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My wife and I visited Joseph and Enterprise last week and were stunned to find so few people wearing masks. People at the Wallowa Lake Lodge, retailers, servers at restaurants, and even the ma…

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Last week was my birthday week. My friend, Russell Ford, born in 1942 just a few days before I was, and I have celebrated decadal birthdays together — 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th. We thought we’…

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When I was a small child, I had an immunization on my arm for smallpox. I think I got it at school. There was no vaccination at the time for measles, mumps or whooping cough, and I had all tho…

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I write today to give voice to the many Eastern Oregonians who support Sen. Ron Wyden’s River Democracy Act and to the nonhumans who need its protections. Our voices join those of the Nimiipuu…

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I find it interesting when people do not use logic in looking at issues such as the moraine plan. I also grew up in Joseph, and as a youngster remember the deer herds wintering on the East Mor…

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I have been in the journalism profession off and on for the better part of 40 years. I have had paid journalism positions and have done freelance writing. I currently freelance for the Wallowa…

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While I appreciate the many compelling national and local stories about the impact of the 9/11 attacks, including those that appeared in the Chieftain, the somber truth of this anniversary has…

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The capitalist system of economics incentivizes specialization and the division of labor. Broadly speaking, these concepts maximize production, innovation and consumption and are vital to the …

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The news that more than half of Oregon’s state employees will get an extra six weeks to get inoculated against COVID-19 was welcome, but the question of what happens after the deadline remains…

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This summer marks 50 years for me in Wallowa County. I came to spend a year — and I stayed. I stayed because the land is wonderful. I stayed because of people. In the 50 years countless traged…

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This is America ... land of the free. I have a right to vaccinate or not, wear a mask or not. Because I don’t put on a mask or won’t subject myself to an unproven vaccine does not mean that I'…

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People who camp and hunt on Hancock land need to be aware of the changes. Camping on their land is no longer free. You will be charged $35 to $300 per night. They will be patrolling the area t…

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The recent article, “Anger in Wallowa County: Protesters Reject Mandate,” has me thinking of the question, “How are we going to live together?” When I was boy of 10 our family took in an 8-yea…

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Last September, when there were 28,000 daily infections, schools closed to stop the spread and classes were moved online. Today there are 150,000 daily cases and children are back in the classroom.

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I just wanted to briefly point out how great it is that Sen. Wyden spearheaded the move to expand the wild and scenic rivers in Oregon. Overall, the state has around 1% of its rivers and strea…

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The people of Wallowa County are known for their warmth, kindness, and generosity. My personal experience has borne that out — at least until the pandemic reached its current level of lethalit…