Wallowa County Commissioner Ben Boswell flew out of Boise last Thursday, Feb. 26, to attend the National Association of Counties (NAC) 2004 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. He was due to fly back to Boise Wednesday and should be back home Thursday (today).

Boswell is a member of the NAC Environment, Energy and Land Use Committee. While in the nation's capital, Boswell was also scheduled to meet with four Oregon members of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as Sens. Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden.

Boswell took a shopping list of federal issues that concerns Wallowa County with him to Washington, D.C., to discuss with Oregon's top legislators.

The list included: National forest management and public lands policy, Endangered Species Act reform, Wallowa Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project, rural health care, payments to counties, reauthorization of the Safety Net legislation, Wallowa Union Railroad, rural telecommunications, predator control and emergency management.

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