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The old Nesbitt place: Finding a home at the end of the road

I spent a lot of time this month on Wallowa County ranches in the mud and the muck, under threatening skies with a few sun-filled breaks providing good photo ops.

Twenty-five miles in the wrong shoes

By Katy Nesbitt 

For someone who truly believes proper footwear is the key to success I seem to find myself with the wrong shoes at the wrong times.

I carry my hiking boots in my car year-round just in case I get stuck in a snowstorm and I have to hike somewhere. Caught on the Zumwalt Prairie and Forest Service field trips with street shoes I was happy to have them.

However. It was another decade when I last wore those boots on an extended hike. I now bear thescars of having the wrong footwear.

I was unused to, but not unfamiliar with, having blisters that had blisters when I ran long distances. At the time, I was always in the process of losing about four toe nails. I never wore sandals.

As for running shoes, I tinkered around to find ones that didn’t blister the bottoms of my feet; I canhandle the smaller ones on my toes.

And heel blisters have been from heavy boots.

You see, there is a Katy Mountain and a Nesbit Butte in Wallowa County, but there is also a roadnamed for my Indian name; Tenderfoot Valley.

I can walk across a parking lot in sandals and tear up my feet. Even the friction between flip flops and sand leaves scars.

I hiked 25 miles in four days wearing boots that refused yield. During the agony of getting used toinjured feet AND a backpack, a million stray thoughts fluttered through my mind like - didn’t Oedipus have a foot injury? And Achilles had that tricky heel…

I also heard songs in my head, thought up recipes I want to make, and stories I want to write. Ithought about the boots I want to buy when these become geranium planters; I want something really light. The lighter, the better.

Every so often my scout would stop for a view and I would take a picture. For a while I forgot aboutmy bleeding feet.

Like other trips with their mosquito infestations or bitter chill, photos are the treasures we get to keep from our travels.

A king’s ransom will pay for the bandages and Neosporin.

Great year in La Grande

The Christmas season in La Grande is a special time.The new downtown decorations, combined with the many businesses that have festive windows, make for a wonderful local shopping experience.

Our local businesses are our strength and, by “keeping it local,” we are all helping our community.

I would like to highlight some of the fantastic efforts by citizens and organizations during 2011.

A love letter to La Grande

Impatience to leave mixes with fierce pride for ‘the Paris of Oregon’

Leaving Elgin with pleasant memories of Stampede

After the long weekend at St. Paul, it was great to have a week to recover. Brinda, our chaperone, had talked to us beforehand about the possibility of going to Elgin two nights: the Mark Nichols Memorial Bull Riding Night and the Sunday Performance.

Ya gotta luv it!

Appreciating the simple but special things in life

Escorting convoys

Guard’s role in Iraq is to provide support

EOU survey seeks to harness publicís attitudes

Are wind turbines the symbols of salvation for cash-starved rural counties, or disfiguring cancers on the landscape? Baby steps to wean an economy off fossil fuels, or menaces to public health and property values? It may depend on who you ask.


Letters and comments for March 17, 2011

Letters and comments for March 17, 2011

Battalion is ready to go

BOISE — A reoccurring theme has emerged during this annual training period on the vast, high-desert Orchard Training Area and it is a simple sentiment: Let’s get going.

Over and over again while I’ve drifted from one company to another in the 3rd Battalion, I keep hearing the same refrain: Let’s just get going.

The sentiment is not delivered with negative overtones. No one appears frustrated. Instead there is a workmanlike sense of responsibility evident in the words, a kind of blue-collar motif stamped with a calm realization that the sooner the battalion gets to Iraq the sooner it can go home.

Contract is binding

As a member of the La Grande City Council, there were certain aspects of the 2010-2011 budget that I felt could raise some legitimate questions.  Consequently, when I saw the caption for your editorial of July 29, my first thought was, “Fair enough, let’s see what they have to say.” Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that the content of the editorial didn’t address any of those potential issues, but took the council to task for not “...insist(ing) that cutbacks be made and shared by city staff...”


Auction bids help kids Attend Saturdayís Junior Market Auction

If you missed your chance at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show to put quality meat in your freezer, here is the last opportunity for the year.

We are gearing up for the Union County Fair this week and once again the youth of our community get the opportunity to bring their 4-H and FFA market animals to a show, have them judged and then sell at the auction on Saturday. We have 110 market animals coming to fair including goats, hogs, lambs, steers and rabbits.

Taking issue with Horizon

The Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley want to thank all of the people who attended our presentation of the “Reality of Wind Power.’’ For those who did not attend, please go to www.granderonde.tv where you can see the PowerPoint presentation and the question and answer session.

Heavenly Fatherís love knows no bounds

Father’s Day, a day we dedicate to our fathers. A time to remember all that they have done for us. For some, it is a sad day. Not all fathers are wonderful, caring and loving. I had one of those. I lived in constant fear that I would not live up to his expectations and would suffer for it.

The case for hydro vs. wind

As I sit at my desk composing this letter, a neighbor is spreading rock on the top of his levy, to raise the elevation, in hopes of keeping the Grande Ronde River from going out of its banks and destroying his crops and possibly the crops on adjoining property.

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