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    Wallowa County Chieftain
April 12, 2017
Events accidentally combine for success
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
It was a great break-away
from the late snows. The
fi rst-ever Wallowa Spring
Fling serendipitously coincid-
ed with the Tamkaliks Rum-
mage Sale, with lunch served
at both locations and it was an
inspired accident.
“What a nice thing for a
snowy day,” said shopper Kate
McLain of Wallowa. “Two
events to spend time at.”
The Spring Fling event,
organized this year by Nancy
Reinke of Wallowa, is a craft
fair at the Senior Center to
raise funds for its operation.
The well-attended event
featured a number of local
crafters including Raeni-
ta Deal’s “That’s So Addie”
dresses, Crystal Newton’s
Fine Art, Jeanette Hibbert’s
“Air Soap” made from goat
milk, 91-year-old Gene Hays
art books and gift cards, prints
of Dennis Reinkes fi ne art
and wife Nancy’s textile art,
Rebecca Dickenson’s Sent-
sy products and more. John
Raines, Bill Henke, both of
Wallowa, and Peggy Brennen
of Enterprise provided live
Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain
Crystal Newton shows Wyatt Kickenson, 3, of Wallowa how watercolors work, as another
young lady observes.
The event raised $397 for
the senior center to help re-
place the commercial water
“We thought for the fi rst
time we’ve done a Spring
Fling that was a pretty good
result. We have so many great
talented people here and we
thought, why not do some-
thing that draws people to
Wallowa,” said Reinke.
The Tamkaliks Rummage
Sale and lunch, held at the
Wallowa Band Nez Perce
Interpretive Center (across
street from the Senior Cen-
ter in Wallowa) is an annual
fundraiser with proceeds go-
ing toward two $500 scholar-
ships given away at the sum-
mer Tamkaliks Pow Wow.
They, too, enjoyed good visi-
tor traffi c and rave reviews for
the food – especially the light
and fl uffy fry bread.
“The secret to good fry
bread is to let it rest over-
night,” said cook Debra “Ra-
ven” Reth of Wallowa.
The Tamkaliks event
raised $938 over two days, al-
mosgt completely funding the
Taz Conner and Terry Cren-
shaw Memorial Scholarships
for 2017.
Tamkaliks Scholarship Applications for the Taz Conner and
Terry Crenshaw Memorial Scholarships, which are presented at
Tamkaliks each summer, are open to one Native American appli-
cant and one Wallowa County applicant.
Both must have the intention to attend an institution of post
secondary education, full-time, for the fall term of 2017.
Compete applications should be returned to Melanie Cren-
shaw, 701 West First Street, Wallowa, OR 97885.
The Native American application is due by June 30, 2017;
the Wallowa County application is due by April 22, 2017. All
applicants must have two letters of recommendation, a person-
al resume not more than 300 words including High School or
College GPA, SAT scores or other similar information; voluntary
community activities, leadership activities, employment history;
education opportunities beyond High school; transcripts of all ac-
ademic work in high school or post high school; and typewritten
answers to the following questions (answers should be no more
than 50 words).
Native American questions: In what ways do you benefi t from
participation in Native American Cultural events? What are the
strengths and weaknesses of the educational program for Native
Americans in your area? If you are selected for the scholarship,
how will it benefi t your community?
Questions for the Wallowa County candidates: What does it
mean to you to be living in the traditional homeland of Chief Jo-
seph? What benefi ts do you see in preserving the cultures of the
various ethnic groups that make up America? If you are selected
for this scholarship, how will it benefi t your community?
There will be two additional $500 scholarships given this year
in honor of Duane Heglie. These will be awarded to Native Amer-
ican applicants using the same criteria listed above.
Enterprise administrator marks 30 years with city
By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Chieftain
Michele Young stepped
through the doors of Enterprise
City Hall 30 years ago this
week and hasn’t looked back.
Young celebrated her three
decades of service Friday. She
has held several positions with
the city most recently city ad-
“I take care of all the fi nan-
cial aspects of the city, land
use, economic development,
grant projects and oversee all
the routine things that happen
in the offi ce,” said Young, who
moved to the area from Hills-
boro with her husband, David.
“We moved here to take
over his parents’ ranch,” Young
She worked for several
years at Wallowa Memorial
Hospital prior to moving to
city hall.
Like nearly every job, mu-
nicipal administration has seen
its share of evolution, as has
Enterprise. The city’s budget
was less than a million dollars
in 1987. Today
it’s at $7.5 mil-
“The job it-
self has changed
said Young. “The
regulations we
have to be aware
of and know are so much more
than they used to be. It was a
quite simple job back then ...
you had a clean desk.”
Two things that haven’t
changed –– the city’s popula-
tion, which continues to hover
around 2,000, and the number
of city employees, 13.5 full-
time equivalents.
“We used to be all about
Wallowa County
families,” Young said. “What
we have now is more retirees,
and the number of families has
Much of Young’s training
has been on the job. She said
she’s had excellent mentors
along the way.
Dawson Neil, former
public works director taught
about city infrastructure,
while former mayor Irv Nuss
left a life-long impression.
She has also benefi tted
from the tutelege of Larry
Christman, current city council
member, who is also a fan of
“She’s done a great job,”
said Christman, who was
among the parade of people
who stopped by Friday to con-
gratulate Young. “She’s good
with the public, and she knows
the rules and regulations.”
“What she doesn’t know,
she fi nds out,” added Christ-
man, who has spent several
terms on the council and as
Newly elected council
member Micah Agnew said he
has also benefi tted from her ex-
“Even as a new resident,
one of the things that stood out
to me right away is how gen-
uinely nice she was,” he said.
“And now that I’m getting to
work with her, I’ve discovered
my fi rst impression was accu-
Looking back over her ten-
ure, Young said she belives the
city has done its job well.
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territory in municipal govern-
ment. Coming on the heels of
a major sewer plant expansion,
Young said the water project
had its critics, most of whom
were concerned about a hike
in rates.
“But we played it out, and
I think most people are happy
with the result, especially those
who had bad water pressure,”
she said.
There was even an effort
to recall the city council, she
Despite the controversies
over 30 years, Young said
she doesn’t have enemies and
plans to keep it that way. “It’s
okay to disagree,” she added.
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that we are proactive and keep
our citizens informed,” she
said. “The city council here
has work hard over the years
in keeping things moving for-
She pointed to a large water
improvement project complet-
ed recently.
“I remember a day when we
had to put people on water days
because there was not enough
water,” she said. “Today we
have two reservoirs, we have
twice the number of hydrants
and good water pressure.”
With a price tag of around
$5 million, the project wasn’t
without its controversies. But
Young says that’s part of the
Donor List
Ace Hardware
Alpine Archery & Fly
Antlers Coffee (Jenna
Arrowhead Chocolate
Barretto MFG.
Bogarts Hair Studio
Boise Cascade
Boise State University
Buffalo peak Golf Course
Burger King
By-Rite Texaco
C&M Country Store
Carpet One
Commercial Tire
Community Bank
Cowboys and Angels
Donivan Wealth
Dusty Spur
Dwayne Craft
Eastern Oregon Rental
Eat & Run, Subway
EXO Mountain Gear
Flying J Travel Plaza
Goss Family Jewelers
Grande Ronde Hospital
Gravy Dave's
Great Wolf Lodge
Grocery Outlet (Randy
Gunsight Peak Game
Hancock Forest Manage-
Hines Meat Company
Jeff Cook
Jim Webster
Joseph Rail Riders
LaGrande Country Club
Legacy Motors
Les Schwab
Lewis, Poe, Moeller,
Gunderson & Roberts,
LLC Certified Public
Loveland Funeral Chapel
(Kevin Loveland)
M.J. Goss Motors
M2D CAMO Properties
Mark Penninger
Mike Becker Construction
Mountain Valley Therapy
Mt. Emily Rock
Oak St. Shell
Oregon State University
Pig Tail Pork
Portland Trailblazers
Primos Pizza
R&R Drive In
RD Mac
Red Cross Drug
Rhonda Shelton
Roy Youngblood
S2 Outfitters
Sandy Brett
Scott Torland
Scotts Heating and Air
Seattle Mariners
Sitka Gear
Steve Jones
Take Down Guide Service
Tap That Growler
Thunder RV
Union Market
Valley Insurance
Wallowa Lake Lodge
WC Construction
We Paint LaGrande
Woodin Enterprises
(Wallowa Lake)
Banquet Committee
Chad Carlson
Craig Ely
Dwayne Craft
Evan Schwebke
Jed Farmer
Ken Shelton
Matt Scarfo
Morgan Olson
Ron Lesley
Tyler Cook
Wes Berry