Labor Day deadline early

Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 2, the Chieftain deadline for next week's paper has been moved up to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. All news, advertising, letters and other submissions should be turned into the Chieftain office by that time for placement in the Sept. 5. issue.

Post offices, banks, schools, government offices and many business offices plan to close on Labor Day. The Wallwoa County Courthouse will be closed, with the exception of the sheriff's office.

Enterprise schools start

The first day of school for Enterprise students is Thursday, Aug. 29 (today). Classes will start this year at 8:05 a.m. Joseph and Wallowa districts, which are both on a four-day school week this year, opened last week. Enterprise has retained its four-and-a-half day schedule.

Book awards tour on tap

For the third year Fishtrap will host the Oregon Book Awards Tour in Wallowa County at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Coffin House, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise.

Oregon Book Award finalists scheduled to read include playwright Charles Deemer; nonfiction writer Chanrithy Him, author of "When Broken Glass Floats"; poet Ralph Salisbury, author of "Rainbows of Stone"; and fiction writer Doe Tabor, author of "Do Drums Beat There."

The event is free to the public.

Another free Fishtrap event at the Coffin House this week is a reading by Diane Josephy Peavey at 7:30 p.m, tonight (Thursday). Her reading is also free to the public.

Marketplace this weekend

The Wallowa Valley Country Market, sponsored by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, will set up for the second and final time this summer 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the street just east of the Wallowa County Courthouse.

Some 25 vendors of locally made arts and crafts, food, fiber arts, and other items are expected to take part. Anyone interested in renting booth space is asked to call the chamber, 426-4622.

A guided Wallowa Valley Barn Tour will take place Saturday afternoon, with those who wish to participate asked to gather at the Enterprise Hometown Improvement Group booth at the county market. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. for a two hour tour.

Flora school open house

A weekend of fun, food and friends is planned at the Flora School Open House this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and Sept. 30).

Saturday activities include restoration work on the school and beginning work on the quilt to be raffled off at next year's open house. On Sunday there will be a potluck lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the drawing for the 2002 schoolhouse block quilt scheduled for around 1:30 p.m. Quilt tickets are still available.

For more information, contact Vanessa Thompson at 541-558-3767.

WL Homeowners slate meeting

The Wallowa Lake Homeowners Association will hold its semi-annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Park at the River conference room across from Eagle Cap Chalets.All Wallowa Lake Homeowners are invited to attend.

Youth pheasant hunts scheduled across state

Young game bird hunters will have a variety of options this fall to improve their existing shooting skills and try their hand at pheasant hunting.

Youth pheasant hunts will be held across the state during the month of September and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife urges young hunters and their parents to get involved. Hunters who wish to participate in the youth hunts must possess a valid Hunter Education Certificate, Harvest Information Program validation and a permit for the area to be hunted. Hunters over age 14 must possess a valid Oregon hunting license, along with proper bird validations.

Enrollment open at Enterprise education center

Open enrollment is under way at the Enterprise/Joseph Education Center at 202 Golf Course Rd., Enterprise. Starting this week the alernative school is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Contact Kent Barnes at 426-0381, day, with questions.

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