A8 News wallowa.com March 8, 2017 Wallowa County Chieftain Law enforcement seizes truck with possible meth By Steve Tool Wallowa County Chieftain On March 1, Wallowa County law enforcement of- ﬁ cials seized a Freightliner box truck with alleged sto- len items and possible meth- amphetamine in connection with the multiple arrests that occurred on Feb.26-27 in Wallowa on charges ranging from meth possession to child neglect. Ofﬁ cers from both the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Department and Enterprise Police Department searched the truck on the morning of March 2 in the parking lot of the Justice Center, located at 104 W. Greenwood St. in En- terprise. At 10 a.m., with po- lice tape around the truck and a good portion of the parking lot, WCSO deputy Kevin McQuade and EPD ofﬁ cer George Koehlhepp began ofﬂ oading material from the truck under the direction of Sheriff Steve Rogers and EPD Chief Joel Fish. The process took most of the rest of the day as the truck was ﬁ rmly packed from front to back with an impossible va- riety of goods from household items to construction tools and children’s toys — think secondhand store. As hours passed more law enforce- ment personnel stopped in to help and numerous passers by stopped to ogle or pass wide- eyed. As it happened, not every- thing unloaded was quite so benign. A number of unloaded wares matched the descrip- tion of stolen items reported by burglary victims, including a two-wheeled weed eater re- ported stolen from the Lostine Cemetery. One more item in the load raised the eyebrows of everyone involved. Steve Tool/Chieftain Mt. Joseph showing the effects of this year’s long, cold winter. Animals feel the effects too. Winter takes its toll on the animals, too By Steve Tool Steve Tool/Chieftain Wallowa County law enforcement officials going through the contents of a box truck on March 2. Police seized the truck the day before. By the time the search ended numerous allegedly stolen items were found as well as possible methamphetamine. L to R: Enterprise police officer George Koehlhepp, Wallowa County sheriff’s deputy Kevin McQuade and Sheriff Steve Rogers. While going through a safe, Koehlhepp and Mc- Quade found a metal contain- er containing an amount of grainy white powder. “What do you think?” Koehlhepp asked McQuade. “Only one way to ﬁ nd out,” McQuade replied. The two men took out a prelim- inary drug testing kit. The testing process included tak- ing a minuscule amount of the substance and mixing it with other chemicals. As the concoction color indicated a positive for possi- ble methamphetamine the two ofﬁ cers cautioned that the test was only an indication that the substance was meth. Further testing would provide more precise results. By the end of the day the Jeff Harman, MA., LPC Professional Counseling In A Private Setting Are you struggling with winter depression? Do you feel hopeless or has the joy gone out of your life? Are you struggling to keep your family together? I can help! Steve Tool/Chieftain Enterprise police chief Joel Fish helps unload goods from the box truck seized by police on March 1 because of alleged contraband inside. ofﬁ cers had a pickup bed full of items that directly matched reported stolen goods while the rest was restacked back into the conﬁ scated truck. Before driving off in the vehicles Koehlhepp expressed concerns about other possible burglaries. “We’d like to let anyone know who is coming back from a long vacation to check their storage buildings and their homes for possible rob- To schedule an appointment call Jeff Harman (541) 426-3067 Preferred Provider for Regence Blue Cross, ODS, Cascade Centers and many other private insurance and employee assistance programs. www.jharmancounseling.com beries. We have a lot of stuff here that could have been sto- len while people were away,” he said. McQuade issued a warning before driving off. “If you’re a criminal and you’re thinking of break- ing into someone’s property, don’t do it. We take this type of crime very seriously and we will ﬁ nd you,” he said. The case remains under in- vestigation. Wallowa County Chieftain Wallowa County citizens are aware of the devastating impact of the winter on power bills, buildings and roof col- lapses from excess snow, frozen pipes, buckling and unplowed roads and other cold weather problems. One thing that may not immediately spring to mind is the fate of wildlife. While farm animals may have a tough time during the winter, wild animals don’t have the luxury of regular meals. Pat Matthews of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said that some wildlife is suffering, while others will prosper. “It’s certainly going to beneﬁ t ﬁ sh, and depending on the spring, it could be beneﬁ - cial for forage growth and that sort of thing,” Matthews said. The deer population is already severely affected by the weather according to Matthews. “We’re certainly losing deer; and we’re going to continue losing deer. Both white tail and mule deer popu- lations will be dropping some this winter, but for those who survive it might be positive anyway,” he said. The ODFW has radio col- lared mule deer populations. “We’re doing movement stud- ies on them, and we’ve lost some of those deer as well. It’s one of those things, but it also gives us good informa- tion about the rate of mortality and that sort of thing. It’s all a part of population manage- ment.” It’s too early to tell to make any generalizations about wa- ter supply for the upcoming spring and summer, Matthews ‘T his is reality – it’s what I grew up with.’ Goat rancher Wendy McCullough added. But he suspects that some deer will be in such poor shape by the end of winter that they will never recover from its effects. The winter has led to an increase of calls about deer in county towns as well as ranchers’ calls about deer in their haystacks. Out on the farm “It’s affected my attitude,” local goat rancher Wendy Mc- Cullough said of the winter. McCullough ranches in the shelter of Mt. Joseph, which protects her livestock and home from the worst of in- clement weather. She normally feeds her goats about 20 tons of hay per year and doesn’t expect to ex- ceed that amount by an appre- ciable margin. She also went through the birthing season in the mildest part of the month of January. “I was lucky. I won’t say it was planned par- enthood,” McCullough said with a laugh. McCullough, who grew up in Wallowa County, said this reminded her of winters from the 1960s. “We were like this every winter. I remember one December it was below zero for the whole month. This is a little extreme compared to what we’ve been spoiled with, but it’s just like it used to be. 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