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Me and the kokanee are swimming a little easier now that the EPA has decreed the Lake free of the herbicide Agent Orange. But I did — mid-backstroke — overhear Mama Merganser remark to her handsome drake: “Now if we could just get rid of those loud, leaky, loathsome power boats and jet skis …

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I am against the improvements to Wallowa Mt. Road that started this week. The speed limit is 35mph. Most vehicles are going around 55. The deer are getting killed and there is no law enforceme…

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When I was growing up in the 60’s and70’s, when we recieved a gift we were expected to send a thank you note or give a personal thank you; as in a hug to grandma. Now it seems as though thank …

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I want to thank Belinda Buswell and Marty Hamilton for their efforts at the most recent Joseph City Council meeting to find documentation and build community. They are so appreciated.

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In my opinion, it may be time the citizens of Joseph take a moment to reflect on the duties of the Joseph City Council. The first priority of the council is to maintain a safe, financially sta…

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I was troubled by a few points Ms. Lathrop made in her guest editorial last week re: the Joseph Branch Trail. First, her claim that the all-volunteer group somehow had sinister, hidden motives…

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The David vs. Goliath comparison described in last week’s anti-Joseph Branch Trail Op-Ed is accurate — except the writer has it backwards. The real Davids are the many hard working neighbors t…

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Connie Dunham's letter (3/13/19) about elk encroachment on Wallowa County ranchland tries to link it, naturally, to wolves, claiming they drive elk to the safety of the valley. Solution: kill …

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The editorial “Thou Mayest” (March 6) harks back to the drafting of the Constitution and earlier.

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In the fall of 1900, as the last of Wallowa County’s elk were being decimated, county commissioners sent a letter to the Secretary of Interior asking for help. The problem? Nez Perce were maki…

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We have been watching the construction of the new Enterprise City Hall – along with many other Wallowa County folks. As ardent viewers, we want to thank the capable team of Wellens-Farwell Con…

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I wonder why so many people in the present United States of America know so little about their own country. I try to explore reasons for this seeming lack of general knowledge about what it me…

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The Golden Arrow 4-H Club had a meeting on January 22, 2019. We went over rules and important dates. We also filled out enrollment forms. We have 36 members.

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Let's make this short and simple: If our billionaire president wants a wall that won't cost the American one dime as promised, how about he and some of his billionaire pals pay for it themselves.

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To the citizens of our area and especially to the ones in Wallowa County: We are a great country already in spite of the slogan “Make America Great Again”. The Wallowa County Chamber of Commer…

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I had to laugh out loud at the front page article “A Citizens Guide to finding your voice at the Capitol!” If you are a God fearing, patriotic conservative you haven’t had a voice in Salem in …

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I read the article in the latest Chieftain, regarding Oregon SB501. The article said it would require you to get a permit for any gun transaction. The article fails to mention, it is much more…

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I would like to request that people quit dumping their cats on Alder Slope and other populated rural areas. It may look wild up here, but there are residences all over the Slope. We struggle w…

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My name is Alona Yost. I am a freshman at Enterprise High School, and for my FCCLA S.T.A.R. project this year my partner, Elena Huwe and I decided to host a Parents' Night Out. It will take pl…

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In her Nov. 28 opinion column, Anita VanGrunsven quotes Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1953, was a U.S. WWII ally against the Germans, a dictator and a monster of execu…

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We very much appreciate the article in last week’s paper, “Scout leaders approve moving memorial bridge.” The Blue Mountain Council of Boy Scouts deserves a big “thank you” for making the brid…