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This year, Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, is the 100th anniversary of a holiday established to honor living members of the U.S. Armed Services and those who have served. A century ago, it wa…

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The Fall of the year is when many organizations raise money for their individual goals and purposes. These efforts go hand in hand with knocking on local business doors requesting donations, s…

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On Nov. 11, 1969, Operation Fulton Square in the Quang Tri Province was in full force with the assistance of the 1st Marine Division, 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Infantry Division. Thi…

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Recently reviewing my on-line medical information from Winding Waters Clinic, I noticed I had received 2 doses of pneumococcal vaccine: one dose of PPSV23 in 2013 and a second dose of a simila…

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It’s a scary time of the year. We don’t just mean Halloween. This year there’s everything from our recently–arrived property tax bills to the folderols ongoing in the nation’s capitol. If that…

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For the first time ever, I failed to last the full week of the Pendleton Roundup. I arrived Tuesday morning for slack but by Thursday afternoon I had ruined my health and was headed for home. …

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We are living in a time of great uncertainty. Tumult, even. People are upset. There’s angst. Indignation. Calls for a return to normalcy. There are some citizens of Wallowa County, to be sure,…

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Thought I would write about something a little different and closer to home this month. I just finished reading an article in the Air Force Times by Leo Shane III titled “Veteran Suicides Stil…

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The Joseph Community Center was built several years ago, for the use and benefit of the “community”. The problem seems to have risen as to the rental rate of the building, which most people ar…

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Well, Joseph is being taken over by dogs and their irresponsible owners. Just this morning, just before daybreak, a lady with her dog off leash to let it poop in the neighbors yard and continu…

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For most of us, the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Columbus Day, a time when banks and post offices are closed, and we think, however briefly, about Columbus’ discovery of Ame…

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No one gets paid to be a member of the Soroptimist, Lions Club, Rotary, the Hospital Foundation, 4-H Leaders Association, the PEO, the new Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association or …

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Well, Joseph is being taken over by dogs and their irresponsible owners. Just this morning, just before daybreak, a lady with her dog off leash to let it poop in the neighbors yard and continu…

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On Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Wallowa County will have an opportunity to listen to and talk with Oregon’s senior U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, at a town hall meeting in the Senior C…

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As a follow-up to Dr. Kelsey Allen’s Mountain Medicine column of last week regarding influenza vaccine, this was reported in the Sunday (October 6) New York Times.

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If the recent snowfall, political upheaval, and the steady approach of winter have you either wanting to hide under the bed or come out swinging, there’s an easy remedy to all this stress at l…

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A retired attorney, I have several comments regarding "A View from the Gallery" (9-25-19). First, the author appears to cite the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision of District of Columbia et a…

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The worldwide September 20 climate strike engaged millions of people in 150 countries around the globe. In Enterprise, a group of 30 local residents gathered at the courthouse, talked about th…

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As a visitor to Wallowa County for over sixty years, as one who has spent twenty-five years exploring burned forests through photographs, and as a person privileged with many a discussion with…

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I don’t enjoy conflict. Unless you do, then that’s fine. Let’s do that. But my druthers have me approach every situation assuming everybody can get along. Quaint, I know. It’s pretty much usel…

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I actually sat and watched most of the Democratic debate this week. The one thing that I took away from it was a Presidential candidate in a national debate, coming right out and saying that h…

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Oregon’s Phoenix-Talent school district just eliminated student fees for extra-curricular activities. In recent years, as federal, state, and local jurisdictions have cut back funding, “pay-to…

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Yesterday Wallowa County’s first dusting of fall snow fell on the Wallowa Mountain peaks. Summer has fled back to Hells Canyon, or perhaps points south. Bucks and bulls are losing their velvet…

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ODFW, wolves, cows, wildlife, forest fires, fish. Is there nothing else in this county to write about? Every week, another bearded man talks about fish. It's incredibly depressing. Please, ple…

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Implant, non-er, “not from around here,” tourist…all of these things have been said in one form or another about me and it is fine because they are all true. Like some individuals who move to …

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The letter titled Beware of Socialism two Chieftains ago prompted some thoughts. I respect the USN (retired) person who wrote that article. However, I believe we are so far from becoming a Soc…

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Everett Roberts developed a legacy of loving care for Wallowa County Court House property. Matt Kassahn has expanded that legacy and daily gives his talent and concern to bless us with the bea…

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While in Bend a while ago I read an article about the opioid problem. I was surprised to read that Eastern Oregon is a hotbed of opioid abuse. I knew there was some problem but when I read tha…

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Oregon State University archaeologist Loren Davis’ astounding discovery of North America’s earliest known, 16,560-year-old human habitation, at a place known to the Nez Perce as the ancient vi…

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So far, the 2019 fire season in the Pacific Northwest and California has been remarkable. In an era of increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation, when raging wildfires have brutally…

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During President Obama’s two terms in office, I wrote a column every couple of years to remind readers of the economic progress our nation was making as we worked our way out of the deepest re…

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I just finished reading the news tonight and lately it just about the same every day. In the 50-something years I have been around I have never seen this level of antagonism, angst, and outrig…

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I want to thank Paul and Charlie for taking such great care of our downtown hanging flower baskets. They look AMAZING! Your dedication and hard work has helped beautify our town and make it lo…

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This letter is in response to Mr. O"Banion's letter from suburban Portland (Gales Creek). Mr. O'Banion had a long list of complaints about the CJD rodeo. I thought the rodeo was wonderful. I h…