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State looks at building “the last mile” themselves

There’s been a tiny wiggle on bringing high-speed internet to Wallowa County. Commissioner Susan Roberts reports that the Association of Oregon Counties recently inquired if Wallowa County had any opposition to the state instigating a “last mile” plan. 9 more words

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Wallowa County will close its health department

Wallowa County’s public health department is about to close because the county can no longer afford the operation, according to county commissioner Susan Roberts. The county’s board of commissioners is the local Public Health Authority. 52 more words

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Oregon Legislature puts teeth in strangulation penalties

Move will help domestic violence prosecutions.

Two bills approved by the Legislature in its recently completed short session will help in prosecuting domestic violence cases, Wallowa County officials say. 32 more words

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Oregon Wild and Greater Hells Canyon Council say their statements on Lostine project are accurate; claim USFS tells each entity something different

Responses to the FAQs also included mention of spotted owls, which Klavins said do not even live in the canyon.

The battle between the U.S. Forest Service and environmental groups Oregon Wild and Greater Hells Canyon Council over the Lostine Corridor Public Safety Project is headed to oral arguments on March 20. 28 more words


Editorial: Shining a spotlight on agriculture

Like much of America, fewer and fewer Wallowa County residents have a true personal connection to agriculture.

Agriculture is still king in Wallowa County.

With bountiful cattle dotting the landscape and thousands upon thousands of acres of hay grown for forage, there is no denying its economic impact. 11 more words


Our Voice: Bright future for road repairs in Joseph

According to numbers provided by ODOT, Joseph will receive $64,300 from state highway trust fund in 2018.That will jump to $81,300 in coming years.

Driving the residential streets of Joseph is a bit like navigating the craters of the moon. 58 more words


Wolfe appointed to new commission to protect farm, ranch lands

Woody Wolfe of Wallowa is one of 12 members appointed to the new Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission, a program approved by the legislature in 2017 to help ensure well-managed working lands can be passed down to the next generation and kept in production. 11 more words

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