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At one point in time, the United States of America was known as a hub for innovative and free thought. Innovative, in the sense that free-market capitalism strongly incentivized the exploratio…

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When you tell someone you’re a meteorologist, the first thing you’re likely to hear is, “Really? What channel are you on?” followed by, “I sure wish I could find a job where I was wrong 50% of…

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live. From grocery shopping to attending school or a medical appointment, we now regularly connect in ways that just months ago were rarely imagined. W…

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When I started writing this column over 30 years ago, I had an eye on a regular feature that had been in the Chieftain when I arrived in the county in July of 1971, Ben Weathers’ “Fifty Years …

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I am a retired social worker/mental health professional who has found much good within our local police and sheriff’s departments over nearly 48 years of work in Wallowa County. I have also wi…

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Intact landscapes such as the Greater Hells Canyon Region provide the highest conservation value for a variety of important ecosystem services. For example, these areas retain much of the worl…

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On April 2nd, 2020, New York City issued a public statement encouraging its citizens to report social distancing violations to the city police. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many state…

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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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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…