11 Fires Burning Close to 60,000 acres in Oregon and Washington

BLM Oregon & Washington — There are 11 large fires burning close to 60,000 acres in Oregon and Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. The largest fire, the #SubstationFire, is burning more than 50,000 acres of grassland south of The Dalles, which is about 80 miles east of Portland. That wildfire started Tuesday and moved 18 miles in just a few hours, causing road closures and evacuations.   <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> A local farmer died while attempting to battle the blaze, said Oregon Gov. Brown during a Thursday morning...

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Sign Up for the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo JUNIOR PARADE!

It’s time once again to make plans to participate in the Chief Joseph Days Junior Parade.   The CJD Junior Parade is a big crowd pleaser on Friday morning, July 27, 2018, when over a hundred youngsters – from infants to teens – dressed up in all kinds of costumes to entertain Chief Joseph Days’ crowds. The CJD Junior Parade lineup starts at the Indian Lodge Motel at 9:30 a.m. and heads north down Main Street at 10 a.m.  The top three places win cash prizes in seven (7) categories, ranging from $5 to $15, while the grande prize entry will win ...

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Forest Service publishes the revised Blue Mountains Land Management Plans

JOHN DAY, PENDLETON and BAKER CITY, Ore. – The USDA Forest Service will soon publish the revised Blue Mountains Land Management Plans (revised Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, as well as a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a draft Record of Decision.   These revised Forest Plans represent a Forest Service commitment to promote rural prosperity and community well-being, treat fire-prone areas, provide continued access to the forests, and support healthier watersheds. Once the revised Forest Plans are fully implemented, they have the potential to annually support up to 2,820 jobs and $113.6 million in...

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Leave young wildlife in the wild: Young animals are rarely orphaned – leave them alone this time of year

SALEM, Ore.—Put it back. That’s the advice you’re likely to hear if you bring a young wild animal home to “take care of it”—and you might get a warning or citation from Oregon State Police, too. Oregon’s deer and elk give birth from May through July and many other wildlife species also bear their young at this time of year. It’s natural for mother animals to leave their young alone for extended periods of time while they go off to feed, so never assume a young animal is orphaned when you see it alone. The mother will return when...

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Greg Walden on livestock grazing in eastern Oregon: “this is a life-and-death matter for the ranchers out there”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today pressed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver for answers as to the science behind environmental rules that limit grazing activities in eastern Oregon. During a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden called for increased local input when determining grazing management policies, and stressed the importance of livestock grazing for rural communities in Oregon. “On Friday, Mr. Oliver, your agency finalized a year-overdue grazing biological opinion for the Malheur National Forest allotments on the Malheur National Forest. I...

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Courthouse Concert Series begins June 7, 2018

Locals and visitors to our scenic Wallowa County will once again enjoy a variety of live music every Thursday at the gazebo on the lawn of the county courthouse in Enterprise. The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance has been presenting this event since 2006, and this summer is no exception. Everything from folksongs to brass bands will delight audiences as they pause for some relaxing outdoor time with family and friends. Musicians from as far as New Orleans, Louisiana (Bad Penny Pleasuremakers, The Wasted Lives), Florida (Jennings & Keller), and all over the Pacific Northwest will grace the gazebo stage....

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The History Of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac...

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Wallowa County 4-H members Excel at State Horse Classic Competition, Qualify for Nationals in Kentucky

Eleven outstanding Wallowa County 4-H members were selected to participate in the 2018 4-H Spring Horse Classic, held in Pendleton, April 27-29. Approximately 170 4-H’ers from across the state competed in several contests to show their knowledge in the horse project area.  Wallowa County 4-H members consistently do an excellent job of representing our horse program and this year was no exception! Teagan Miller, Maddi Tracy, Brianna Micka, Rylee Wilcox and Chance Arbogast comprised the senior 4-H delegation.  Brianna Micka and Rylee Wilcox competed in the senior Horse Judging contest, where they placed 6thas a team, and Brianna placed 1stindividually. ...

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Boise Cascade Announces Curtailment of Lumber Operation in Elgin affecting 80 to 90 jobs

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade) (NYSE: BCC) announced today the curtailment of its lumber operation in Elgin, Oregon. The 60-day notice includes the sawmill, planer and shipping department; the powerhouse and log utilization center will remain operational. “Boise Cascade has operated the Elgin lumber mill since 1960. This portion of the Elgin complex is not cost competitive in the marketplace given its age, size and technology,” stated John White, Regional Manager, Wood Products. “Even with significant new capital investments, it is not clear the lumber mill can be positioned to be cost competitive. We have announced...

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2018 Wallowa County Primary -Dunn wins Commissioner position – Library District Fails, Weed Levy Passes

ENTERPRISE, Ore — Wallowa County resoundingly threw it’s vote behind Bruce Dunn for county commissioner in Oregon’s 2018 May primary election. Dunn received just over 60 percent of the vote in his race against Diane Daggett. The county’s voters were overwhelmingly against the proposed library district, voting it down 65 percent to 35 percent, but they approved a third five-year levy of $.19 per $1,000 on assessed property tax to help the county control noxious weeds and invasive plants.   Sam Carpenter was the county’s overall choice to run on the Republican ticket for governor garnering 50 percent of...

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2018 Wallowa County Primary Results – First count Dunn wins Commissioner position

ENTERPRISE, Ore – Wallowa County Clerk’s office has released the first ballot count for the 2018 Oregon May primary election. Bruce Dunn has just over 60 percent of the vote in the county commissioner race over Diane Daggett who collected 39.23% of the votes. Wallowa County voted on two local levies, the library district and the weed control levy. County voters resoundingly voted down the proposed library district – a little over 64 percent voted no. The weed levy overwhelmingly passed with 76 percent voting yes. Seventy percent of Wallowa County Democrats voted for Kate Brown as their gubnatorial...

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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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