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Drug decriminalization, a cigarette tax increase and limits on political campaign financing are on a historically short list of ballot measures that will go before voters in the Nov. 3 election.

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County may be getting up to $250,000 in federal CARES Act funds to help local businesses and recoup expenses.

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Construction on the Wallowa Memorial Hospital’s new Mountain View Medical Group clinic on North Main Street is moving forward. Construction worker Dude Sheets, in background, holds a stadia ro…

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Oregon Department of Transportation employee Grant Sharp adjusts his theodolite transit in Joseph on Thursday, June 25. Sharp is part of an ODOT crew surveying and designing new sidewalk ramps…

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JOSEPH — Signs in Joseph were vandalized recently to convey anti-tourist messages and heighten fear that tourists are bringing COVID-19 to the area, according to Joseph City Administrator Larr…

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WALLOWA LAKE — Adventure guide Judy Swank led a group up a trail to the top of Wallowa Lake’s east moraine Saturday, June 27, in the inaugural Discovery Walk for the 2020 season.

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ENTERPRISE — The Oregon Health Authority announced the ninth and 10th positive COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County on Tuesday, June 30.

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ENTERPRISE — Enterprise’s iconic OK Theatre is to be the recipient of part of a $615,000 grant in federal funds received by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the preservation of h…

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WALLOWA — The city of Wallowa is in the market for a new library director and took steps to hire one at the Wallowa City Council meeting Tuesday, June 23.

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Wellens Construction excavator operator Grant Morgan attempts to hoist a very large chunk of concrete into the back of a truck at the newly-refurbished Hillock Insurance Company Building in En…

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ENTERPRISE — An air armada of vintage World War II aircraft will make a “Let Freedom Ring” flyover of Wallowa County for Independence Day, according to Dan Niezen, of Enterprise, one of the lo…

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LA GRANDE — Jarek Parker remains missing as of Monday morning, according to Lt. Jason Hays of the La Grande Police Department. There is no evidence of foul play, he said, and the police depart…

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JOSEPH — The on-again-off-again fireworks over Wallowa Lake is officially on again, said Gary Bethscheider, of Joseph, who is spearheading the effort.

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ENTERPRISE — The grassroots group known as Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho is making progress with petitions being circulated in 14 counties, said Mike McCarter, leader of the group.

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LA GRANDE — A La Grande teenager has been reported missing by his family and by the La Grande Police Department.

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ENTERPRISE — A Cessna 182 with a family of four on board crashed at Memaloose airstrip, near Hat Point in eastern Wallowa County on the evening of Thursday, June 25, according to Wallowa Count…

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SALEM — The Oregon Legislature convened a special session on Wednesday, June 24, amid a worldwide pandemic that has killed over 475,000 people — nearly a quarter of them in the United States.

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ENTERPRISE — In years past, the Watershed and Woodlands Festival has been held in Cloverleaf Hall or at the fairgrounds. This year, due to COVID-19 concerns, it’s more of a do-it-yourself project.

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ENTERPRISE — The Northern Blues Forest Collaborative Group (NBFC) is going to be a lot less “collaborative.” On Tuesday, June 23, Oregon Wild and the Greater Hells Canyon Council (GHCC) withdr…

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WALLOWA — Cameron Scott, a first-year English teacher in the Wallowa School District and graduate student at Eastern Oregon University, has been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Ph…

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County may have avoided the brunt of COVID-19 cases, but the hospital here stands ready to help neighboring counties, such as with the massive surge reported last week in …

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JOSEPH — The draw of tourism also can mean a draw of COVID-19 to areas where the economy is dependent on visits from outsiders, said Clay Josephy, an emergency-room physician who was the featu…

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ENTERPRISE — More than a quarter century ago, Wallowa County produced one of the first community-generated, countywide salmon plans in the nation. The landmark Wallowa County-Nez Perce Salmon …

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LOSTINE — The U.S. Forest Service’s Lostine Corridor Public Safety project has finally launched this spring after three years of litigation and controversy.

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WALLOWA — There will be no Independence Day parade in Wallowa this year, after the Wallowa City Council met Tuesday, June 16, and voted to deny any permit requests connected with the event.

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JOSEPH — Wallowology will open its Discovery Natural History Center starting Saturday, June 27. The center will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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Joseph city gardener Judy Swank weeds a plant box along Main Street on Thursday, June 18. “Each box is a little ecosystem of its own,” she said. She’s found frogs, salamanders, red worms, nigh…

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ENTERPRISE — A 2020-21 budget of $6.25 million was approved Monday, June 22, by the Enterprise City Council after a budget hearing at city hall.

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County celebrated a historic event in January — the acquisition of the 1,791-acre East Moraine Community Forest. Now that the land is in public ownership, it’s time for me…

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JOSEPH — The memorandum of agreement needed to release funds for the $16 million refurbishment of the Wallowa Lake Dam has been agreed upon and is now in the process of being signed, according…

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JOSEPH — On, then off, then on again — it now looks like the annual Fourth of July fireworks show over Wallowa Lake has fizzled out, largely due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

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ENTERPRISE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting nominations for county committee members and will do so through Aug. 1, according to a press release.

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Wallowa Memorial Hospital confirmed on Friday, June 19, that the Oregon Health Authority will be announcing two new positive COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County, bringing the county's case total …

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ENTERPRISE — A second round of grants is being awarded to businesses that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release.

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Enterprise resident Dan Snyder spins some yarns around the campfire at the Hurricane Creek Campground. “When we came to scout it, there was no one here,” he said. “Now there’s about five of th…

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ENTERPRISE — Concerns over the Union County surge of COVID-19 and the planned Fourth of July fireworks show on Wallowa Lake were heard by the Wallowa County Commission at its Wednesday, June 1…

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Whether lawmakers went too far last year in changing the public-pension system to reduce its future obligations is now in the hands of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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The Rotary Club of Wallowa County has awarded $5,000 in college scholarships to seven graduating county high school seniors.