JOSEPH – The chief executive of Oregon’s Alpenfest has become a paid part-time position. The nonprofit’s board of directors on Friday, April 12, voted to compensate the Alpenmeister.

“This is a year-round job,” President and Alpenmeister Chuck Anderson said. “I was surprised to find that out over the past two years. Securing the entertainment, doing the marketing and fundraising, then producing the event itself – it takes more than you might think.”

With Anderson abstaining, the board unanimously adopted a one-year independent contractor agreement that calls for payment of 15 percent of Alpenfest’s revenue. Anderson estimated that the total could approach $8,000 for the year.

Anderson, who retired in 2011 as editor and publisher of the Wallowa County Chieftain, works independently as a consultant in media relations, publications design, writing, photography and event production.

The board also adopted bylaws and voted to pay for liability insurance covering the event and Alpenfest directors and officers.

The 2013 Alpenfest is scheduled for Sept. 26-29. Information is available at or 541-432-0209.

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