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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.


Size makes no difference: hustling towards a championship

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


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.


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. 


CANYON NOTES: Ski trips give way to steelhead fishing

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Katy Nesbitt
 

There are signs of spring everywhere. The Little Bear hamburger joint in Wallowa is open, my grass needs cutting and the air feels, dare I say, balmy.


Why itís important to keep the makings of stone soup handy

On the right column of the Facebook newsfeed there are friend and page suggestions. Some worm thinks he knows my needs better than I, but sometimes they are so out in left field I wonder how “algorithms” work.


Winter Olympics inspires dreams

Nothing takes me back in time to the happiest childhood memories of watching television than the Olympics. 


Lostine fire response gratifying

My town had a fire. It’s rough taking pictures through tears of the town’s grange hall and one of its essential businesses.


Skiing with dogs on leashes can be godsend ó except on cliff

Saturday was the first time I cross country skied without Finnegan in 15 years. If he were still walking this earth, he would have stayed home by the fire, but the lucky Lab died shortly after a full summer of swimming in Wallowa Lake.


Keeping up with calendars no easy task as winter turns corner

I got home last night in time to bring in the firewood without the use of my headlights — it was after 5 p.m. – and this morning it was light at 6:30 a.m. I feel like I’ve finally turned the corner on the darkest of winter’s days.


Dog celebrates homecoming in most unorthodox fashion

In a recent discussion I was told an apartment is not a home. I disagreed. An apartment might not be a house, but it indeed is a home, if its inhabitants think so.


As the rubber of 2014 hits the road, resolve to eat more jelly beans

I didn’t take my tree down until the 15th day of Christmas this year for fear of getting into a long, involved project. To put the tree up it took the length of the movies “Christmas Vacation” and “Frosty the Snowman,” but it only took about 20 minutes to dismantle.


Skating through winter amid Mother Natureís slippery ways

En route to cover one of my favorite topics, 4-H, I opened the door of my car and no sooner had I put my foot on the ground than it slid out from under me. It took me a few seconds to figure out how to get up. The parking lot had been transformed into an ice rink, and me without my skates.


Feasting, festing and Christmas cheer

Well, it’s finally here. The shopping is done, the mad wrapping will soon be accomplished and you all will trade the busyness of the last few weeks for a cup of wassail and perhaps a Christmas Eve party or a church service.


Losing a friend

I lost Finn last week. I thought you should know since all of my stories from now on will be from his past. There are so many stories in a nearly 15-year friendship.


Our amenities are clean water, clean air and friendly people

What is the definition of amenities?


A heaping helping of beautiful holiday

Ah, Thanksgiving. That beautiful holiday centered around roasting a large bird and eating more calories than one typically needs in an entire week.


Saving up yen for next adventure

My Great Uncle John used to ask me, “Do you have a yen to travel?” To which I would reply, “Yes, but no yens with which to travel.”


Memorial should serve as a reminder to dangers police face

Nearly 3,000 people, including law enforcement representatives from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the La Grande Police Department, attended a memorial last Thursday in Portland to honor Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Libke, who was fatally shot while on duty Nov. 3.


One person, or small group, can affect change in the world

Three interviews in two days revealed a constant theme upon which I stumble so often I wonder if it deserves mentioning.


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