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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 …

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The editorial “Thou Mayest” (March 6) harks back to the drafting of the Constitution and earlier.

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In addition to the start of spring, and the celebration of all things Irish, March is also National Nutrition Month. It can often be difficult to separate fact from fiction in all the headline…

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The Oregon Legislature can’t get housing right, on either side of the aisle. Like almost any spot in Oregon, Wallowa County faces a housing crunch that cripples the livelihood of many and thre…

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In the fall of 1900, as the last of Wallowa County’s elk were being decimated, county commissioners sent a letter to the Secretary of Interior asking for help. The problem? Nez Perce were maki…

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If any of you are like me, you’re growing weary of the division in our country, our communities … our families. It gets under my skin like nothing else. And being the admittedly sensitive and …

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Fishtrap Story Lab inspires youth throughout Wallowa County to share their stories creatively, confidently, and playfully. Beginning with a focus on narrative craft, the program provides stude…

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Let’s say you order a Reuben sandwich to go from the Range Rider Saloon. You are super-hungry at the time and busy painting trim in a living room. Hypothetically. So you bolt the sandwich but …

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As we report in this weeks edition, the Wallowa County Planning Commission rejected an application by the Joseph Branch Trail Consortium for a conditional use permit to designate a community t…

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We have been watching the construction of the new Enterprise City Hall – along with many other Wallowa County folks. As ardent viewers, we want to thank the capable team of Wellens-Farwell Con…

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I wonder why so many people in the present United States of America know so little about their own country. I try to explore reasons for this seeming lack of general knowledge about what it me…

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It’s been almost 60 years since a college professor named Wheelwright suggested that we can all imagine the world as it was prior to our arrival, but cannot easily imagine the world going on a…

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Over the past week information has come to our attention regarding an issue that we take very seriously. During the coverage of the Joseph vs. Wallowa basketball game on Feb. 8, our reporting …

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As is true across the state, Eastern Oregon is home to a sizable bloc of nonaffiliated voters.

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It’s understandable that you might be tired of politics in general right now, and political campaigns specifically.

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I noticed in an interview a question about what the interviewee had as his or her first job. This made me recall the first job I ever got paid for. I was about 5 or 6 and the neighbor was load…

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The Golden Arrow 4-H Club had a meeting on January 22, 2019. We went over rules and important dates. We also filled out enrollment forms. We have 36 members.

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Back around 2007 I made a career change. Decided it was a good time to shake things up. Do something different. Bold new vistas. Change of pace. That kind of thing. Only problem was, I didn’t …

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Let's make this short and simple: If our billionaire president wants a wall that won't cost the American one dime as promised, how about he and some of his billionaire pals pay for it themselves.

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Four months ago in Mountain Medicine, October 3, 2018, Dr. Kelsey Allen reviewed the benefits of influenza vaccination. You are far less likely to develop influenza, but if you do, you are lik…

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To the citizens of our area and especially to the ones in Wallowa County: We are a great country already in spite of the slogan “Make America Great Again”. The Wallowa County Chamber of Commer…

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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Oregon, this message is primarily for you.

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As a society, we have made such progress against once-common illnesses that we forget they are still around and still potentially life-threatening. The measles outbreak in Southeast Washington…

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The Wallowa County Chieftain boasts a long history of exceptional community journalism. Overwhelming community support and a long legacy of extraordinary editors and publishers account for its…

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I had to laugh out loud at the front page article “A Citizens Guide to finding your voice at the Capitol!” If you are a God fearing, patriotic conservative you haven’t had a voice in Salem in …

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I read the article in the latest Chieftain, regarding Oregon SB501. The article said it would require you to get a permit for any gun transaction. The article fails to mention, it is much more…

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As the Oregon Legislature prepared to start work this week, its leaders were saying all the right things about working together, respecting rural Oregon and doing what was best for the state a…

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I would like to request that people quit dumping their cats on Alder Slope and other populated rural areas. It may look wild up here, but there are residences all over the Slope. We struggle w…

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As I write this column, the federal shutdown is already in its fourth week, which makes it the longest one ever. I hope by the time my column is printed, the standoff will have been resolved, …

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My name is Alona Yost. I am a freshman at Enterprise High School, and for my FCCLA S.T.A.R. project this year my partner, Elena Huwe and I decided to host a Parents' Night Out. It will take pl…

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Questioning the fundamental usefulness of government is the backbone of some American political factions, notably including the now seldom-mentioned Tea Party. Most of these righteous skeptics…

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The only thing I like about Christmas is the days have been getting longer for three or four days. The sappy Christmas stories are off the TV and horrid Christmas music is no longer cluttering…

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‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pur…

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Whether they know it yet or not, golfers have some little presents waiting for them under their Christmas trees, courtesy of the United States Golf Association, the organization that governs t…