Category: In the Spotlight…

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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Bear Butte Fire burning on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest approximately 10% contained

Aug. 5, 2017 – Noon Basic Information Current as of 8/5/2017, 12:23:48 PM Incident Type Wildfire Cause Unknown Date of Origin Friday August 04th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM Location Anthony Lakes, Oregon Incident Description Wildfire Current Situation Size 500 Acres Percent of Perimeter Contained 10% BAKER CITY, Ore. – The Bear Butte Fire burning on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is approximately 10% contained as of Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at Noon. The fire has been burning within a mile northeast of Anthony Lakes Recreation Area and is currently reported at approximately 500 acres (adjusted down with more accurate mapping...

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2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo PRCA Results

Joseph, Ore., July 26-29 All-around cowboy: Jordan Ketscher, $4,117, tie-down roping and team roping. Bareback riding: 1. Mason Clements, 83 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Caddy Wagon, $2,143; 2. Jessy Davis, 80.5, $1,643; 3. Richmond Champion, 80, $1,214; 4. (tie) David Peebles and Caleb Bennett, 79, $643 each; 6. Justin Miller, 78.5, $357; 7. Kyle Labrucherie, 78, $286; 8. Kaycee Feild, 77.5, $214. Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Ryan Bothum, 3.7 seconds, $1,199; 2. Olin Hannum, 3.9, $993; 3. Andy Weldon, 4.4, $786; 4. Trevor Knowles, 4.5, $579; 5. Sam Mackenzie, 4.7, $372; 6. Jesse Brown, 4.9, $207. Second...

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“Whiplash The Cowboy Monkey” coming to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

Whiplash The Cowboy Monkey is a fan favorite! 3-Time Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the Year and an international star who has been putting smiles on faces for years.  Whiplash The Cowboy Monkey is truly a fan favorite. He is the world’s smallest cowboy, 3-Time Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the Year, and an international star who has been putting smiles on faces for years.  Whiplash is a Capuchin Monkey who has been riding since he was two years old. He travels the country herding wild Barbados sheep at rodeos and other events. Whiplash, dressed in his cowboy hat, silk scarf,...

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Fire caused by lightning in the Lostine Canyon on public land

As thunderstorms move through the district, crews are responding to reports of smoke as storms pass through about 7 miles up the Lostine Canyon Road possibly in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. This smoke is located in the Lostine River area. U.S. Forest Service – Wallowa Whitman National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry resources are responding and bringing in the La Grande Rappel Crew by helicopter to battle the fire. While high winds are blowing in the canyon, the helicopter managed to drop two firefighters, including an incident commander to fight the fire. A USFS employee said that resources were...

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Bryce Melville Receives 4-H Scholarship

Wallowa County 4-H Association offers a $1000 scholarships for seniors in high school that have been involved in 4-H. This year’s recipient is Bryce Melville. Bryce will be attending Blue Mountain Community College in the fall to pursue a degree in law enforcement. Bryce has been involved in 4-H for 9 years, involved in dog, horse, and beef projects. Over there years he has become a hardworking, responsible, and honest young man with an amazing work ethic. With each one of his project he has learned numerous life skills and has helped his personal growth. As he moves on...

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Commission hears public testimony on Wolf Plan, schedules work session for June 8

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Commission heard from a panel of stakeholders representing Wolf Program stakeholders and an additional 73 members of the public who signed up to testify at a meeting about the revised Draft Wolf Plan today. The meeting was live-streamed and a recording can be viewed at ODFW’s Twitter account. Commissioners have now heard public testimony about the Draft Plan at meetings in La Grande, Klamath Falls and Portland. No decisions were made at today’s meeting, and a date for final adoption of a revised Draft Plan was not set. Chair Finley did schedule a work session for Commissioners on...

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Spring Brings Mushrooms to the Blue Mountains

Baker City, OR–Tt’s that time again, when fungi begin pushing their way up through the soil. Avid mushroom hunters, both recreational and commercial, await their arrival every spring. A permit is not required to harvest, possess, or transport less than one gallon in Oregon or less than five gallons in Washington. These free-use mushrooms are for personal consumption and cannot be sold, bartered, or given away. A commercial mushroom permit is required if you are 18 years or older and harvest mushrooms to sell, or if you plan to harvest, possess, or transport more than one gallon in Oregon...

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