KGW-TV GOES...LIVE, FROM JOSEPH

May 13, 2001 11:00 pm
FOCUS ON WALLOWA COUNTY: KGW-TV meteorologist Dave Salesky interviews Creighton Kooch about his 14-year-old Clydesdale, Chief. Cameraman/editor is Steve Redlin. Serena Baker serves as executive producer. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).
FOCUS ON WALLOWA COUNTY: KGW-TV meteorologist Dave Salesky interviews Creighton Kooch about his 14-year-old Clydesdale, Chief. Cameraman/editor is Steve Redlin. Serena Baker serves as executive producer. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).

By Gary Fletcher

Observer Staff Writer

JOSEPH A Portland television personality was in town broadcasting live today. But even at 6-foot-3, Dave Salesky met his match with Creighton Kooch and Chief.

A former Enterprise High School basketball star, Kooch is also tall, but both men were dwarfed by Chief, a 14-year-old black Clydesdale who stands six feet at the shoulder and weighs in at about a ton.

Chief is small for his breed, but hes strong and serves as lead horse on Koochs six-horse hitch.

The gentle giant was calm for his TV debut, taped Sunday and aired as part of Saleskys live remote from Wallowa Lake for the 6 a.m. Northwest News Channel 8 at Sunrise program.

There Salesky talked about some other local chiefs of the past as he stood at foot of what he called Lake Wallowa where the elder Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce was reburied in 1925.

At the monument Sunday with Salesky was Joe McCormack, a contemporary Wallowa County Nez Perce leader, talking about Young Chief Joseph being driven out of the Wallowas by the U.S. government.

McCormack, president of the Nez Perce Interpretive Center board, also spoke of the potential homecoming of other Nez Perce to their ancestral homeland.

Another McCormack bumped into the TV crew during its stay. That was Jim McCormack. His great grandfather, William McCormack, in 1871 was one of the first two settlers in Wallowa County.

Salesky said he was glad to be back in the Wallowas after being in the county two years ago during Cycle Oregon.

The KGW crew also taped segments on fly fishing with Rob Lamb and on Josephs art community with Shirley Bothum. The crew was scheduled to do live remotes from downtown Joseph during the noon show. The week-long Where in the Northwest is Dave Salesky? feature was slated to move on to Central Oregon.