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    THANK YOU VETERANS
Enterprise, Oregon
Wallowa.com
Issue No. 30
November 11, 2015
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The state Fish
and Wildlife
Commission
was expected
to vote
Monday on
whether to
delist wolves
in eastern
Oregon.
No vote as of press time; see wallowa.com for updates
Capital %ureau
6$/EM ² The 2regon Depart-
ment of Fish and Wildlife Commis-
sion was set to decide Monday night
whether to remove gray wolves
from the state’s endangered spe-
cies law. ODFW reported that 106
people had signed up to address the
commission Monday afternoon, af-
VETERANS BY
THE NUMBERS
19.3 MILLION: The
number of military
veterans in the United
States in 2014.
1.6 MILLION: The
number of female
veterans in the United
States in 2014.
ter which a vote was expected. The
Chieftain went to press a day early
this week due to the Veterans Day
holiday, and results of the commis-
sion’s vote were not available by
press time. Please visit www.wal-
lowa.com for updates.
/ivestock producers strongly fa-
vor the idea and conservation groups
are just as deeply opposed, and a full
day of emotional, conÀ icting testi-
mony was expected.
See WOLF, Page A18
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GRATITUDE
Guild honors veterans
with handmade quilts
9.4 MILLION: The
number of veterans age
65 and older in 2014. At
the other end of the age
spectrum, 1.7 million
were younger than 35.
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
T
he Wallowa Mountain Quilters’
Guild recently honored the ser-
vice of four local veterans with
the gift of handmade +onor
Quilts. It is the fourth year the
guild has distributed the red, white and
blue quilts.
/inda .oloski, chair of the guild’s
+onor Quilts sector, delivered the quilts
to the home of Navy veterans David
“Don´ Elson and his wife, Carol Elson.
$lso on hand were Don Elson’s twin
brother and Navy veteran Jonathon
“Dean´ Elson and his wife, Nancy 6ue, as
well as $rmy veteran Calvin Woempner
and his wife, Doris Woempner.
$fter brief introductions, .oloski pre-
sented the veterans with their four quilts.
The veterans were very enthusiastic and
thankful for their quilts, which were im-
mediately put to use as they shared some
of their military history.
7.4 MILLION: The
number of veterans 18 to
64 years old in the labor
force in 2014.
3: The number of
states with 1 million or
more veterans in 2014.
(California, 1.7 million;
Texas, 1.5 million; and
Florida, 1.5 million)
3.8 MILLION: The
number of veterans with
a service-connected
disability rating in 2014.
Of this number, 1.1 million
had a rating of 70 percent
or higher. A “service-
connected” disability is
one that was a result of a
disease or injury incurred
or aggravated during
active military service.
Severity of one’s disability
is scaled from 0 to 100
percent, and eligibility for
compensation depends
on one’s rating.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
See QUILTS, Page A7
Support the Guild
Steve Tool/Chieftain
Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Carol Elson enjoys some special time with her Honor
Quilt that was given to her by the Wallowa Mountain Quilters’ Guild on Thursday, just in time
for Veterans Day.
Beginning this week the Wallowa Coun-
ty Chieftain offi ces at 209 NW 1st St. in
Enterprise will serve as a donation center
for the Wallowa Mountain Quilters’ Guild.
Donations of red, white and blue fabric will
be accepted, as will checks payable to the
Wallowa Mountain Quilters’ Guild. For
more information, contact Chieftain Offi ce
Manager Cheryl Jenkins at cjenkins@wal-
lowa.com or 541-426-4567.
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Education
foundation
collects $21,000
to help with
rebuilding
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
Nash Excavating of Enter-
prise was preparing a building
site on the south end of the
football ¿ eld at Enterprise +igh
Thursday, evidence of the con-
tinuation of restoration work
Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain
Chad Nash of Nash Excavating oversees some site preparation work on the south end of the
Enterprise High School football field.
since the 2ct ¿ re that left the
football ¿ eld house badly dam-
aged.
³+opefully, by the middle
of spring we’ll have a new
Dick Reynolds Memorial Field
+ouse,´ said Enterprise 6chool
6uperintendent %rad Royse.
Royse said he had spent 18
hours in discussions with insur-
ance adjusters, who eventually
allowed the district to work
with local construction ¿ rms.
“I was very insistent about
using local subcontractors,´ he
said.
%elfor Restoration out of
%oise has been hired to oversee
the project, but local contrac-
tors will do all of the work not
related to architecture and en-
gineering.
See NASH, Page A10