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History center's vision for new home coming to fruition

WALLOWA — The Wallowa History Center’s vision for its new home is moving closer to reality. Board President David Weaver said the center will have its site plan and exhibit plan for the four-building home of the center at 1st and Madison streets in Wallowa by next month, and at that point, they can move to the next step of restoring the old Forest Service buildings and converting them into a history hub.
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Wallowa County named 2021 Bright Spot Community

WALLOWA COUNTY — The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last month that Wallowa County has been named a 2021 Bright Spot Community due to its efforts in keeping students engaged after COVID-19 forced school doors to shut. Wallowa County is one of 54 communities that were recognized nationwide, and the...
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Free lunches to be available this summer

LA GRANDE — Children and teenagers in Union and Wallowa counties can again enjoy weekday lunches at no cost this summer. The free meals will be available in several towns, including La Grande, Elgin, Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph. The La Grande lunches will be served at the Riveria Activity Center...
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Wallowa County hosting Oregon State Grange Convention

ENTERPRISE — The Oregon State Grange is holding its 148th annual State Grange Convention in Enterprise from Saturday, June 19, through Thursday, June 24, according to a press release. The meetings will be conducted at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds, 668 NW 1st St., Enterprise, with a kick-off banquet and talent...
Wallowa, ORLa Grande Observer

History center celebrates 20th year with open house

WALLOWA — The Wallowa History Center is closing in on its 20th anniversary celebration, and will be hosting an open house in celebration on the Fourth of July. The celebration will take place in conjunction with the town’s Fourth of July Parade at the home of the center at the corner of 1st and Madison streets in Wallowa, the former home of the U.S. Forest Service station.
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More premium coffee arrives in county

ENTERPRISE — Another premium coffee outlet is coming to Wallowa County. In fact, it’s already here, as True Mountain Coffee is importing green coffee beans from Costa Rica to roast and sell. Lyman Warnock, of Enterprise, is working in conjunction with a longtime friend, Gustavo Rodriguez, of Tilarán, Costa Rica,...
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Planning, preparations being made for Wallowa County Fair

ENTERPRISE — Although still weeks away, the Wallowa County Fair is fast approaching and will be here before we know it. And, just like Uncle Sam did during World War II, your fair wants you. The fair wants your canned peaches, your paintings and photographs, pickles and quilts, your hobby...
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Crews tame Wallowa County fires

ENTERPRISE — Demobilization of resources fighting the Joseph Canyon and Dry Creek fires in rural Wallowa County continues Thursday, June 10, as conditions have moderated and suppression actions have been successful, according to a press release. Interagency Team 7 is preparing for demobilization and to transition the fires back to...
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Eastern Oregon lawmakers ask state to end supplemental unemployment benefits

SALEM — Eastern Oregon lawmakers are calling for the state to end supplemental unemployment benefits to help out-of-work Oregonians endure the pandemic, saying the programs have spurred a workforce shortage that is hurting regional business economies. Commissioners from 14 Eastern Oregon counties, as well as three state representatives and one...
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Joseph Canyon and Dry Creek fires dying down

ENTERPRISE — The early beginning of Oregon’s wildfire season was brief, but spectacular. Just one day after the Interagency Team 7 overhead team assumed command of the Joseph Canyon and Dry Creek fires, crews and air support are being released. The release of the Type 1 helicopters and most of...
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Out of the Past: Lightning strike kills four horses; two men spared

John Evans and his son, Paul, were seeding on land near their home near Lewis when a brief electric storm came up. The father and son crouched under the bed of their wagon for shelter. A bolt of lightning struck and four of their horses that were tied to the wagon were knocked down and killed. Other than a scorched eyebrow, the two men were not injured.
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Commissioners still concerned over drought

ENTERPRISE — As Wallowa County moves into warmer weather, the outlook for the drought declaration the county commissioners approved May 21 isn’t getting any brighter. Commissioner Todd Nash said the county has a “D1” drought designation, which is not nearly as severe as some neighboring counties. “In Union and Baker...
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Containment rises on Wallowa County fires

WALLOWA COUNTY — Crews battling the Joseph Canyon and Dry Creek fires, burning in Northeastern Wallowa County, seem to have grabbed an upper hand on the blazes. According to a report from the Northwest 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team, both fires are now 60% contained. The Joseph Canyon Fire, which has burned between Rye Ridge and Cottonwood Creek and spilled into Washington, has burned 7,610 acres. The Dry Creek Fire, burning to the southeast of the larger blaze, has burned 1,564 acres.
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Bentz meets with local delegation

ISLAND CITY — Wallowa and Union county commissioners, educators and business owners heard about the inner workings of Washington, D.C., from 2nd Congressional District Rep. Cliff Bentz on Monday, June 7, in Island City, and had an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns on a range of topics with the freshman congressman.
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Huge financial boost could be coming to the fairgrounds

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise have been in need of repairs for years, possibly even decades. A huge windfall of cash that would serve as a major boon to getting many of those fixes completed could be just around the corner. The fair board should receive later...
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Fire season starts early in Wallowa County

WALLOWA COUNTY — The declared start of the fire season is Wednesday, June 9. But it got underway in earnest last week, as the first major fires of 2021 started in Wallowa County. The Joseph Canyon Fire and Dry Creek Fire, which between them have burned more than 9,000 acres,...
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Biz Buzz: More premium coffee arrives in county

ENTERPRISE — Another premium coffee outlet is coming to Wallowa County. In fact, it’s already here, as True Mountain Coffee is importing green coffee beans from Costa Rica and roasting and selling them here. Lyman Warnock, of Enterprise, is working in conjunction with a longtime friend, Gustavo Rodriguez, of Tilarán,...