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    Wallowa County Chieftain
Conservation & Management
Plan requirements had been
met; even exceeded by the
Shamrock pack for such a take.
This ODFW refusal gave the
impression the Shamrock pack
was not and should not be of
concern to private property
There is also the fact pri-
vate property owners are in
no way obligated to provide
habitat or safety zones for Ore-
gon’s latest predator new-com-
er. This is stated in the Oregon
Wolf Conservation and Man-
agement Plan.
It is actually an Oregon
Statute; ORS 496.192(1):
“Nothing in the Oregon ESA
is intended, by itself, to require
an owner of any private land to
take action to protect a threat-
ened species or an endangered
species, or to impose addition-
al requirements or restrictions
on the use of private land.”
So, the coyote trap was
set on private property, and
lo-and-behold, a Shamrock
pack Canadian Grey wolf was
caught in the very trap set for
coyotes. Maybe the same coy-
otes who were getting blamed
for livestock killings?
Given these facts, it looks
like this incidental take can be
laid at the feet of ODFW.
Justice sometimes prevails.
Kerry Tienhaara,
Oregon Wolf Education
Continued from Page A4
Although Rep. Walden
championed Trump’s tax
avoidance scheme referred to
as “Trumpcare” and would
repeal the Affordable Care
Act, it found no support in the
legislature and was canceled.
Walden has a large constituen-
cy of ACA voters who would
have lost health care coverage.
So much for representation.
Trump’s “white suprema-
cy” attitude and policy of de-
porting Latinos has resulted
in a severe labor shortage in
the construction industry, with
supply not meeting demand
and new housing prices being
consequently increased. Lati-
nos who have been U.S. res-
idents for decades are fearful
of leaving their homes, they
have been targeted, deported
and families separated. Labor
shortage in agriculture and the
food supply will be next.
Contact your representa-
tive and let him know you are
a concerned voter.
David Ebbert
Another side to
the wolf story
OR48, a recently collared
male Canadian grey wolf of
the Shamrock Pack here in
Wallowa County died as a re-
sult of biting into a cyanide
powder trap set for coyotes.
This coyote trap was set by a
USDA Wildlife Service trap-
per. It was set on private prop-
erty. Of course there has been
a chorus of outraged howling
put up by those who have no
working knowledge or person-
al investment in the manage-
ment or removal of predators.
Even Oregon Department
of Fish and Wildlife expressed
their shock and dismay that the
unintended or “incidental tak-
ing” of a Canadian Grey wolf
has occurred.
This shock and dismay
is odd given the history of
ODFW’s behavior regarding
their management of the pred-
atory wolves.
A quick examination of
ODFW’s management of the
Shamrock pack reveals nu-
merous wolf vs. livestock dep-
redation investigations being
performed. The majority of
these “investigations” result-
ed in livestock killings being
categorized anything but a
confi rmed wolf-caused killing.
Coyotes or “other” predators
were suggested as being the
culprits responsible for the loss
of livestock.
If it is deemed by ODFW
that most all livestock killing
problems can be laid at the feet
of coyote or “other” reasons
who may argue with them?
From personal experience chal-
lenging ODFW thought process
can be a mostly futile effort.
There has been a near-re-
fusal by ODFW to share collar
GPS location data with area
livestock owners. One can as-
sume U.S. Fish and Wildlife
employees are also kept in the
same degree of “blackout” in-
formation silence.
A requested lethal removal
of livestock killing or harass-
ing Shamrock Canadian Grey
wolves was refused outright
by ODFW decision-makers;
even though all Oregon Wolf
Clean up after
your pets
I’ve returned to this lovely
mountain hideaway to fi nd that
the discourteous dog-owners
are starting to take over!
I go for a walk, along my
normal route of South Main
and then into town, only to fi nd
many remnants of dog defeca-
tion. Coming from a town used
to having winter, I recognize
the telltale roadside poo-piles.
Too much snow to hide night-
time dog defecation evidence
in your neighbors’ yards.
Come on, you dog owners,
pick up your pets’ poo!
Audra Bellefourche
auction a success
A fundraising auction was
held April 1 at the Imnaha
Store and Tavern to at least
partially defray the expens-
es of an initiative to train and
equip a team of volunteers re-
sponding to medical emergen-
cies in the Imnaha area.
The auction was a resound-
ing success with more than
$6,000 raised for the program.
The program will be a col-
laborative between Project
Heartbeat and Wallowa Me-
morial Hospital Emergency
Medical Services to extend the
capabilities of EMS with fi rst
responders who can assess and
treat victims until the ambu-
lance arrives.
I thank all those who or-
ganized and ran the auction
and especially Kendra Staigle,
primary organizer, and Lee
Daggett, who did an excellent
job as auctioneer. I would also
like to send my gratitude to the
many who came out to support
this important project.
Dick Burch,
director, Project Heartbeat
April 5, 2017
MidValley Theatre group
seeks permanent home
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
After 23 years of pro-
ducing high-quality amateur
theatre, MidValley Theatre
Company believes it may be
time to acquire a permanent
The question is: “What
does Wallowa County think?”
If patron support is any-
thing to go by, this may be an
idea with legs, even given the
estimated half-million dollar
price tag.
“We’ve been in business
since 1995 when we put on
our fi rst production, ‘The Best
Christmas Pageant Ever,’”
said creator and director Kate
That fi rst, nearly 30-kid
production, ran for fi ve per-
formances and packed the
Lostine Presbyterian Church
to standing room only for ev-
ery performance.
“We’ve put on ‘Best
Christmas Pageant’ four times
since,” said Loftus.
And performances contin-
ue to play to full houses.
But a cast of 30 wasn’t the
biggest cast the theatre com-
pany has launched.
“The Music Man” called
for 58 people on stage when
it ran in 2012 with John Mc-
Colgin of Joseph as Professor
Harold Hill and Kelly Weese
as Marion Paroo, Loftus said.
Other ambitious produc-
tions have included “The
Miracle Worker,” “To Kill a
Mockingbird,” Diary of Anne
Frank,” “Cheaper by the Doz-
en,” “The Egg and I,” “I Re-
member Mamma,” “Desperate
Ambrose,” and many more.
This summer the company
plans to stage “Oklahoma,” a
production with 27 speaking
roles, parts in the men’s and
women’s choruses, cowboys
and ladies dancing groups and
stagehands who can sing with
the choruses.
Loftus has been director on
all but three of the 32 shows.
The other three directors
were Jennifer Hobbs, Stuart
Vencill and Craig Strobel.
According to Loftus, the
standout performance over the
years goes to Richard Hobbs
who played Atticus Finch in
“To Kill a Mockingbird” and
had a three-page monologue
to memorize in addition to
other long monologues.
Hobbs may be the standout
for the most diffi cult mem-
orization, but according to
Loftus, “everyone has a star
on their door as far as I’m
concerned. I tell everybody,
‘if you think you’re a star and
can do anything without the
back stage you’ll go on stage
naked and in the dark.’”
And that is no doubt why
her stage manager (Ingrid
Cook), technical director (Da-
vid Cook), set designer (Lyn
Westhoff), sound and light
technician (Justin Burns),
costume designer (Gwen
Menton) and other backstage
performers have remained
with the group year after year.
“We’ve developed such
Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain
Left to right: Scenic designer Lyn Westhoff, sound man Justin Burns, director Kate Loftus
and Pehmah (the Shih Tzu) show off some of the more than 3,000 costumes in the storage
shed owned by the MidValley Theatre group.
a camaraderie,” Loftus said.
“We’re all friends. We have
a synergy with a bunch of
people who want to do good
amateur theatre – they are so
Part of the draw of the
MidValley Theatre Company
is that anyone taking part in
a production is getting an ex-
cellent education in practical
theatre arts.
“We teach acting and all
phases of theatre,” Loftus
said. “It’s a joint effort, it’s an
educational opportunity, it’s
a cultural opportunity, it’s a
social opportunity, for the the-
atre company people and for
the audience as well.”
The company has present-
ed productions in a variety
of places, beginning with the
Lostine Presbyterian Church,
moving to the old South Fork
Grange and currently play-
ing in the barn-like gym of
the Providence Academy of
Christian Education.
What the company needs
now, Loftus said, is a perma-
nent place that they can re-
model to suit specifi c needs,
house the more than 3,000
costumes, warehouse sets,
store supplies and upgrade
bathrooms, heating, lighting,
e’re all friends. We have
a synergy with a bunch
of people who want to do good
amateur theatre – they are so
Kate Loftus,
director, MidValley Theatre
sound and other features.
“We would like to do three
shows a year, with one in the
summer,” Loftus said. “We
have a very good base, we’ve
had really good relationships
with the providers of our lo-
The Fundraising Commit-
tee of the 501c3 nonprofi t is
scheduled to gear up soon but
believes there is no reason to
wait until the perfect venue
has been identifi ed.
“We need a grant writer,”
Loftus said. “We need some
‘angels’ to step forward with
‘in-kind’ donations for re-
modeling or construction
needs, and we need donations
for the purchase price of the
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right venue.”
They also need some com-
puter wizardry to help create
and manage a web page.
The theatre company is
running in the black. Kathy
Johnson of Silvercreek Finan-
cial Services is the treasurer.
To donate to the cause,
send your tax-deductible do-
nations to MidValley Theatre
Company, 64707 Lostine Riv-
er Road, Lostine, OR 97857
and label it for the “New The-
ater Fund.”
The company is also list-
ed at www.donationplanet.
For more information, con-
tact Loftus at 541-569-2302.
Are you feeling stress
and overwhelmed?
7 p.m. Enterprise Group
113.5 E Main St.
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113.5 E Main St.
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301 S. Lake St., Church
7 p.m. Wallowa Assembly
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205 S Alder St.