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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…

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Oregon’s Phoenix-Talent school district just eliminated student fees for extra-curricular activities. In recent years, as federal, state, and local jurisdictions have cut back funding, “pay-to…

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While in Bend a while ago I read an article about the opioid problem. I was surprised to read that Eastern Oregon is a hotbed of opioid abuse. I knew there was some problem but when I read tha…

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During President Obama’s two terms in office, I wrote a column every couple of years to remind readers of the economic progress our nation was making as we worked our way out of the deepest re…

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I just finished reading the news tonight and lately it just about the same every day. In the 50-something years I have been around I have never seen this level of antagonism, angst, and outrig…

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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 comm…

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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…