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It's Bowlby Bash time

Street fair comes to historic Enterprise Saturday with art, games, music, more

The Bowlby Bash returns to the downtown streets of Enterprise.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Enterprise’s Main Street becomes an esplanade. Stroll the downtown district for a day filled with shopping at vendor booths and merchants’ stores. Exhibitors, artists and artisans will display their wares and many one-of-a-kind items. Local restaurants and food booths are cooking up those good old favorites. 

Science meets art at Wallowology

Dan Price hangs a sign in front of the Wallowology interpretive center in Joseph with help from Ellen Bishop, Maddie Griswold and Joan Madsen. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

When like-minded people get together, magic happens. This week, a natural resource interpretive center opens in the heart of Joseph, the gateway to Wallowa Lake, the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon.

A long-empty log building had new life breathed into it by a group that wants to get the message out about Northeast Oregon’s natural history and its ecosystems.

Watershed Festival

Friday event helps families connect with organizations

Wallowa Resources hosts its 10th annual Watershed Festival from 11 a.m. to 

4 p.m. Friday at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds.  

Proposed ordinance would restrict households to 2 dogs

JOSEPH — Commissioner Paul Castilleja is seeking funding to reinstate a county-wide dog control program. On his list of proposals is limiting each household to a maximum of two dogs.

The miracle of ranching: Spring comes early in Wallowa County

In a way, spring comes early to Wallowa County in the form of calves and lambs, some born as early as January. The birthing season goes on into May, offering a lot of opportunity to “ooh” and “ahh” over little babies in the fields.

Criminal defense lawyer hangs out his shingle

Enterprise Attorney Tom Powers offers criminal defense services for both paying clients and those who qualify for a court-appointed attorney in Wallowa and Union counties. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

ENTERPRISE — Diversity is the key to a successful Wallowa County business, an ideology local attorney Tom Powers adopted before hanging his shingle in Enterprise.

A partner in a law firm that specialized in medical device and pharmaceutical claims, Powers continued this work after his family moved to Wallowa County in August 2011. 

Appeal of development goes before state’s LUBA

ENTERPRISE — A Joseph landowner is appealing a Wallowa County decision to allow development on a Joseph farm to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

A notice of intent to appeal was sent to the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners by a representative of John Lenahan, a neighbor to the Hayes Farm that has been approved by the county to partition farm land for home sites.

Snake River wolf collared by helicopter

ENTERPRISE — A 2-year-old male Snake River wolf pack member was collared Monday in its home range of eastern Wallowa County.

Roblyn Brown, a Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, said the wolf, now dubbed OR-24, is now one of two collared members of that pack. OR-15, another 2-year-old male and a member of the Snake River pack, was collared in an earlier capture.

Size makes no difference: hustling towards a championship

If the Olympics whetted my appetite for athletics, the Oregon Ducks piqued my interest in basketball.

4-H’ers learn leadership skills in John Day

Governing Board Members at the Eastern Oregon 4-H Leadership retreat include Georgia Falk and Madison Falk from Wallowa County.

Five Wallowa County kids attended the annual three-day 4-H Eastern Oregon Leadership Retreat March 7-9 in John Day.  

Students learn through robotics

Luis Hanks-Lathrop runs Ranger, the Wallowa County alternative education class’ robot funded by the Oregon Community Foundation and entered in a contest in Hermiston in February. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

ENTERPRISE — A grant from the Oregon Community Foundation is helping the Wallowa County alternative high school to program and build robots.

Alternative Education Teacher Maria Weer said a three-year grant was awarded to 12 Wallowa County youth programs. The county was one of 14 winners out of 108 applicants. 

Tri-county organization hires new director

Building Healthy Families Director Tammy Dennee brings strategic planning and a network of relationships from around the state to her new position. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

ENTERPRISE — When the Building Healthy Families board went looking for a new executive director, it went “outside the box” and hired Tammy Dennee, a former lobbyist and consultant for agriculture and energy.

Dennee worked in the wheat industry for 17 years. Most recently, she ran her own business, helping organizations with strategic planning and leadership development, skills she brings to the Building Healthy Families organization, a program she was unfamiliar with before she interviewed.

Northeast Oregon woman on unique search

Enterprise woman trying to find couple who launched balloons

If Steve and Donna are still wondering where their balloons went, they should call Rosemary Howerton, and fast.

Howerton has been looking for this pair since she found the balloons they launched from Sunriver Resort almost 30 years ago, and she is about to throw in the towel. 

Forest plan team meets with Wallowa County Thursday

The Wallowa-Whitman forest revision team meets with the Wallowa County public from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wallowa Fairgrounds’ Cloverleaf Hall.

Wallowa-Whitman Supervisor John Laurence will introduce the process for updating the plan that serves not only the Wallowa-Whitman, but the Umatilla, Malheur and part of the Ochoco national forests.

Disappearing from my party while revelry rages

Back when I was a kid, I threw a lot of parties. Usually in conjunction with roommates or friends in order to share the cost and labor, but in the past few years the very thought of throwing a bash wears me out and I table the whole idea.

Wallowa County records search unearths pearls of wisdom

Dave Riley is crawling through 13 volumes of commissioner journal entries to locate any and all information regarding county roads. In his research, hes also found a lot of other fascinating entries detailing the countys history. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

While searching for historical road information recorded in Wallowa County commissioner journals since June 1887, Dave Riley has unearthed some fascinating material.

Riley, former children and family services director, was kept on staff this year to work on special projects, one being the coordination of all mention of county roads in commissioner journals.

Unconditional love: Loss of dogs leaves hole in heart

In a high school Catechism class, our instructor asked us to make a list of who we were — daughter, friend, student athlete, musician, etc. — and put them in order of priority. 

World voices sing out

Speak Up! Sing Out! World Voices will take place at 7 p.m. March 19 at Joseph School when world history and choir students present songs and speeches based on individuals who have impacted history.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds going to enhance the school’s history and music programs.

Enterprise Christian Church breaks ground for new building

The Enterprise Christian Church will host a prayer dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its new building at 3 p.m. Sunday.

On Feb. 13, 1893, 62 people assembled to organize the Enterprise Christian Church. The new congregation met in the town hall, located at what is now the Cloud Nine Bakery. 

Lostine Tavern kicks off crowdfunding campaign

The Lostine Tavern kicked off a crowdsourcing fund this weekend to help restore the historic building. Charlie Kissinger and crew have exposed fir floors, a fir ceiling and Bowlby stone walls.

Using ChangeFunder website, tavern hopes to raise $58,000 in startup capital

The owners of the Lostine Tavern kicked off a crowdfunding project this weekend to raise money to help rebuild the historic building.

It promises to be the first farm-to-table tavern in Eastern Oregon. Co-owners Lynne Curry and Peter Ferré said they will work with area farmers, ranchers and growers to offer a menu featuring locally raised meats, grains, produce and other specialty items. 

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