Category: In the Spotlight…

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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Greg Walden: “We have to do better for air quality, for water quality, and for the future of our precious public resources”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve federal policy to help prevent catastrophic wildfires in Oregon, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) called for action Wednesday on forest management reform. During a hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden stressed the urgent need to address the underlying issues leading to devastating fires, which pour pollutants into the atmosphere and pose a serious threat to air quality, water quality, and Oregon’s public lands. “I want to focus on this air quality issue, especially as it relates to wood stoves and what is happening in the West. Year after year, we...

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Upper Snake River opens to fall Chinook fishing on Sept. 1

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – The upper Snake River will open to hatchery fall Chinook fishing on Friday, Sept. 1. The river will be open from the Oregon – Washington border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and will remain open until Oct. 31, or until a closure is announced. In addition, the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17. The daily bag limit will be six adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon. Anglers can also keep an unlimited number of fin-clipped jack Chinook. Chinook jacks...

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Meet the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Court Royalty, Deidre Schreiber and Rylee Goller

Deidre Schreiber My family includes my brothers Clancy, Cole and Devin, as well as my parents Debi and Charlie Warnock. We split our time between our house in Enterprise, and our commercial cattle ranch in Imnaha. My hobbies include showing cattle and horses, FFA, 4-H, reading, baking, cooking, and working on the ranch. I have maintained a 3.8 GPA and was awarded a scholar athlete award for volleyball and cheerleading season. I hope to attend Oregon State University to major in Ag Education with ambitions to become an Ag teacher. Additional achievements include being qualified and showing my horse...

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Wallowa County Fair 4-H Horse Results Monday August 7, 2017

   Showmanship 1st Year Juniors:  Champion:  Carissa Yaw Juniors:  Champion:  Quincee Zacharias; Reserve Champion:  Libby Fisher Intermediates: Champion: Brianna Wilcox; Reserve Champion:  Rylee Wilcox Seniors:  Champion:  Ally Cooney; Reserve Champion:  Caitlin Robb Grand Champion:  Brianna Micka Reserve Grand Champion:  Ally Cooney Western Equitation 1st Year Juniors:  Champion:  Carisa Yaw Juniors: Champion:  Quincee Zacharias;  Reserve Champion: Libby Fisher Seniors:  Champion:  Ally Cooney; Reserve Champion:  Caitlin Robb   Grand Champion: Brianna Micka Reserve Grand Champion:  Ally...

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