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County commissioner candidates and local ballot measures discussions at town hall meeting

By Katy Nesbitt for Wallowa Valley Online ENTERPRISE, Ore – The county commissioner candidates and local ballot measures were at the forefront of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum April 25 in Enterprise. The forum, held at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds’ Cloverleaf Hall, was an opportunity for members of the community to get up close and personal with Bruce Dunn and Diane Daggett. Dunn said his experience as a professional forester, 12 years on the county’s planning commission and 22 on its Natural Resource Advisory Committee makes him qualified for the job, but his vision extends beyond...

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Wallowa County Library recognized with Outstanding Project Award from state library.

Greta Bergquist, Youth Consultant, from the Oregon State Library, presents an Outstanding Project Award to Susan Polumsky, Wallowa County librarian, for the county’s early literacy programs. By Katy Nesbitt for Wallowa Valley Online ENTERPRISE, Ore – The Wallowa County Library was recognized at a public reception April 25 for its receipt of an Outstanding Project Award from the state library. Wallowa County was one of four libraries to receive the award for its participation in the Ready to Read grant funding also known as the library’s Training Wheels program that provides early literacy outreach. As part of the program...

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Yes or No on Measure 101 – an assessment, or tax, to fill the massive hole in Oregon’s health care budget

By Katy Nesbitt for Wallowa Valley Online ENTERPRISE – Ballots are due Jan. 23 for a special, one ballot election that would fill a Oregon Health Authority budget shortfall and keep 350,000 Oregonians insured through Medicaid. Meg Bowen, quality control manager for Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, said the funding would affect 700 Wallowa County residents insured through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Bowen said, “This is an assessment, or tax, to fill the massive hole Oregon has in health care.” A large part of Oregon’s $1.4 billion budget deficit for the biennium is a shortfall in the...

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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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2017 Jo-Hi Invitational Results

By Katy Nesbitt for Wallowa Valley Online JOSEPH, Ore – The Enterprise girls’ track team took first at the Jo-Hi Invitational Saturday, April 29 while the Enterprise boys were just three points behind the Elgin Huskies, placing second. In the 100-meter race, Enterprise Senior Brandon Frolander took first in 12.15 seconds and freshman Foster Hobbs took third in 12.58. For the girls, Hero Peters of Enterprise was the top Wallowa County finisher in the 100-meter, tying for second place with Weston-McEwen’s Keree Graves. Hobbs returned to win the 200-meter race in 25.40 seconds, edging out Joseph senior Aaron Borgerding...

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Nez Perce Release Coho Smolts Into NE Oregon’s Lostine River To Bring Back Fish Absent For 40 Years

The release of 500,000 coho salmon smolts into northeast Oregon’s Lostine River this week marked the return of a species absent 40 years from the Grande Ronde River Basin. Nez Perce tribal members and staff, representatives from fisheries agencies and members of the public gathered at the site of a former Nez Perce Tribe village to watch as a portion of the half million fish were ceremoniously released into the Lostine River. Mary Jane Miles, Nez Perce Tribal Committee Chair, lauded the return of coho to the Lostine. “It is a great honor to be able to witness the...

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Rough winters tough on wildlife

by Katy Nesbitt For Wallowa Valley Online Wildlife is adapted to its native climate, but Mother Nature can throw curve balls even to the hardiest of creatures. At the end of December Brian Ratliffe, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Baker City biologist, said he got a call from a woman in Richland, Ore. with a report that several elk had been seen falling through the ice on Brownlee Reservoir. Approximately 41 elk perished in four different breaks in the ice, Ratliffe said. “It’s not uncommon for elk to cross the reservoir,” Ratliffe said. “They did it before this...

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Minam State Park readies for 2017 with new interpretive center

by Katy Nesbitt Wallowa Valley Online MINAM, Ore –  The heart of one of Wallowa County’s favorite recreation spots comes complete with a boat launch, a motel and raft rental and miles of fabulous fishing in either direction. Next spring the Minam Station will be one more amenity for summer visitors to the canyon. Once a raft outfitter’s shop, Minam Station is being transformed into an interpretive center at the entrance of Minam State Park, a popular destination for boating and fishing. The transformation is being overseen by Taylor Wilson-Primm, Wallowa Lake State Park’s interpretive ranger. She said the...

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County Roads: Vali’s Alpine Restaurant offers unparalleled food and service

The dearth of restaurants in Wallowa County following the loss of Russell’s, Caldera’s, Lostine Tavern TWICE, Mutiny and Coco’s along with diminished hours at the Range Rider, eating out is becoming dismal with a distinct lack of choices and increased pressure on the remaining restaurants to keep up with the crowds. One bright spot remains in the fine dining category, Vali’s in Wallowa Lake Village. I hate to let this secret out of the bag, but Vali’s doesn’t just serve high-end meals that rival the best restaurants in Portland, but they are priced so that a working-class girl can...

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Bridge placed over Wallowa River at Tamkaliks Powwow Grounds

by Katy Nesbitt Wallowa Valley Online WALLOWA, Ore – Almost a century after it was moved from Wallowa to Minam, an historic bridge spans the Wallowa River once more in its third, and possibly final, home. A bridge stamped with the date 1911 has lived in Minam since at least 30’s. It once crossed the Wallowa River in the town of the same name before being moved to Minam, crossing the river on the Deer Creek Road. When the bridge was deemed out of federal compliance Oregon Department of Transportation came up with a plan and the money to...

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Wallowa County Schools put on staged mock casualty scenario

by Katy Nesbitt Wallowa Valley Online ENTERPRISE, Ore – What started out looking like yet another zombie apocalypse set-up was in reality a staged mass casualty incident starring local high school students. Thursday, Sept. 16 students from Joseph High, Enterprise High and the Wallowa County Alternative Ed School filed into the Cloverleaf Hall at the fairgrounds in Enterprise for some make-up, a fake wound or two and their “roles”. The students loaded on to a minibus, driven by Dan McCarthy, Wallowa Memorial Hospital’s plant service director. McCarthy’s make-up was primarily white because when the mass casualty re-enactment took place,...

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71st Chief Joseph Days Court getting ready to ‘Feel the Thunder’….

By Katy Nesbitt Wallowa Valley Online JOSEPH, Ore – The Chief Joseph Days Rodeo court is going through the final preparation for tonight’s premier performance including one last rehearsal for the grand entry, complete with their hair in hot rollers. Fans have long come to expect beauty, brains and horsemanship from Chief Joseph Days’ courts along with their curls, custom-made suedes and Pendleton coats. Expertly horse trained and outfitted, these girls are the ambassadors for Wallowa County’s pinnacle summer event. Queen Lauren Makin said they made their debut public appearance with the 2015 court in November at the Circuit Finals...

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