There are more than 50,000 wild horses on BLM lands, and 50,000 captive in holding corrals. The BLM pays a total of $1000 to those who will adopt one.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – With deeply lobed silver leaves and a 3-foot stature, the artichoke unfolds as much mystery in the garden as it does on the dinner table.

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Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms on the terminal moraine above Wallowa Lake. The appearance of the bright yellow flowers is a sure sign that spring is here to stay.

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Because so many events have been or will be canceled in the next few weeks, we are suspending the weekly calendar of events (rather than publishing a column of what’s NOT happening). We encour…

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It was all smiles, purple hair and multicolored tutus May 7. That’s when Head Start in Enterprise and Wallowa held unconventional graduation ceremonies for their charges because of the COVID-1…

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Zoey Leith, a junior at Joseph Charter School, won awards for “Top Producer” and “Most Likely to Become an Entrepreneur” as the ninth year of the Mentor Match Youth Entrepreneur Program wrappe…

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If grade schoolers ever doubted the advantage of perfect attendance, Outlaw Motor Sports in Enterprise is seeking to dispel that doubt. The business is giving bicycles to sixth-graders through…

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The date for Joseph’s Wallowa Mountain Cruise is being moved to Aug. 28 and 29 from its original June date because the state was forced to rescind the city’s permit to close Main Street for th…

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On Monday, Larry Davy and others broke ground for the new Mountain View Medical Clinic on North Main Street in Joseph. Davy, CEO of Wallowa Memorial Hospital has been planning for this for 5 y…

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On March 16th, I woke up and realized I would soon become a completely different parent than the one I was the day before.

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Last week, thunderstorms rolled into Wallowa County, bringing wind and hail and cooler days. In Grant and Baker County, they were forecast as severe. They reached Wallowa County around 6 p.m. …

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PHILADELPHIA – A pilot training program using scent detection dogs to discriminate between samples from COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative patients is the focus of a new research initiati…

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ENTERPRISE: Soroptimist International of Wallowa County would like to congratulate the following high school students who have been awarded our 2020 scholarships. There were 28 applicants for …

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PORTLAND-Oregon Health & Science University, in collaboration with the State of Oregon and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, will conduct a statewide study to track, test and precisely…

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Because the Chieftain is presently conserving space in its print editions, we are posting a number of articles online that do not appear in the print paper. Those that are online -only this we…

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In these days when toilet paper is absent or at least worth fighting over, desperate grocery stores stock packages of moist, flushable wipes on empty T.P. shelves, and people are taking extra …

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COVID-19 has banished plenty of high school activities and traditions. But Wallowa County school districts are hoping that graduation ceremonies will not be one of them.

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Raven Foods in last week’s Out of the Past photo, included a cheese factory, according to Murna Downing, 94, of Enterprise who grew up on Zumwalt Prairie. “I walked through that building last …

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At first glance, it looks like an ordinary classroom. A math teacher at the board, writing formulas and talking through the process with a student. Except the Joseph Charter School classroom i…

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Come July 1st, the Wallowa school district will have a new superintendent. But Tammy Jones, who’s giving up her principal’s job in Snohomish, WA, won’t have any trouble finding a place to live…

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April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In Wallowa County, 4 year old Addie Austin celebrated this worldwide event by helping her family paint a stunningly blue planet, and also desi…

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A group organizing a local Oregon Food Bank sponsored event had to cancel because of state-mandated closures to slow the spread of COVID-19, but money that came with the grant is being put to …

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The April 15 Chieftain ran a photo of the Pie and Coffee Shop in the Out of the Past column, and asked for more information from anyone knowing more about this place. Carolyn Maasdam, of Enter…

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County residents for almost 30 years have enjoyed the benefit and convenience of recycling. Due to ever increasing costs, the county is looking at ways to preserve the pro…

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It is time for a treat. For dinner, tonight, a simple slice of whole wheat bread made from wheat that was ground and made into bread the same day. On that bread, a swipe of butter, a slice of …

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I have fished for trout for many years. I have learned that there are some predictors that seem to be associated with success. There are certain months of the year when I am more successful, a…

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Following up on last week’s piece, the aim of this final piece is to put COVID-19 into historical context, describe what lies ahead, and comment on readiness.

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Among the many public event casualties of COVID-19 this spring, Mountain High Broncs and Bulls is among the biggest and most anticipated to fall. The MHBB Board of Directors made a difficult, …

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It started as a project to provide masks—or at least “helper masks” that would provide an extra measure of protection--for nurses, doctors, EMT’s and other providers on the front lines of COVI…

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Victor Plymire was born in 1881 in Loganville, Pennsylvania to Amos and Laura Plymire. At the age of fifteen he gave his life to Christ while listening to a street preacher. After working for …

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This week is a special Easter Week in which churches in Wallowa County — and around the world — are finding unique ways to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, and at the same time r…