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Another Chief Joseph Days has come and gone probably marking the midpoint of summer for us. The week of CJD is pretty frantic for a lot of people in the county. Hard to believe a bunch of committee men and volunteers can pull it off. Thanks to all, it wouldn’t happen without you and brings a…

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All units, be on the lookout for a hot Gallagher Dreadnought guitar, swiped from the Fishtrap writers gathering just a few weeks ago. This guitar belonged to Frank Conley, one of the pillars o…

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Occasionally, some of the women who are about my age from our family back in Boston embark on a “cousins’ holiday.” This year, their sense of adventure brought them outside New England all the…

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Our leaky southern border will not be fixed with a stronger or higher or more technologically sophisticated wall. The fact is that the whole big world is undergoing a period of mass migrations…

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Sometimes you have a column due and absolutely no ideas to write about. That’s when a lot of random thoughts with no continuity might have to do. It’s good to have a passion for something, eve…

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Last August, I wrote a column that focused on two of golf's best players, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka, who finished second and first in the 2018 PGA Championship. The main point of my articl…

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As usual, Amaroq Weiss has blown out of proportion a part of the Revised Wolf Plan that allows for specific lethal removal of a wolf or wolves who have been deemed chronic depredators. The rew…

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I just returned from my 60th class reunion. My wife has begged me not to tell anyone it was the 60th. I tried comforting her by telling her I graduated at age 9. While I was at the reunion I d…

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In recent months, the news has began covering small outbreaks of a disease that has mostly become unfamiliar to our society—measles. This virus causes cold-like symptoms—fevers, cough, sore th…

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Congratulations to all the high school students who are about to graduate, especially those of you who have worked hard to excel and score high on your SAT test. Getting a high score on this t…

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They still haven’t invented a good dog that lives as long as the humans who get attached to them. And that’s a shame. I’d like to see more effort from the science people on that front. Recentl…

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Oregon’s housing problems are statewide. They’re being felt in relatively small upper Willamette Valley communities and in Malheur County in far Eastern Oregon. Two bills in the Legislature ta…

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Amidst the talk of immigration and border walls, we sometimes forget that our oldest immigration story—the coming of the Europeans to a continent inhabited by millions of people living in thou…

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Often our state of mind dictates how our days, weeks and months play out. A prolonged negative state of mind could even alter our sense of self from day to day. Sometimes our attitudes sour, a…

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Everybody I see on the streets of Wallowa County is full of hallelujahs about spring getting here and no more snow. Not me. Not this guy. These last couple years I dread the days warming up. A…

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My 91-year-old mother-in-law is generally in good health and lives unassisted. She takes omeprazole (Prilosec) for gastrointestinal reflux and was recently prescribed clopidogrel (Plavix) for …

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A group of community volunteers wanted to solve a problem: inadequate access to the second floor of a historic building, the Odd Fellows Hall, in downtown Enterprise for people with disabiliti…

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Community journalism has a special place in the hearts of rural Americans. But it also plays a critical role in the identity, development, functionality and vibrancy of rural communities. And …

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Or scared. My grandfather left Norway about 1900, when he was 18, following an older brother to America, because the farm had been broken up too many times and could no longer support the grow…

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It was the summer of 2001 when my family moved to Wallowa County. Undoubtedly this would change my life forever. I was prepared for that.

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About a month ago, on a Sunday afternoon, a carpenter named Jeremy Taylor took a back road as he drove from the gas station toward his home west of Sunriver. Jeremy lives alone, except for his…

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In addition to the start of spring, and the celebration of all things Irish, March is also National Nutrition Month. It can often be difficult to separate fact from fiction in all the headline…

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Fishtrap Story Lab inspires youth throughout Wallowa County to share their stories creatively, confidently, and playfully. Beginning with a focus on narrative craft, the program provides stude…

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Let’s say you order a Reuben sandwich to go from the Range Rider Saloon. You are super-hungry at the time and busy painting trim in a living room. Hypothetically. So you bolt the sandwich but …

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It’s been almost 60 years since a college professor named Wheelwright suggested that we can all imagine the world as it was prior to our arrival, but cannot easily imagine the world going on a…

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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.