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ENTERPRISE — Michael Zanello came to live in Enterprise nearly seven years ago after being in a “homeless situation” in Portland and his uncle urged him to move here, and has no plans to go back.

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The pandemic foiled a football game but it proved no match for the generosity of Baker County ranchers and farmers, and Shriners and other volunteers across Oregon.

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LA GRANDE — After five years as chair of the Eastern Oregon University Board of Directors, and following decades of public service, David Nelson will retire next week.

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ENTERPRISE — Rural school districts in Wallowa County and across Eastern Oregon are a step closer to putting students back in classrooms this fall.

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LA GRANDE — Quick initial attack work by Wallowa-Whitman National Forest firefighters quelled the 1-acre Baldy Fire.

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Baker County Sheriff’s officers believe a 14-year-old boy who waded into the water on the banks of Oxbow Reservoir at the eastern edge of the county stepped into a steep drop-off and drowned M…

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ENTERPRISE — With fire season fast approaching, the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers in Wallowa County, and with the added challenge of COVID-19, there is an even bigger need for h…

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ENTERPRISE — Recent tightening of restrictions on going about in public is not likely to have a great effect on Wallowa County business, most proprietors contacted said, largely because the co…

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HAT POINT LOOKOUT — A 45-year-old Portland man was rescued Saturday, July 25, after being missing more than 72 hours during a hike that took him down to the Snake River, said Mike Hansen, inci…

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WALLOWA — A request for a variation on an ordinance prohibiting more than one horse per acre within city limits was denied Tuesday, July 21, by the Wallowa City Council.

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JOSEPH — Representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will be outside the Joseph City Library from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30, according to a press release.

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ENTERPRISE — Some 22 Wallowa County residents have signed up to report their temperature and other COVID-19 symptoms for up to one year as part of a statewide research study that is measuring …

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BAKER CITY — With hot, dry weather increasing fire danger in Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has implemented Phase A of the public use restrictions to limit the chance of h…

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ENTERPRISE — The open class exhibits for the Wallowa County Fair have been canceled, the fair board announced last week.

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Last spring the world was shaken by a global pandemic that either sent people home to work or left them unemployed. The shutdown shuttered restaurants and left local produce…

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ENTERPRISE — With COVID-19 on the doorstep of Wallowa County, it’s become evident that the Oregon Health Authority is Wallowa County’s de facto public health department, with no local departme…

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ENTERPRISE — Nonessential businesses and others can qualify for COVID grants through the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD), with funding from Business Oregon, according t…

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TOLLGATE — Oregon Highway 204 — the Weston-Elgin/Tollgate Highway _ will be closed between milepost 34 and 35 from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 through 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, to facilitate constru…

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ALBANY — A former Enterprise woman who stole thousands of of dollars from two local organizations now faces similar charges in Linn County.

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ENTERPRISE — The Eagle Cap Shooters Association will hosts the NRL-22 .22 Precision Rifle Match from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eagle Cap Shooters Range, according to a press release.

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WALLOWA COUNTY — The revenue government agencies receive from local transient/motel taxes may be another area plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic, as a falling number of stays at motels means few…

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WALLOWA LAKE — Stakeholders in the rehabilitation of the Wallowa Lake Dam are disappointed but not giving up hope since $273 million in state bonds were killed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

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ENTERPRISE — Enough signatures have been gathered to get a petition on the November ballot in Wallowa County to ask voters if they want the County Commission to meet quarterly to consider the …

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JOSEPH — Richard Pointer, a member of the Joseph City Council, died Thursday, July 16, at his home in Joseph, City Administrator Larry Braden said.

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WALLOWA COUNTY — If you liked the wet spring weather, you’ll probably like fall and winter, too. Both are predicted to be cooler and wetter than normal, according to Pete Parsons, an Oregon De…

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ENTERPRISE — The framing is done and the walls are going up on the new $7.4 million, 22,000 square-foot Hearts for Health Integrated Health Care facility adjacent to Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

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ENTERPRISE — Terminal Gravity beer is heading west, from Enterprise where it is brewed to the northern Washington Cascades, where fans are awaiting its return, the craft brewery announced July 13.

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WALLOWA — The Wallowa Resale Department and Community Store is prepared to reopen Thursday, July 23, according to a news release from Marilyn Hulse.

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WALLOWA — The Wallowa School Board voted unanimously Monday, July 13, to put its forthcoming school bond on the May 2021 ballot, and also confirmed plans to hold school in the school buildings…

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WALLOWA COUNTY — Rocky Mountain elk have often been a controversial animal in Wallowa County, but one long-standing issue — the number of elk on Zumwalt Prairie’s private lands — has finally b…

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ENTERPRISE — Grants normally given by the city to help fund local events were suspended by the Enterprise City Council on Monday, July 13, when representatives of the events said they either w…

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A 17-year-old boy who had been the subject of a week-long search in the area of Hewitt Park in eastern Baker County was found dead Friday night.

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ENTERPRISE — A 9-year-old boy was reported as having been found safe before 8 p.m. Sunday, July 12, after having fallen into a major irrigation ditch running from the Wallowa River north towar…

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JOSEPH — The city of Joseph has a few new people on board, having welcomed a new code enforcement officer, two new maintenance workers and a 6-year-old volunteer to help keep the city park fre…

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ENTERPRISE — Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant funding was part of a 2019 Legislature-approved lottery bond package scheduled for spring 2021. The sale of the bond package has been cance…

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ELGIN — The Friends of the Joseph Branch Board of Directors has watched the status of the COVID-19 virus pandemic closely and recently made the decision to not run the Eagle Cap Excursion Trai…

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ENTERPRISE — The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles Field Office in Enterprise is now accepting appointments for in-person visits that start Tuesday, July 21.

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RICHLAND — Searchers this week continued to interview campers at Hewitt Park, the eastern Baker County park near Richland where a 17-year-old boy went missing July 3.

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ENTERPRISE — Heather Pearson knew she was in trouble when she lost her footing and slid off a wet log. Her ankle snapped — maybe it was just sprained, she thought. But she couldn’t walk on it.

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The walls are going up at the new Integrated Health Care clinic adjacent to Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Construction began on the $7.1 million facility on March 1. Completion is expected late t…

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A P-47D Thunderbolt “Dottie Mae” was one of five World War II-era aircraft to fly over Wallowa County on the Fourth of July. The five aircraft came from Hangar 180 in Lewiston, Idaho, and flew…

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WALLOWA COUNTY — Local hay producers are firing up their swathers and balers to harvest this year’s first cutting of the crop to be used both for local cattle and exported around the world.