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The first eight or 10 days in February saw 27 new cases of the coronavirus and our fourth Wallowa County death. Numbers have continued to mount — with one or two cases each new day. Our sense …

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Writing is a lifelong skill. Children are able to start developing skills used in writing as early as kindergarten and even preschool. Developing the skill of writing starts with language deve…

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Oregonians living through the September 2020 fires know the threat global warming poses; we are on the front lines. We know temperature is rising and rainfall is declining during summer, while…

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I‘ve said many times that when I moved to Wallowa County in 1971, there were more registered Democrats than there were Republicans. I think it’s important to remember this as we look at today’…

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A good friend (called “Tess”) is a part-time summer resident and homeowner in Wallowa County. She is 79 years old and has significant rheumatoid arthritis treated with disease-modifying antirh…

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We, as Americans, deserve to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Right now it is so discouraging to only hear what the mainstream media wants you to hear while keeping w…

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“Virtus tentamine gaudet” is a Latin phrase that translates to “strength rejoices in the challenge.” This weighty declaration speaks to the fact that, in order to be strong in virtue, we must …

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One of my favorite movies is "Catch Me If You Can." At one point, Tom Hanks, who plays a FBI agent Carl Hanratty, encounters the target of his investigation, Frank Abagnale, portrayed by Leona…

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I belong to the Wallowa and Palouse bands of the Nez Perce. My family are descendants of Chief Red Bear, who helped Lewis and Clark build canoes and navigate the free-flowing Columbia River. I…

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Highly effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection should become available to the general population during 2021. In the meantime, available science supports infection control, including …

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Due (in part) to medical advances and better life style choices, the average life span of Americans has dramatically increased in recent years. The years 1959-2016 saw the average life span gr…