Category: In the Spotlight…

2018 Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race Results

200 Mile Race – 12 Dogs – Winner:  Miriam Osredkar Place B# Musher Start Time Salt Creek Mile 9 Ollokot Mile 54 Ollokot 6hr Layover Mile 106 Ollokot Mile 139 Salt Creek Mile 193 Finish Mile 204 Total Time (hrs:min)           IN OUT IN OUT IN OUT        1  4 Miriam Osredkar 12:09 13:17 18:21 18:45 01:32 07:44 11:58 12:02 19:32 20:47 32:44   2  6 Brett Bruggerman 12:15 13:22 18:20 18:25 01:31 07:44 11:58 12:00 19:33 20:50 32:47   3  3 Laurie Warren 12:06 13:12 17:50 20:30 02:36 08:51 12:35 13:49 20:33 21:47 33:44 ...

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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 History…A Continuation – now available for pre-sale

Wallowa County Museum has been working on a sequel to its 1983 history book. The new book “Wallowa County History…A Continuation” is now being sent to the printer and will be available Spring 2018. Pre-sale is currently offered, with a $5 per book discount if ordered before Jan. 31, 2018. Order forms may be picked up at Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph libraries, the Bookloft and the Clerk’s office at the Courthouse. Sale proceeds support operation of The Museum. This book is filled with general history and hundreds of family stories and photos from Nez Perce to pioneers to today’s...

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IN EFFECT: Additional Beverages Included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill As of January 1, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission wants to remind consumers and retailers that additional beverages are now included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and have a refund value of 10 cents per container as of January 1, 2018. This change came as the result of Oregon statute, ORS 459A.702.  Most beverages in bottles or cans that are sold in sealed glass, metal, and plastic in sizes from 4 ounces up to 1.5 liters are included.  Some of the common beverages that have a 10-cent refund value are: Coffee/Tea Kombucha Energy and Sports Drinks Hard Cider Juice Protein Drinks...

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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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Rabies confirmed in Wallowa County

A skunk has tested positive for rabies in Wallowa County, confirmed by ODA, ODFW, and the Wallowa County Health Department.  According to the WCHD, rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in humans and other mammals. A person may contract rabies through a bite, scratch, or saliva from an infected animal. A potential rabies exposure should never be taken lightly. If you find yourself in close proximity to a skunk, dead or alive,  do not touch it, destroy it, or try to remove it. Call the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife at 541-426-3279 or Brady Smith...

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Jezebel’s Mother CD Release Party

Local band Jezebel’s Mother celebrates the release of  their new CD Real Pearls, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Range Rider Saloon, 107 NW 1st St., Enterprise, OR. Jezebel’s Mother features songwriters Carolyn Lochert and Janis Carper, both residents of Wallowa County. The new recording contains twelve original songs written by Lochert and Carper, recorded at Carper’s home studio in Enterprise, mixed and mastered by Bob Webb at Joseph Mountain Studios in Joseph.  Wednesday’s event will be featuring the full band version of Jezebel’s Mother, including Joey Carper on drums and Duncan Galvin on bass. No cover charge, music starts at 7pm. Drink specials...

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It’s Halloween: Don’t get tricked by myths about snakes and bats

  SALEM, Ore.— Snakes and bats are everywhere at this time of year—on Halloween cards, costumes, cupcakes and cauldrons—which makes it a great time to talk about Oregon’s real snakes and bats. The state has a wonderful diversity of native species and each is a valuable part of the ecosystem. Many people are unnecessarily afraid of snakes and bats because of persistent myths. Snakes, in general, are relatively inactive except when looking for a spot in or out of the sun or when hunting. Often people think a snake is dangerous because it flicks its tongue. In fact, it...

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Walden leads call to action on forest management reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Continuing his efforts to improve the way our federal forests are managed, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) led several calls to action recently on the need to pass forest management reform. Walden, joined by his colleagues on the Congressional Western Caucus, stressed the need for Congress to fix broken federal forest policy that leads to catastrophic fires in Oregon and much of the West.  “As we saw painfully this summer, smoke chokes our citizens, it chokes children. In my district, elementary school children had to be sent home because of smoke in their schools because of forest fires,”...

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2017 Oregon’s Alpenfest attracts hundreds

Oregon’s Alpenfest brings hundreds to Wallowa County for polka, beer, bratwurst WALLOWA LAKE, Ore. – Nearly 600 guests braved cool temperatures and a little drizzle to polka and waltz, hear alphorn music and Swiss yodeling and feast on bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer at the 39th edition of Oregon’s Alpenfest, the only Swiss-Bavarian festival in the West. The annual festival at Wallowa Lake and in nearby Joseph and Enterprise Sept 28-Oct. 1 had new features as well as popular returning acts. “Attendance was down a little compared to last year, but our food and beverage sales were way up,” said...

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Greg Walden leads hearing on air quality, health impacts of wildfires in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Continuing his push for forest management reforms to prevent catastrophic fires in Oregon, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) led a hearing today to call attention to the air quality, environmental, and health impacts of wildfire smoke. Walden, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said examining the impact of devastating wildfires on air quality needs to be part of the broader conversation on forest management reform. “It’s time that we looked at air quality as part of the overall mix. Oregonians have been living this problem in the rural West for years — smoke clogged...

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