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I want to thank Belinda Buswell and Marty Hamilton for their efforts at the most recent Joseph City Council meeting to find documentation and build community. They are so appreciated.

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Oregon’s housing problems are statewide. They’re being felt in relatively small upper Willamette Valley communities and in Malheur County in far Eastern Oregon. Two bills in the Legislature ta…

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Amidst the talk of immigration and border walls, we sometimes forget that our oldest immigration story—the coming of the Europeans to a continent inhabited by millions of people living in thou…

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Editor’s note: We’ve written often with affection towards past Wallowa County Chieftain editor, Gwen Coffin. We thought that it would be a treat, but also valuable to run one of his past edito…

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Often our state of mind dictates how our days, weeks and months play out. A prolonged negative state of mind could even alter our sense of self from day to day. Sometimes our attitudes sour, a…

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Everybody I see on the streets of Wallowa County is full of hallelujahs about spring getting here and no more snow. Not me. Not this guy. These last couple years I dread the days warming up. A…

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My 91-year-old mother-in-law is generally in good health and lives unassisted. She takes omeprazole (Prilosec) for gastrointestinal reflux and was recently prescribed clopidogrel (Plavix) for …

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I made an error in last week’s Letter to the Editor section on Page 5. Regrettably, during the last minute shuffling of the paper’s layout the wrong name was assigned to the wrong letter. It w…

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A group of community volunteers wanted to solve a problem: inadequate access to the second floor of a historic building, the Odd Fellows Hall, in downtown Enterprise for people with disabiliti…

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In my opinion, it may be time the citizens of Joseph take a moment to reflect on the duties of the Joseph City Council. The first priority of the council is to maintain a safe, financially sta…

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Community journalism has a special place in the hearts of rural Americans. But it also plays a critical role in the identity, development, functionality and vibrancy of rural communities. And …

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Or scared. My grandfather left Norway about 1900, when he was 18, following an older brother to America, because the farm had been broken up too many times and could no longer support the grow…

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Anyone who follows the New York Times probably noticed that within days of each other the nationally influential paper published columns by two icons of contemporary journalism: David Brooks a…

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Oregon’s Legislature is proposing Senate Bill 959 which addresses legislative financial compensation. As it stands, Oregon lawmakers earn $31,200 a year and a $149 per diem payment for meals a…

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I was troubled by a few points Ms. Lathrop made in her guest editorial last week re: the Joseph Branch Trail. First, her claim that the all-volunteer group somehow had sinister, hidden motives…

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The David vs. Goliath comparison described in last week’s anti-Joseph Branch Trail Op-Ed is accurate — except the writer has it backwards. The real Davids are the many hard working neighbors t…

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It was the summer of 2001 when my family moved to Wallowa County. Undoubtedly this would change my life forever. I was prepared for that.

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About a month ago, on a Sunday afternoon, a carpenter named Jeremy Taylor took a back road as he drove from the gas station toward his home west of Sunriver. Jeremy lives alone, except for his…

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Connie Dunham's letter (3/13/19) about elk encroachment on Wallowa County ranchland tries to link it, naturally, to wolves, claiming they drive elk to the safety of the valley. Solution: kill …