Wallowa County chieftain. (Enterprise, Wallowa County, Or.) 1943-current, June 10, 2015, Image 9

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Wallowa County Chieftain
asked to
leave home
LODGE: Piece of history for sale
Continued from Page A1
June 10, 2015
staff are hoping that, what-
ever their broad plans for
the property may be, the new
owners will continue to pre-
serve the lodge. Zwerling has
assured them that most of the
potential buyers are thinking
of doing just that, Cosgrove
“I want to assure people
that the current acting owner,
Marc, is doing his very best to
get the lodge sold to someone
who wants the lodge to con-
tinue intact,” Cosgrove said.
“A wonderful thing about the
lodge is that it’s so unique
and special and — despite
being smaller than some Na-
tional Parks lodges — grand
in scope; it’s a piece of histo-
ry and we’re doing our best to
preserve it.”
But preservation doesn’t
preclude a full house and
plenty of activity. Staff just
project, re-grading and sur-
facing of the parking lot, and
repainting the surface of the
lodge to prepare for the sea-
As much as they love vis-
itors, this isn’t work done
just so that newcomers can
admire the lodge, Cosgrove
said. The lodge is a Wallowa
County treasure and locals
are encouraged to continue to
enjoy it as their own.
“We’re open seven days a
week for breakfast and dinner
throughout the season,” Cos-
grove said, “and that’s open
to the public, so we would
love to see more locals come
up and eat with us. We have
the best restaurant staff —
chef, Norman Senn, is mag-
The Wallowa Lake Lodge
Auction catalog on the site
rmnw-auctions.com, can be
reached directly at tinyurl.
They advertise widely
and, for instance, currently
have advertisements for Wal-
lowa Lake Lodge in both the
Continued from Page A1
New York Times and the Wall
Street Journal.
“We have a good track
differences exist between nurs- record of selling properties,”
ing home care and assisted said NW Realty Marketing
living, family members of the CEO John Rosenthal. “We’ve
affected residents say that Mar- got the environmental report,
athon, the company that origi- zoning plans, a pretty good
Courtesy photo
nally managed WVSL, assured package (of information) on
them that even if their loved the property. The way we add The Wallowa Lake Lodge lobby.
ones’ needs exceeded the care value is by telling the story
parameters offered by WVSL, of the property and exposing ty (it was featured in the PBS place — and booking a record
the residents could live out their it to a broad base of potential Special “The Great Lodges number of visitors this year.
days at the facility, as though buyers.”
of the National Parks”), the
Cosgrove said 2015 is
“grandfathered in.”
Rosenthal tells the story resort commercial zoning “shaping up to be the best
In a May 25 letter addressed of Wallowa Lake Lodge in a (condos, conference halls, year we’ve had since 2008.”
to Wallowa County Health Care lush, full-color, 20-page, on- more commercial business
“The reservation book is
District board members and the line magazine.
sites are all possible), the very full and June business
Wallowa Memorial Hospital
“I think it’s one of the best fact that it sits right on the is way up,” Cosgrove said.
administrator (Larry Davy), (advertising packages) I’ve edge of one of the premier “July, August, and September
members of two of the affect- done in 28 years,” said Rosen- fishing lakes in the United take care of themselves, but
ed families named a Marathon thal. “There was a good story States, that it is adjacent to we’re booking in October al-
employee whom they said to tell on this. This is proba- the most popular state park ready.”
made the families that promise. bly one of the more interest- in Eastern Oregon, the fact
The Seven Wonders cam-
In March 2014 the health ing properties I’ve sold. It’s that the Wallowas are one paign has been a big plus for
care district contracted with amazing.”
of the Seven Wonders of Or- the lodge and Wallowa Coun-
Artegan, a Vancouver, Wash-
That amazing story went egon – and beyond all that, ty in general, Cosgrove said.
LQJWRQEDVHG ¿UP WR VXFFHHG out in 20 bid packages in early he thinks it’s priced low and “Seven out of 10 of your res-
Marathon as WVSL’s manager. June and about 75 individuals ready to boom.
ervations are people who have
While Artegan co-owner asked for catalogs before the
“I think if you were to never been here before or ha-
Warren Page and Jennifer Ol- ads in the NY Times and Wall have to replace that property ven’t been here for 10 to 20
son, WVSL executive director, Street Journal came out.
today you would be at nearly years,” she said. “Of course,
have yet to discuss the situa-
Rosenthal expects to sell twice (the starting bid price) we have many, many guests
tion concerning former nurs- Wallowa Lake Lodge just as — not counting the price of who are clockwork regulars
ing home residents with the he has the large timber tracts the land,” Rosenthal said. “I — that’s always wonderful.”
Marathon employee who was he made his bones on when think Steve Larson had a leg-
Potential buyers will begin
named, both say that no writ- he first started. “I often have acy there of what he wanted; arriving the weekend of June
ten record of any such prom- far more buyers than proper- he did very little marketing. 20-21 for scheduled inspec-
ise exists. Olson also said the ties to sell them,” he said.
I think a new owner would ex- tions of the property, but they
person named was actually
Oregon property is easy pand marketing.”
only an independent interme- to sell, he said, and as for
Whichever way the new ambiance and will not be dis-
diary working for Marathon Wallowa Lake Lodge, he’s owner goes, the lodge is an rupting the experience of reg-
through the transition phase pleased with the historic and easy entry property. A man- ular guests, said Cosgrove.
from the old nursing home, cultural value of the proper- agement team is already in
Cosgrove and the core
and not a permanent Mara-
thon employee.
“We’ve tried to make it a
point to keep our residents at
WVSL as long as we can, but Continued from Page A1
ership/access to needed equip- the project.
at some point, we can’t do it
ment and personnel, and rep-
The Davis Bacon Moni-
7KH QHZ ¿UH K\GUDQWV utation for responsibility were toring Award in the amount of
the best suitable care,” Page will improve the city’s Insur- all up to snuff. Baker found the $15,000 went to North East Or-
OHSU Resident
said. He also said it was a coin- DQFH6HUYLFHV2I¿FH,62¿UH company to have “excellent ref- egon Economic Development
Jade Koide, MD
cidence that the three residents rating, eventually resulting in erences and an excellent track District (NEOEDD). NEOEDD
happened to arrive at their re- lower insurance rates on homes record.”
will monitor wages for workers
5/26/15 - 6/29/15
spective higher care needs at in the district, according to City
As a result the city signed the on the project.
Administrator Michele Young.
the same time.
required “responsibility deter-
The organization recently
Monday - Friday
“The city ought to be really, mination form” on June 8 and monitored the Wallowa City
Both Page and Olson said
7:00am to 7:00pm
WKLVLVWKH¿UVWWLPHWKDW:96/ really happy,” said City Engi- Baker departed immediately Water Project. “We’ve been do-
residents have reached a care neer Troy Baker, “You got a to submit the form to the Ore- ing a lot of Community Devel-
9:00am to 1:00pm
level beyond the level the fa- good bid and a good contractor.” gon Construction Contractors opment Block Grant Adminis-
603 Medical Parkway
Oregon revised statues re- Board.
cility can provide. Olson said
tration work, lately,” said Sara
Enterprise, OR 97828
WKDW WKH GD\ QRWL¿FDWLRQ quire that Baker investigate
Other bidders now have sev- Miller, economic develop-
letters did not come out of the Warrington Construction to en days to protest the award, af- ment specialist for NEOEDD.
blue. “We’ve been having these make sure that proper licensing, ter which time Warrington Con-
conversations with the families record of performance, own- struction can begin preparing for
Wallowa County
for about six months. We have
policies and procedures be-
cause we know it’s incredibly
We don’t walk up to people and
just hand them a letter and say
‘sorry,’” Olson said.
The families who wrote the
May 25 letter asked that the
issue be placed on the agenda
at the June 22 Wallowa Coun-
ty Health Care District board
Olson thinks some com-
munity involvement might be
519 W. North Street, Enterprise
a good thing. “There is still a
OHSU Resident
number of people that we’re
Ben Pederson, MD
Mon-Thurs 9 to Noon/1-5pm; Fri. 9-1
missing serving. There’s a
large base of people that both
(Joseph assisted living center)
Monday - Friday
Alpine House and us cover,
7:00am to 7:00pm
but there’s still a number of
Specializing in Anti-Aging Skin Therapy
people who need higher care
9:00am to 1:00pm
Customized Facials
than we are unable to serve.
Waxing Services, Brow Sculpting
603 Medical Parkway
Maybe it’s time we all get to-
Body Polish-Back Facials
Enterprise, OR 97828
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