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

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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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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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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…

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Being in a food industry myself, I probably see and read many more articles on food products than most of those living in urban areas reading city newspapers. After reading the article in The …

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Eat vegetables, exercise often and sleep well. If our bodies are complex machines, then these goals have served as the foundations of the owner’s manual for decades. Yet, as we continue to lea…

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Because my family didn’t have television on the farm for most of my growing up years, it was a special treat to watch TV when I would stay with my grandparents in Walla Walla, Wash., during th…

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The “we know what’s best for you” elitist attitude of the Democrat supermajority in Salem has grown even more prevalent since the 2019 session when I helped lead the Senate walkout over cap an…

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This year marks 100 since women got the vote across the United States, and we’ve been doing some research at the Josephy Center in preparation for our March Women’s show. We plan to honor wome…

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United States has been involved in a deadly conflict for years. Many Americans both military and civilian have lost their lives in this conflict. Intelligence agencies know who the bad guys ar…

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‘When we have poor air quality we see more patients in the ER and in clinic with respiratory complaints, especially those with underlying lung diseases like COPD and asthma.” Dr. Geoff Maly, W…

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Despite emerging clues about the cause of vape-related illness and deaths, the cold fact remains: Breathing anything other than clean air into your lungs is harmful. Yet two of the substances …

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Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a good time, spent New Year’s Eve with friends and family and good food. Thought I would share just a few of the things that I’ve been keeping an eye o…

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2019 proved to be an exciting year for the upstream irrigators in Wallowa County. After operating as an irrigation district for a couple of years, we were granted an incredible opportunity fro…

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For this month’s column, I want to write about a person that means a lot to this community as well as the kids in it. Previously, I’ve written about students from my high school.

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When “All in the Family” hit the TV screens in 1971, the war in Vietnam was raging, cities from Washington, D.C. to Detroit were charred from riots in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassin…

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I just spent the day decorating cookies with a bunch of kids at the VFW Post. Reminded me of holidays from years gone past. A day spent making a mess with cookies, rice crispy treats, and just…

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What is in a name? Much. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 NKJV This name given …

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Guilty! I confess. During the winter I do my walking exercise inside the grocery stores. The walking gives me an opportunity to shop at the same time. Note, I say shop, not buy yet. The import…

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that support for Windows 7 would end Jan. 14. What does this mean for owners of Windows 7 computers?

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Well folks, the time has come. I started writing this column in 2013 and have really enjoyed working with the staff at the Chieftain. Thank you all for the many compliments about my column. I …

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I got yelled at for catching salmon when I was a kid. The guy bellowing at me and my buddy had the high moral ground in this case. Thing was, these were little salmon. An ODFW truck had backed…

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Because a few of our Rotary meetings lately have involved local organizations and causes like the Soroptimists, Community Connection and the Food Bank, and because of an empathetic comment fro…

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Recently reviewing my on-line medical information from Winding Waters Clinic, I noticed I had received 2 doses of pneumococcal vaccine: one dose of PPSV23 in 2013 and a second dose of a simila…

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For the first time ever, I failed to last the full week of the Pendleton Roundup. I arrived Tuesday morning for slack but by Thursday afternoon I had ruined my health and was headed for home. …

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We are living in a time of great uncertainty. Tumult, even. People are upset. There’s angst. Indignation. Calls for a return to normalcy. There are some citizens of Wallowa County, to be sure,…

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Thought I would write about something a little different and closer to home this month. I just finished reading an article in the Air Force Times by Leo Shane III titled “Veteran Suicides Stil…

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No one gets paid to be a member of the Soroptimist, Lions Club, Rotary, the Hospital Foundation, 4-H Leaders Association, the PEO, the new Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association or …

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I don’t enjoy conflict. Unless you do, then that’s fine. Let’s do that. But my druthers have me approach every situation assuming everybody can get along. Quaint, I know. It’s pretty much usel…

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I actually sat and watched most of the Democratic debate this week. The one thing that I took away from it was a Presidential candidate in a national debate, coming right out and saying that h…

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As a visitor to Wallowa County for over sixty years, as one who has spent twenty-five years exploring burned forests through photographs, and as a person privileged with many a discussion with…