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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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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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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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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 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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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…

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Here is a little quiz for you regarding the results of the November 2018 elections. I will ask three questions, and the answer to each question will be either Democrat or Republican.

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Politics is the icing on the new cake being baked by American women. The decline of old white men in leadership roles has been going on for years, at least since Title 9 was approved back in 1…

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Thanksgiving Day is upon us once again. I have always been of the opinion that every day should be a day of Thanksgiving, but unfortunately it’s only recognized once a year.

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I am familiar with most cowboy lingo and know what the terms mean or describe. Terms like wrangler, the guy who takes care of the horse herd. Jigger Boss, second in command, reports to the cow boss.

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The elections are over. Congratulations to everyone who took the time to vote and particularly those who allowed their name to be placed on the ballot. Top vote-getter or not, there are no los…

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It has been a pleasure working and living in this community for many years. As health care changes, we in the healthcare field know we must make changes in how we deliver medicine based on the…

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You do not want to go left through Bedrock Rapid in the Grand Canyon. I knew this. Had been warned. Had cringed watching footage of boats that did go left and get chewed up. I knew all about n…

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Occasionally, I will walk through a cemetery and examine the headstones. It’s very calming, there is not a lot happening there as a general rule.

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Two things happened in our community this past week that set the conspiracy theorists’ tongues to wagging.

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It was my pleasure this past week to play a small role in preparing an exposition for a Dutch military museum, Museum Militaire Traditie in Driebergen.

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Keeping in mind that I am writing in a family-oriented newspaper, I will do my best to explain why I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, rather than her alleged assailant – and our newest Supre…

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Growing up, many of us were taught, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” As a young adult, I personalized this philosophy with an internal conviction that I wanted to …

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I got a message from Wallowa County Commissioner Todd Nash the other day. He said they were re-doing the corrals at the timed event end of the fairgrounds arena and could use some help.

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In a time when just about everything is politicized and monetized, when we think of states in reds and blues, sports stadiums by their corporate names and “stars”of football, Hollywood, politi…

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It’s always a mixed bag returning from a week of vacation. While it’s nice to get back in harness, it would also be nice to have another few days or even an extra week to enjoy leisure time.

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With the exception of Christmas, no holiday excites children more than Halloween. They enjoy the fun of picking just the right costume, class celebrations and, of course, all that candy.

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On Sept. 28, we legislators — Senator Duck included — began what might be called a preseason. The Oregon Legislature is scheduled to kick off Jan. 22, 2019.

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While studying medicine in Tennessee, I worked with a group of doctors charged with managing patients sick enough to be admitted to the hospital for closer surveillance. During this time, a ro…

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I just got stumped. Couple weeks back I found two premium tamarack firewood trees in the woods. Right off the road but somewhat hidden. A rare and precious bonanza.

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Sen. John McCain died about a month ago, just a few days short of his 82nd birthday. Especially considering what his body and mind endured 1967-73, it is a testament to his stamina and stubbor…

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Another election season is upon us. That means you may be inspired to write a letter in favor of one candidate or another or express one side of an issue or another on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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Hooray for Pastor Tim Barton’s essay in last week’s Chieftain on how perseverance and hard work brought him success in his studies of mathematics.

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We woke up last Thursday morning, looked out the window and beheld snow on the mountains around Wallowa County. I call it the first sure sign that winter will come again.

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Occasionally, we receive feedback that we should stop picking on the Joseph City Council. I always hasten to point out that when there is good news in Joseph, we report that as well.

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We have an election coming up this November, and I would suspect the most important thing on the ballot would be the county board of commissioners seat. As of this writing, we have three peopl…