Author: WVO

Elgin Opera House: Meet “A Little Princess” Sara Crewe – Hannah Kate Sheehy

Ten-year old Hannah Kate Sheehy has been acting, directing and designing costumes for backyard plays since before she could write. Her first major play, a limited run of the Nativity scene held in her front yard in April of 2013, threatened to end her career before it began when the angel Gabriel (played by her little brother) took center stage in a Buzz Lightyear costume and made the rest of the cast giggle. The lack of professionalism exhibited by her fellow actors (mainly neighbors under the age of 6) caused the young director overwhelming embarrassment and forced her to...

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Wallowa County 7 and 8th Grade Boys Cross Country Team wins PDXC State Middle School Championship

Taylor Fox (Union), Nathanael O’Reilly (Union), Weston Wolfe (Wallowa), Baden Menton (Joseph), Zac Knapp (Enterprise), Roan Flynn (Wallowa), Henry Coughlan (Joseph) and Ian Goodrich (Joseph)   The Wallowa County seventh and eighth grade boys cross country team won the PDXC State Middle School Championship at Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oct. 29 with a score of 44 points. Two runners from Union joined the team and the kids renamed themselves the Eastern Oregon Cross Country Team.    ...

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The history of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial...

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USDA Chief Scientist Statement on WHO Guidelines on Antibiotics

(WASHINGTON, November 7, 2017) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has released recommendations regarding the use of antibiotics in agriculture. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA Acting Chief Scientist, today issued the following statement: “The WHO guidelines are not in alignment with U.S. policy and are not supported by sound science. The recommendations erroneously conflate disease prevention with growth promotion in animals.” “The WHO previously requested that the standards for on-farm antibiotic use in animals be updated through a transparent, consensus, science-based process of CODEX. However, before the first meeting of the CODEX was held, the WHO released these guidelines, which...

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Senator Dennis Linthicum: Citizen Heroes

This week we mourn alongside the community of Sutherland Springs, in Texas. This past Sunday, in a Baptist Church – 26 Christian men, women and children were senselessly murdered. My prayers are with those dealing with this horror and the loss of their loved ones, while my admonitions apply to everyone A week earlier, we read stories of people randomly killed while on a popular bike-only path in lower Manhattan. The terrorist murderer drove a rented truck for nearly a mile down the path in the shadow of the World Trade Center, shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” In New York, the...

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Greg Walden’s CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) plan to extend vital funding for important public health priorities passed the House on a bipartisan vote today. Walden’s legislation — the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act — provides funding extensions of public health programs such as: A five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  A two-year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Community Health Centers  A two-year extension for additional public health programs, including: The National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. During a...

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Across County Lines: Rep. Werner Reschke ~ Healthy, sustainable forest management

We all suffered the air quality impacts of choking-smoke from catastrophic wildfires this summer. We need better forest management in Oregon’s forests. This is why I joined the Fire Caucus in the House and Senate and am working with several Legislators, county commissioners and Congressman Walden in demanding a change in the way our forests are managed. Recently, I took a tour with several legislators of all-timber buildings in the Portland area. Oregon is on the verge of a timber renaissance. Mass Timber is the new wave of building products and projects that not only make wise use of Oregon’s...

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Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

(Washington, D.C. November 3, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors, all serving as appointees of President Donald J. Trump.  FSA State Directors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the state FSA office.  Similarly, RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. “These state directors will help ensure that USDA is offering the...

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OHA Discloses Over $74 Million Wasted on Improper Payments

SALEM, Ore — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson released the following statement: “I have stated in the past that, from my conversations with citizens across the state, one thing is clear: Oregonians want increased accountability for how their tax dollars are spent. That’s why, on May 17, 2017, my office released our first Audit Alert, notifying the Oregon Health Authority of immediate concerns uncovered during our ongoing audit. “The Audit Alert flagged millions of dollars of improper payments made for ineligible recipients. During the months that followed, OHA removed more than 54,000 ineligible recipients from their system. “It has now come to light,...

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Alpenfest To Evoke Fond Memories For Its 40th Anniversary

Oregon’s Alpenfest will rely on entertainers that evoke memories of the past as it plans its 40th anniversary festival in 2018. Longtime favorite acts have been invited to return as it launches its theme, “Forty Years of Alpenfest Memories.” The Alpenfest board of directors, meeting Nov. 1, decided to feature The Polkatones, the nine-member polka band that has appeared here more often than any other, and the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, the folk dance company that has performed here most often, at the festival Sept. 27-30. “It was no contest,” said Alpenmeister Chuck Anderson. “Even if we looked at...

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Public Meeting scheduled for Two Eagle Project

BAKER CITY, Ore. – The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will host an open house regarding the Two Eagle Vegetation Management Project on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at the La Grande Ranger District Office. The objective of the meeting is to gather ideas and feedback from the public on project development and restoration activities and to provide information to private landowners on potential resources available to assist with resource management activities on their private forest lands. The Two Eagle planning area encompasses an estimated 6,929 acres in the West Eagle, Upper Eagle and Eagle-Bennett Creek subwatersheds of the Eagle...

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Greg Walden applauds passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

Helps advance forest management reform through House for fifth year WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, for the fifth time in five years, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) voted to pass legislation to improve federal forest management and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires that ravage Oregon and much of the West every year. The Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936), which Walden helped craft, addresses the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire that scorched over 678,000 acres of land across Oregon this year.  “My intensity on this issue is almost that of the fires we fight,” said Walden. “We can...

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