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The initiative to move Idaho’s border and include more than 18 Oregon counties received a big boost locally after enough signatures were gathered to get a petition on the November ballot in Wa…

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Some members of the Wallowa County Search and Rescue had an eventful Fourth of July, and once again showed why the county is lucky to have these dedicated individuals to call upon.

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The COVID-19 virus outbreak put unexpected pressure on an array of state and federal agencies and in at least one case, the compression created leaks that sprouted into wide fissures.

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Ranchers in Oregon’s wolf country face a dilemma when their livestock or guard dog turns up dead or badly injured — report it to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and wait a day or two…

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This past week has found most of us transfixed on the tragic, brutal, wanton death of George Floyd and the descent into national chaos that rapidly followed. Just when we thought we were on ou…

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In journalism there is nothing more paramount than objectively telling the truth. Donald Swart, Sr., Chieftain editor and publisher, epitomized this value, along with a love and support of com…

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We are all pulling at our tethers. Fettered, hobbled, and haltered by the coronavirus, we are beginning to rear back against our restraints. The sun is shining, the grass is green. Winter is p…

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Earth Day began a half-century ago when oil spills and other environmental perils abounded. It remains a serious reminder for us, the stewards of this planet. It’s not just a single event, onc…

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By now, even before the disease begins to peak in Oregon and rural America, we are all very tired of hearing about coronavirus, COVID-19, social distancing, and cancellations of seemingly ever…

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Norma Paulus would be proud. And she would be amazed. As secretary of state from 1977 until 1985, Paulus was the prime mover of Oregon’s voting by mail. Other states have been slow to follow O…

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When you are 136 years old, sometimes it’s hard to adapt to newfangled ways. The Chieftain published its first issue in 1884. A Jan. 7 1898 issue, yellowed, fragile and faded, is the oldest ed…

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The recycling center in Enterprise isn’t closed, but its function seems significantly diminished. We can still take our cardboard there. And plastic with sufficiently low numbers stamped into …

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It’s been a rough week. The fire in Joseph Charter School’s gym has upended a school year, challenged Joseph’s winning sports teams in ways they never anticipated, and in the end, seems to be …

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About 80 percent of the East Moraine will remain undeveloped now that Wallowa County has taken ownership of the 1800-acre Yanke property.

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The new year and the new decade have brought us many new challenges. Some of them, including possible war with Iran or at the least, continuing turmoil in the Middle East are alarming. Others,…

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It’s 2020. The Christmas season, a time for wishes and presents is past. New Year's is the time for resolutions, for looking forward with 2020 vision and making ourselves and Wallowa County an…

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Sometimes the onus of trying to stick with a healthy diet can be overwhelming. Not to mention confusing. First, dietary gurus and scientists change their stories. A while back you couldn’t eat…

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Generally there’s not much going on in Wallowa County on a Tuesday night. A couple of 6th-8th grade boys basketball games, and not much else. Until now, the weather has been mild and amenable …

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This year, Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, is the 100th anniversary of a holiday established to honor living members of the U.S. Armed Services and those who have served. A century ago, it wa…

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On Nov. 11, 1969, Operation Fulton Square in the Quang Tri Province was in full force with the assistance of the 1st Marine Division, 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Infantry Division. Thi…

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It’s a scary time of the year. We don’t just mean Halloween. This year there’s everything from our recently–arrived property tax bills to the folderols ongoing in the nation’s capitol. If that…

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For most of us, the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Columbus Day, a time when banks and post offices are closed, and we think, however briefly, about Columbus’ discovery of Ame…

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On Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Wallowa County will have an opportunity to listen to and talk with Oregon’s senior U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, at a town hall meeting in the Senior C…

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If the recent snowfall, political upheaval, and the steady approach of winter have you either wanting to hide under the bed or come out swinging, there’s an easy remedy to all this stress at l…

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The worldwide September 20 climate strike engaged millions of people in 150 countries around the globe. In Enterprise, a group of 30 local residents gathered at the courthouse, talked about th…

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Oregon State University archaeologist Loren Davis’ astounding discovery of North America’s earliest known, 16,560-year-old human habitation, at a place known to the Nez Perce as the ancient vi…

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So far, the 2019 fire season in the Pacific Northwest and California has been remarkable. In an era of increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation, when raging wildfires have brutally…

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Sometimes destiny comes calling. That’s what seems to be happening at the Wallowa County Humane Society this week. Suddenly, instead of moving to adequate, but smaller, remodeled quarters sequ…

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Much has been written, discussed, opined, and debated about the denying of a quorum for 9 days, when the 11 Oregon Senate Republicans made the decision to leave. Since I was one of what became…

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The 74th annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo in now in the record books. The cowboys’ big horse trailers with living quarters have left. We can cross the street in Joseph again. And getting a meal …