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Many thanks to the editor for the recent article about my new business, Wallowa Valley Cleaning Products. We hope to make Wallowa County proud.

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Oregon state government hasn’t suffered the economic devastation that has plagued private sector businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but the state’s budget is hardly immune to the effe…

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Each year during National Hospital Week, communities across America come together to celebrate the workers and institutions that dedicate themselves to maintaining public health. This year, we…

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In journalism there is nothing more paramount than objectively telling the truth. Donald Swart, Sr., Chieftain editor and publisher, epitomized this value, along with a love and support of com…

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Friday morning there will be unshed tears… As a group of people gaze across the local cemeteries upon the rows and rows of flags. These flags placed by volunteers and vets mark the last restin…

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We are all pulling at our tethers. Fettered, hobbled, and haltered by the coronavirus, we are beginning to rear back against our restraints. The sun is shining, the grass is green. Winter is p…

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Oregon is the poster child for states with low incidence of COVID-19 sickness and death, and Wallowa County — and much of Eastern Oregon — has seen little or none of it. Therefore, some say, i…

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To the editor: I am writing about the piece in the paper about the Raven Foods cheese plant. it was not built in 1959 and 60. my father worked there in early 1950s.His name was August "Augie" …

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Science poorly conducted or poorly reported is counter to the public interest.(JAMA, April 24, 2020).

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The article about the County Commissioners taking steps to open the County to prepare for tourist season left me gobsmacked. Tourist season? Are you kidding? Sure, some people will be travelin…

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It doesn’t take long to encounter the sorts of people that can easily be recognized as “victims of life’s circumstances”. A short time spent reading the newspaper, talking with a bitter neighb…

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Joel Fish is an experienced leader and manager. I sat on the committee that hired Joel as Chief of the Enterprise Police Department (EPD) and was impressed by his experience, preparation and k…

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Earth Day began a half-century ago when oil spills and other environmental perils abounded. It remains a serious reminder for us, the stewards of this planet. It’s not just a single event, onc…

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I have fished for trout for many years. I have learned that there are some predictors that seem to be associated with success. There are certain months of the year when I am more successful, a…

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Following up on last week’s piece, the aim of this final piece is to put COVID-19 into historical context, describe what lies ahead, and comment on readiness.

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As I was nearing the conclusion of my first legislative session in May of 2013, someone asked me what my plans were for the interim. That caused me to pause. I had never even thought about it,…

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Madness! Madness in the grocery stores. I spent some time in San Diego with my 92-year-old brother and my grocery store experience there was shocking. The hoarding and panic manifested itself …

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By now, even before the disease begins to peak in Oregon and rural America, we are all very tired of hearing about coronavirus, COVID-19, social distancing, and cancellations of seemingly ever…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly and drastically impacted most aspects of our daily lives, even here in Wallowa County. As much as we might want to cut ourselves off from the rest of the wor…

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As the map of coronavirus’s march fills in Europe and North America, creeps towards South America, and picks up island nations, the mind looks for ways to relate it to something we already kno…