Early deadline for next week

For the second week the Chieftain has an early deadline for news, advertising, letters and other submitted items. Everything must be in by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, for a Monday production day. The paper will be printed next Tuesday, to avoid the Wednesday, New Years Day, Jan. 1, holiday, and be in the mail Thursday. The Chieftain staff appreciates everyone's help. Happy New Years!

New Year's dance on tap

The Joseph Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a New Years Eve Dance Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Joseph Community Center.

The center will be transformed into "Club Champagne" for an evening that will include dancing to the music of Skyline, door prizes every hour, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and complementary champagne at midnight and a biscuit and gravy breakfast. There will also be a no-host bar.

The grand door prize will be a package worth $350 to be given away at 12:30 a.m.

Advance tickets are $12 each, available at the Joseph chamber office or Community Bank in Enterprise and Joseph, or $15 at the door.

Documentary showing set

A locally produced 27-minute documentary titled "Losing Touch" will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at OK Theatre in Enterprise. Admission is free.

The movie was filmed by Cody Sheehy, 23, a recent graduate from Portland State University in science, and narrated by his father, Dennis Sheehy of Wallowa.

The film was shot in both Outer Mongolia and Wallowa County. It showcases the pressures affecting natural resource dependant communities by examining what is happening to Eastern Oregon ranchers and their counterparts a world away in Mongolia as they both try to adapt to a changing political and economic environment.

First baby anticipated

A number of local merchants are sponsoring the annual first baby of the year contest (see page 15), promising the first baby born in Wallowa County of Wallowa County parents in 2003 a array of gifts and gift certificates.

They include a night's stay at Best Western in Enterprise and Indian Lodge in Joseph, a baby birthstone ring from Don's Jewelry in La Grande, a book on baby's first year from the Bookloft, a tire rotation from Les Schwab, a decorated cake from Cloud 9 Bakery, an American Eagle silver round from Community Bank, and gift certificates, cash or savings bonds worth over $150 from Wallowa Outdoors, Pioneer Bank, Lupine Annies, Coleman and Chrisman, Ace Hardware, Enterprise Flower Shop, Wallowa Mountain Properties, Deb's Young Fashions, Common Good and KWVR.

To claim your prizes, the parents of the year's first baby must notify the Chieftain (426-4567) within 48 hours of the baby's birth, and give consent for the Chieftain to publish the baby's photo.

Food handler class coming in mid January

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, a food handler class will be held at the Enterprise Community Connection Center beginning at 2 p.m. There is a $10 fee for the food handler card.

For more information contact Community Connection at 426-3840.

Wallowa EMTs give free clinics at Senior Center

Anyone wishing to avail themselves of a free blood pressure clinic can stop by the Wallowa Senior Center on the first and the third Wednesdays of each month.

The clinics are given compliments of the Wallowa Emergency Medical Technicians.

No appointments are necessary.

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