Wahl is editor of The Chieftain.
Ron Polk is Emeritus Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University lives in Lostine. He and Dr. Kelsey Allen work with local medical practitioners to produce Mountain Medicine.
Ann Bloom is a nutrition program assistant for the OSU Extension Service in Wallowa County.
Jon Rombach is a local columnist for the Chieftain.
Count every vote.
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.
Ellen Bishop sent me a link to a New York Times story that features Wallowa County prominently.
By Kathleen Ellyn
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…
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.
It has been 2 years since the Presidential election. Let’s together examine how “great” our country has since become.
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.
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…
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…
I will admit, I’m not a science person. I grew up in a small rural community where science was mostly considered anti-God, so you kept your distance.
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…
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.
Two things happened in our community this past week that set the conspiracy theorists’ tongues to wagging.
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.
This column will be different. I am not going to logically discuss an issue. I am going to talk about attitudes and actions.
Do you value our Constitution? The First Amendment?
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…
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 …
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
It is amusing that Democrats mounted a “Where’s Walden?” campaign over the Labor Day weekend, targeting U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon.
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.
There are some high places in Wallowa county where I love to visit. Recently, we drove to the Hells Canyon overlook with friends.
Traditions are as much a part of Wallowa County as the mountain, the hayfields and herds of cattle.
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…
Dear Democrats in Wallowa County:
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.
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.
Health care eats up more and more of our thought, political debate, money and time.
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.
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.
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…
It is summer time and this doesn’t usually equate to runny noses, coughs, sore throats and ear pain. This year in Wallowa County, however, we have seen a fair amount of summer “colds.” This ha…
Every heart has a story to tell, and everyone needs support sometimes to achieve optimal health and wellness.
I started laying plans for this year’s opening day of archery season on closing day of last year’s archery season. Had a shade over 11 months to obsess about it more than was really proper and…
With summer vacation a pleasant memory and classes in full swing, students are hitting the books, writing papers, playing sports, participating in after-school activities, hanging out with fri…
This week, all of the children of school age have returned to classes. Another year has begun with plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead.
The promise of telehealth is to help Wallowa County residents and all Oregonians receive quality affordable healthcare where they live. In a time of increasing healthcare uncertainty telehealt…
It was with heavy heart that I learned of the death of Wallowa County Commissioner-elect Bruce Dunn last Tuesday.
Last week’s column on volunteers brought a good deal of discussion about the topic. Some readers took it as a criticism of Wallowa County residents, which it was not.
I’ve been swimming in Wallowa Lake this summer — every day since July 4 to brag a little. I’m not a good swimmer or a long swimmer, just a relentless swimmer with arthritis pain that feels muc…
In 2009, Stewart Cink won the Open Championship (formerly called the British Open) in a playoff against Tom Watson. But only die-hard golf fans will remember that Cink won that tournament.
Dear President Trump:
Picnics and barbecues are in full swing and part of the fun of summer. In addition to keeping the ants and other pests away, there is one more thing to consider during the hot summer months wh…
For a lazy person, I sometimes overcome my affliction and put out a little effort. This usually involves something to do with roping or in this case a garden.