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Sometimes destiny comes calling. That’s what seems to be happening at the Wallowa County Humane Society this week. Suddenly, instead of moving to adequate, but smaller, remodeled quarters sequestered in an alley, they have found themselves front and center at the EM&M Building, and about…

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We once were proud that our country stood for righteousness, justice, liberty and freedom; however, now pride has faded. Greed, irresponsibility, and violence have taken the place of the honor…

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Much has been written, discussed, opined, and debated about the denying of a quorum for 9 days, when the 11 Oregon Senate Republicans made the decision to leave. Since I was one of what became…

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You probably noticed that the price of the Wallowa County Chieftain increased last week. The Chieftain’s per-copy news-stand price is now $1.50 instead of $1.00. The Chieftain would rather not…

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On July 14, 2019 Valley Bronze of Oregon, Inc. lost a dear part of our family, Becky A. Hauskins. Valley Bronze had the pleasure of employing Becky since January 4, 1994. Becky was an importan…

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Another Chief Joseph Days has come and gone probably marking the midpoint of summer for us. The week of CJD is pretty frantic for a lot of people in the county. Hard to believe a bunch of comm…

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In the Trail project article 7/31 edition, Ms Millar states one reason they decided to withdraw the appeal was “the decision of the commissioners to keep the record open until July 1 for the s…

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All units, be on the lookout for a hot Gallagher Dreadnought guitar, swiped from the Fishtrap writers gathering just a few weeks ago. This guitar belonged to Frank Conley, one of the pillars o…

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The 74th annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo in now in the record books. The cowboys’ big horse trailers with living quarters have left. We can cross the street in Joseph again. And getting a meal …

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The Letter to the Editor authored by Rodney and Linda Botts (July 23, 2019) corrected several factual inaccuracies in Mr. Tool’s article concerning Mr. McKee’s aborted conditional use permit a…

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Occasionally, some of the women who are about my age from our family back in Boston embark on a “cousins’ holiday.” This year, their sense of adventure brought them outside New England all the…

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For the Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association and their partners, clearing trails of downed trees and encroaching brush is an arduous task, and also a labor of love. It’s time devo…

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The news article by Steve Tool, “McKee withdraws Big Sheep campground application”, in the Chieftain’s July 17 edition is misleading and disingenuous. Mr. Tool states there were “about one doz…

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Our leaky southern border will not be fixed with a stronger or higher or more technologically sophisticated wall. The fact is that the whole big world is undergoing a period of mass migrations…

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A whole lot of us have endured what seems a chilly, wet spring and a July that so far has felt all-too-little like summer. That first cutting of hay was dismal and difficult, held hostage by d…

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Me and the kokanee are swimming a little easier now that the EPA has decreed the Lake free of the herbicide Agent Orange. But I did — mid-backstroke — overhear Mama Merganser remark to her han…

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Sometimes you have a column due and absolutely no ideas to write about. That’s when a lot of random thoughts with no continuity might have to do. It’s good to have a passion for something, eve…

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There is probably not a single sentient being in all of Oregon who has not followed the drama of HB2020’s demise. Some bemoan its loss. Others celebrate its doom. It was a cumbersome chunk of …

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Last August, I wrote a column that focused on two of golf's best players, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka, who finished second and first in the 2018 PGA Championship. The main point of my articl…

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As usual, Amaroq Weiss has blown out of proportion a part of the Revised Wolf Plan that allows for specific lethal removal of a wolf or wolves who have been deemed chronic depredators. The rew…

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This past week has seen Wallowa County endure what might have been a major crisis, if not disaster: the detection, characterization and recovery of one barrel which once contained herbicide, a…

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I just returned from my 60th class reunion. My wife has begged me not to tell anyone it was the 60th. I tried comforting her by telling her I graduated at age 9. While I was at the reunion I d…

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I am against the improvements to Wallowa Mt. Road that started this week. The speed limit is 35mph. Most vehicles are going around 55. The deer are getting killed and there is no law enforceme…

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The Oregon Mountain Cruise last weekend presented an inspiring collection of automotive art. From painstaking restoration of fragile antiques to wildly creative manifestations of raw power, th…

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In recent months, the news has began covering small outbreaks of a disease that has mostly become unfamiliar to our society—measles. This virus causes cold-like symptoms—fevers, cough, sore th…

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It’s seriously spring in Wallowa County. The balsamroot is blooming on the moraine. Thunder is rolling through the mountains. And lots of us have finally gotten up the nerve to plant our garden.

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Congratulations to all the high school students who are about to graduate, especially those of you who have worked hard to excel and score high on your SAT test. Getting a high score on this t…

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They still haven’t invented a good dog that lives as long as the humans who get attached to them. And that’s a shame. I’d like to see more effort from the science people on that front. Recentl…

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When I was growing up in the 60’s and70’s, when we recieved a gift we were expected to send a thank you note or give a personal thank you; as in a hug to grandma. Now it seems as though thank …