Fishtrap lecture continues with economist Thursday


Each year Fishtrap brings regional scholars, journalists and public figures to Wallowa County to share their views on issues of the day in the Fishtrap Spring Lecture Series.

In the second talk in the 2006 series, Phil Wandschneider, resource economist at Washington State University in Pullman, will be at the Coffin House in Enterprise on Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about the economics of alternative energy.

Roberta (Bobbie) Conner, director at Tamastslikt Cultural Center near Pendleton, will conclude the series with a talk about Lewis and Clark and native tribes at the Odd Fellows Hall in Enterprise on May 10.

Wandschneider, the brother of Fishtrap director Rich Wandschneider, is an economist whose primary research activities involve the economic evaluation of agricultural and environmental policies. Wandschneider received a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. His background includes two years in Kenya with the Peace Corps.

Bio-fuels and alternative energy are among current research areas. He is also studying soil conservation practices among farmers in eastern Washington.

The title of Wandschneider's Enterprise talk is "The transition to bio-fuels and other alternative energy sources: can we trust the market to get us there?"

Conner, a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is a journalism graduate of the University of Oregon with a master's degree in business management from Willamette University.

Conner has been active nationally in events surrounding the acknowledgment of the Corps of Discovery and wrote a chapter in "Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes," a book edited by the late Alvin Josephy Jr. that has just been published by Random House.

Conner's Fishtrap lecture is entitled: "Two Weeks 200 Years Ago; the Corps of Discovery in Our Camp."

Tickets for the Wandschneider lecture are $10; for the Conner lecture they are free, with a donation accepted at the door.

Tickets for both events are available at the Bookloft in Enterprise, the Joseph Book Shop and at the Coffin House. Call 426-3623 or e-mail ( for more information.

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